Farmingdale State College Nursing Program Review

Farmingdale State College (FSC), previously known as State University of New York at Farmingdale or SUNY Farmingdale, is located on Long Island, north of New York City. Both associate and bachelor’s degrees are offered at this school. Around 7,000 students are enrolled, including some international students. There are about 500 students who live on campus. This college is a campus of the State University of New York (SUNY).

Nursing Programs

Practical Nursing (PN)

Farmingdale State College offers a Practical Nurse Certificate Program that prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) provides basic nursing services to patients in hospitals and nursing homes. They work under a RN, dentist, or doctor. It takes 12 months of study to complete the program. Students must attend classes and complete clinical experience in the morning and afternoon. Applicants to the program must be high school graduates or have their GED. They must also have completed Biology with a laboratory, Chemistry with a Laboratory, and have two mathematics classes completed, such as Algebra and Geometry, or another higher level course. They must also pass the preadmission exam for entry into the program. Completing the prerequisites does not guarantee admission to the program.

Associate in Science in Nursing

Farmingdale State College offers an Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) program that allows graduates to take the NCLEX licensure exam to become Registered Nurses. It takes two years to complete unless the student needs development courses in reading, writing, or math. Applicants must submit evidence of mental and physical health with their application. They also need to take the required immunizations to complete their clinical experience working with patients. Academic prerequisites are two units of math in high school, and one unit of Laboratory Biology and Chemistry. Applicants must also pass the RN Pre-Admission test administered at the college.

Before being admitted to the nursing program, students must complete college level Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Composition: Rhetoric, and Introductory Psychology.

Once admitted to the ASN program, students must complete 37 credits in liberal arts and sciences, including Medical Microbiology, Physiological Chemistry, Composition: Rhetoric, Composition: Literature, and Introduction to Psychology. They must also take Child Development, Introduction to Sociology or Society and Health, Oral Communications, and an elective. Nursing courses include Health Assessment, Concepts & Practice of Nursing I, II, III, and IV, Clinical Pharmacology, Transition into Nursing Practice, and Nursing Seminar. Clinical experience is also required during the two years of study.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Students accepted into the program must complete 121 to 125 credits in general education and nursing courses. When applying to the program, they must submit evidence that they are in good mental and physical health. They must also have the appropriate immunizations that are necessary for working with patients. BSN students must earn 60 credits in liberal arts and sciences, including Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Medical Microbiology, Bioethics, Composition: Rhetoric, Composition: Literature, and American History and Western Civilization. Other courses that are required are Statistics, Modern Language Levels I & II, Introduction to Psychology, Child Development, Society and Health, Oral Communications, an Arts course, Humanities course, and six credits of liberal arts electives.

The nursing courses that are required total 61 to 65 credits. These are Foundations of Nursing Practice I & II, Health Assessment, Clinical and Theoretical Foundations of Baccalaureate Nursing Practice, Development Nurses’ Ways of Knowing, and The Art of Nursing. They must also take Clinical Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Health Promotion and Patient Education, Care of Individuals Experiencing Acute Health Changes, Care of Individuals Experiencing Chronic Health Challenges, Nursing Care of Children and the Child Bearing Family, Modes of Inquiry, and Nurse as Advocate and Change Agent. The courses Care of Individuals in the community or Community and Mental Health Nursing, plus nine credits from the Nursing Practicum, Senior Leadership Practicum, and Healthcare Organizations are also required. After all of these courses are completed, the student may apply to graduation and for licensure by taking the NCLEX to become a Registered Nurse.

Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road,
Farmingdale, New York 11735-1021
(631) 420-2000