Nursing Program Information

MVCC's Nursing Program is designed for students interested in performing the duties associated with being a Registered Nurse. Graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and are prepared as beginning practitioners in nursing and are eligible for the RN New York State licensing examination. Upon completion of the program and the RN licensure, graduates can get a job in nursing anywhere in the United States.

Admission to the Nursing AAS Degree Program at MVCC is a competitive and time-sensitive process. In order to be considered for admission to this program, prospective students must meet all of the following requirements prior to beginning their Nursing studies.


  • Minimum high school average of 85 OR a current overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.85.
  • Math: An SAT math score of 500 or higher OR an ACT math score of 21 or higher OR an appropriate math placement test score OR a grade of "C" or better in a college-level mathematics course taken within five years OR a grade of “C” or better in a MVCC MA045, MA050, MA 108, MA115 or comparable mathematics course taken within five years.
  • Chemistry: High School Chemistry with a lab with a final grade of 70 or higher taken within five years OR a grade of "C" or better in CH091 and CH092 or CH131 taken within five years.

Prerequisites can be taken at other colleges. Consult MVCC's Career and Transfer Office at (315) 731-5808 to find out if those classes meet the minimum criteria. Credit-bearing prerequisite courses will require a grade of "C" or better.)

Applicants may have NO MORE THAN ONE repeat in any of the above prerequisite college courses within three years of applying to the Nursing Program.

Any student who has repeated two nursing courses or the same nursing course twice (dropping or withdrawal with a failing grade at another college/nursing program WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE for admission to the Nursing Program.

Any student who is interested in MVCC's Nursing program, but does not meet the above criteria should speak with an Admissions counselor to discuss alternative options.

Any student who is interested in MVCC's Nursing program should consult the How to Apply to Nursing Requirements.

Nursing Program Facts

  • The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850; Atlanta, Georgia 30326) and the New York State Education Department
  • Students get “hands-on experience” starting the first semester
  • Nursing is offered on both the Utica and Rome campuses
  • State-of-the-art Nursing Learning Resource Centers on both campuses
  • Health Sciences Computer Labs on both campuses
  • A Professional Nursing Tutor is available
  • Nursing Retention Specialists are available on both campuses
  • Small lecture classes
  • Small clinical groups - approximately 7 per group
  • We have a Student Nurse Organization (SNO)
  • We have Master’s prepared Nursing Faculty
  • We offer day and evening lectures and clinical
  • We offer a 64-hour Capstone experience the last semester