Hudson Valley Community College Nursing Program Review

Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) is located in Troy, which is in the eastern part of New York State near the Vermont and Massachusetts borders. HVCC is affiliated with  the State University of New York (SUNY) network.  This large suburban college has over 13,000 undergraduate students, including some from 30 different countries. The college offers over 70 degree and certificate programs including nursing.


Nursing Program

Associate in Applied Science

Hudson Valley Community College uses a selective process to admit students to its Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program. Students must complete general academic subjects for an associate degree plus courses that are required for the nursing major. The goal of the program is to prepare nurses to enter the workforce as RNs after graduation. Clinical experience is a large portion of the program and takes place in hospitals, health and educational facilities, and extended-care facilities. The college offers a full-time day program or a part-time evening program. The full-time program can be completed in two years, but it takes four years to complete the part-time program.

Admission requirements include a high school diploma with a 75 or above high school average for Regents Diploma or 85 or above for a Non-Regents Diploma. Student should have completed Math I, Algebra, and Biology and Chemistry with labs at 75 or above for Regents or 85 or above for Non-Regents. High school Physics is also preferred. Students should have a B in non-credit bearing courses and at least a C in credit bearing math and science classes. Once students are accepted into the nursing program at Hudson Valley, full-time students take Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology I, Composition I, Orientation, Nursing I, and Bridging Education and Practice Simulation for a total of 16 credits. The second term requires that they take Anatomy and Physiology II, Composition II, Nursing II, Bridging Education and Practice Simulation II, and Developmental Psychology. This amounts to 17 credits. During the second year of nursing, the first term is comprised of Nursing III, Bridging Education and Practice Simulation III, Abnormal Psychology, and a Social Science elective, totaling 17 credits. The final term requires that Nursing IV, Bridging Education and Practice Simulation IV, and a Humanities elective must be taken. There are also many hours of clinical experience that are required during the two years of study.

The four year curriculum for part-time students includes Composition I and a Social Science Elective during the first term, Composition II and a Humanities elective during the second term, and Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology I during the third term. The fourth term requires that Anatomy and Physiology II and Developmental Psychology. During the fifth term, students take Orientation, Nursing I, Bridging Education and Practice Simulation I, and Abnormal Psychology. In the sixth term, students take Nursing II and Bridging Education and Practice Simulation II. The final year requires that students complete Nursing III and Bridging Education and Practice Simulation III the first term and Nursing IV and Bridging Education and Practice Simulation IV during their final term. When the program is completed on either a full-time or part-time basis, students may graduate and take the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Avenue,
Troy, New York 12180-6096
(877) 325-4822