For assistance with Nursing Unit processes by phone, please call 718.518.4121 and leave a message. For assistance via email, please send a messages to the Nursing Department at between the hours of 9am-5pm. If you do not receive a response within two business days, please call the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) to report your concern. OAA can be reached at 718.518.6660.  

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.


The philosophy of the Nursing Program reflects the faculty’s beliefs about the relationship between person, nursing education, and health.  The Nursing Program utilizes the framework of basic human needs which provides the structure for the development of the curriculum.  The foundations of this framework are derived from nursing theorists Jean Watson's and Madeleine Leininger. Watson's theory of Human Caring promotes holistic nursing care that is grounded in compassion and unconditional acceptance. The Human Caring theory incites nurses to cultivate caring moments while applying their knowledge as a way to promote health and healing. Madeleine Leininger’s Culture Care Theory emphasizes the impact of nursing knowledge on the value and appreciation of the diverse patient population. Nurses are able to effectively provide patient care when they appreciate the value of culture and its influence on patients’ health and wellness. The nursing program considers the two-influence culture has on a patient’s health, wellness, and illness; therefore, the student is guided toward a better understanding of cultural awareness.

We believe that nursing education is best achieved in the collegiate environment. This education provides a broad foundation in the physical, biological, behavioral, and social sciences, which are integrated into the nursing curriculum.