The Nursing Program leads to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree for eligible students who successfully complete the five semesters of study. Women and men are prepared to become registered nurses upon successful completion of the course of study and satisfactory performance on the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). The framework for the nurse education program embodies basic needs, the nursing process, and the Associate Degree Nurse (A.D.N.) competencies. Students utilize the nursing process in the care of patients in acute general care hospitals and nursing homes. In addition to hospitals, students will work with people in the community. Teaching/learning environments also include lecture halls and the patient simulated laboratory, where students practice and achieve proficiency in their technical skills to prepare them for patient assignments. Students learn to provide nursing care for patients of all ages in a variety of settings, always under the direct guidance of qualified professional nurse instructors. All students are encouraged to join the National Student Nurses Association of New York and the on-campus Gonzalez-Tubman Nursing Club. Some scholarships are available to nursing students. Program Mission Statement The mission of the Nursing Unit within the Department of Allied Health is consistent with the College’s mission to provide educational opportunities leading to socioeconomic mobility for students from diverse ethnic, racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, particularly Hispanics, and African Americans. The Nursing programs provide educational opportunities for students seeking entry or mobility within a nursing career path as a licensed practical nurse and/or licensed professional nurse (RN-A.A.S.). The nursing programs serve as a resource for the promotion of health and wellness for the population of the South Bronx and surrounding communities. These programs adhere to the standards of Practice and Code of Ethics as set forth by Professional Nursing Organizations.