May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog

Nursing, A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5208.10
Chairperson: Jodi Dorrough
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 204, (518) 629-7469

The Nursing program is designed to educate students to be competent health care providers in the nursing setting. A conceptual approach is taken to Nursing theory. Nursing courses involve the student in lecture and independent learning experiences. The clinical aspects of this program include closely correlated theory and practice in selected cooperating agencies. These include area hospitals, extended-care settings and other health and educational resources in the community.

The Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing*. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Comprehensive Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses. Students should note that unsatisfactory application of theory in the clinical laboratory will result in termination from the Nursing major. Recommendations for readmission will be based on an individual academic review by the Nursing faculty. Applicants for readmission must provide documented evidence of growth in necessary areas as identified by faculty at the time of failure or withdrawal.

All students are responsible for providing their own transportation to the college and health agencies.

Nursing for Part-Time Evening Students

The Nursing evening program is available only on a part-time basis. The evening nursing program is extended over four academic years. It is required that matriculated students in the program follow the sequence listed. When a student is accepted into the evening program, they will not be taking the core nursing courses until their third year. Before starting the nursing sequence, the Liberal Arts and Science courses must be successfully completed.

Please note: For both the day and evening programs, students must be available from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and possibly Saturday in order to meet program objectives.

One-Year Advanced Option

The One-Year Advanced Option is offered to qualified students. Students are able to complete the Nursing A.A.S. program in 12 months by utilizing a summer start and more stringent program entrance requirements.

Weekend Option

The Weekend Option is offered to qualified students. Students are able to complete the Nursing A.A.S. program in the traditional 2-year period by meeting more stringent program entrance requirements.

Please note: for the Weekend option, students must be available from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in order to meet program objectives.


*Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020

Admission Procedures

General Procedures

Admission to the Nursing program at Hudson Valley Community College will require a complete application for admission to be on file in the Admissions Office no later than Feb. 1. Applications received after Feb. 1 will be considered on a space available basis. Applications are accepted for admission into the Fall term only. Advanced placement is possible for Licensed Practical Nurses.

Additional Procedures for One-Year Advanced Option

Due to the summer start, students interested in applying for financial aid will be required to file two (2) Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to gain admission to the One-Year Advanced Option. Students should consider whether or not they will have awarded financial aid funds for the One-Year Advanced Option.

Due to the rigor and time commitment to complete the One-Year Advanced Option, students are strongly encouraged not to have outside employment.

Additional Policies for all Nursing Tracks

Please note additional policies regarding Heath Science programs: Unsatisfactory pre-clinical, clinical, practicum and academic performance will result in students being dismissed from a health science program. The respective health science program faculty will make all recommendations for readmission. All decisions will be based upon an individual student review process. Readmission will require students to successfully repeat previous clinical, practicum and/or academic courses that faculty require. In addition, if a student is dismissed from the program, the student may be required to provide evidence of growth in necessary areas as identified by the faculty at the time of dismissal. Dismissed students must reapply under the program’s current admission procedure.

Once a student has been readmitted to a program, core curricular courses must be completed in term sequence without interruption. Any student who misses a term may not be permitted to continue in the program.

Students who are dismissed from Health Science Programs at Hudson Valley or other institutions due to inappropriate or dangerous clinical behavior and/or personal misconduct during patient interactions will not be allowed admission to any Hudson Valley Health Science program or Health Science course with a clinical component. A notation will be placed on the student’s academic transcript indicating the student was dismissed from the Nursing program.

Please note: Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may affect an individual’s right to be licensed. For further information, applicants should contact New York’s State Education Department’s Office of Professions (

A published set of Guidlines for Selective Admission highlights the criteria used to evaluate canditates. This is a very competitive program. For those students not selected, they will be advised to choose another option or reapply in the future.

All applicants accepted into the Nursing Program must be able to meet the Department’s technical standards.

The following courses must have been taken within five years with a grade of “C’ or better in order to be applicable toward this degree program:

BIOL 205 Microbiology  

BIOL 270 Anatomy and Physiology I  & BIOL 271 Anatomy and Physiology II  

MATH 132 Math for Health Science  

PSYC 205 Developmental Psychology   

Program Entrance Requirements

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average

Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math, biology and chemistry w/labs (75 or above for Regents or 85 or above for non-Regents in each course)

For 1-year advanced option and weekend option only:
BIOL 205 Microbiology BIOL 270 Anatomy and Physiology I BIOL 271 Anatomy and Physiology II ENGL 101 English Composition I MATH 132 Math for Health Science , and PSYC 100 General Psychology  (or equivalent courses)

Fall only

Summer for 1-year advanced option only

Fall only for weekend option

CPR certificate required for clinical courses. Grade of “B” required in non-credit bearing courses. Grade of “C” required in credit bearing math and science courses.

For 1-year advanced and weekend options:
All additional option-specific courses required for admission must be completed within five years with a grade of “C” or better.

Regents Diploma: 75 or above or Non-Regents Diploma: 85 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $910. Special lab fees are approximately $3,000.

Total Credits Required: 65

Major Requirements*

*or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.
**A grade of “C” or better is required for program completion and for entrance into the next Nursing course offered.
***A grade of “P” is required for program completion and for entrance into the next Nursing course offered.
****A grade of “C” or better is required for program completion.

Total Credits Required: 65

Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study

Suggested Course Sequence for Part-Time Study

Suggested Sequence for One-Year Advanced Option

Students complete the following program requirements prior to admission:

Suggested Course Sequence For Weekend Option:

Students complete the following program requirements prior to admission: