Nursing A.A.S. Admissions Information
Revised For Academic Year 2019-2020
For more information, contact:
Donald H. Whitely
Office of Admissions
Administration Building, Room 210
About the Program
The Registered Nursing Program is a two year, four-semester program. There is one nursing course offered in each of the four semesters. All nursing courses are offered on the Westchester Community College Main Campus. Nursing courses from other institutions are not transferable to the Westchester Community College program. All prerequisite and general education courses must have a final grade of C or higher. Nursing courses must have a final grade of C+ or higher. Only candidates selected to the college’s Registered Nursing Program can enroll in nursing courses. Candidates should also review on the website the Essential Functions for Admission and Continuance in the nursing program in order to evaluate their own abilities to be successful.
Prior to applying to take the TEAS Exam, all candidates must complete the following prerequisites:
- High school or college-level Biology (Principles of Biological Science 101 or Human
- High school or college-level Chemistry (Principles of Inorganic Chemistry 113)
- CPR must be completed prior to the program with a Health Care Provider (Red
Cross or American Heart Association) Certification. CPR must be good for two
Important Note about Pre and Corequisites
A candidate who has not completed biology and/or chemistry from high school must complete these courses at the college level. A candidate cannot take the TEAS Exam during the same semester in which they are enrolled in either college-level biology or chemistry.
Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 are no longer prerequisites for the program. They are required courses for the completion of the program. It should be noted that there is a good amount of Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 on the TEAS Exam. The ATI TEAS VI section on Science has many questions relating to Anatomy and Physiology that would affect your score. If a candidate wishes to transfer Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 from any institution, it must have been taken within 5 years prior to the start of the program. If taken more than 5 years prior to the start of the program, the course (s) must to be repeated. In addition, all remedial courses MUST be completed and passed successfully PRIOR to applying to take the ATI TEAS Exam. Below are Required General Education Courses that can be taken prior to, or during the program. Each course listed below must have a final grade of C or higher:
- Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 (Biol 121/123)
- Microbiology (Biol 221)
- Nutrition (Nutr 109, Nutr 101 acceptable)
- Psychology (Psych 101)
- English (Writing and Research-Eng 101)
- Math (Contemporary Math-Math 117) (Statistics-Math 140 preferred for transfer)
Each course listed below must be completed while in the program with a final grade of C or higher:
- Dosage and Calculations (Nurse 102)
- Pharmacology (Biol 202)
Application Deadline and Transcripts
All Non-Westchester Community College students who wish to apply to the Registered Nursing Program must first complete a Westchester Community College application by a date to be determined. Students must apply to the Liberal Arts Math/Science Curriculum, not the Registered Nursing Curriculum. You are not considered a Nursing student until you are accepted in the program.
Submission of official high school transcript with a date of graduation is required. It is also recommended that a copy of the high school diploma is submitted to the Office of Admissions.
Submit official college transcript to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation of any transfer credit.
Placement testing is required of all new students in the subjects of English and Math unless the student has transfer college credit with a grade of C or higher, or is exempted from the Placement Test based on SAT/ACT Scores or AP credit for either English or Math, or both. All applicants must be a high school graduate or a GED Certificate holder, or in their last year of high school with a graduation date prior to the entrance in to the nursing program.
TEAS Exam Information
The TEAS Exam determines a student’s admission to the Nursing Program.
The TEAS Exam consists of four content areas: math, reading, English, and science.
The time limit is 209 minutes, or about 3.5 hours.
Math section (34 questions, 51 minutes)
- Whole Number Metric Conversion
- Fractions and Decimals
- Algebraic Equation
- Percentages and Ration/Proportion
Science section (54 questions, 66 minutes)
- Science Reasoning
- Science Knowledge
- General Science
- Basic Physical Principles
- Anatomy and Phsiology
Reading section (48 questions, 58 minutes)
- Passage Comprehension and Inference/Conclusions
English section (34 questions, 34 minutes)
- Sentence Structure
- Contextual Words
All students taking the TEAS must have applied and received an I.D. number. The TEAS Exam is computerized. Instructions on how to navigate the computerized test are given at the same time as the exam. No electronics permitted. If your phone or watch goes off, you will be asked to leave. If asked to leave, your refund will be determined by the department. Calculators are permitted.
Purchase a TEAS study manual, 6th or VI, and online tests from the TEAS Exam website. If you are a Westchester Community College student (either enrolled in coursework, or have applied and received an I.D. number) you have access to the college’s Academic Support Center (located on the ground floor of the library) for additional tutoring. You can also purchase the study manual at the Bookstore. Do not purchase other study manuals except those published by ATI.
The TEAS Exam is administered on the main campus, in the Placement Testing Center, located on the ground floor of the library. You are required to bring a photo I.D. and arrive one half hour
prior to the start of the exam. No children allowed!
Those who test in March will receive status results in April. Those who test in October will receive status results in November.
Applying to take the TEAS Exam
The TEAS Application is available for students to pick up in the Office of Admissions, Administration Building, Room 210, or it can be completed online through the TEAS Exam website. Students must submit the completed TEAS Application and all of the following documents to the Office of Admissions together:
- Course History (downloaded from your MyWCC portal that shows Westchester Community College credits
And transfer credits)
- High School Transcript and Diploma that should be on file with the Office of
Admissions. If not on file, student must present an official copy at the time they
submit their application.
- $100 Money Order (checks or cash will not be accepted)
There are two TEAS exams per year:
- March Exam for admission in September (Fall Semester)
- October Exam for admissions in January (Spring Semester)
You may take the TEAS exam each time offered. If you retest, you must re-submit all documents and money order.
There is no wait list.
Once the TEAS Application and all documents are submitted to the Office of Admissions, you will receive confirmation of your test date from Ms. Joanie Martabano via email. If you have any scheduling concerns, please contact Ms. Martabano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the RN Program and Clinicals
The RN Program is a Monday to Friday program offered only during the day. During the first three semesters, the program is three days per week: 1 day of class, 1 day of lab, 1 day of clinical. During the last semester, the program is 4 days per week: 2 days of classes, 2 days of clinical.
Clinicals are assigned and performed in a variety of locations:
- Hudson Valley Hospital (Peekskill)
- The Osborn (Rye)
- Phelps Memorial Hospital Center (Sleepy Hollow)
- Blythedale (Valhalla)
- Westchester Medical Center (Valhalla)
- Maria Fererri Children’s Hospital (Valhalla)
- Hebrew Home (Valhalla)
- White Plains Hospital (White Plains)
- St. Joseph’s Hospital (Yonkers)
Lateness is not acceptable, you are encouraged to be on time to each clinical site. If you are dismissed from a clinical due to lateness, or any other reason, you will be dismissed from the entire program. No exceptions.