The Department of Nursing

Programs in Nursing

Nursing is intellectually stimulating, challenging and provides many opportunities for specialization and advancement. Whether it is caring for clients in a hospital, the community, working with the elderly or children, engaging in research to improve health care, teaching clients and/or students, or using advanced technology to improve health care systems, nursing is a fulfilling vocation. These opportunities are just a few avenues one can pursue in a nursing career. Medgar Evers College can help individuals to become a nurse, or to continue to climb the career by pursuing education in nursing to the BSN level.

The Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science (BSN), Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Program, LPN to RN Transition Track, and a Certificate in Practical Nursing (PN). The programs of study are designed to:

  1. Provide a three-step career ladder in nursing education.
  2. Maintain academic excellence and encourage lifelong learning.
  3. Reflect the awareness of the holistic health care needs of the residents of Central Brooklyn and all of New York City.
  4. Ensure the graduate’s readiness for entry into the rapidly changing inner city urban health care delivery system.
  5. Provide advancement in professional nursing leadership.
  6. Prepare the graduate for the rapidly changing health care delivery environment and higher education in nursing.

Please note that all CUNY nursing departments will require applicants for admission into nursing clinical to provide documentation in one of the following categories:

  1. U.S. Citizenship,
  2. Permanent Residency,
  3. International student with F1 Status,
  4. Granted Asylum, Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. Government.

Requirements

The CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project provides free counseling to all CUNY students regarding immigration status. Visit CUNYcitizenshipnow for more information.

The School of Nursing is located at 1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11225, at the intersection of Crown St. and Bedford Ave. in Medgar Evers College’s “A” building (School of Science, Health and Technology). The Department of Nursing is located on the second floor, Room 213. Visit the college to explore the opportunities that exist here.

Certificate in Practical Nursing (PN)

The Practical Nursing Certificate Program is eighteen (18) months in length. It consists of three (3) semesters. Medgar Evers College provides an opportunity to eligible applicants for entry into a College- based Practical Nurse Program. The Practical Nurse Program of study is an upward mobility opportunity for selected applicants to achieve a Certificate in Nursing. Upon completion, the graduate of the PN Program is eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN.

Program Purposes

  • Provide a program of study designed for students who wish to qualify to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for the Practical Nurse (NCLEX- PN).
  • Prepare the graduate to practice as a beginning Nurse at the technical level under the direction of the Registered Nurse.
  • Provide a basic foundation for upward mobility in Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Certificate in Practical Nurse Program at Medgar Evers College must:

  1. Hold a High School Diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
  2. Complete all basic skills course work prior to admission into the Nursing major.
  3. Take and pass all three (3) areas of the CUNY Skills Assessment Examinations (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) prior to entry into the CPN Program of study.
  4. Achieve a satisfactory score on the NLN Pre-entrance Examination.
  5. Attend interview by Nursing faculty prior to admission.
  6. Provide current medical clearance to include occupational exposure health requirements.
  7. Provide current medical clearance to include New York State Department of Health requirements.
  8. Pass clinical, skills lab, and theory portions of each NUR course.
  9. Attend Nursing orientation prior to admission.
  10. Possess current CPR Certification from the American Heart Association.
  11. Have a satisfactory Physical Examination record on file which include Hepatitis B testing.
  12. Purchase of MEC Nursing student uniform upon admission into the first Nursing course.
  13. Achieve a “B-” or better in all Science and Nursing courses.
  14. Meet all requirements as outlined by the Department.
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Medgar Evers College offers an Associate degree in Nursing which prepares the individual to enter the profession as a Registered Nurse. The Associate Degree and LPN to RN Transition provide the foundation for entry into undergraduate study for the achievement of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Admission Criteria Requirements 

All requirements for admission to Medgar Evers College must be met. For progression to the Clinical Nursing Phase of the AAS and LPN to RN Transition Track, students must meet additional requirements. On admission LPN to RN Transition Track, students will be granted six (6) credits toward the AAS degree. These requirements, include, but may not be limited to:

  1. Completion of Medgar Evers College/CUNY Skills Assessment Examinations (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics).
  2. Enrollment at Medgar Evers College a minimum of one semester.
  3. Maintain a “B-”, or higher, in all Science and Nursing courses.
  4. Completion of College Core requirements.
  5. Minimum 2.7 cumulative Grade Point Average required.
  6. A criminal background check may be required.
  7. Completion of the application process for acceptance into the Clinical Nursing Phase.
  8. Repeat science courses which are 5 years or older upon application to enter clinical phase.
  9. Satisfactory score on the National League for Nursing Pre- Admission Examination-RN (Verbal Ability, Mathematics, Science and Composite Score). AAS Applicants only
  10. Attend required interview by nursing faculty.
  11. Submission of writing sample required.
  12. Achievement of satisfactory Math score prior to acceptance.
  13. Required orientation prior to admission to the Nursing Clinical Phase.
  14. Meet all admission requirements to the Nursing Program.
  15. Any requirements as determined by the Department.
  16. LPN to RN Transition students only: graduated from Medgar Evers College PN program and passed the NCLEX-PN.

The AAS Program in Nursing is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters and LPN to RN Transition three (3) semesters. However, there are a limited number of seats in the Clinical Sequence, and entrance is not automatic. Regarding status of first-time admission into the Program of Nursing, students are encouraged to maintain contact with his/her academic counselor in the Academic Advising Center (AAC).

 

Readmission to the AAS Nursing Program

Re-admission in a NUR course is based upon availability of space. Readmission is not automatic. Students, who have not been in attendance for one (1) or more consecutive semesters, must apply for re-admission to the College in the Office of Admissions, and meet all program requirements in effect at the time of re- admission. Students must apply for re-admission in writing, sixty (60) days prior to the date of requested re-admission. The written request is submitted to the Departmental Admission, Retention, and Progression Committee (ARPC) requesting continuation in the Clinical Nursing Phase. Only if space is available and all requirements are met that are in effect at that time, may the student be considered for re-entry into the Program. Students may be required to take Achievement/Placement Exams at student’s expense. Prospective re-admitted students must demonstrate acceptable psychomotor skills.

Medgar Evers College will award the Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing upon the student’s completion of all sixty-four (64) required Nursing Program Credits. Graduates are then eligible to apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN. The NCLEX-RN application requirements include:

  1. Completion of all AAS degree requirements for the College;
  2. Completion of all Program requirements as outlined by the Nursing Department;
  3. Valid Student Social Security Number;
  4. Minimum age of eighteen;
  5. Good moral character and standards as defined by the New York State Education Department’s Professional Licensure Board of Nursing.
Bachelor of Science (BSN)

The Department offers a baccalaureate completion program for registered nurses designed specifically for the graduates of Associate Degree and Hospital Diploma nursing programs. The program further aims to broaden knowledge and develop skills in nursing leadership and management. It also provides the foundation for graduate studies in advanced nursing practice as a clinical specialist or nurse practitioner as well as preparation for teaching, administration, and research in nursing.

Admission Requirements

For admission into the Baccalaureate Completion Program, a candidate must be a Registered Nurse (RN) with a current New York State license and meet all other college admission requirements. On admission, all RNs are granted sixty (60) credits toward the BSN degree.

Note: All the required nursing credits in this program must be earned at Medgar Evers College. Nursing credits from other institutions cannot be transferred to meet the nursing credit requirements of this program.

Retention and Progression

The student in the BSN Program must earn a “C” or better in each required nursing course, and in each general education course.

In addition, each student must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 in order to retain his/her standing in the program. Any student with a GPA of less than 2.5 for two consecutive semesters will be required to withdraw from the Program. Every student is expected to complete the program in no more than (5) years; otherwise, the student will be required to withdraw from the program. A student who is advised to withdraw from the program should meet with his/her own academic advisor for appropriate guidance. Every BSN student is assigned to a faculty/academic advisor on entering the program.

Graduation

In addition to the sixty (60) credits earned in this program, the BSN student must earn a total of 120 college credits to qualify for graduation. The graduate will be awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.