Medgar Evers College Nursing Program Review
Medgar Evers College-CUNY is a senior college in The City University of New York (CUNY) that offers both associate and baccalaureate degrees. Located in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, the college was established in 1970. It is named after the civil rights activist who helped the first black student attend the whites-only University of Mississippi in 1962. He was assassinated in 1963. Over 7,000 students attend this college that offers many different programs, including a three step career ladder for nurses, including Practical Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
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Medgar Evers College-CUNY Nursing Programs
The practical nursing (PN) certificate at the college takes 18 months to complete over three semesters. The college offers a full-time day program. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, and they must complete all basic skills course work before being admitted to the nursing major. The CUNY Skills Assessment Examinations are also required before admittance to the PN certificate in Practical Nursing (CPN). The subjects tested are reading, writing, and math. Also, the pre-entrance exam must be taken. Admission requirements are medical clearance from New York State Department of Health, passing the clinical, skills lab, and theory portions of each nursing course, and having a CPR certificate. Students must also have malpractice liability insurance and nursing uniforms. After completing the program, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-LPN exam for licensure that is required before they begin working as Practical Nurses.
Nursing AAS (RN)
Medgar Evers College (MEC) also offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. After completing this program, graduates qualify to take the NCLEX-RN to be licensed as Registered Nurses. This program is the middle step in the three-step career ladder offered at this school. This program can be completed in five semesters, and it begins with one semester of the pre-clinical sequence of courses followed by a two year nursing sequence of courses. Students begin their coursework only after being admitted to the clinical sequence. This requires passing all three CUNY assessment tests in reading, writing, and math. Then, the required English and science courses must be taken with at least a 2.7 grade point average. Applicants must also take the pre-admission exam given by the college and must have attended Medgar Evers for at least one semester.
To begin the nursing courses, students must pass a physical exam, have their CPR certificate, malpractice insurance, and must wear the student nurse uniform during clinical experience. All clinical nursing courses must be passed with a grade of B- or better. Once all clinical experience has been completed plus 64 credits have been earned, the student qualifies to take the NCLEX-RN.
The highest nursing degree offered at this school is the Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing. This degree opens many career avenues for RNs, especially in leadership and higher paid jobs. The BSN program is specifically designed for RNs who already have their AAS who want to continue their education. To be admitted to the program, applicants must be an RN with current licensure in New York State. When admitted to the BSN program, RNs are granted 60 credits towards their BSN, providing a very big start to begin their higher level studies. Only 60 more credits must be earned for the baccalaureate degree. Students must maintain a grade point average of at least a C in all classes, and all BSN students must also pass the College Proficiency Examination (CPE) to qualify for graduation. They must complete all of the required courses for the BSN that total 120 credits before graduation.
Medgar Evers College-CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11225-2017