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Graduation Requirements


Upon completion of all requirements, graduates are awarded an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Nursing. To earn their degree, students must:
• Complete all required courses with a (C) or above
• Complete Child Abuse module
• Achieve a CGPA of 2.0 or above
• Meet all financial and academic obligations
• Complete NCLEX Review Course


Licensure Eligibility

The practice of nursing or use of “Registered Professional Nurse” (RN) within New York State requires licensure.

Upon receiving their degrees from the College of Nursing, graduates are eligible to take the examination for licensure as registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) in New York State or in any state where they expect to practice. All forms for licensure in New York State are available in the Registrar’s Office.

General Requirements

To be licensed as a registered professional nurse in New York State you must:

  • Be of good moral character;
  • Be at least eighteen years of age;
  • Meet education requirements;
  • Complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse offered by a New York State provider;
  • Meet examination requirements.

Applicants must file an application for licensure and the other forms indicated, along with the appropriate fee to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with anyone when asked to send material. The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 139, Sections 6905 and 6906 of New York State Education Law and Part 64 if the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Copies of the relevant sections of NYS Education Law and the Commissioner’s Regulations are available upon request by email: or by calling 518.474.3817 x320.

New York State requires all applicants for NCLEX-RN to answer whether they have:

  • Been charged with a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country, the disposition of which was other than by acquittal or dismissal;
  • Been convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country;
  • Ever surrendered their license or been found guilty of professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct, incompetence or negligence in any state or country;
  • Charges pending against them for professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct, incompetence or negligence in any state or country

If any of these are true, the student must submit, in writing, a complete explanation, copies of any court records and a copy of the “Certificate of Relief from Disabilities” or “Certificate of Good Conduct”. Following a review of these documents, eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-RN will be determined on an individual, case-by-case basis.