Queensborough Community College’s program in Nursing was established in 1967 and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Queensborough has enjoyed a long history of graduating competent, caring nurses. The program of study is offered in both the spring and fall semesters, with an evening program available in the fall. Because we believe that nurses must be well educated, Queensborough offers two dual/joint programs with Hunter/Bellevue School of Nursing and York College. Students may apply for these programs while enrolled in their first clinical course in Nursing, NU 101. These programs facilitate students moving seamlessly on for their bachelor’s degree. CUNY also offers an online program for the bachelor’s degree, through the School of Professional Studies (SPS) and students may apply before they graduate from Queensborough.
|EN 101||English Composition I||3|
|BI-301||Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
The next PAX-RN Pre-Admission Exam is scheduled for April 25, 2015 at 9:30 am.
Students may enroll for this test using this link: https://www.nlnonlinetesting.org/pax/
Test duration: 4 hours (expect to stay for the entire 4 hours)
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled exam start time
ONLY students attending Queensborough Community College are eligible to register
MUST have a CURRENT VALID Queensborough Community College photo ID (new Current student ID)
You will be required to present this upon entering the Testing Center
If you fail to meet this requirement – you will NOT be able to sit for the exam and will FORFEIT the testing fee
Prospective students must take the National League of Nursing Pre Admission RN exam - (RN PAX) at the QCC campus only. Exam scores from other institutions will NOT be accepted. REGISTRATION END DATE for PAX RN exam will be 2 days prior to TEST DATE. Recommended book for preparation: NLN Pre Entrance Exam 3rd edition ISBN #9781884826278: http://www.nln.org/testingservices/ns/ns_gs_studyguide.htm
All undocumented students who are interested in nursing are strongly urged to contact the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project which will provide free counseling and assistance to all CUNY students who need help with their immigration status. Their website is http://web.cuny.edu/about/citizenship.html. Students may also visit the QCC Office of International Students & Center for Immigration, Room L-431 in the Library, telephone 718-631-6611.
The Evening Program is only offered in the fall semester. Application forms for the Clinical Program are available in the Nursing Department office, Medical Arts Building, M-302. Consult the nursing website regularly during the semester to check application filing dates. The application form should be completed the semester prior to starting NU-101.
If you have previously made an application and have not been accepted or were unable to accept your seat, you can reapply for the next semester.
Optional - Preparation for the PAX Exam
Charlotte Muller, RN
This prep course prepares the student for the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination(NLN PAX), a standardized entrance exam for potential nursing students who seek admittance into Nursing Schools. The following three main areas of the PAX Exam are covered: Verbal Skills, which consists of both word knowledge and reading comprehension; Mathematics, which includes basic calculations and word problems; and Science, which reviews general biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science.
This course is offered under two schedules (see below) aligned with the PAX Exam dates offered by QCC’s Nursing Department.
Required Textbook: National League for Nursing, Preview Guide for RN Pre-Entrance Exam 3rd edition by Jones and Bartlett
|Nursing Pre-Admission (NLN PAX) Exam Prep|
|MW1||8 sessions / Mon & Wed, 6:30 – 9pm,
Jan. 26 – Feb. 25 (skip 2/16,18)
|MW2||8 sessions / Mon & Wed, 6:30 – 9pm,
March 9 – April 1
|SA||5 sessions / Sat, 9am – 1pm,
Feb. 28 – March 28
Admission to the Clinical Program is competitive. Eligibility for application does not guarantee admission. Results on the RN PAX will be reviewed in combination with the students GPA to determine a priority score for applicant selection. Applicants achieve a ranked score for PAX and GPA after all applicants scores are ordered from highest to lowest in each of these areas. The priority score for each student applying for admission during that semester is determined by the average of these two ranked scores. Potential NU-101 students will be identified based on this priority score and the completion of all other admission requirements.
The final acceptance of qualified applicants will be decided after assessment of each candidate’s communication ability. Communication readiness for safe clinical nursing will be determined by Nursing faculty in collaboration with the Speech Communication and Theatre Arts Faculty.
Transfer students from other institutions must be in good standing. Students who are on academic probation, or have been dismissed from a nursing program at a previous school are not eligible for admission to the Clinical Program. No transfer credit will be given for nursing courses taken at another institution. All nursing courses must be completed at QCC. All non-nursing courses will be evaluated for credit by the College Registrar. Transfer students seeking entrance can be advised by nursing faculty during regularly scheduled advisement sessions. Consult the nursing website regularly during the semester to check for advisement dates.
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) currently matriculated at Queensborough Community College and who have been accepted to the Clinical Program may attain advanced standing into NU-102 by successfully completing the following examinations:
Students who have a current L.P.N. license and believe they qualify to take these examinations should contact the Nursing Department (Medical Arts Building, Room M-302).
Current laws generally permit a state licensing board or agency to deny a license to practice nursing if the applicant has been convicted of a felony or other specified crime. Like many state licensing boards, the Office of the Professions of the New York State Education Department requires that a criminal background check be conducted prior to granting a license to practice nursing.
The Department of Nursing at Queensborough Community College does not require a criminal background check for admittance, but the Department’s educational requirements include placement at one or more hospitals or other off-campus clinical training sites, and these sites frequently require a student to undergo a criminal background check before the student can be placed for clinical training. If, based upon the results of a criminal background check, the site determines that a student’s participation in its clinical training program would not be in the best interest of the site, the site may deny that student admission to the training program. Even if the student has already begun the placement when the results are received, the site may elect to dismiss the student, regardless of the student’s performance while in the training program.
Each clinical training site that requires a criminal background check sets its own standards and procedures, and you may be asked by the site to pay the cost of the background check. You may also have to complete more than one criminal background check during the course of the Nursing program at Queensborough Community College, depending on the number of sites where you are placed and the requirements of each site. Please note that if a clinical training site determines that you may not take part in its training program based on the results of a criminal background check, you may be unable to complete your course requirements and to continue in the Nursing program. It is important for you to consider this before you enroll in the Nursing program at Queensborough Community College. The college has no obligation to refund your tuition or fees or to otherwise accommodate you in the event you are ineligible to complete your course requirements based on the results of a criminal background check, or if you are denied a license to practice nursing.
**Required for Applicants to the Nursing Program and Nursing Student Participation in the Clinical Setting.
The practice of nursing requires performance of certain physical and mental competencies. All candidates for, as well as student in the nursing program, must be able to successfully demonstrated the ability to meet these essential competencies.
Demonstrates the ability to use verbal and written English to communicate accurately and effectively with all individuals, sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care.
Serve as communication liaison between patients and other medical personnel.
Utilize appropriate judgment. Demonstrates ability to calculate measure and analyze.Incorporate previous knowledge from a wide range of subject areas into current practice.
Able to correlate theory to clinical practice.
|Good Moral Character||• No felony or misdemeanor charges or convictions in any state or county.
• No disciplinary actions against the candidate/student.
• No substance abuse
Some clinical facilities require background checks and fingerprinting. Some clinical facilities require drug and alcohol screening.
Recognize and respect all people and their individual differences.Perform effectively under stress sufficient to maintain accountability and responsibility. Display flexibility and demonstrate compassion for all.
Establish professional rapport with all individuals and develop effective relationships.
|Mobility||Possess physical mobility necessary and sufficient to stand, walk, sit, bend, squat reach and lift in order to provide safe and effective care.||
Able to move in and around patient care and treatment areas.
|Motor Skills||Possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care.||
Can perform techniques essential for patient care, including but not limited to: insertion of tubes; preparation and administration of injections; operation, calibration and manipulation of equipment.
Possess auditory, visual and tactile abilities sufficient to assess and monitor health status, provide safe and effective patient care and ensure a safe environment.
Demonstrate capability for observation (seeing), palpitation (feeling), percussion (tapping), and auscultation (listening).
|Prepared by: Curriculum Committee Sp ‘07|
National Patient Safety Goals:
**The student is responsible for knowledge of “The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals” related to semester course content at:
**Students are responsible for adhering to the HIPPA privacy laws related to patient care information in all clinical circumstances.
Queensborough Community College is launching an accelerated program into nursing for persons in the military who have received training or worked as a medic or hospital corpsman. This accelerated program involves a week-long bridge program that will cover nursing content needed for students to transition seamlessly into the second semester clinical nursing course. Students successfully completing the bridge program will be granted seven academic credits.
Please download the brochure for further information about the program and contact information.
Information Sessions are an opportunity for students interested in Nursing to learn about the application process. Only QCC students who have completed all pre-requisites are eligible to apply.
The Information Session Dates for the Fall 2015 semester:
April 15th @ 1 pm room M362, April 15th @ 5 pm room M362
Are you ready to Apply?
Got to the Clinical Nursing Application Checklist.
Nursing Applications for the Fall 2015 semester can be picked up in the Nursing Office M302 starting March 11,2015 - April 29, 2015
During the following days & hours:
MON, TUES, THURS - 9am-4pm
WED - 9am-5:45pm
FRI - 9am-3:00pm
The completed applications can be submitted to the Nursing office during these dates as well.
Clinical Nursing Application Checklist (Printable version available here)
|_____||Matriculated Student at QCC|
|_____||Student Advisement Degree Audit Form
(via CUNY Portal --> Student --> Advisement Degree Audit)
|_____||Completed or Exempt from Speech Requirements|
|_____||Completed or Exempt from Math Requirements|
|_____||Completed BI-301 – minimum grade of C|
|_____||Completed MATH-119/ MA336|
|_____||GPA 3.0 or greater from first grade earned in BI-301, PSYC-101, MATH 119 and EN-101|
|_____||Updated Documentation of Legal Status in the United States on file with QCC Registrar’s office|
|_____||NLN Pre-Admission RN PAX Exam results –MUST BE TAKEN @ QCC
(MUST BRING RESULTS)
***If you fail a pre-clinical course you are ineligible to apply to the Nursing Program.***
†Students are permitted to increase their Application GPA by substituting a grade achieved in a higher level course. This substitution is allowed for one Pre Clinical Course as follows:
Printable version available here.
The Nursing Department has agreements of articulation with the following upper division nursing programs. Students planning on continuing their nursing education should click on the college links below for information.