Broome Community College Nursing Program Review


Broome Community College (BCC) is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It is located about an hour’s drive from the state capital, one hour away from Syracuse, and about three hours from New York City. This community college is committed to learning, excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation. Broome Community College has an open admission policy to general courses. The school’s nursing department offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree for full-time students. In addition, they also offer an AAS evening and weekend program.

Nursing Programs

Associate in Applied Science

The AAS degree offered at Broome Community College prepares graduates from the nursing program to enter the workforce upon graduation. Graduates who want to continue their education to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) will also be prepared to transfer to a baccalaureate program upon graduation. Entry into the RN program is selective, and candidates must have the necessary math and science background that has been completed either in high school or at the college level. The AAS program takes two years to complete full-time when a student attends the day program. There is also a part-time evening and weekend program that takes three years to complete. New classes begin each August and January.

Since admission to the AAS program is selective, not all students who apply to the program are accepted. It is important that students submit their applications and academic information early. The Admissions Office begins accepting applications to the spring and fall semesters around one year before the student enters the school. If there are seats available, late applications may be considered. Students who are not granted admission because they do not have the proper background coursework may enroll at Broome Community College to take these courses. This does not guarantee admission to the AAS program in Nursing.

The two-year curriculum for full-time nursing students consists of four semester sessions. Each semester requires students to earn from 17 to 20 credits. The curriculum at Broome Community College is very structured and does not allow a lot of room for electives or additional classes. The nursing program is very focused and directed toward only the classes directly related to skills that RNs will need in their job.

Coursework for the first semester includes College Level Writing, Human Biology I, General Psychology, and Meeting Human Needs I. The spring semester of the first year requires the Social Science course, Meeting Human Needs II, Nursing Seminar, Human Biology II, Pharmacology, and Human Development.

The second year of the nursing curriculum is the time when much of the clinical learning occurs for AAS students. They may work and learn in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and other medical facilities. At the college, AAS students must take Meeting Human Needs III, Meeting Human Needs IV, and Nursing Seminar during the first semester of the second year. Other required classes are General Microbiology or Pathogenic Microbiology and Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory. During the final semester of the second year, students continue with clinical work and take Meeting Human Needs V, Meeting Human Needs VI, and either Communicating About Ideas and Values or College Writing II. Students need to have 71 credits to graduate, and at this time they must take the NCLEX-RN exam to receive licensure as an RN.

LPN to AAS Advance Placement Option

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may take the one credit Nursing Seminar course. Those who pass the course are given priority entrance to the AAS Program.

Contact:
Broome Community College – SUNY
P.O Box 1017,
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 778-5000

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