Tompkins Cortland Community College

Enrollment Services

Practical Nurse Admissions

Practical nurses (LPNs, LVNs) may apply for advanced entry in the nursing program. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their nursing advisor to discuss appropriate path.

The NY PN to RN coalition transition course must be successfully completed. Successful completion of this course qualifies the applicant to be granted experiential learning credits in nursing at Tompkins Cortland. NURS 102 at the College satisfies this requirement.

The following documents must be on file in the Enrollment Services Center by May 16: The College's application form, nursing program personal statement form, official high school transcript (or GED certificate), PN program transcript and college transcripts (if any), PN license, completion of ATI LPN Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), and a letter of reference from a current nursing supervisor, a recent employer, or a faculty member. A personal interview may be required.

The following courses must have been completed at Tompkins Cortland or transferred to Tompkins Cortland from another regionally accredited college: ENGL 101, PSYC 103, SOCI 101, BIOL 131, BIOL 132, and 3 credit math elective.

Admission decisions will be based on college grade average, grades in required science and math courses, personal statement of application, a letter of reference, and possible interview. Practical nurses who are admitted to the third semester of the nursing program must complete the program within two years. Practical nurses who are admitted to the third semester of the nursing program must attend the mandatory “Refresher Class for the Tompkins Cortland Nursing Program”. Students who do not attend this workshop will forfeit their admission for that academic year. Other progression and readmission policies are the same as for other students. Admissions decisions will be sent out in June.