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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 any requests for additional documentation. 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 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. These can be found on the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions website, by emailing or by calling 518.474.3817 x570.

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 applicable, the student must submit, in writing, a complete detailed explanation, copies of any court records (including Certificate of Conviction) and any other documentation required by the Office of the Professions. Following a review of these documents, eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-RN will be determined on an individual, case-by-case basis.