Please note: The Fall 2021 application cycle for Nursing admission has ended. All decision letters for Nursing admission have been emailed to the students’ RCC email.

*Please note the deadline to accept admission is May 12th by 5:00 pm.*

RCC’s Nursing Program has been ranked by as #2 “Best Nursing Schools in New York Offering ADN Programs.” In addition, RCC Nursing has been ranked #6 by as “2020 Best RN programs in New York State.”

Program Mission

The Nursing Program at Rockland Community College aims to meet the needs of the community for individuals who are both informed citizens and registered professional nurses. The Nursing Program provides access into practice as a registered professional nurse and is the basis for higher education and lifelong learning.

Nursing NCLEX Pass Rates
% passed100% 1st Q98.36%96.30%98.68%

Students must pass a national licensing exam in order to obtain employment.


The Nursing Program is licensed by the New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234,


The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326,

RCC’s Nursing Program is registered by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, as a registered nursing education program that qualifies students for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN).  The registration of a program means that it has met the Department’s standards for accreditation as provided in the Rules of the Board of Regents and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

Competitive Skills

  • Provide patient-centered care utilizing a collaborative approach which includes the patient, family, significant others and members of the nursing and healthcare team.
  • Practice with competence and humanism and provide a safe and cost-effective healthcare environment.
  • Coordinate care for groups of patients utilizing organizational skills and the concepts of delegation, accountability and advocacy.
  • Practice within the ethical, legal and regulatory framework of nursing in accordance with professional standards.

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Required Classes – Nursing Degree Sheet

Prospective Students

  • To complete the online application, visit If you are interested in applying to the Nursing Program, you must check off Nursing as your “Program of Interest”.
  • You will be considered an “Undecided” student until you have completed the Nursing Application and are accepted into Nursing. For students who have not been accepted into Nursing, you will continue as an “Undecided” student and seek advisement from your advisor on the Student Success Team.
  • For further instructions on how to apply, take your placement tests, apply for Financial Aid, and register for classes at RCC, visit
  • Students must reapply to RCC if they already enrolled but have not taken classes for two consecutive semesters.
  • We encourage you to attend a Nursing Information Session, which are scheduled prior to the application deadline.
Students must place at ENG 101/098 and MAT 100/048 or MAT 101/048 levels, or higher, in order to apply to the Nursing Program. Establishment of placement levels may take place through any of the following methods:
  • Transfer credits: Students who wish to have credits evaluated should have all official college transcripts, from all previous colleges and universities attended, sent to: Rockland Community College, Records, 145 College Road, Suffern, NY, 10901. RCC accepts eTranscripts directly from participating colleges and universities. All college eTranscripts should be emailed to [email protected]. Please do not send them to Nursing.
  • Placement Exemptions: For information on placement exemption criteria, please go to
  • Assessment Examinations (ACCUPLACER Tests): Students who do not receive placement exemption or transfer credit for English and/or Math must take an assessment test(s). A schedule of test dates and study information is available at
If the placement result for English is ESL, these courses must be successfully completed prior to applying to the Nursing Program.

All applicants must take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS®), which measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. In order to apply to Nursing, students must score a minimum of 58.7% (proficient) on the TEAS exam. Nursing admission is competitive and based on TEAS scores within the cohort for which you are applying.

Please go to for more information and to register for the ATI TEAS exam. Students may choose to take the exam at any location where the TEAS is offered, as long as it includes the academic content areas listed above. Information on available study materials is available at TEAS exam results must be dated within one year of the application deadline.

The ATI TEAS® exam for RCC students applying to the Nursing Program will be held in August and/or September. Dates and additional information will be posted this summer.

ATI may be reached at 1-800-667-7531 if you need additional information.

For information on testing accommodations, contact Accessibility Services at [email protected]. “Accommodation Letters” must be forwarded to [email protected] at least 7 days prior to the scheduled exam in order to receive accommodations.

Nursing will only accept applications to the Nursing program:

  • Fall Semester: February 1 – April 15
  • Spring Semester: August 1 – October 15

Your complete Nursing Application*, and an official ATI TEAS score report** (Individual Performance Profile) must be submitted via email  to [email protected] by the application deadline date.

Your College acceptance, Nursing Application*, official transcripts, ATI TEAS results** and English and Math placement results must be on file by the application deadline.

*Applications that are faxed or incomplete will not be processed.
**ATI TEAS report must be dated within one year of submitting the application

Additional admission criteria specific to students with a current Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license may be found at

Note: Please be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede the ability of a student to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and to meet licensure for certain professions. Once accepted to the Nursing Program, students will be required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screening.

*to be completed only after acceptance to the program

RCC Nursing students who participate in a clinical experience are required by clinical sites to undergo a criminal background check and drug screening.

Students who test positive on the drug screening will be dismissed from the RCC Nursing Program. Additionally, students who are not cleared for the criminal background check will be dismissed from the Program. Students who test positive on the drug screen and/or students who are not cleared for the criminal background check are eligible to reapply once they are able to successfully complete the drug screening and/or have cleared up the issues on their criminal record.

Students are solely responsible for the costs for the criminal background check and drug screening. Students must utilize the services of Castle Branch (

The drug screening follows the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) guidelines and screens for ten (10) substances as designated in the Substance Abuse Panel 10 (SAP 10). The substances are: Amphetamines, Opiates, Marijuana, Barbiturates, Metabolites, Methadone, Phencyclidine-Propoxyphene, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine metabolites, Methaqualone.

Please go to CastleBranch RCC Nursing Portal to register for the criminal background check and drug screen.

Note: Please be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede the ability of a student to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and to meet licensure for certain professions.

Applicants seeking information on how a felony or misdemeanor conviction may affect their ability to be licensed, should contact the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions at 518-474-3817.