New York City College of Technology Nursing Program Review
New York City College of Technology (NYCCT) is one of four senior colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. The school is often referred to as “City Tech.” This public college offers associate and bachelor degrees to its very large student body of over 30,000 students who attend classes at the campus in Brooklyn part-time and full-time. Over 62 programs are offered at the school, including nursing.
Associate in Applied Science
City Tech offers an associate in Applied Science (AAS) in nursing. Candidates are admitted to the nursing program on a very competitive basis. The Admissions Office recommends that prospective students submit their application and required documents as soon as possible to be considered for the program. When students complete the AAS nursing program, they must take the NCLEX-RN to obtain licensure to work as a Registered Nurse (RN) in New York State. City Tech’s nursing program is so strong that their graduates pass the exam with higher mean scores than all of the other nursing programs in the state combined. Students complete liberal arts classes, core nursing courses, and gain clinical experience in various hospitals in New York City. They also work as student nurses in long-term care facilities and in community health agencies.
Admission requirements to the AAS program require that applicants are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or that they have obtained official refugee status. The philosophy of the nursing program is modeled after Watson’s theory of human caring in nursing. Students learn to provide physical, emotional, socio-cultural and spiritual care for patients. To be admitted to the program, an applicant must be judged to be of good moral character and must have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must also take the CUNY entrance exams and pass math, reading, and wring.
Prerequisite courses are biology on the college level, or an applicant may have a score of 85 or above on the Biology Regents exam in high school. During the first term at City Tech, all students must take a 14 credit sequence of classes that includes Anatomy and Physiology I, Introduction to Psychology, English Composition I, and Introduction to Mathematical Analysis. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 must be earned in these courses to be considered for the nursing program at City Tech. All students are also required to take the National League for Nursing Pre-Assessment exam during their first semester at the college. A total of 67 credits must then be earned to complete the program, and the sequence of courses takes five semesters to complete. At the completion of the program, students qualify to take the NCLEX-RN to obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse.
Baccalaureate Program in Nursing/Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing
City Tech offers this program to students who hold an associate degree or a nursing diploma. They must be licensed RNs in the State of New York. It is possible to have up to 60 credits transferred from associate degree studies, which gives RNs half of the required 120 credits necessary for graduation. Applicants to the program must have an associate degree from an accredited school of nursing plus licensure in New York State as a RN. A grade point average of at least 2.5 in nursing studies must have been attained, but preference will be given to applicants with grade point averages of 3.0 or better. Diploma nurses may take the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams to bypass introductory nursing courses. After completing the required nursing and liberal arts classes, the graduate will obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
New York City College of Technology – CUNY
300 Jay Street,
Brooklyn, New York 11201