Nursing Admissions Information
Admission to the Nursing program is competitive and based on a point system. While students may qualify for review upon completion of the prerequisites, applicants with the strongest academic credentials will have the greatest chance of admission.
Complete our Nursing Applicant Information and Self-Evaluation Form to gain insight into your score. Additional information about selection criteria can be obtained from the Admissions Office.
We offer several opportunities to connect with an Admissions Counselor, visit campus, and learn more about the Nursing program. Check out our visit page to sign up for an in-person or online Nursing Information Session.
Deadlines and Timeline
|Fall Entry||Spring Entry|
|Sept. 15||Deadline to Apply||All applicants must have a complete admissions application on file, including: official high school transcript or GED/TASC scores, TEAS® exam scores, and official transcripts of prior college coursework (regardless of relevancy to the Nursing program).|
|Mid-Oct.||Accepted Students are Notified||The Admissions Office will notify accepted students via a packet sent in the mail.|
|Dec.||Applicant Waitlist is Ranked||Eligible applicants who were not initially accepted will be ranked based on new coursework and whether the TEAS exam was retaken. Waitlisted students who are not offered admission into the Nursing program must reapply the following year.|
Your completed application must be submitted by the deadlines outlined above. To apply for the A.A.S. in Nursing program (traditional or accelerated LPN option), visit our apply page, create an account (or log in to an existing account), and select the nursing application for your desired start term.
See below for specific requirements based on your current educational status:
- Applicants must have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 85.
- Applicants must have completed algebra, chemistry, and biology in high school, with a minimum grade of 85% in each course.
- Applicants must submit an official high school transcript.
- Applicants must submit official college transcripts for college coursework taken in high school, including official AP exam scores.
- The TEAS exam is required. We recommend high school seniors provide their official transcripts to the Admissions Office first so we can assess the above minimum requirements to determine if you should take the TEAS exam.
- Any student required to take Basic Skills tests for English placement must be in ENG 101 to finalize acceptance into the Nursing program.
- Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better (or a 2.0 for those with a bachelor's degree). All college coursework will be factored into the GPA calculation. Borderline candidates who have demonstrated recent academic success will be reviewed by the Nursing Admissions Committee.
- Applicants must have completed prerequisite coursework in math, chemistry, and biology. See below for more details on these requirements:
- Math — Students may take high school algebra, college algebra, or FLCC's MAT 115 Mathematics for Health Care Professionals to fulfill the math prerequisite for Nursing. Students may be admitted to Nursing provisionally without completing the math course, however, these students must successfully complete this requirement prior to beginning professional Nursing coursework.
- Chemistry — Students may take high school chemistry, college chemistry, or FLCC's CHM 092 or equivalent prior to beginning professional Nursing coursework.
- Biology — Students may take high school biology, college biology, or FLCC's BIO 171. Students must earn a C or higher in a general biology course. We also recommend completing FLCC's BIO 171 (Anatomy and Physiology 1). See Nursing Self-Evaluation for more details.
- Applicants must submit an official high school transcript or equivalency diploma.
- Applicants must submit official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended, including official AP exam scores.
- Applicants must complete the TEAS exam with a minimum score of 65%. Scores are good for two years from the date of the application deadline. Retesting is permitted once and we encourage you to wait 30 days between testing attempts. For more information and to register for the TEAS exam, please visit Workforce & Career Solutions.
- A future student who has two or more unsuccessful attempts in Nursing coursework as defined by the previous program(s) attended in two different semesters in a Nursing program other than FLCC's will not be eligible for admission to the FLCC Nursing program.
- Any student who has had one attempt in Nursing coursework in a Nursing program other than FLCC must arrange for the director of that Nursing program to submit a letter attesting that the student left that program in good clinical standing. Any student not in good clinical standing or who does not submit a letter will not be considered for admission to the FLCC Nursing program. It is the responsibility of the student requesting admission to follow up on the requested letter.
- Any student required to take Basic Skills tests for English placement must be in ENG 101 to finalize acceptance into the Nursing program.
If you do not currently have any college credits or nursing prerequisite related credit, and are looking to work on prerequisites, we encourage you to get in touch with an Admissions Counselor. We'd like to understand your individual circumstance, what college credits you may have, and what your goals are. You can sign up for an in-person or online appointment with admissions, or attend a Nursing Information Session on our visit page.
In addition to our nursing program, we offer many opportunities to study and work in the healthcare field. Explore our programs in healthcare, kinesiology and human performance, physical education and exercise science, nutrition and dietetics, and more.
A special accelerated option of limited enrollment is available to qualified licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Through appropriate testing, LPNs may be granted advanced standing in FLCC's A.A.S. in Nursing program. This option minimizes repetitive coursework for qualified students, and therefore can be completed in as little as 18 months.
Learn more about the specific requirements for our accelerated option for LPNs.
Review the information below for additional guidance regarding student expectations and our readmissions process.
The following abilities and qualities, with or without reasonable accommodation, are necessary for success in the Nursing program. Reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment that enables an otherwise qualified individual with a disability to have the opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges that are available to a similarly situated individual without a disability. A reasonable accommodation is defined on a case-by-case basis and must take into consideration:
- the specific abilities and functional limitations of the individual, and
- the specific functional requirements of the Nursing program.
Reasonable accommodations are directed toward providing an equal educational and/or employment opportunity for the disabled individual while providing for the safety of the individual, patient, and agency staff.
Complete physical examination and immunizations are required of those students admitted to the Nursing program. Student nurses must subscribe to the same laws as health facility employees which state, "no person is employed unless he/she is free from a health impairment which is a potential risk to the patients or which might interfere with the employee's performance of his/her duties, including habituation or addiction to depressants, stimulants, narcotics, alcohol, or other substances that may alter behavior."
- Tolerate sitting, standing, bending, reaching, stooping, and walking for long periods of time
- Lift, carry, push, pull, or support objects, extremities, or persons (i.e., during ambulation, transferring from bed to chair, turning, moving and lifting patients in bed, supporting arms or legs during treatments or procedures, and lifting children onto chairs, beds, scales, or examining tables; 50-100 lbs. occasionally, 25-50 lbs. frequently, and 10-25 lbs. constantly)
- Moving efficiently enough to meet the needs of several patients in a timely fashion
- Demonstrate motor coordination and manual dexterity required to handle and operate equipment (i.e., wheelchairs, beds, IV pumps, blood pressure cuffs, computer keyboard, syringes, open packages, and perform procedures)
- Accurately hear physiological and environmental sounds (i.e., lung sounds, heart rate, blood pressure, bowel sounds, infusion pump alarms, etc.)
- Accurately distinguish colors, odors, body language, and body alignment (i.e., skin color, drainage, nonverbal communication, and position of a person)
- Maintain optimal physical well-being
- Accurately calculate basic algebraic equations required to determine exact medication dosages, solutions, IV drop rates, and IV flow rates
- Collect and interpret data for purposes of planning and evaluation of patient care
- Accurately and efficiently interpret and communicate information in English, both written and spoken — for example, responding to physician's orders, reading and recording information, directing assistive staff
- Organize, prioritize, and plan work in a logical sequence
- Cope effectively while working in a stressful environment using patience, tact, and flexibility
- Communicate therapeutically and effectively with others
- Respect persons of diverse cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds
- Demonstrate caring, empathy, accountability, honesty, and a neat, clean professional appearance
- Maintain an alert level of consciousness and orientation to time, place, and person at all times
- Maintain optimal mental well-being
The Nursing Department does not guarantee readmission to the Nursing program. There must be substantial evidence that a student plan is in place to address the applicant's circumstances or documented deficiencies so that academic and clinical success is likely. The following criteria needs to be met in order for readmission to be considered.
GPA and Coursework Requirements
All applicants for readmission should follow the same admissions requirements as outlined in the "Applicants with College Credit or a Prior Degree" section above, in addition to:
All applicants seeking readmission to NUR 111 are required to submit additional documents to the Nursing Department by February 1 (for the Fall Semester) or Sept. 15 (for the Spring Semester):
- New Admissions application to the Admissions Office
- Letter to the Nursing Department Chairperson
- Note: If the student's request for readmission is denied, and the student wishes to be considered for readmission the following semester, the student must complete the entire process outlined above by February 1 for the Fall Semester or September 15 for the Spring Semester to be considered eligible for readmission.
All requests for readmission to NUR 121, 231, 241, or 242 must be made in writing to the Department Chairperson by April 1 (Fall Semester) and October 1 (Spring Semester), and must follow current Nursing Department Guidelines and Procedures.
Note: An applicant seeking readmission to Nursing 121, 231, 241, or 242 must do so within two years of leaving the program. For example, if a student completes NUR 111 satisfactorily in 2021 and either doesn't continue on to NUR 121 or begins NUR 121 but does not complete it satisfactorily, the student may request readmission to NUR 121 for the spring of 2023 or 2024. If more than two years have lapsed, the applicant must either repeat or successfully challenge prior Nursing coursework.
Readmission Consideration Criteria
Evaluation for readmission will use, but will not be limited to, the following criteria:
- Personal letter that includes:
- A detailed explanation as to why the student failed, withdrew, and/or was placed on clinical probation
- An explanation of the steps the student has taken to change the situation
- A thoughtful, reasoned plan for success
- Justification for readmission
- Current GPA based on all college coursework
- Review of previous clinical/academic performance
- Nursing Department's evaluation of the likelihood of the applicant's successful performance
- Class space availability
- Note: If more than two years have lapsed, the applicant must either repeat or successfully challenge prior Nursing coursework. Any challenge exam may only be taken once.
Nursing faculty reserve the right to require the student to successfully demonstrate their theoretical knowledge and skill competency through selected exams before readmission:
- Students seeking readmission shall be given two attempts to be successful on selected skill competencies.
- All students readmitted to NUR 111 are required to take a nursing bridge course prior to NUR 111.
- Readmitted students are expected to use current required textbooks and materials for a repeated course.
- The following grades make a student ineligible for readmission:
- 'C' or below in NUR 111
- 'C-' or below in any other Nursing course at FLCC
- 'WF', 'Q', or 'W' in a Nursing course from another school
- Any student who has had clinical problems (for example: probation, clinical failure, etc.) and left the program may not be considered for readmission.
- Students will not be admitted to the Nursing program more than twice (except in extremely rare and unusual circumstances that require individual consideration by the Nursing Department). However, a former student may be allowed a third admission into the program if the third admission occurs due to a change in status (i.e. changing from the traditional Nursing program to the accelerated option for LPNs).
FLCC recognizes that some students may attend college prior to being ready and prepared to pursue a college education. For example, a student may attend college for a semester or two and receive failing or nearly failing grades, leading the student to stop attending. If that student decides to return, the Fresh Start program helps ensure that grades from previous academic terms do not negatively impact current academic work and plans.
Students returning to FLCC after an absence may petition to have their prior work excluded from their current cumulative grade point average (CGPA). If you are considering a Fresh Start, please contact Admissions for more information.
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) exam is an admissions requirement for acceptance into the A.A.S. Nursing program.
Changes to the Nursing curriculum are planned for Fall 2022, as approved by NYSED and SUNY. Learn more about the changes and how they impact you.