Major in Nursing

Students in nursing skills labOur Nursing Major Allows You To:

  • Prepare for a nursing career in a wide range of institutional and community settings.
  • Be eligible to sit for the professional nurse licensing examination (NCLEX-RN).
  • Go on to graduate school.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing (120 credits)

The nursing program leads to a bachelor of science with a major in nursing. Its primary mission is to prepare graduates for the practice of professional nursing in a wide range of institutional and community settings. This curriculum track prepares students to become registered nurses.

The nursing program is registered by the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The program holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Council of Deans of Nursing of Senior Colleges and Universities in New York. It supports an active Chapter (Gamma Delta) in Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

Program Requirements


Admission to the major is competitive and is contingent upon academic qualifications and spaces available in the major. Candidates must meet the general admission requirements to the college as published herein and the following requirements specific to the nursing major:

  1. Freshman applicants must have completed three units of high school science including biology, chemistry, and physics or other science.
  2. Freshman applicants must have completed three units of high school mathematics.
  3. To certify English proficiency, international applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), achieving a score of 550 on the paper examination or 80 on the Internet version.
  4. Transfer applicants must have achieved an overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for courses completed at another college or university.
  5. Applicants planning to pursue the Registered Nurse Option must be graduates of a nursing program that is approved by the state or Canadian province in which the program is located and current registered professional nurse licensure in New York State is required. Applicants awaiting the results of the licensing examination taken for the first time will be admitted, however, continuance in the option will be contingent upon a passing grade on the licensing exam.

Transfer Credit

All courses completed satisfactorily at another accredited institution of higher education are evaluated on a course-by-course basis in accordance with guidelines established by the college and the following Department of Nursing criteria: Students transferring from two-year colleges may be granted a maximum of 67 semester hours earned at two-year colleges that include a maximum of 34 transfer credits in nursing.

Change of Major

Students who wish to declare a major in nursing after admission or enrollment at the college must first obtain approval from the Department of Nursing. Admission will be contingent upon academic qualifications and available space in the transfer class. An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all college level course work completed is required. Acceptance is highly competitive. Requests are considered once a year, at the end of the spring semester. Requests and supporting materials are due April 1st.

Visit Transfer Admissions for more information about transfer requirements for this program.

Progression Policy

Students in the nursing major are held to high academic standards. At the end of each semester, the Academic Standards Committee, made up of 3 faculty members and the departmental chairperson, reviews student grades. In order to progress within the nursing major, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Students must have an overall grade point average (GPA) in the major of 2.5 prior to entering junior-level nursing courses.
  2. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in all required nursing courses to continue in the nursing program.
  3. Students must complete cognate requirements with a grade of C or better (P grades are not acceptable) prior to taking junior level nursing courses.
  4. Required cognate and nursing courses can be repeated only once. A student may repeat no more than two required courses within the total program.
  5. Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance in both theory and clinical portions of a nursing course in order to be successful in a nursing course with both a theory and a clinical component. Failure to pass either theory or clinical will constitute a failure for the course.
  6. Students in curriculum 202 must have successfully completed or be currently enrolled in NUR 362 in order to enroll in NUR 360, NUR 361, or NUR 370.

Clinical Requirements — Must read

  1. All students must meet the health requirements of the nursing program and affiliating clinical agencies. You will receive an email with instructions on how to access and upload your documents. Clinical requirements are due to the Nursing and Nutrition Department by August 1st for the Fall semester and January 1st for the Spring semester. If you have questions please contact Theresa Wenig at or Sarah Charles

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about nursing at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Noreen M. Houck, Ph.Dc., M.S., RN, CNE, Chairperson
Department of Nursing and Nutrition
Office: Hawkins Hall 209B
Phone: (518) 564-3124
Fax: (518) 564-3100

SUNY Plattsburgh
Department of Nursing and Nutrition
Hawkins Hall
Plattsburgh, NY 12901