Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020

Nursing (AAS)

Admission and Application Deadlines

Admissions to the Nursing program are made in June and January each year. Applications for admission are available during each registration online at www.csi.cuny.edu/nursing.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Nursing program is competitive. Students must: 

  1. Have a minimum of one semester’s residency; 
  2. Submit SAT I and SAT II (BIO) OR the National League for Nursing (NLN) Pre-Admission Examination (PAX) – RN scores for evaluation;
  3. Successfully completed the prerequisite courses; 
  4. Submit completed health and immunization record to the College Health Center by date designated in the admission materials. 
When the pre-clinical courses have been completed, it is recommended that students register for other outstanding requirements such as the Biology sequence, English, and/or PED 190. Students should consult with a Nursing advisor to assist with appropriate course selection.

Minimum GPA Required in Prerequisite Courses

Effective fall 2012 semester students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses, and a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA, with a minimum grade of C in BIO 150 to be considered for admission to the clinical phase of the Nursing program. The number of admissions is limited.

Students who have repeated any of the prerequisite courses may not be considered for admission to the Nursing program. The letter grades earned in prerequisite courses at other colleges are used in the calculation of the index in the prerequisite courses for transfer students.

Transfer Students

Transfer students from other colleges must be in good academic standing. Students who are on academic probation, or who have been academically or administratively dismissed from a Nursing program at previous school(s), are not eligible for admission to Nursing at the College of Staten Island.

Readmission to the Program

Once admitted to Nursing, any student who fails to complete NRS 110 successfully must reapply for admission to the program on an appeals basis.

Health Documentation

Each student must maintain a completed health and immunization record on file in the Health Center Office, Campus Center (1C), Room 112. At the beginning of each semester, the student must present a current copy of the health and immunization record to the clinical instructor. This includes an annual physical examination, required immunizations, proof of measles and varicella vaccination or blood titer, PPD test, and drug screen (urine) results. Hepatitis B immunization is highly recommended.


Malpractice insurance for Nursing students must be maintained during the time enrolled in the Nursing Education program and is to be renewed yearly. Applications for the insurance are issued at registration. Clinical practice may not begin until the insurance is in effect.


Nursing students are required to wear a uniform during clinical practice. Information about uniforms is available from the department.

CPR Certification

At the start of each clinical course, each student must submit proof of current American Red Cross, National Safety Council, or American Heart Association certification for cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Advancement to Nursing Clinical Requirements

Starting in the Fall 2009 semester, in order to advance into nursing clinicals, students must provide documentation for one of the following categories:

  1. United States Citizenship
  2. Permanent Residency
  3. International Student with F1 Status
  4. Granted Asylum, Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, Deferred Enforced Departure; or Deferred Action Status by the United States government.

Criteria for Continuation in the Associate's Degree Nursing Curriculum

  1. The student must be admitted to and matriculated in the clinical phase of the Nursing curriculum in order to register for any required nursing course.
  2. The student must achieve a minimum grade of C+ in each of the required Nursing courses and a minimum grade of C in the required biology courses. The student may repeat only one biology course with a minimum grade of C and only one nursing course with a minimum grade of B. Withdrawal (W) from any nursing and/or required biology course will be permitted only once.
  3. Students with two withdrawals (W) in nursing courses must apply to the Departmental Advisory Committee to request permission to register for any further nursing courses.
  4. The time limit for completion of the clinical phase of the Associate’s degree Nursing program is five years.
  5. Students seeking readmission to the clinical phase after a break of three or more years in enrollment in clinical courses must apply to the Department Advisory Committee. In the event of readmission, the Committee may require additional work, including repeating a previously completed clinical course.
  6. Students are expected to adhere to standards that reflect ethical and professional responsibility.
  7. Failure of a student to meet any of the above standards will warrant review by the Department Advisory Committee.

Nursing Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements 20 credits 
Core/Major Requirements 41 credits
Electives 3 credits
Total Credits Required 64 credits

General Education Requirements

ENG 111Introduction to College Writing(EC)


ENG 151College Writing(EC)


BIO 150Human Anatomy and Physiology I(LP)


PSY 100Psychology(IS)


PHL 130Introduction to Ethics(IS)


BIO 160Human Anatomy and Physiology II(SW)(STEM)


Total Credit Hours:20
The biology placement examination is recommended for all students who wish to take BIO 150.  The test is offered at scheduled times in the College Testing Office.  Depending on the placement outcome, students may be required to complete BIO 106 and BIO 107 or BIO 170 and BIO 171 prior to registering for BIO 150.

Core Requirements

BIO 350Microbiology and Cellular Pathology(RLA)


BIO 351Microbiology and Cellular Pathology Laboratory(RLA)


NRS 110Medical-Surgical Nursing I(RNL)


NRS 115Nursing Therapeutics and Pharmacologic Management in Patient-Centered Care(RNL)


NRS 120Medical-Surgical Nursing II(RNL)


NRS 210Medical-Surgical Nursing III(RNL)


NRS 211Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing(RNL)


NRS 220Family-Centered Maternity Nursing(RNL)


NRS 221Child Health Nursing(RNL)


PED 190Fitness for Life(RNL)


Total Credit Hours:41

NRS 210, NRS 211, NRS 220, NRS 221 are half-semester courses.

Total Credit Hours: 64

Liberal Arts and Science Requirements

Courses in human services, health education, and nursing are non-liberal arts and sciences.