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Photo of graduating nurses gathered on the steps of Hawkins Hall and putting on their stethoscopes

Major in Nursing, Freshman Entry Program

The Best Nurses are Plattsburgh Nurses

Our highly esteemed program is designed for college-ready students. Through this program, you will be ready for practice as a professional nurse upon graduation. Following four years of general education and professional studies, you will be ready for your professional licensing exam, employment as an entry-level nurse, progressive career advancement, and entry into graduate education.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (120 credits)

The program of study integrates the natural, biological, and behavioral sciences, with professional studies. Applied learning experiences are the hallmark of excellent nursing education. Experience begins in the first semester of the sophomore year and builds each subsequent semester. The program offers a diversity of experiences, including opportunities to study abroad. Our program provides you practical knowledge and an understanding of the complex healthcare systems. Upon successful completion of program requirements, you are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination and apply for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN).

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission to the major is competitive and is contingent upon academic qualifications and availability. Candidates must meet the general admission requirements to the college in addition to three units of high school science (including biology and chemistry) and three units of high school mathematics. International applicants whose native language is not English: must achieve a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 560 on the paper examination or 83 on the online version.

Plattsburgh Nursing Facts

NCLEX-RN Examination First Time Pass-Rate

  2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 5 year average
Plattsburgh Graduates 51 53 56 38 39 47
Pass Rate %
Plattsburgh 90 85 89 90 87 89
New York State 85 74 81 77 78 79
United States 88 77 85 82 83 83

Find more information about first time pass rates in nursing through New York State Education Department, Office of the Profession. Information about the licensing examination may be found on the website of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about nursing at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Noreen M. Houck, Ph.Dc., M.S., RN, CNE, Chairperson
Department of Nursing and Nutrition
Office: Hawkins Hall 209B
Phone: (518) 564-3124
Fax: (518) 564-3100
Email: [email protected]

SUNY Plattsburgh
Department of Nursing and Nutrition
Hawkins Hall
Plattsburgh, NY 12901