Sullivan County Community College Nursing Program Review


Sullivan County Community College (SCCC, SUNY Sullivan) is a two-year program that is part of the State University of New York (SUNY). It is located in Fallsburg, New York, a rural area of Loch Sheldrake in the Catskill Mountains. There are only about 1,700 students who are enrolled at the college. Sullivan has EcoGreen Community townhouse residences for students, or they may live in the Lazarus I. Levine Residence Hall if they are not going to commute to classes. The campus is on over 400 acres of rural land, but is only about a two hour commute to New York City.

Nursing Programs

Nursing Associate Degree

Sullivan County Community College offers an associate’s degree in nursing that is highly competitive. High school students must have an overall average of 85 or above or a grade point average of at least 2.5 to be considered. High school students should complete Regents courses, including English, math, Advanced Placement Biology or Principles of Biology. The ACT or SAT college entrance tests are also required. A minimum score on the ACT English section must be at least 17, and for the SAT a minimum of 560 in Critical Reading and Writing must be at least 550, or the applicant may have a B or higher in English Composition in high school.. ACT scores for math must also be 17 or higher, and SAT must be 560. Higher-level math courses must have at least a C or higher. Applicants must also take the SUNY pre-nursing exam and score at least a 70 or higher to be considered for the program.

About 40 students are accepted into the program each year, and after admission decisions are made, no one else may enter the program. Students admitted to the program are expected to complete it in two years or four semesters of full-time study. If students need to complete prerequisite courses, completing the nursing program can take up to six semesters. Clinical experience must also be completed in this time frame. Licensed Practical Nurses may apply to enter the program with an advanced standing if they pass the advanced placement exams and prerequisites for the program. These nurses must hold a current license to be considered. At the completion of the associate degree program, graduates take the NCLEX-RN, the national exam to receive their license as a Registered Nurse.

LPN to RN Evening/Weekend Nursing Cohort

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may study to become Registered Nurses (RNs) and work in a cohort group with other LPNs. The LPN must first meet all of the admission requirements of the college and complete the prerequisites of the nursing program. The prerequisite courses may be completed in cohort style meetings with other nurses who take the required courses together. Groups meet one evening during the week and on Saturdays. The courses are taken during the fall and spring semesters, as well as during the winter and summer session. At the end of the prerequisite studies, LPNs must take a LPN to RN Transition-Bridge Course in the summer, and this course must also be passed. Once the LPN has met all of the requirements, 16 credits are awarded. This means that the LPN can then begin taking higher level nursing courses and complete the program is less time. At the completion of the program, the graduate may sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to qualify for licensure to work as a Registered Nurse.

Contact:
Sullivan County Community College
112 College Road,
Loch Sheldrake, New York 12759
(845) 434-5750

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