Associate in Science Degree Program

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Program Description
Students who complete the Nursing program earn an Associate in Science degree. SUNY Ulster's Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, telephone 404.975.5000, fax 404.975.5020,

The program can be completed in two academic years or extended and pursued on a part-time basis. Nursing courses, however, must be taken consecutively, and it is recommended that they be taken without interruption. Local hospitals and health agencies are utilized as an extension of the College laboratory, providing on-site experience in various medical settings.SUNY Ulster's Nursing program cannot be completed during the evening.

It is recommended that a student who has a felony conviction on his or her record discuss it with the Nursing Department chairperson prior to enrolling in the program. He or she may complete the program and take the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN). However, licensure determination is made by the New York State Board for Professional Licensure. Pending investigation by the State, the graduate may or may not be licensed.

Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the AS Nursing Degree program, a student will be able to:

  • Describe, discuss, apply and analyze the nursing process in response to the needs of the patient, family and community.   
  • Describe, discuss, apply and analyze the concepts of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs while caring for the needs of the patient, family and community.  
  • Describe, discuss, practice, analyze and synthesize the role of the nurse in a model of caring.  
  • Describe, discuss, apply, analyze and evaluate therapeutic communication skills.
  • Identify, discuss, apply and analyze culturally competent care.
  • Identify, discuss, apply, compare and contrast the legal and ethical responsibilities of the professional nurse.  
  • Describe, discuss, apply and design teaching/learning plans for patients, families and communities.  
  • Identify and apply nursing research.  
  • Describe, practice, analyze, and evaluate the role of the nurse leader in health care settings.

Employment Potential
Upon satisfactory completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse licensure (NCLEX-RN). This opens up local and nationwide employment opportunities for graduates in many settings with diverse populations.

Requirements for Program Entry
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Students selected to begin Nursing courses will be required to have the following in place by the beginning of the Fall semester:

  • Satisfactory physical examination, including immunizations, titers and TB testing are required of all students for each year of the program
  • Proof of hepatitis B vaccination (available at cost through College Health Services) or a signed declination with admissions credentials
  • Proof of above exams, tests and vaccinations should be faxed to the College Nurse, Mary Tyler, at 845-687-5259.
    If you have questions, email
  • Basic Life Support Certification for the healthcare professional - American Heart Association
  • Compliance with established dress code - estimated cost of uniforms and supplies is initially about $400
  • Professional liability insurance available through the College for approximately $20 annually
  • Satisfactory certified background check and drug screening - approximate cost $105

Developmental Assistance Available
For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements, or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, Patrik Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information
Lisa Moruzzi, RN, MSN 
Department Chair , Nursing
Office: Hardenbergh Hall, HAR 130 B
Phone: 800:724-0833, ext 1584 or

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To view the SUNY Ulster Nursing Department's
Policy Manual & Student Handbook, click here.
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Nursing students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required Nursing (NUR), Biology (BIO) courses in order to progress in the Nursing program or to be eligible for graduation. Students may only repeat two Nursing courses. If unsuccessful the second time, they may not continue in the Nursing program. Students must supply their own transportation to off-campus labs and learning sites. The Nursing program course sequence must be completed within four consecutive years. If a Nursing major is dismissed from the College for academic reasons, the student may not re-enter the Nursing program unless approved by the Nursing Department.

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here
To print a copy of the Nursing Curriculum Course Map, click here.
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First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
BIO 107  * Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG 101 College English I 3
NUR 152 Nursing I  7
NUR 153 Nursing Dosage Calculations 1
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
Semester Credits 18
Second Semester
BIO 108  * Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG 102 College English II 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
NUR 154   Nursing II 8
PSY 210 Life Span Development 3
Semester Credits 19
Third Semester
BIO 201 * Microbiology 4
NUR 252   Nursing III 8
SOC 101   Introduction to Sociology 3
Semester Credits 15
Fourth Semester
MAT 105  or higher College Algebra or higher 3
NUR 254 Nursing IV 9
Semester Credits 12
Total Credits 64
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.
*   These courses require prerequisites.
ENG 101 is a pre/co-requisite for all history and 200-level sociology courses.