Nursing Program Policies

The policies which appear in the NCC catalog are applicable to all College students. It is recommended that students review the Nursing Department Policies in their entirety as presented in the Nursing Student Handbook. Nursing students are required to adhere to departmental policies. The following represents only a portion of these policies.


All written assignments must be submitted when due, unless prior permission for lateness is obtained from the instructor. All written material must reflect only the individual's effort. Collaboration should occur only when a group assignment is required. Written assignments must be satisfactorily completed, graded and returned to the student before the student is allowed to sit for the final examination. If a student is caught cheating on an exam, the student will receive a zero on the exam and earn an immediate F in the course. The student will not be readmitted to the Nursing Program, and will also be in Violation of the College's Code of Conduct which carries a penalty of suspension or expulsion from College.  Students will not share information about exam questions with anyone. Violation of the confidentiality of exams will result in disciplinary action. (See Code of Conduct NCC Catalog.)


When an assigned seat is not going to be accepted by the student, it is a requirement that the student notify the Nursing Office at least seven days prior to the first day of class. Failure to notify the Nursing Office within the stated time will jeopardize readmission to the Nursing Program.

Students must attend all clinical experiences including pre and post conferences. Absences or lateness will jeopardize the student's standing in the Nursing course.

Clinical Assignments

Students are not permitted in the clinical area unless under the supervision of a faculty member.

Clinical Selection

Although students are allowed to pre-select clinical placement, the final decision is based upon Departmental needs and the availability of the clinical facilities. Students with a clinical placement at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) will be required to pay a $50.00 Orientation fee per semester.

CPR Certification

Prior to admission to NUR 101, students must submit a copy of current certification of competency in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for the Health Care Provider. After February 16, 2016 the BLS Provider card takes its place.

Curriculum Pattern and Advisement

Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the current course requirements and pre and co-requisites. If College entrance placement exams indicate a need for remediation in English, mathematics or reading, remediation must be completed before entering the nursing program.  Nursing students must be able to communicate effectively in English. Once matriculated into the Nursing Program, students must complete core Nursing courses within a five-year period. If a request for readmission occurs following a change in the Nursing curriculum, the student may be required to retake Nursing courses to meet current program requirements.


The academic requirements in the Nursing curriculum are demanding and students are cautioned to plan their work schedules or extra curricular activities with this in mind. Nursing course grades reflect both theoretical and clinical competence. The letter grade awarded is based on achievement in written objective tests and other assignments. A minimum grade of 75 (C+) in each of the core courses is required to enter the subsequent nursing course or graduate. A student will not be permitted to withdraw from a Nursing course that they have failed at anytime during the semester, including the first nine weeks of the semester.  A student will not be permitted to withdraw from a course after the final exam has been taken. The minimum grade point averages required to maintain academic standing are:

1.7 with 1-14 credits attempted
1.8 with 15-29 credits attempted
1.9 with 30- 47 credits attempted
2.0 with 48 or more credits attempted

A minimum of 17 credits (including NUR101) must be completed before progressing to NUR105.

A minimum grade of "C" is required in, AHS131 , AHS132, and AHS202 in order to continue in the Nursing Program.


No student will be allowed in any health care agency without clearance from the Health Office of Nassau Community College. Nursing students are required to submit evidence of a physical examination, antibody tiers and inoculations prior to the beginning of the semester for NUR 101 and prior to the beginning of each semester thereafter.

Drug screening may be required at some affiliating institutions. Failure of the screening will mean that student cannot attend the clinical practicum and will not be able to satisfactorily complete the course requirements.

Following an alteration in a student's health status, the student may be required to submit health clearance before further participation in clinical activities. Professional practice requires that when the student is in the clinical area, the student must be free of any stressor that could potentially impair functioning. Students who are injured or become ill in the clinical area should immediately report the injury or illness to their clinical instructor.

Malpractice Insurance

Coverage for student is mandatory and arranged through the College. The fee for this insurance is included in the bill from the Bursar's Office.

Professional Attire

When in uniform, students should be aware that they represent both the Nursing Department and the profession. Nursing students must supply their own required uniforms and equipment. The student uniform may be worn only during scheduled clinical experiences. A complete description of the uniform is found in the Nursing Student Handbook and Student Course Outlines.

Professional Ethics

Nursing students must be of good moral character and may be subject to criminal background checks and random drug screenings. Nursing students must be legally eligible for employment and professional licensure in the United States. Candidates for licensure as a registered Professional Nurse in New York State must comply with Title VIII of the New York Education Law. Further information may be obtained from the Nursing Handbook of the NYS Education Department.

Readmission Policy

  • Students who stop out (successfully complete prior course but do not enroll in the following semester’s nursing course), withdraw from, fail or receive a grade below C in any one of the Nursing courses may be considered for readmission to that course.
  • Readmission is neither guaranteed nor is it an automatic process.
  • Students may repeat only one Nursing course.
  • Students may repeat a Nursing course only one time.
  • Requests for readmission must be made in writing to Nursing Department Chair.
  • The Academic Standing Committee reviews all readmission requests.
  • Readmission requests must include current transcript and documentation that Academic Development Recommendations have been completed.
  • If the student is accepted for readmission with additional recommendations  imposed, all requirements must be met prior to review by the Academic Standing Committee.
  • Students requesting readmission to a designated semester must complete all corequisites
  • Students will be readmitted upon the availability of seats in the following  priority:  "Stop"; "Withdrew passing"; "Withdrew failing"; "Failed".
  • Readmission may be denied to any student who has exhibited physically or verbally abusive behavior or who has otherwise exhibited unprofessional conduct.


Transfer Between the Day and Evening Option

The Academic Standing Committee will review all written requests for transfer between the day and evening session on an individual basis.

Transfer of Credits into Nursing (Nursing Courses are NOT Transferable)

College courses applicable to the Nursing Program completed at other colleges must be transferred prior to admission to the Nursing Program.  Science courses completed more than ten years prior to admission to the Nursing program will not be accepted. Change of Area students should transfer in all courses applicable to the Nursing Program at the time of admission.


Students are responsible for travel to and from the clinical facilities which are dispersed throughout Long Island. Nursing students are required to provide their own transportation.