Monroe Community College Nursing Program Review

Monroe Community College (MCC) is a large two-year college of the State University of New York (SUNY). There are almost 19,000 students enrolled at the various branches of the college. Over 80 degree and certificate programs are offered at the college. Students live on campus and off campus and attend full-time and part-time. Monroe’s award-winning sport’s teams and the variety of clubs and activities make it an exciting place to prepare for a career.

Student life at Monroe can be as busy for students looking for activities when studies are completed. The Rochester campus offers all of the attractions that the city has to offer. There is the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Rochester Museum and Science Center. There are dozens of festivals in the city too, including the Corn Hill Arts Festival, Lilac Festival, and the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Back on campus, there is a Student Nurse Organization and many other clubs with activities for students.

Nursing Program

Nursing AAS

The nursing program at Monroe Community College leads to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing. The program is a two year curriculum that includes liberal arts and science courses plus the core nursing courses and clinical experience. Prerequisites for admission to the program are that students must be a New York State resident living in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, or Wayne Counties. Students must also be US citizens or have permanent residency status when they apply. High school courses required are algebra, biology/life science, and chemistry. All three classes must have had a grade of C or better.

Selection of students for the program is based on quality points for the pre-nursing courses that are taken at Monroe. These are College Composition, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology, Introduction to Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. Military veterans are awarded one additional quality point and bachelor’s degree candidates are given four additional quality points. This system allows students with the highest grades to enter the nursing program.

Nurses are expected to be of good moral character and complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse. They must also meet examination requirements by taking the NCLEX-RN to obtain their licensure after completing their studies at Monroe Community College. Students are expected to have a minimum grade of C in all required nursing and biology courses to ensure that they are prepared for the licensure test. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may seek advanced standing in the AAS program by taking the Excelsior College Examination for Fundamentals of Nursing.

Monroe Community College has a variety of nursing scholarships for nursing students. Wealthy families have set up funds to help students who have good grades or financial need pay their way through school. Some of them require a grade point average of 3.0, but others may be given to students who maintain a 2.0 their first semester or first year at Monroe. There are also scholarships to help graduates of the nursing program who want to continue their education to earn their bachelor’s degree. The amount of the scholarship money gifted to students depends on donor funding.

Monroe Community College
1000 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, New York 14623-5780
(585) 292-2000