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.

In addition to application to the college, students must apply for acceptance into the nursing program through the admissions office. Therefore, application by February 1 is of primary importance.

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.

Informational meetings

Learn more about nursing program admission requirements. The following dates are for all students interested in fall 2019 admission:

  • Monday, November 5 at noon
  • Thursday, November 8 at 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 4 at noon
  • Thursday, December 6 at 6 p.m.

Location: Jamestown Campus - ARSC 332, Cattaraugus County Campus - AHSC 114

Admission details

Criteria for admission
  • High school and college transcripts from all institutions attended must be filed in the admissions office prior to February 1 of the year seeking admission.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 for current or previous college students.
  • Placement in the top 25% of the class (with a minimum of an 90% average) for high school students or 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 at least a 2.5 GPA. Prior to full-time enrollment at JCC, high school students are encouraged to consider enrollment in college course opportunities, i.e. College Connections.
  • A passing grade in a high school or college chemistry course. A strong science-based high school curriculum is highly recommended for student success in the nursing program.
  • Eligibility for placement in ENG 1530: English Composition II. Eligibility is determined by placement test, or transfer credits, equivalent to ENG 1510 and the Accuplacer reading score of 80+.
  • Eligibility for placement in MAT 1500: Problem Solving with Mathematics. Eligibility is determined by completion of high school algebra and placement exam, or completion of MAT 0500 and an Accuplacer reading score of 80+.
  • A record of grades from credit bearing college courses must be established by applicants with a high school equivalency diploma (GED/TASC).
  • Completion of Nursing Admission Entrance Exam (high school seniors are exempt from exam).
  • 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.
  • 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.
Admission rubric

An admission rubric will be applied to those applicants not admitted directly from high school based upon eligibility criteria, GPA, previous education, and TEAS score. Ten percent of seats are reserved for high school students/graduates who meet program entrance requirements.

Criteria Score
GPA GPA of 3.5-4.0 score 3 points
GPA of 3.0-3.5 score 2 points
GPA of 2.5-3.0 score 1 point
Previous education Previously attained bachelor's degree or higher score 3 points
Previously attained associate degree score 2 points
Previously attained technical degree score 1 point
TEAS score Developmental score 0 points
Basic score 1 point
Proficient score 3 points
Advanced score 6 points
Exemplary score 9 points

Meeting the criteria does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. A greater score on the admission rubric improves the applicant’s chances of being selected. Violations of the “Academic Integrity” or “Student Conduct” policies in 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.


Graduates of the nursing program are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). At the time of submission of an application for licensure and first registration, the applicant is required to report a history of a felony or misdemeanor, or if such charges are pending. State boards of nursing will review the information submitted by the applicant and will determine if the applicant is eligible for licensure. A history of a felony or a misdemeanor may jeopardize the applicant’s eligibility for licensure by state boards of nursing.

Persons intending to practice nursing in New York state should contact the New York State Board of Nursing, 89 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12234-1000 or call 518.474.3817.

Those intending to practice nursing in Pennsylvania should contact the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, PO Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649 or call 717.783.7142.

Criminal background check and clearance

All health care agencies in Pennsylvania 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.

Special expenses
  • Lab fees: $250 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 $11 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, state and federal background checks 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 insure 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 & patch sewn on, white shoes, wrist watch (with second hand or timer), scissors, blood pressure cuff, and stethoscope.
  • 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.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Prior to entrance into NUR 1510, students are required to present evidence of completion of a course in Basic Life Support (BLS) that includes infant, child, and adult CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The acceptable courses are: BLS for the Health Care Provider (American Heart Association) or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross). Students are strongly encouraged to take BLS during the summer prior to entering the nursing program. By taking BLS during the summer, the student will be compliant with the CPR requirement throughout the two-year nursing program. Courses may be available through the nursing program, JCC, and/or in the community.

Nursing admittance entrance exam

All students who are applying for first semester application will need to take the TEAS nursing admittance entrance exam. The cost for the exam is $70.00 and payable to ATI during online registration.

Date Jamestown Campus Nursing Dept. Cattaraugus County Campus Nursing Dept.
November 7, 2018 9 a.m.-noon 9 a.m.-noon
November 14, 2018 noon-3 p.m. noon-3 p.m.
November 28, 2018 9 a.m.-noon 9 a.m.-noon
December 5, 2018 noon-3 p.m. noon-3 p.m.
December 12, 2018 3-6 p.m. 3-6 p.m.
January 16, 2019 9 a.m.-noon 9 a.m.-noon
January 23, 2019 noon-3 p.m. noon-3 p.m.
January 30, 2019 3-6 p.m. 3-6 p.m.

Additional information for admission into later semesters

Admission into second semester

Persons with prior experience in the health care field, such as a licensed practical nurse who does not meet the transfer requirements from an articulation agreement, or a paramedic, may apply for admission to NUR 1520 by challenging NUR 1510.

The application will be reviewed when the individual has met the following criteria:

  • Criteria for admission as outlined in the nursing program admission requirements section (exempt from the TEAS exam).

For challenging NUR 1510:

  • A score of 75% or better on the NUR 1510 challenge examination (score valid for two years), and
  • Achievement of a satisfactory grade for basic nursing assessment and intervention skills.

Students should contact the nursing program secretary to schedule the challenge examination and skills evaluation. A $30 fee is charged for each challenge exam and a $100 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.

Prior to entry into NUR 1520 the student must have successfully completed the following courses:

  • BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I: 4 credits
  • ENG 1530: English Composition II: 3 credits
Transfer or readmission to program

A student seeking transfer or readmission may enter the nursing

program according to the following 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 1510 or successfully challenge 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 students be unsuccessful in repeating any nursing core course, they 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 full-time 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. A student seeking transfer or readmission into the nursing program will be considered on the basis of space available and grade point average.
  8. A transfer student must complete at least 34 credit hours at JCC to be eligible for graduation.
  9. Students seeking readmission or transfer into NUR 1520, 2510, or 2520 must successfully challenge NUR 1510 and/or NUR 1520 prior to the individual’s application being reviewed.

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. A $100 fee will be charged for the skills demonstration. The fee must be paid at the business offi ce prior to the demonstration of skills. The student must bring a copy of the receipt to the testing site.

Transfer from a practical nursing program

JCC has articulation agreements with the Erie II-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus County, Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES Schools of Practical Nursing, and the Practical Nursing Program at Venango Technology Center. Graduates of these programs may transfer into NUR 1520 based on the following criteria (exempt from the TEAS exam):

  • Meet the college and nursing program admission criteria.
  • Attain an overall GPA of 85% in the LPN program.
  • Graduate from an LPN program within the previous three years.
  • Complete BIO 2510: Anatomy & Physiology (4 credit hours).Complete ENG 1530: English Composition II (3 credit hours).

Technical standards for nursing (cognitive, physical, and behavioral criteria)

About technical standards

JCC provides the following technical standards with examples of learning activities to inform prospective and enrolled students of the skills required in completing their chosen profession’s curriculum and in the provision of health care services. These technical standards reflect the performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the nursing program. These standards are not a requirement of admission into the program.

Individuals interested in applying for admission to the program should review these standards to develop a better understanding of the skills, abilities, and behavioral characteristics required to successfully complete the program.

Students admitted to the nursing program are expected to be able to complete curriculum requirements, which include physical, cognitive, and behavioral core competencies that are essential to the functions of the entry-level professional nurse. These core competencies are considered to be the minimum and essential skills necessary to protect the public. These abilities are encountered in unique combinations in the provision of safe and effective nursing care and can meet the criteria with or without reasonable accommodations. Students who are unsure if they can meet these criteria because of disability, or know they will need help in meeting them, must contact JCC’s accessibility services office to discuss the use of reasonable accommodations and/or auxiliary aids. The college will provide reasonable accommodations but is not required to substantially alter the requirements or nature of the program.

Progression in the program may be denied if a student is unable to demonstrate the technical standards.

Cognitive criteria
  • Recall, collect, analyze, synthesize, and integrate information from a variety of sources.
  • Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize date.
  • Problem solve and think critically in order to apply knowledge and skill.
  • Communicate verbally, and through reading and writing, with individuals from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Relay information in oral, written, and electronic form effectively, accurately, reliably, and intelligibly to individuals and groups, using the English language.

Examples of learning activities found in the nursing curriculum and related to industry standards:

  • Process information thoroughly and quickly to prioritize and implement nursing care.
  • Sequence or cluster data to determine client needs.
  • Develop and implement a nursing plan of care for clients in acute, long-term, and community settings. Discriminate fine/subtle differences in medical word terminology.
  • Report verbally and in writing client data to members of the healthcare team.
  • Read and comprehend medical orders and client information found in the medical record.
  • Perform math computations for medication dosage calculations both with and without a calculator.
Physical, motor criteria
  • Move efficiently enough to meet the needs of patients in a timely fashion.
  • Coordinate fine and gross motor movements.
  • Coordinate hand/eye movements.
  • Maintain balance from any position.
  • Negotiate level surfaces, ramps, and stairs.
  • Function with both hands free for performing psychomotor tasks.
  • Maneuver in small areas.
  • Attend to cognitive and psychomotor tasks for up to 7-12 hours.

Examples of learning activities found in the nursing curriculum and related to industry standards:

  • Transfer patients/clients in and out of bed from stretchers and wheelchairs.
  • Turn and position patients.
  • Control a fall by slowly lowering client to the floor.
  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Lift or move (turn, position) clients or objects, pull or push objects, weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Reach to shoulder or higher level to place or access equipment such as intravenous fluid bags, bend or squat to access equipment below bed level.
  • Carry equipment and supplies to the client bedside.
  • Manipulate small equipment and containers, such as syringes, vials, ampoules, and medication packages to administer medications without extraneous movement, contamination, or destruction.
  • Accurately place and maintain position of stethoscope for detecting sounds of bodily functions.
  • Record data with a pen or graphics and other fl ow sheets.
  • Operate a computer.
  • Dispose of needles in sharps container.
  • Complete assigned periods of clinical practice (7-12 hour shifts, days, evenings, or nights).
Sensory criteria
  • Acquire information from demonstrations and experiences, including but not limited to information conveyed through online coursework, lecture, small group activities, demonstrations, and application experiences.
  • Collect information through observation, listening, touching, and smelling.
  • Use and interpret information from diagnostic maneuvers.

Examples of learning activities found in the nursing curriculum and related to industry standards:

  • Detect changes in skin color or condition. (pale, ashen, grey, or bluish)
  • Detect a fire in the client care environment.
  • Draw up a prescribed quantity of medication into a syringe.
  • Observe clients in a room from a distance of 20 feet away.
  • Detect sounds related to bodily functions using a stethoscope.
  • Detect audible alarms generated by mechanical systems such as those that monitor bodily functions, fi re alarms, call bells.
  • Observe and collect data from recording equipment and measurement devices used in client care.
  • Communicate with client and members of the healthcare team in person and over the phone in a variety of settings, including isolation and the operating room where health team members are wearing masks and there is background noise.
  • Detect foul odors of bodily fluids or spoiled foods.
  • Detect smoke from burning materials.
  • Detect changes in skin temperature.
  • Detect unsafe temperature levels in heat-producing devices used in client care.
  • Detect anatomical abnormalities, such as subcutaneous crepitus, edema, or infiltrated intravenous fluids.
  • Feel vibrations such as an arterial pulse.
Behavioral criteria
  • Demonstrate emotional stability to function effectively under stress and adapt to changing environments.
  • Maintain effective, mature, and sensitive relationships with others.
  • Examine and modify one’s own behavior when it interferes with others or the learning environment.
  • Possess attributes that include compassion, empathy, altruism, integrity, honesty, responsibility, and tolerance.
  • Establish a therapeutic relationship and communicate in a supportive manner.
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