To become a registered nurse, graduates of state-approved nursing programs must pass the NCLEX-RN, a test given by the National Council of State Boards for Nursing. Candidates take the test by computer, and, with certification by the program's director, those who pass are licensed as RNs by the New York State Education Department. The college's May 2003 graduates were the 28th class to take the test in the college's 50-year history.
Currently, 55 students are enrolled in the nursing degree program at the Auburn campus, and 17 are studying nursing at the Fulton extension center. Clinical training at hospitals and health care facilities in Cayuga and Oswego County rounds out the classroom studies at the two campus locations.
Registered nurses have the option of entering careers directly or pursuing bachelor's degrees. Of Cayuga's recent graduates, 92 percent had jobs at graduation, and 9 percent went on to complete the bachelor of science in nursing.
“Our program is selective and rigorous,” notes Professor Vicki Condie, director of Cayuga's nursing degree program. “Demand for our graduates is strong, because they continue to prove their qualifications with impressive scores on the licensing exam. And in turn, employers? interest in our grads draws serious students to our program year after year. Because we uphold a high standard of quality, we?re able to offer a significant resource for career-minded students and health care agencies in Central New York.