City Tech Nursing Program Requirements

Last Updated on December 22, 2022 by

Nursing – AAS

  • Overview
  • Degree Requirements
  • Sample Course of Study

The Nursing program prepares students to become members of the health team in health service agencies, clinics, community and long-term care agencies and hospitals. In addition to academic coursework in the classroom, skills are practiced in the College laboratory and health care facilities. Adjunct faculty who hold outside employment in a variety of clinical and educational settings teach approximately 60% of the clinical sections of the nursing courses. National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) pass rates for City Tech nursing graduates exceed the mean for all similar programs in New York State.

The Nursing program at New York City College of Technology bases its curriculum on Watson’s philosophy and theory of human caring in nursing. Students learn to care for clients by providing a supportive, protective and/or corrective environment, with attention to the client’s physical, emotional, socio-cultural and spiritual condition. Clients are assisted at each level of human development to move toward the fullest realization of health potential through gratification of human needs. Gerontological nursing and community-based nursing are integrated throughout the curriculum. Technology is infused into the curriculum through clinical laboratory simulation and BlackBoard enhancement of all NUR courses. Graduates are thus particularly well prepared for the rapidly expanding areas of nursing need and the most recent graduate survey results indicate that all respondents are employed in a variety of health care settings reflective of the curriculum.

Program Outcomes

  • Incorporate knowledge and skills gained from the communication arts, information technology and the social and biological sciences into nursing practice.
  • Utilize the caring model to safely meet the health needs of clients of all ages in a variety of settings.
  • Apply the nursing process as a creative problem solving approach in the delivery of client-centered care to culturally diverse clients.
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice using critical thinking in decision-making situations when caring for clients.
  • Incorporate effective communication in interactions with clients, families, significant others and health care providers.
  • Implement client/family health teaching along the health-illness healing continuum.
  • Collaborate with clients, families, significant others and health care providers in creating a protective, supportive and/or corrective environment for clients.
  • Incorporate legal and ethical principles into safe nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate accountability by utilizing quality improvement concepts in the management of care.
  • Function as a client advocate in the health care system.
  • Continue life-long learning activities and professional development.
  • Maintain involvement in community-based service.


A license to practice as a registered professional nurse in New York State is granted to graduates of nursing programs approved by the State Education Department who are at least eighteen years old, are of good moral character*, and have passed the licensing examination of the State Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination at any time following graduation.


Section 28. 1 Determination of Good Moral Character.
The determination of whether an applicant for authorization to practice a profession, under title VIII of the Education Law, is of good moral character shall be made in accordance with the procedures specified in this part.

Section 28. 2 Information
All information indicating that an applicant has been convicted of a crime, or has committed an act of which raises a reasonable question as to the applicant’s moral character shall be referred to the executive director of the Office of Professional Discipline or his or her designee.

The University of the State of New York
The State Education Department, Division of Professional Licensing Services
89 Washington Avenue Albany, New York 12234 c 1992 p. 44

Admission Criteria into the Introductory Courses of the Nursing Curriculum

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent (GED);
  • CUNY proficiency in mathematics, writing and reading;
  • Prerequisites for BIO 2311: BIO 1101 and BIO 1101L with a minimum grade of C, a college-level general biology course with lab, or a score of 85 or above on the biology Regents exam (with lab).

NOTE: As of Fall 2010, students seeking a nursing degree at City Tech will be admitted into the College as an Undeclared Health major (UDH). After completing the prerequisite courses for nursing admission Undeclared Health (UDH) students can apply for the Nursing Program.

Undeclared Health (UDH) students who have not been admitted into the nursing program by the completion of the 30th credit will be required to select another major. If you receive financial aid and do not change your major by the 30th credit, there may be a disruption in your financial aid award . For more detailed information regarding eligibility for state aid please refer to the Financial Aid section under New York State Financial Aid programs.

Introductory Term Requirements

Prior to clinical nursing coursework, all students must complete the 13-14-credit introductory sequence, with a minimum cumulative index (grade point average) of 2.5 in the following courses:

BIO 2311Human Anatomy and Physiology I (must be within the last 5 years)4 credits
PSY 1101Introduction to Psychology3 credits
ENG 1101English Composition I3 credits
MAT 1190Quantitative Reasoning3 credits
MAT 1275 or higherCollege Algebra and Trigonometry4 credits

Students may repeat only one of the introductory courses in order to meet the 2.5 grade point average in the 14-credit introductory course sequence needed for admission to the first semester nursing courses. When an introductory course grade is a “D” or “F”, the student must repeat the course and the grade on the second attempt will be counted for the introductory sequence. A student may not repeat a course in which the initial grade was a “C” or better. When a student has received a “C” or better on more than one introductory course, the student may replace only one of the introductory course grades with the grade of the next level course to raise their GPA (ex. ENG 1121 for ENG 1101; BIO 2312 for BIO 2311; PSY 2301 for PSY 1101; or MAT 1272 for MAT 1275). Students with a higher level of mathematics (MAT 1375 or higher) will have their grade weighted.

Students must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 to be admitted to the first semester nursing courses. A student must have a minimum grade of “C” in each of the introductory courses with a minimum 2.5 grade point average in the 14-credit introductory course sequence.

While the standard in the introductory sequence is the minimum standard for consideration of advancement to the clinical phase of the program, it does not guarantee progression into the clinical phase. The stronger the group of applicants in any given semester, the higher will be the index needed in the introductory sequence for consideration of advancement to the clinical phase of the program. Because of capacity limitations, students who have completed the introductory phase with the minimum 2.5 index or higher will be numerically ranked each semester and seats will be allocated on the basis of the highest cumulative average in the introductory sequence, as space permits. Due to the high number of applicants to the clinical phase of the nursing program in the past two years, the average GPA, for acceptance to the nursing program has been approximately 3.0 or higher.

All introductory students are required to take the ATI TEAS Examination or the equivalent during the introductory semester, to be used as an additional criterion for admission. Minimum score(s) as determined by the Nursing Department will be required for admission. Students must have completed the TEAS exam within (1) one year of their application to the clinical phase of the Nursing program. Students can repeat the TEAS exam one time. They must submit written applications that include the Nursing Admissions Examination results directly to the Department of Nursing.

One month prior to the first clinical laboratory experience, at a date specified by the program, students must present proof of CPR certification and a physical examination utilizing the Nursing Department form, which must be updated annually to meet health care facility and Nursing Department requirements. Current laws generally permit a state licensing board or agency to deny a license to practice nursing if the applicant has been convicted of a felony or other specified crime. Like many state licensing boards, the Office of the Profession of the New York State Education Department requires that a criminal background be reported and investigated prior to granting a license to practice nursing.

City Tech does not require a criminal background check for admittance, but the school’s education requirements include placement at one or more hospitals or other off campus clinical training sites, and these sites frequently require a student to pass a criminal background check before the student can be placed for clinical training. Therefore, all clinical students will be required to have a criminal background check completed prior to the start of the initial clinical practice experience. The cost for this clinical requirements is the student’s responsibility.

A student may also have to complete more than one criminal background check during the course of the Nursing program at New York City College of Technology, depending on the number of sites where he or she is placed and the requirements of each site.

If the student receives a negative incident finding from a criminal background check result, the student must resolve that issue before the start of the clinical practice experience. This may require that the student withdraw and not be permitted to register for the course for the semester until the issue is satisfactorily resolved. There are NO alternative clinical placements.

Please note that if a student is not permitted to take part in a clinical practice experience required by the program based on the results of a criminal background check, the student may be unable to complete the degree requirements. It is important for a student to consider this before enrolling in the Nursing Program. New York City College of Technology has no obligation to refund your tuition or fees or to otherwise accommodate you in the event you are ineligible to complete your course requirements based on the results of a criminal background check, or if you are denied a license to practice nursing.

Progression in Nursing

Once the student is admitted to NUR courses, the following policies will be in effect:

A minimum grade of “C” in each course designated with the prefix NUR (NUR 1010, NUR 1030, NUR 1110, NUR 1130, NUR 2110, NUR 2130, NUR 2210, NUR 2230) and BIO (BIO 2312, BIO 3302) is required.

Requirements for Passing Each Nursing Course

  • A grade of satisfactory “S” in the clinical component.
  • Completion of the Kaplan Integrated Testing Program or the equivalent.
  • Six hours of community service per semester.

Prior to the first clinical experience each semester, students must demonstrate competency in Med-Math to be certified as safe to administer medications in the clinical area.

The student may repeat only two nursing courses with a clinical component (NUR 1030, NUR 1110, NUR 1130, NUR 2110, NUR 2130, NUR 2210, NUR 2230). A committee of nursing faculty will review requests for waiver of this policy. For students repeating NUR 1030, only 10% of allocated seats will be given to repeaters. Priority selection will be based on course numerical grade achieved in NUR 1030. Students who withdraw from first semester will need to reapply to the program. Their applications will be re-ranked within the new pool of applicants.

All NUR courses must be passed on the second registration.

On the second registration attempt for a clinical nursing course, the student will be considered for registration based on space availability. Priority selection will be based on course numerical grade achieved in the course being repeated.

NUR 2210 and NUR 2230 students are required to participate in the NCLEX-RN Advisement program which includes the Kaplan NCLEX Prep Program.

Students are expected to adhere to policies as outlined in the NYCCT catalog, the NYCCT Student Handbook and the Department of Nursing Student Handbook.

Grading Policy for all Courses Designated with the Prefix NUR

DefinitionGradePoints (Index)
Below 60F0.0

A grade of “C” is the minimum passing grade for nursing (NUR) courses. Students must repeat any nursing courses in which they receive a “D” or “F” in the theory component and/or an unsatisfactory grade in the clinical component (subject to the limits on repetition of NUR courses listed above).

Transfer into the Nursing Curriculum

Students who wish to transfer into the nursing curriculum from other college curricula must have completed the criteria for placement in the nursing curriculum and introductory term. To be eligible for admission into the nursing program, transfer students from other colleges must be in good academic standing, not on academic probation, not academically or administratively dismissed and not barred from continuing enrollment in the nursing program at previous college(s). Transfer students from other colleges must be registered at New York City College of Technology for at least one semester prior to being ranked for entry into the clinical nursing courses. They must meet the criteria for admission into the nursing curriculum and introductory semester, and must achieve a 2.5 or higher cumulative index in the introductory course sequence to be considered for progression into the clinical program. Students will be numerically ranked for advancement into the clinical phase of the program as space permits. Any introductory course completed at another college must have a letter grade for computation of index. To receive transfer credit for the required sciences, students must have completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Microbiology within five (5) years of their acceptance to the clinical phase of the nursing program.

Readmission to Nursing

Students who have not registered for nursing courses for two consecutive semesters will be readmitted to nursing on a space-available basis and the achievement of a minimum grade of 75% on a comprehensive nursing examination of previously completed nursing coursework.

Graduation from the Nursing Program

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the required 66-67 credits is necessary for graduation from the nursing program. The clinical nursing courses must be completed within five (5) years.

Approximate Additional Costs

Annual physical examination and NYS immunization requirements and clearance fee*Dependent on coverage
Hepatitis B Vaccine is recommendedProvided at no cost by CUNY
CPR Certification with AED$90
Uniform with emblem, scrubs, shoes, scissors, watch, stethoscope$250
Nursing Textbooks$1100
PDA with e-books$475
Licensure Fee (NCLEX-RN)$343
Standardized Exams$500
Drug Screening$32
Background Check$105
Medical Document Tracker$30

* The College’s Student Health Services Center (SHSC) may be able to provide the physical examination based upon availability of appointments. (General Building, room 414, 718.260.5910)


The College will grant an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree with a major in Nursing upon satisfactory completion of the required 66 to 67 credits.

Admission Requirements


View and download the Information Session Announcement for the Information Session schedule, filing dates, and deadlines.

View and download the ADN Nursing Program Application to access the application for the LACC Registered Nursing Program. Please attend an Information Session for more information if you have not already.  ​​

  • Due to COVID 19, we need to make changes to the application submission option. Please note the changes in the application.
  • All documents must be submitted in a sealed envelope with a cover sheet. On the cover sheet you must type your full name, email address, phone number, Info session Date, Student ID #, and the semester you are applying for.

View and download the Military Personnel Advanced Placement Policy regarding information for the LACC Nursing Education Program Military Personnel.

View and download the E-10 Guidelines for details on Registered Nursing Program Standards.

The LACC Nursing Program accepts applications twice a year:

  • During Spring semester to apply for the following Fall semester.
  • During Fall semester to apply for the following Spring semester.

Exact dates are posted in the Information Session Announcement.

Required Steps to Apply to the Nursing Program

No Exceptions will be made to the Application Process or to the Application Filing Deadline.

Step 1: Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisites (semester units) must be completed before the application filing period with a grade of “C” or better and grades are posted on transcript.

All college courses listed below must be completed before the admitting semester’s application filing period to qualify for lottery selection. Proof of High School Diploma and/or College Degree is required prior to entering the nursing program.

  • Anatomy 1 (4 semester units)
  • Physiology 1 (4 semester units)
  • Microbiology 1 or 20 (4 semester units)
  • Chemistry 60 or 68 or one-year High School Chemistry (two semesters each with C or higher)
  • Psychology 1 (3 semester units)
  • Psychology 41 (3 semester units)
  • English 101 (3 semester units)
  • Math 125 (or higher placement)

The Nursing Faculty strongly encourages students to complete the coursework below prior to entering the nursing program. The following courses are needed to graduate.

  • Communication Studies 101 or 121 (3 semester units)
  • 3 units of American Institution
  • 3 units of Humanities

Refer to LACC Class Schedule’s Graduation Plan B for all classes required for graduation.

Pre-Evaluation of Courses for Nursing Pre-Admissions

Many prospective Nursing students will have completed coursework outside of LACCD. They should first check our TES database which contains over 6,000 equivalencies with our corresponding LACC courses.

  1. If a course is listed as equivalent to ours, the Nursing department will accept it as part of their requisite courses for meeting minimum admissions (e.g., Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology, Oral Communication, etc.)
    View LACC Courses & Equivalencies
  2. If a course is not listed in our TES database, the student may submit an online request and choose the dropdown box we recently added “Pre-Nursing Admissions” or indicate such in the comments section. A copy of the results will be provided to the prospective student, Counseling department and Nursing department.
    Submit a Course Substitution Petition
  3. If you still have questions after following the above steps, you can contact our adjunct Nursing counselors via email (Mario Escalante, or Pornsa Thammaraks). Please click on the counselor’s name to email them directly.
Step 2: Academic Evaluation

You must attend a mandatory Information Session. (See Information Session Announcement for how to RSVP). Only students who have attended an information session will be considered for admissions.

The Nursing Department will only evaluate official, sealed transcripts once all have been submitted. Once evaluation has been completed, you will be notified by email if you have qualified or not for this program. Please note: The Nursing Department will only evaluate official, sealed transcripts during the application filing period which the applicant submitted no later than the designated deadline.

The ATI TEAS exam, a diagnostic assessment test (basic math, English, reading, and science), must be taken before the application filing period ends.

NOTE: If you have already passed the ATI TEAS, you must have the official transcript(s) sent by ATI to LACC of all attempts and versions. The official transcript(s) must be received no later than the application filing period.

If you pass the Academic Evaluation successfully:

Step 3: Application and ATI TEAS

You may submit the Nursing Program application (the ADN Nursing Program Application link above). The application must be submitted in person:

Los Angeles City College Nursing Program,
855 North Vermont Avenue SCI-TECH 218 Front Desk  
Los Angeles, CA-90029

If a date and a space is available, you may be assigned a date to take the ATI TEAS test at LACC when you submit your application. Your assigned test date cannot be changed or cancelled.

All students who have submitted an application must also pass the ATI TEAS in addition to meeting other requirements. Prospective students must score a composite score of 62.0% or higher on the ATI TEAS in order to pass.

Those who fail to achieve a passing score will be required to complete a remediation plan within one year of the initial testing date. Once remediation has been completed and approved, the prospective student may retake the ATI TEAS a second time and must pass with a 62.0% or higher in each subject category.


LACC Nursing will offer a virtual TEAS Exam for the first 20 eligible applicants on a first come first served basis.

If you completed Steps 1-3 & pass the ATI TEAS test successfully:

Step 4: Selection Committee and Lottery

Your complete application, essay, ATI TEAS results, and all official transcripts will be reviewed by the Selection Committee. If approved, your application will be placed in the random lottery. We will notify you of your lottery result via email.

Regarding Foreign Country Transcripts:

All transcripts outside of the U.S. must be evaluated according to the following procedures:

  • You must complete 12 units with a “C” average within the LACCD prior to submitting any petition for credit.
  • Submit foreign transcripts to an LACC-approved foreign transcripts evaluation service to obtain credit recommendations.
  • Submit to the college’s Petitions Committee a sealed copy of the evaluation service’s credit recommendations along with a petition for approval of credit. Credit approval by the Petitions Committee is NOT automatic. (See a counselor for details.)