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Program Information

Kingsborough Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers a Nursing Program that is approved by the New York State Education Department. This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing; 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326.  The graduate receives an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN.   Additional information about this examination can be found at http://www.ncsbn.org.

Department of Nursing Mission Statement

The mission of the Nursing Program at Kingsborough Community College is to develop competent Professional Nurses who are eligible for licensure.  An appropriate balance between general education and Nursing courses prepares students with the competencies to provide safe, caring, patient-centered, evidenced-based Nursing care to culturally diverse populations.  Graduates are prepared for entry into practice, articulation with institutions of higher learning, and engagement in life-long learning.  The administration and faculty are committed to offering a superior education to Nursing students that will prepare them to practice as Professional Nurses in accordance with national standards. 

Nursing Program Outcomes

At a minimum, the Kingsborough Community College Nursing Program will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Achieve the national mean pass rate percentage for first time test takers on the NCLEX-RN examination
  • 75% of graduates will have completed the Clinical Component of the program within three years of beginning Clinical Nursing courses.
  • Secure program satisfaction by graduates at a level of 80%.
  • Secure program satisfaction by employers at a level of 80%.
  • Realize a graduate job placement rate of 75%

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Kingsborough Community College Nursing Program, utilizing the Nursing Process, the student:

  • Provides safe, caring, patient-centered, evidence based Nursing care to a diverse population of patients.
  • Employs critical reasoning strategies.
  • Engages in teamwork and collaboration with members of the intra-professional team.
  • Employs informatics principles, techniques and systems when providing Nursing care.
  • Demonstrates leadership/management in a variety of healthcare settings for the purpose of providing and improving patient care.
  • Applies professional, ethical and legal principles relevant to the practice of a registered nurse..

Role Specific Graduate Competencies

Upon completion of the Kingsborough Community College Nursing Program the graduate will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  1. Safe, Evidence-Based Care
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Communication
  4. Technology
  5. Leadership/Management
  6. Legal/Ethical/Advocacy

Organizational Framework

To realize the Nursing Program’s Mission, Program Outcomes, Student Learning Outcomes, and Role Specific Graduate Competencies the curriculum is grounded in recognized contemporary professional standards, guidelines and competencies which include ACEN 2013 Standards and Criteria for Associate Degree Nursing, NLN Associate Degree Competencies, ANA Standards of Nursing Practice, New York State Nurse Practice Act, National Council of State Boards for Nursing’s (NCSBN) NCLEX-RN Test Plan Categories of Client Needs, The Joint Commission (TJC) National Patient Safety Goals (2015), and Quality and Safety for Nurses (QSEN) Competencies.

The QSEN Competencies together with the NCLEX-RN Categories of Client Needs provide the major unifying themes for application of the Nursing Process and for content and student learning throughout the curriculum. These are introduced in the first semester of the Nursing Program’s Clinical Component and are applied at increasingly complex levels in successive semesters in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. The Student Learning Outcomes organize the curriculum, guide the delivery of instruction and learning activities, and are used to evaluate student progress. The Nursing curriculum and Student Learning Outcomes advance from simple to complex utilizing Bloom’s revised Taxonomy of Learning Objectives.   

The Nursing faculty integrates Knowles Theory of Adult Education in applying educational theory appropriate for student learning. This theory promotes the development of critical thinking, clinical judgment, and the delivery of excellence in patient-centered care to adult students who make up the major demographic in the Nursing Program.

In order 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 professional education and examination requirements.

All licensed professional registered nurses must adhere to rules of professional conduct.  The New York State Education Law includes definitions of professional misconduct and the Board of Regents has rules defining unprofessional conduct.  The New York State Education Department (SED), Office of the Professions investigates all applicants who have a prior criminal conviction(s) and/or pending criminal charges (felony or misdemeanor).  Following its investigation, a determination will be made as to the applicant's eligibility for licensure.  Additional information can be obtained at http://www.op.nysed.gov

Graduates of the KCC nursing program who pass the NCLEX-RN examination and obtain New York registered Nurse licensure can seek employment as a registered nurse in hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, home care and other community-based locations. The license to practice enables you to obtain a position working in such areas as medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, and maternity.

Resources

Information about nursing as a career as well as job opportunities and scholarship information can be obtained from the American Nurses Association. Other useful resources include: the National Student Nurse Association; Discover Nursing; the Transcultural Nursing Society; the National Black Nurses Association, and the National Hispanic Nurses Association.

The faculty and staff at Kingsborough Community College are ready to support your education and professional growth. Nursing courses are taught by masters’ and doctoral prepared registered nurses who have many years of clinical practice experience. The Nursing Club is a campus organization that provides opportunities for support, assistance, and collaboration for Pre-Clinical and clinical nursing students. The Nursing Club can be contacted at 718 368-5522.

The nursing profession calls for lifelong learning.  To support your educational advancement, The KCC Nursing Program has articulation agreements with a number of colleges in the New York metropolitan area.  These agreements allow you to easily transfer credits towards completing a Baccalaureate degree in nursing.  Information regarding these agreements is available to the students in the Nursing Office at 718 368-5522.

Nursing Program Components

Admission to Kingsborough Community College does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. The Nursing Program consists of two components, Pre-Clinical and Clinical.  To enter the Clinical Component, students must first complete the Pre-Clinical Sequence of the program.  To obtain specific information about college admission requirements and/or to obtain an application contact: http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/sub-apply_now/Pages/AdmissionsWelcome.aspx, or call 1 718 COLLEGE.

Enrollment in the Nursing Curriculum :  Students must be enrolled in the Pre-Clinical Component. Students who are not officially designated in the Pre-Clinical student group must apply for a Change of Curriculum during the time period noted on the official academic calendar of the college.  This calendar is available on the KCC website or can be obtained at the Office of the Registrar, A-101.

To be considered for the Clinical Component of the Nursing Program, a student must comply with the following:

  • be enrolled in the Pre-Clinical Component.  A students must complete an application for Pre-Clinical Nursing during the period noted on the Academic Calendar.  The application is obtained in the Registrar’s Office.  The student must see a nursing advisor to discuss their academic performance and obtain a advisor’s signature on the application. The application is submitted to the Nursing Department (M401);
  • pass the CUNY Reading and Writing exams and parts 1 and 2 of the COMPASS Math Skills Test and/or complete any required remediation before completion of the four (4) courses in the Pre-Clinical Sequence;
  • complete the four (4) courses in the Pre-Clinical Sequence: ENG 1200, PSY 1100, BIO 1100 and SCI 2500;
  • complete the four courses  the Pre-Clinical Sequence with at least a grade point average of 2.5 and earn at least two (2) Bs (one of which must be in SCI 2500 or BIO 1100);
  • the student who have repeated and/or withdrawn from any of the Pre-Clinical Sequence courses may not be considered for admission to the Nursing program;
  • all grades received for courses taken in the Pre-Clinical Sequence at Kingsborough will be included in the Pre-Clinical average computation;
  • submit transcripts from other colleges (NOTE: Letter grades received in the Pre-Clinical Sequence courses at other colleges will be used to determine eligibility for admission); any biological science course more than 10 years old will not be accepted for exemption or credit;
  • perform satisfactorily on the Test of Academic Skills (TEAS) exam;
  • the transfer student from other colleges must be in good academic standing.  A student who is on academic probation or has be administratively dismissed from a Nursing program at a previous school is not eligible for admission to the Nursing program.

    The students must earn a minimum of a “C” grade in all pre and co-requisite courses;

PLEASE NOTE WELL:  All current CUNY Clinical Nursing students must provide documentation as to legal status in one of these categories:

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Permanent residency.
  • International Student with F1 status.
  • Granted Asylum, Refugee Status, Temporary protected Status, Withholding of Removal, or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. Government.

Students who successfully complete the prescribed Pre-Clinical Sequence requirements may formally file for enrollment into the Clinical Component of the Nursing Program and must file for an application to take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam.  Completion of the above conditions does not guarantee admission into the Clinical Component:  this is based on space availability, the Pre-Clinical Sequence average and ATI-TEAS results.   Candidates are ranked based on their Pre-Clinical Sequence GPA and the ATI-TEAS) results.

Qualified applicants who are not admitted to the Clinical Component due to lack of available space will not be placed on a waiting list or be given preferential admission into a later class.  These students should consult with a nursing counselor in Room M-101 to discuss further options. 

Application forms and specific filing dates for the Clinical Component of the Nursing Program are available in the Nursing Department office, MAC 401. The completed form should be filed in that office during the Spring or Fall semester in which the student expects to complete the Pre-Clinical requirements. Students completing the requirements during the Summer or Winter module should file their application in the following Fall or Spring semester. Advanced Placement for Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensed practical nurses (LPN) who are accepted into the Clinical Component may receive credit for NUR 1800 (Fundamentals of Nursing) by earning a score of Level 2 or better on the ATI Proctored RN Fundamentals Exam. These candidates may receive credit for NUR 1700 (Calculations for Medication Administration) by achieving a grade of "B" or better on the Department of Nursing’s NUR 1700 final examination.  Candidates wishing to earn these credits by examinations must meet with the Department Chairperson. 

 

 



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