Genesee Community College Nursing Program Review


Genesee Community College (GCC) is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It is located in northwestern New York State in a rural area. With just over 7,000 students enrolled in classes. This college offers over 50 programs that lead to either an associate’s degree or to certificates.

Nursing Program

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Genesee Community College offers an Associate Degree in Applied Science (AAS) nurse training program to prepare graduates to enter the workforce. After completing the two-year program, graduates are qualified to take the NCLEX-RN national exam that qualifies them for licensure as Registered Nurses. Students are required to complete all of the general education courses required for an associate degree as well as courses that are specific to the nursing degree. The total amount of credits required is 71 credits. Graduates of the AAS program are prepared to transfer to a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program if they want to continue their education.

General education courses that nursing students take over the two-year period are General Psychology, Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan, and Introductory Sociology. They must also take English Communications 1 and 2. The Math and Science courses that are required are Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology 2, Pharmacology, and Microbiology. Nursing Courses are simply called Nursing 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. One of these is taken each semester. Other nursing courses are Leadership 1 and 2. Specific topics related to caring for adult and pediatric patients are covered in the nursing courses. Students are also required to spend many hours completing clinical experience hours taking care of patients and learning various procedures that they will need to perform independently as RNs.

LPN to RN Program (Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse)

This program is designed to allow a Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) to earn their RN degree. The students in this program must complete all of the general education and nursing courses that all students must take, except that if they pass the exam that is given by Genesee Community College, they may receive credit for Biology and two introductory nursing courses. The exam covers topics that LPNs studied while obtaining their license as well as general nursing knowledge that they have gained in their work as LPNs. Students must take English Communications 1 and 2, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan, Introductory Sociology, Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, Pharmacology, Microbiology, and nursing courses. The nursing courses are PN to RN Transition, Intro to ADN, Nursing 3, Leadership 1, Nursing 4, Leadership 2, and Nursing 5. This totals 57 credits. If an LPN does not opt out of courses from passing the preliminary test, 76 credits are required. Upon graduation, students may apply to take the NCLEX national exam for licensure.

Before students are allowed to graduate, they must score at least 80 percent on the class related to dosage calculation. In addition, students must pass a dosage calculation exam. Prerequisites for entering the nursing program at Genesee Community College are that the applicant must be in good physical and mental health. He or she must also have current immunizations and be certified in CPR. Nursing students must also attend a class on child abuse and infection control. Before students begin their clinical experience, they must have a drug and alcohol screening at their own expense. A positive test result may cause the student to be dismissed from the nursing program. In addition, anyone who has a case pending for a felony or misdemeanor offence or who has been convicted of these may not be granted their RN licensure by the State of New York. All nursing students must carry malpractice insurance that is purchased through Genesee Community College.

Contact:
Genesee Community College – SUNY
College Road
Batavia, NY 14020
(585) 343-0055

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