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How to apply to the nursing program

The nursing program is designed for full- or part-time study and may be completed in a minimum of two academic years of full-time study. The four-semester sequence of nursing courses, which begins each fall semester, must be completed sequentially. Students who desire part-time study may complete the general degree requirements before seeking admission to the program.

Steps to apply

1. Apply to JCC

In order to apply to Jamestown Community College's nursing program, you first have to apply to JCC. Applying to JCC includes completing the online application and sending in appropriate transcripts.

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2. Schedule placement testing

Schedule to take the placement tests and complete the next steps for accepted students. Placement testing is not required if you have English and math college courses.

You must be eligible for placement in ENG 1530: English Composition II. Eligibility is determined by JCC’s placement test, or transfer credit equivalent to the first course in college composition.

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3. Send transcripts

Send copies of your official high school, BOCES, and any college transcripts to the admissions office for evaluation and transfer of credit into the nursing program. This is separate from your transcripts that you supplied for initial acceptance to JCC.

Transcripts must be received by February 1 for initial consideration. Transcripts received after February 1 will continue to be reviewed. However, review for admission to the nursing program will be delayed.

A record of grades from credit bearing college courses must be established by applicants with a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

4. Speak with a nursing advisor

Call Marlene Hamrick, the administrative assistant for nursing, at 716.338.1170 to make an appointment to meet with a nursing advisor. The nursing advisor will be able to create an educational plan for you based upon the results of your placement test and transfer evaluation. Once you've connected with a nursing advisor, you'll be ready to apply to the nursing program.

5. Apply to the nursing program

The nursing program begins each fall semester. Applications are reviewed in March by the director of admissions and the nursing program director. Students may continue to apply for admission until May of the year seeking admission. A second review of applications will be completed in June.

Applications will continue to be reviewed after February 1 on a space available basis. Students who are not admitted for one semester must reapply if they want to be considered for another semester. Students placed on a waiting list and not admitted during a given academic year must also reapply the following year. A waiting list will be maintained until the first day of classes in the fall. Students who are not granted admission one year must apply for admission the next year. The waiting list is not maintained from one year to the next.

A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 for current or previous college students is required for admission into the nursing program. However, most students who are accepted into the nursing program have a GPA higher than 2.5.

Applicant must be 18 years of age by June 1 of the intended graduation year to be eligible to take the NCLEX exam for licensure as a registered nurse.

Apply to the nursing program through the admissions office by February 1 of the year you want to enroll.

Choose your track

First semester (high school) First semester (college) Second or third semester Readmission

High school graduate coming directly to JCC with no previous nursing experience 

College student with no previous nursing experience 

Licensed practical nurse or a paramedic with previous nursing experience

Former nursing student reapplying for admission
First semester applicants (high school)

Students must complete both the JCC application and first semester A.A.S. Nursing application. Ten percent of seats are reserved for high school students/graduates who meet program entrance requirements. Meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. 

Applications will continue to be reviewed after February 1 on a space available basis. Students who are not admitted for one semester must reapply if they want to be considered for another semester.

High School Criteria

  • High school and college transcripts from all institutions attended should be filed in admissions office prior to February 1 of the year seeking admission (i.e. February 1, 2017 for fall 2017 admission).
  • Placement in the top 25% of the class (with a minimum of an 90% average) for high school graduates with no college experience. If you are a high school student who was not in the top 25% of your high school class and/or did not have a minimum of an 90% average, you may still be considered for admission to the nursing program after you have completed general education courses required for the nursing program and obtained a 2.5 GPA.
  • A passing grade in a high school chemistry course.
  • Eligibility for placement in ENG 1530: English Composition II. Eligibility is determined by placement test, or transfer credits equivalent to ENG 1510 and Accuplacer reading score of 80+.
  • Eligibility for MAT 1500 or higher. Eligibility is determined by placement test or prerequisite of MAT 0500.
  • A record of grades from credit bearing college courses must be established by applicants with a high school equivalency diploma (GED/TASC).
  • Must be 18 years of age by June 1 of the intended graduation year to be eligible to take the NCLEX exam for licensure as a registered nurse.

Recommendations

  • Prior to full-time enrollment at JCC, high school students should strongly consider enrollment in college course opportunities, such as College Connections.
  • A strong science-based high school curriculum is highly recommended.

Additional Information

Students entering the nursing program will only have two opportunities to successfully complete Anatomy and Physiology I and/or II with a “C” grade or better. Students who have taken Anatomy and Physiology I or II more than twice will not be permitted to enter or continue in the nursing program. A student wishing to be considered for a waiver to the two course limit should obtain letters of support from two faculty members, at least one of which must be from a nursing faculty member.

First semester applicants (college)

Students applying to the nursing program for the first time must complete the first semester application. Meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. 

Applications will continue to be reviewed after February 1 on a space available basis. Students who are not admitted for one semester must reapply if they want to be considered for another semester.

College Criteria

  • High school and college transcripts from all institutions attended should be filed in admissions office prior to February 1 of the year seeking admission (i.e. February 1, 2017 for fall 2017 admission).
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 for current or previous college students.
  • A passing grade in a college chemistry course.
  • Eligibility for placement in ENG 1530: English Composition II. Eligibility is determined by placement test, or transfer credits equivalent to ENG 1510 and Accuplacer reading score of 80+.
  • Eligibility for MAT 1500 or higher. Eligibility is determined by placement test or prerequisite of MAT 0500.
  • Must be 18 years of age by June 1 of the intended graduation year to be eligible to take the NCLEX exam for licensure as a registered nurse.

Point System

A point system will be applied to those applicants not admitted directly from high school based upon courses completed toward the nursing program and GPA. An explanation of the point system is located on the nursing application form.

Additional Information

Students entering the nursing program will only have two opportunities to successfully complete Anatomy and Physiology I and/or II with a “C” grade or better. Students who have taken Anatomy and Physiology I or II more than twice will not be permitted to enter or continue in the nursing program. A student wishing to be considered for a waiver to the two course limit should obtain letters of support from two faculty members, at least one of which must be from a nursing faculty member.

Meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. A greater number of points improves the applicant’s chances of being selected. Violations of the Academic Integrity or Student Conduct policies set forth in appendix II of JCC’s Constitution of the Student Body or any violations of equivalent policies at other postsecondary institutions, shall also be considered as a factor in the admissions decision.

Second and third semester applicants

Transfer from a Practical Nursing Program

JCC has articulation agreements with the Erie II-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus and Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES Schools of Practical Nursing and Venango Technology Center Practical Nursing Program. Graduates of these programs may receive transfer credit for NUR 1510 to JCC based on the following criteria:

  • Attainment of an overall GPA of 85% in the LPN program.
  • LPN program graduation within the previous three years prior to admission to the nursing program.

Individuals who do not qualify to receive transfer credit for NUR 1510 may receive credit by challenge exam. Individuals should contact the nursing program administrative assistant at 716.338.1170 to schedule the challenge examination and skills evaluation. A $30 fee is charged for each challenge exam and an $80 fee is charged for each nursing assessment and intervention skills evaluation. These fees are to be paid at the business office prior to taking any challenge examination. The applicant must bring a receipt when appearing for a challenge exam.

Applicants may be qualified to apply for admission into either the second or third semester. Applicants interested in this option should meet with a nursing advisor. Acceptance into any nursing course is contingent upon space available in the course and the qualifications of the applicant.


Admission into Second Semester

Second Semester Criteria

  • Successfully challenged NUR 1510, in order to directly enter NUR 1520
    • A score of 75% or better on the NUR 1510 written challenge examination (score valid for two years). Students will have one opportunity to successfully complete the exam.
    • A score of 100% on the math calculations exam. The student will be allowed 3 attempts. A different version of the exam will be administered each attempt.
    • Achievement of a satisfactory grade for basic nursing assessment and intervention skills.
  • Successful completion of BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits), and ENG 1530: English Composition II (3 credits)

Admission Into Third Semester

Third Semester Criteria

  • Successfully challenged NUR 1510 and NUR 1520, in order to directly enter NUR 2510
  • Successful completion of the following required courses:
    • BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
    • BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
    • ENG 1530: English Composition II (3 credits)
    • PSY 1510: General Psychology (3 credits)
Readmission applicants

Former nursing students are welcome to reapply for admission into the nursing program.

Criteria

  1. Each student must apply for admission/readmission to the nursing program through the admissions office at either the Jamestown or Cattaraugus County Campus. If you wish to enter the nursing program in the fall semester, you need to apply by February 1, and for the spring semester, by October 1. Applications may continue to be accepted past the deadlines on a space available basis.
  2. Each student must be accepted into the college for the semester being readmitted. (Application/reapplication must be completed by any transfer student or readmitted student who was not attending JCC the semester immediately prior to admission.)
  3. Students seeking readmission or transfer into the nursing program need to meet the same criteria as students entering the nursing program for the first time.
  4. Any readmitted student who withdrew two years ago or longer will be required to enter NUR 1520, providing he/she has successfully completed NUR 1510 or successfully challenged NUR 1510.
  5. A minimum grade of “C” is required in each nursing course. A student will be permitted to repeat one nursing core course (NUR 1510, NUR 1520, NUR 2510, and NUR 2520) one time. Should the student be unsuccessful in repeating any nursing core course, he/she would be ineligible to continue in the nursing program. Students who are unsuccessful in more than one nursing core course and have already repeated one core course will not be eligible to repeat a second nursing core course. Withdrawal from a core nursing course after the first 30 calendar days will be considered a failure of the course for reapplication purposes. In case of illness or other extreme circumstances, the faculty may consider a one-time exception. The student wishing to be considered for a waiver to the withdrawal counting as a failure for reapplication purposes should obtain letters of support from two faculty members. The waiver with letters of support from two faculty members should be submitted to the nursing program committee for consideration.
  6. Once the nursing sequence of courses has begun, the student must complete the program in three years. The faculty may consider exceptions to the three-year period. The student wishing to be considered for a waiver to the three-year period should obtain letters of support from two full-time nursing faculty members. The waiver, with letters of support, will be submitted to the nursing program committee for consideration.
  7. Transfer credits may be approved for NUR 1510 and 1520 based upon the transfer school syllabi for those courses.
  8. A student seeking transfer or readmission into the nursing program will be considered on the basis of space availability, the point system, and grade point average. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose education was interrupted due to a military commitment.
  9. A student may only transfer and/or challenge up to 30 credits and must complete at least 30 credit hours at JCC to be eligible for graduation.
  10. Students seeking readmission or transfer into NUR 1520, 2510, or 2520 will be conditionally accepted according to the following policy: Students who are conditionally reaccepted into the nursing program must successfully demonstrate selected skills learned in the previous semester(s) as identified by nursing faculty. Students will be granted the opportunity to practice the skills and will have two opportunities to successfully demonstrate the skills. During this time the resources of the college laboratory will be available to them. The demonstration of skills will occur prior to the start of the semester. Students will be notified as to the skills to be demonstrated and the times for demonstration. Students who do not successfully demonstrate selected skills after the second opportunity will be denied reacceptance into the nursing program. An $80 fee will be charged for the skills demonstration. The fee must be paid at the business office prior to the demonstration of skills. The student must bring a copy of the receipt to the testing site. 

Additional requirements and information

CPR certification

Prior to entrance into NUR 1510, students are required to present certification of completion of Basic Life Support (BLS), which includes infant, child, and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED). The acceptable courses are Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (American Heart Association) and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross).

Students are strongly recommended to seek certification the summer before starting nursing courses since certification will then cover the two-year period the student is in the nursing program. Courses are available in the community.

Criminal background check

All health care agencies in Pennsylvania (PA) require criminal background checks on nursing students before beginning a clinical placement. All JCC nursing students will be assigned to clinical experiences in PA during some semester(s). Therefore, nursing students are required, at their own expense, to complete the required child abuse background check and a state or federal background check before beginning clinical placement.

Inability to obtain a satisfactory clearance will prevent a student from being assigned to clinical experiences in PA, and as a result, the student will not be able to complete the clinical objectives for the course and will not be allowed to continue in the nursing program. (The college will not move a student from an agency that denies background clearance to another.) A criminal record may also jeopardize a graduate’s ability to obtain registered nurse licensure.

Health report

Once accepted for admission, you will receive additional communication from the college health center regarding the health screening process for nursing students. Your acceptance in the nursing program is also contingent upon a satisfactory health report, including immunizations, a physical examination, and drug screen at your own expense. Students without a satisfactory health report may not participate in clinical experiences required for the nursing program.

Special expenses
  • Lab Fees: $185 per semester (NUR 1510, NUR 1520, NUR 2510, and NUR 2520).

  • Student Accident Insurance: All nursing students are required to purchase student accident insurance. The insurance will be automatically added to the student’s bill (approximately $13 per semester).

  • Physical Information: To certify the health of students working with patients or clients in health care facilities, JCC, by law, must notify the health care agencies of the status of the students. Therefore, a physical examination to determine the student’s health is required prior to registration and enrollment in any nursing course requiring a clinical component. JCC will provide the forms and information regarding the physical examination following the student’s written acceptance to the nursing program. A $40 fee (approx.) is charged for the physical and 2 step TB.

  • Drug Screen: It is a contractual requirement between the college and some healthcare agencies that prior to beginning their clinical experiences at the healthcare agency, students must complete a 10 panel urine drug screen evaluation and receive clinical clearance to practice. Therefore, the college must require all Jamestown Campus freshman nursing students to complete a 10 panel drug screen evaluation and receive clearance prior to any clinical experience. The Campus Health Center performs the drug screen. The cost of the initial drug screen will be $48 and due the day of the physical. Students who do not receive drug screen clearance from the initial 10 panel screen evaluation will be required to undergo a second drug screen at a higher additional cost. Subsequently, if a student does not receive drug screen clearance from the second screening, the student will not be allowed to participate in any clinical experiences. Students who are not able to complete their clinical experiences will not be permitted to continue in the nursing program.

  • Hepatitis B Vaccine: The vaccine provides active immunity against Hepatitis B. It is strongly recommended by JCC and health care agencies that all students receive this immunization.

  • Criminal Background Check and Clearance: All health care agencies in Pennsylvania (PA) require criminal background checks on nursing students before beginning a clinical placement. All JCC nursing students will be assigned to clinical experiences in PA during some semester(s). Therefore, nursing students are required, at their own expense, to complete the required child abuse background check and a state or federal background check before beginning clinical placement. Inability to obtain a satisfactory clearance will prevent a student from being assigned to clinical experiences in PA, and as a result, the student will not be able to complete the clinical objectives for the course and will not be allowed to continue in the nursing program. (The college will not move a student from an agency that denies background clearance to another.) A criminal record may also jeopardize a graduate’s ability to obtain registered nurse licensure. (See separate federal and state background checks and clearance sheet)

  • Transportation: A variety of area agencies are used to provide clinical experiences for the nursing student. Among these agencies are private and public acute care hospitals, psychiatric facilities, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, public schools, health care clinics, and home care agencies. Transportation and all the expenses associated with the agency experience are the responsibility of the student. Clinical agency placements are limited and in high demand by a variety of health care programs. Clinical agency assignments for JCC’s nursing program may be located in the following areas but are not limited to: Jamestown, Dunkirk, and Olean, NY and Bradford, Erie, and Warren, PA. Although students will have an opportunity to express their preferences for clinical site locations, the time and location of the clinical agency experience is at the discretion of the faculty. It is also a faculty policy to ensure that students have well-rounded clinical experiences in a variety of clinical agencies. Therefore, students must attend more than one agency for their primary rotation during their four semesters of the program.

  • Uniforms: Each student is expected to have a uniform for selected clinical experiences beginning with NUR 1510. Uniforms will be ordered during the first week of the fall semester. Other expenses associated with the uniform include a name embroidered and patch sewn on, white shoes, wrist watch (with second hand or timer), scissors, blood pressure cuff, and stethoscope. Order online »

  • License and First Registration Fees: Fees for the licensure examination and first registration, which occur after the final semester of the program, are approximately $425 for New York state and $390 for Pennsylvania. Fees charged by other states will vary with the state.

  • Laptop: A laptop with a current browser and DVD-ROM player is highly recommended. Cost is approximately $650.

    • Internet Explorer (8 (limited), 11 (limited), 9, 10), Firefox, Chrome, Safari (6, 7, 8)

Expenses for the 2015-2016 Academic Year*
Summary of Estimated Special Expenses 1st Year Student 2nd Year Student
Smartphone or iPod Touch $200  
Skyscape software for smartphone or handheld device $225  
Laptop $650  
Other nursing course textbooks and resources $525 $250
Nursing course lab fees $370 $370
Accident insurance ($13/semester) $26 $26
Physical and TB testing $40 $20
Drug screen $48-75  
Required immunizations $275  
Background checks $20-46  
White shoes $70  
One uniform $70 $70
BP and stethoscope $50  
Watch (sweep hand) $30  
Hemostat $5 (optional)  
Pulse oximeter $35 (optional)  
Pen light $8  
One pair bandage scissors $8  
Total estimated nursing fee, books, hardware, software, and supplies $2,655-$2,708 $736

*All expenses are approximate and may not be the final amount.

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