The Practical Nursing certificate program is designed to prepare students for
entry into practice as well as provide opportunities for students seeking admission
into RN programs. Through an appropriate choice of general education courses, students
may prepare for the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree admission requirements. Upon
award of the Practical Nursing certificate, graduates are qualified to sit for the
National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX).*
Admission Procedures and Requirements
The Practical Nursing Certificate program is registered by the New York State
Education Department and accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE,
Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; phone (404) 975-5000, fax (404) 975-5020; website at
Prospective nursing students are strongly advised to attend a Nursing Information
Seminar. For further information contact the campus Office of Admissions. Prospective
students must complete the application for admission by the application deadline.
Applicants are required to take the Test for Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS)**
to be considered for admission. The Office of Central Admissions must receive the
ATI TEAS score report by the application deadline. Within the year prior to the deadline,
applicants may only take the ATI TEAS twice, and must register and pay all fees each
time. The results of the second attempt would then be used for admission consideration.
Further information, including dates and locations for ATI TEAS testing at the College,
is posted on Suffolk County Community College School of Nursing website www.sunysuffolk.edu/nursing and on the ATI website www.atitesting.com.
The nursing program is highly competitive. Meeting minimum criteria for admission
does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The College reserves the right to make
final decisions based upon the applicant pool each year.
**Current high school students applying for admission to the Practical Nursing
Certificate are exempt from taking the ATI TEAS test but must meet all other minimum
requirements, as specified below.