Professor Kathleen Karsten PhD, RN-BC
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The Nursing Program at LaGuardia Community College offers a course of study leading to the
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. The Nursing Program is accredited by the National
League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the New York State
Education Department. This program prepares men and women to function as registered nurses
(R.N.'s) in acute and chronic care facilities. Graduates will possess the ability to:
The program consists of 66 credits, with a balance between nursing and general education courses.
All students must enroll in Freshman Seminar upon entering the College. Based on their scores they
may be required to take basic skills courses in reading, writing and mathematics.
The first part of the Nursing Program is considered pre-clinical and contains the general education
KEY COURSES required by the curriculum. If accepted into the clinical phase of nursing, courses
begin in either the Fall or Spring. Each nursing course is offered twice a year. Classroom instruction
for each clinical nursing course is complemented by campus laboratory experience and clinical
practice in area health care facilities.
Graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards Examination for Registered
Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The faculty strongly suggests that the students take the RN Assessment
Exam for RN Licensure that is administered by the Nursing Program in the last month of the final
semester of the program. This helps to evaluate your learning and identifies strengths and
weaknesses to help you better perpare for the NCLEX-RN.
The program is divided into two distinct phases, as shown on the attached list:
All students are admitted to the pre-clinical phase and must file for Nursing candidacy
in order to progress to the clinical phase. Candidates must first complete four key
courses (see attached list) with a minimum GPA of 2.75. In addition students are
required to achieve the “Proficient Level” (58.7-77.3%) on the TEAS V (see TEAS
Entrance exam) before applying for RN Candidacy. They are then ranked by the
Registrar’s Office on a scoring system based on grades in these key courses and certain
other required courses, as indicated on the sample score sheet
RN Program Pre-Clinical Information
RN Student Handbook