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Program Description

The Nursing program at Onondaga Community College offers an associate in applied science degree and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The program prepares students for entry level into the profession of Nursing. Upon graduation, graduates of this program receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science for Nursing and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). Graduates of Onondaga’s Nursing program find employment in hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, community or ambulatory care settings and industrial clinics.

The program welcomes students of all ages and diverse backgrounds, with or without health care experience. Full-time or part-time study is available; however, it is expected that students complete the program within three years.

The nursing program at Onondaga Community College offers several modes of delivery including a hybrid of web-enhanced nursing theory through Blackboard online learning management system, hands on clinical and lab experiences, course overviews and one-on-one remediation. Clinical experiences are offered in a variety of settings including acute care at local hospitals, long-term care at nursing home/rehabilitation facilities, community based clinics and home care. The curriculum offers a flexible pace and is designed to allow students to complete a college education while maintaining part-time employment or full-filling obligations at home. In addition to expertise in professional nursing practice and teaching, nursing faculty offer individualized advisement and academic counseling that promote student success.

AccreditationCommission for Education in Nursing

Onondaga Community College’s Nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), located at 3343 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326. Contact information: 404-975-5000 or visit www.acenursing.org.

Mission Statement

The Nursing Department at Onondaga Community College is committed to empowering students to explore, discover and transform themselves into safe, competent, high-quality nursing professionals needed to care for the global community.

Program Outcomes

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) requires that accredited nursing programs have an identified plan for systematic program evaluation and assessment of educational outcomes for educational effectiveness. The following is a list of the required outcomes and their definitions for the Onondaga Community College Department of Nursing program:

  1. It is the expectation of the Department of Nursing that licensure exam pass rates for first time writers will be at or above the national mean 100% of the time.

    Licensure exam pass rates for 2015:

    Onondaga Nursing Program 98.08%

    New York State Average 80.57%

    National Average 84.51%

  2. It is the expectation of the Department of Nursing that at least 50% of an entering cohort will complete the program within three years of starting the first nursing course.

    Onondaga Completion Rates for 2014-2015: 49.00%

  3. It is the expectation of the Department of Nursing that at least 80% of graduates and employers responding to surveys indicate satisfaction with adequacy and effectiveness of the program at moderate degree or above.

    Onondaga Nursing Program Graduate Satisfaction Rate for 2013-2014: 95.20%

    Onondaga Nursing Program Employer Satisfaction Rate for 2013-2014: 100.00%

  4. It is the expectation of the Department of Nursing that at least 80% of graduates responding to the graduate survey are employed as a Registered Nurse.

    Onondaga Nursing Program Employment Rate 2013-2014: 76.20%