Upcoming Nursing Info Sessions

Fall 2024 Nursing Admission decisions have been posted to the Application Status Portal.

Students who are accepting admission to Nursing must complete the Confirmation of Enrollment form by May 20, 2024. The link to the form can be found in the acceptance letter.

The Spring 2025 Nursing application will open on August 1 and will close on October 15, 2024. Please see the Get Started Today section to find out more about the application process to our nursing program.

Why Study Nursing?

RCC Nursing Program graduates receive excellent preparation for NCLEX-RN with close to a 100% pass rate. The Nursing Program may be completed full time in two years or students can attend part time and complete the program in four years. Nursing applications are accepted twice annually. Graduates have a wide variety of transfer options to obtain their BSN degree. Additional advantages of RCC’s Nursing program include: affordable tuition, availability of scholarships, financial aid, full-time or part-time options, day and/or evening courses, outstanding NCLEX-RN pass rates, and on-campus child care.

RCC’s Nursing Program has been ranked by NursingProcess.org and RegisteredNursing.org as one of the “Best ADN Nursing Program 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
YTD 2023 2022 2021 2020
% passed 98% 98% 92% 96% 99%

RCC graduates’ NCLEX-RN pass rates as stated at https://www.op.nysed.gov/professions/registered-professional-nursing/nursing-education/new-york-state-nursing-programs.

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, www.nysed.gov.

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.


The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, www.acenursing.org.

Nursing Program Graduate Competencies (End of Program Learning Outcomes)

  • 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 to provide safe, equitable and inclusive care in a cost-effective healthcare environment.
  • Coordinate holistic care for groups of patients utilizing organizational skills and the concepts of delegation, accountability and advocacy.
  • Practice within the ethical, legal and professional standards of nursing demonstrating a commitment to lifelong learning.
"I am extremely grateful for the stellar Nursing program at RCC. It has equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills to confidently prepare for my upcoming NCLEX exam. I'm ready to ace it!"
Alyson Moran
Alyson Moran
School of Nursing, Health, and Wellness

Program Completion Rates

2022 – 2023 2021 – 2022 2020 – 2021
On time completion 49%* 49%* 47%+

* completion within 2 years of admission to program for full time and 4 years for part time (100% of program length)
+ completion within 3 years of admission to program for full time and 6 years for part time (150% of program length)

Job Placement Rates

Employed as RN 2022 – 2023 2021 – 2022 2020 – 2021
Within 6 months
after graduation
90%* 100%* 88%*

* Includes only students who responded to the survey

School of Nursing, Health and Wellness

Degree Tracks & Course Sequence

Associate of Science (AS): Nursing

Real World Ready

Listening to workforce needs

Graduates of Rockland Community College are provided with a clear path to meaningful careers that meet the needs of businesses and industry in the communities we serve. Our students are trained in specific skills that are needed by employers, and guided through a career path that leads directly to workforce opportunities. With affordable tuition, students who begin their college careers at RCC are ready to meet the demands of the real world.

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Student Success

At Rockland Community College, you are provided with a Student Success Team that will help you with your academic journey, career exploration, transfer planning, support service referrals, and more! Your Team includes your Dean, Program Director, Faculty Advisor, Student Success Advisor, Connection Center Counselor, Financial Aid Advisor, Peer Mentors, and if you’re involved in any of these special programs, your Athletics, Honors, TRiO, and Veterans Advisors. During your first semester, you will take an ‘Introduction to the School’ course that will outline the various College offices and departments that can help you on your path.

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Career Outlook

Job Roles

Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner


Healthcare, Education, Legal, Publishing


Registered Nurse

$106,620 NYS Average
National Average $94,480 annually

Nurse Practitioners

$142,830 NYS Average
National Average $128,490 annually

Employment and wage data by occupation are based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which collects information from approximately 51,000 businesses. labor.ny.gov

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Get Started Today

If you are interested in applying to the Nursing program, we encourage you to start at the College as Undecided Seeking Nursing or in our Healthcare Sciences degree. Applications to the Nursing program for the spring 2025 semester will open August 1. The spring semester will close on October 15. NOTE: Applications for the spring will be reviewed after October 15 and admissions decisions will be sent by no later than mid-November.

  • New Students: If you are applying to the College as a new student, please complete the College’s Online Application. When choosing your program of study, please choose either Undecided Seeking Nursing or Healthcare Sciences as your program of study. The Nursing application will automatically be included in your application form and no additional application will be required.
  • You will be admitted to the College for the degree program you applied for on the application (i.e. Undecided Seeking Nursing or Healthcare Sciences). Applicants will be notified if they are admitted to the Nursing program for spring 2025 by mid-November. For students who have not been accepted into Nursing, you are encouraged to start at RCC in the original program you were accepted to 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 sunyrockland.edu/enrollment/.
  • 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 to understand the application process.
The Nursing Application deadline for Fall 2024 application was April 15, 2024. The next application for Nursing for Spring 2025 will open on August 1 and will close on October 15, 2024.

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 sunyrockland.edu/admission/enrollment/placement-testing/
  • 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 sunyrockland.edu/admission/enrollment/placement-testing/accuplacer-schedule.

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.

TEAS exams for RCC students applying to the Nursing Program will be held on campus on August 13 and August 14, 2024. September and October dates TBD. Please go to https://www.atitesting.com/teas/register 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 RCC’s TEAS Preparatory class can be found at  https://sunyrockland.edu/community/community-courses/.

TEAS exam results must be dated within one year of submitting the application. TEAS scores must be submitted directly to RCC from ATI by following the directions in this link:

The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS®) exam measures general knowledge in various content areas.

TEAS exams for RCC students applying to the Nursing Program will be held on campus on August 13 and August 14, 2024. September and October dates TBD.

Click on this page for more details: https://www.atitesting.com/teas/register.

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.

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

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 may 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.