Tompkins Cortland Community College

Catalog 2017-18


(HEGIS: 5012)

A.A.S. Degree


Nurses play vital roles at all levels of the health care system. They are caregivers, counselors, educators, and advocates who work with clients of all ages. Care is given in a variety of inpatient and community settings, and involves clients with chronic and acute health care needs. Nursing is a continually growing field that offers diverse opportunities and challenges.

The College's rigorous and highly-praised nursing program offers diverse clinical experiences in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community settings. Courses in nursing and the liberal arts provide in-depth career preparation. Scholarships are available for students in the Nursing program. The nursing program's course completion rate is 80%, with a NCLEX/certification exam pass rate of 94%. The job placement rate is 100%.

Program Requirements

(for those matriculating in 2017-2018)


A.A.S., requirements, career options

Clinical Experience

To prepare nursing students for the many diverse roles available to them, clinical opportunities in a variety of health care settings are integrated as part of each semester.


Students have the opportunity to participate in a nursing internship offered during the summer after the second semester of the nursing program, and during winter break after the third semester. The internship provides hands-on experience within the limits of students’ current clinical knowledge. Students work directly under the supervision of an RN preceptor for a total of 100 or 150 hours and are also supported by a faculty mentor. Settings for internships have included acute inpatient units, same day surgery, community agencies, midwife/MD offices, mental health clinics, and hospice organizations.

Career Opportunities

After passing the NCLEX-RN examination and obtaining an RN license, graduates are eligible for employment in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, schools, industries, hospices, family planning agencies, doctor’s offices, and a variety of other settings. Graduates have found employment in a variety of health care facilities throughout the U.S. Graduates are prepared to pursue baccalaureate and higher degrees in nursing and advanced practice roles.

Transfer Options

We encourage our nursing graduates to continue their education. Recent transfer institutions include:

  • Binghamton University
  • Elmira College
  • Empire State College
  • SUNY Delhi
  • Keuka College
  • Utica College
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Le Moyne College

For specific transfer information, contact the Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services office.

Program Chair

Kim Sharpe, MS, RN, CNE
Professor (Nursing)

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