Tompkins Cortland Community College

Enrollment Services

Academic Requirements

A grade of C or better is required in nursing and science courses required by the nursing program and those math and science courses required for admission (see Nursing Admission Eligibility Requirements).  In addition, all required science courses must have been taken within the last 5 years. These requirements apply to both courses taken at Tompkins Cortland and courses taken elsewhere (see Transfer Applicants for information on nursing courses taken elsewhere).  Math and science courses which are required for admission (see Nursing Admission Eligibility Requirements) must be completed with a grade of C or better before a student can begin the program. (see Selection Process). Required courses must be taken in sequence.  In addition, all courses listed in the first 2 semesters of the program must be completed before a student can progress to the third semester nursing course.

The nursing program must be completed within five years from the time of first enrollment in NURS 110, Fundamentals of Nursing. If the five-year time frame is exceeded, the student may apply to restart the program. Alternatively, if a student passed NURS 110 more than five years ago, but did not graduate from the nursing program, the student may take the Excelsior College fundamentals of nursing proficiency exam. Upon successful completion of the Excelsior College examination NURX 210, the student may apply to enter the second semester of then Nursing program. Testing information is available from Excelsior College, 1.888.647.2388 or

Candidates for the nursing degree must possess abilities and skills necessary for the provision of nursing care and must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, certain essential skills. A complete listing of the requisite skills can be obtained from the enrollment services center.

Nursing students must demonstrate good moral character as defined by the New York State Education Department as part of the requirements for licensure. Current felony or misdemeanor charges or previous convictions in any state or county may interfere with nursing licensure. In addition, unprofessional behavior in previous work situations might necessitate further investigation by the state education department. For more details, contact the NYS Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board for Nursing, 518.474.3704, or email