Message from the Chair

Thank you for your interest in SUNY Adirondack’s nursing program. Over the past few decades, our program has developed a hard-earned reputation for producing capable, diligent and highly trained professionals. As the chair of the program, I can tell you we achieve that by holding our students to the highest of standards.

The rigorous nature of the program demands excellence at each step of the way — beginning with the application process and extending throughout coursework and clinical experiences. Our experienced nurse educators provide quality educational experiences that prepare our students to work in the ever-changing health care environment. Critical thinking and nursing judgment are fostered throughout the program, students practice and hone their skills in SUNY Adirondack’s state-of-the-art nursing simulation labs, and use all these experiences to provide direct patient care in regional hospitals.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care professional positions will grow by nearly 14 percent within the next decade. At SUNY Adirondack, we are proud to help the region’s health care field by developing our students into diligent, forward-thinking nurses.



Kim Hedley, MS, RN, CPHQ

Health Sciences Division Chair and Associate Professor of Nursing

Nursing Information


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SUNY Adirondack offers free science equivalency credits to accelerate degree completion. Earn up to six credits in biology and/or chemistry. Learn more.

Opportunity for LPNs

A new grant provides LPNs an opportunity to start a Nursing degree
at SUNY Adirondack Saratoga.

SUNY Adirondack is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). SUNY Adirondack’s nursing program is registered by the New York State Board of Regents and New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, and nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). See below for the contact information for each organization.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

3624 Market St.
Suite 2 West
Philadelphia, PA 19104

New York State Board of Regents
New York State Education Building
89 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12234

New York State Education Department Office of the Professions
Professional Education Program Review
Nursing Unit
89 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12234

The SUNY Adirondack Nursing program at Adirondack Community College at the Queensbury campus located in Queensbury, New York, is accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is continuing accreditation.
ACEN accreditation status: 

Initial accreditation: February 2000
Date of last visit: March 8-11, 2021
Date of most recent commission action: continuing accreditation - September 2021
Next site visit: Spring 2029
Students with formal complaints about the program may contact ACEN.  

  1. Delivering patient-centered nursing care as a member of an interdisciplinary team using evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics

  2. Value caring as the basis of professional nursing practice

  3. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide safety and advocacy for patients and families

  4. Demonstrate commitment to professional, ethical, legal and accountable nursing practice


How many credits do I need to complete the SUNY Adirondack Nursing Program? Will I be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN when I am done?

The SUNY Adirondack Nursing Program is a 64-credit program of study that leads to an AAS degree in nursing. Students completing the program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX- RN licensing exam.


What are the requirements to be considered for acceptance to the Nursing Program?

  • All students must:

    • Be accepted as a student at SUNY Adirondack

    • Complete SUNY Adirondack nursing application

    • Complete HESI A2

    • Have a minimum GPA of 2.8

    • Be eligible to enter college-level math courses as determined by SUNY Adirondack ACCUPLACER Test, or have earned college level Math credit

    • Be eligible to enter college-level English courses as determined by SUNY Adirondack ACCUPLACER Test, or have earned college level English credit

  • Traditional students must:

    • Be eligible to enter BIO 107 (Anatomy and Physiology I): Eligibility is completion of college-level biology with a C or better or Regents biology exam of 80 or higher within the past five years and completion of college-level chemistry with a C or better or Regents chemistry exam of 80 or higher within the past five years

  • Advanced Placement students (LPN/transfer) must:

    • Have successfully completed BIO 107 (Anatomy and Physiology I) with a grade of C+ or better within two attempts in the past five years


How can I apply, or find out more information about the SUNY Adirondack Nursing program?

In addition to this FAQ, please review our website, where you will find the current application (if it is an open application period) and helpful information about our program and its requirements.


Does acceptance at SUNY Adirondack mean I am accepted to the Nursing program?

No, there is a separate application to the Nursing program. 


Why is there a separate application to the SUNY Adirondack Nursing program?

The SUNY Adirondack Nursing program is a rigorous and competitive program. To be successful in this program, students need to demonstrate academic aptitude.


When should I apply to the SUNY Adirondack Nursing program?

Applications are accepted by the Nursing program between Aug. 1 and Sept. 1 for Spring semester admission and between Jan. 1 and Feb. 1 for Fall semester admission. 


Does SUNY Adirondack have an evening Nursing program? 

No, SUNY Adirondack has one program that includes Nursing program lecture hours during the day and clinical hours during the day and evening hours. 


Does SUNY Adirondack have weekend classes in the Nursing program?

The SUNY Adirondack Nursing program lecture hours are offered during the day (Monday-Friday). There are clinical hours offered during the evening hours during the workweek; capstone clinical hours vary based on the clinical experience. 


Is the Nursing program at SUNY Adirondack registered or accredited?

SUNY Adirondack’s Nursing program is registered by the New York State Board of Regents and New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions. In addition, the Nursing Program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), a prestigious national accreditation that ensures a quality program of study. ACEN can be reached at 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000,


How long does it take to complete the Nursing program?

Once accepted into the Nursing program, traditional students may complete the program in four consecutive semesters, and LPN/transfer students in three consecutive semesters. Please note: The nursing courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. 


What kind of clinical experiences do students have at SUNY Adirondack?

Critical thinking and nursing judgment are fostered throughout the program. Students practice and hone their skills in SUNY Adirondack’s state-of-the-art nursing simulation labs, and use all these experiences to provide direct patient care in regional hospitals. Students are responsible for transportation to and from their clinical experiences. 


When do I begin my clinical experiences?

Clinical experiences begin within the first two weeks of the first nursing course. 


Are there any minimum grade requirements in the Nursing program?

A grade of C+ (77) is required in all nursing courses for the AAS degree in Nursing and in BIO 107, BIO 108 and BIO 223. Grades less than C+ (77) in these courses may not be used to fulfill the program requirements.


Can required nursing courses be repeated?

A required nursing course for the AAS degree in Nursing may be repeated once. Students who do not achieve a C+ when repeating a required nursing course will be withdrawn from the Nursing program.  Additionally, only one nursing course may be repeated. Students may not repeat NUR 100. 


Is a student allowed to withdraw from a nursing course?

Yes, a student may withdraw from one nursing course, with the exception of NUR 100, while enrolled in the Nursing program. Students may not withdraw from NUR 100.  


How many times can I repeat a class to get the required C+ in sciences?
Students may only repeat a required science course one time to get the required grade of C+ for BIO 107, BIO 108 and BIO 223. This is per the SUNY Adirondack grading policy.  


Once accepted to the program, are there other requirements?

Yes, admission and continuation in the Nursing program are conditional upon annual completion of the required physical exam, vaccinations (may vary; will be listed on the health form), PPD test, current health care provider-level CPR (didactic and demonstration), and current student professional liability insurance. At the start of the program, students are required to have a criminal background check and complete the SUNY Felony Reporting Requirements. Students are required to show proof of health insurance at the start of each semester.   


What are the requirements for LPNs to be admitted to the Nursing program?

Graduates of licensed practical Nursing programs may be granted advanced placement into the second semester of the Nursing program. They must also meet all program admission requirements such as 2.8 GPA and C+ in all required science classes. Students granted advanced placement must have completed BIO 107 to begin nursing courses. Students are also required to take the LPN transition course. 


Does SUNY Adirondack accept transfer Nursing students?

Transfer students are accepted on a very limited basis as space permits. Transfer students must meet all requirements for students entering the Nursing program, must meet grade requirements for transfer Nursing courses and pre-requisite science courses. Students must provide the course syllabi for any Nursing courses to be considered for transfer and a letter of good standing from the previous Nursing program. Students seeking transfer from another nursing program should contact Dr. Gail Powers at


Can LPNs/transfer students challenge other Nursing courses?

Qualified applicants may also challenge additional give to 10 credits of second-semester Nursing courses (NUR 102 and or NUR 103 or NUR 104).  These applicants must have a background in the areas to be challenged and must first be granted advanced standing for the first semester nursing course (NUR100). A learning packet, which contains course materials, is available from the Health Sciences Office specialist. Students granted the advanced placement must also pay the "Credit by Exam" fee.


What is the "Credit by Exam" fee?

This is the fee paid to the college to allow a student to challenge a course by examination. LPNs do not need to take the NUR 100 exam to receive credit for NUR 100. 


If I already have college-level biology and chemistry, does that count?

Students who have already completed college-level biology and chemistry and have passed them with a grade of C or better in the past five years are eligible to enter BIO 107.


What if I have high school biology and chemistry from out of state?

Students from another state who have taken college prep-level biology and chemistry and successfully passed these courses should contact the Science Division for consideration of placement in BIO 107.


What if I don’t get accepted into the Nursing program the first time?

Students who are not accepted into the Nursing program the first time they apply may resubmit a new application the next semester along with current college transcripts.


Do I need to submit a new application if I reapply?
Yes, there are no rolling admissions, so a student must resubmit a new application each time they apply. Official transcripts must be on file from all schools the student has attended. Therefore, if you have taken courses since your last application, you should request a copy of the official transcript be sent to the SUNY Adirondack Registrar’s Office. 


What is the minimum GPA required to apply to the Nursing program?
The minimum GPA required to apply to the Nursing program is a 2.8.


What is the difference between an AAS and a BSN degree in Nursing?
An associate degree in Nursing is usually a two-year degree program of study preparing students to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. The student graduates with an AAS degree in Nursing. A bachelor’s degree in Nursing is usually a four-year program of study that prepares students to sit for the NCLEX RN licensing exam.  


Do I need to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Nursing after I graduate from SUNY Adirondack’s Nursing program? 

All SUNY Adirondack graduates intending to obtain their RN license in New York state will be required to obtain a bachelor’s degree within 10 years of initial licensure, to maintain registration as a registered professional nurse in New York state.


How well do SUNY Adirondack Nursing graduates do on the national RN licensure exam?
Current RN NCLEX results for SUNY Adirondack Nursing graduates may be found at NCLEX Results, and on the nursing homepage under Program Outcomes. 


When can I meet with someone in the Nursing program?

Students interested in the Nursing program should contact their Student Success advisor. To learn more about the Nursing program and admission process, plan to attend a Nursing program Information Session. Sign up for a session at Students may also contact Ona Backus at or 518-832-7708 to request an advisement appointment.



Entry to the SUNY Adirondack Nursing A.A.S. degree program is competitive and requires acceptance to the college and the Nursing program. This guide will help you apply.

Requirements for the Nursing program
To be considered for the Nursing program, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Must be 18 years old by date of the first nursing class
  • Have been formally accepted to SUNY Adirondack
  • Complete the HESI Nursing Entrance Exam. This exam will be offered at SUNY Adirondack. Please be aware that there is an additional cost to take the HESI Exam.
  • Have a cumulative (overall) GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Students must be college ready in English and Math
  • Be ready to take (or have completed within five years, with a grade of C+ or higher):
    • BIO 107: Human Anatomy & Physiology I
      • Prerequisite for BIO 107: Biology 103 and Chemistry 103 with a grade of C or better (CHM 103 prerequisite: MAT 097 or equivalent)
    • New York State Regents exam scores of 80 or higher in Biology and/or Chemistry from within the past five years may be used to meet the BIO 103 and/or CHM 103 requirement, respectively. If Regents were not taken because of the COVID-19 pandemic, high school final average in BIO and CHM will be considered.

Advanced Standing Admissions (LPN applicants and transfers from other nursing programs):

  • Be ready to take (or have completed within five years, with a grade of C+ or higher):
    • BIO 108: Anatomy & Physiology II *Must take in first semester if not completed previously.
      • Prerequisite for BIO 108: BIO 107: Human Anatomy & Physiology I (see above for BIO 107 prerequisite)
  • You may submit your Nursing program application with BIO 107 in progress.

Submit a complete Nursing program application and any supporting materials (LPN transcripts, college transcripts, etc.)

Nursing application deadlines:

  • For Spring (January) start, application period is Aug. 1-Sept. 1
  • For Fall (September) start, application period is Jan. 1-Feb. 1

*Applicants who do not meet the minimum nursing requirements will not be considered for entry into the program 

Am I guaranteed acceptance to the Nursing program? 
Admission to the program is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. The entry requirements listed above represent the minimum requirements to be considered. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance. You may submit an application more than once.

What will be my major while I’m getting ready to apply to the Nursing program? 
Most students will begin in Liberal Arts: Mathematics & Sciences: Health Education Concentration. You are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering for courses. Please note:  If you already earned a degree from SUNY Adirondack, you must meet with an advisor to declare a new degree program.  

View the program requirements.

Questions? Visit the Student Success Center in Warren Hall, email or call 518-832-7708.

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates for First Time Test Takers

The expected level of achievement for SUNY Adirondack's Nursing program will have a first-time NCLEX pass rate of at least 80 percent for each 12-month program.


SUNY Adirondack 

New York state

National ADN Programs 

Three Year Average – SUNY Adirondack



1/2021  – 12/2021 84.04% 77.33% 79.23%

1/2020 – 12/2020




1/2019 – 12/2019




Completion Rates

Seventy percent of the students entering the Nursing program will complete the program, traditional within six semesters and LPNs within 4.5 semesters. Please note that the ACEN definition for Program Completion has changed and will be reflected in future reports. 

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Job placement

The expected level of achievement is 95 percent of alumni will be employed as a Registered Nurse within six to nine months of graduation. The ACEN changed the requirements for reporting job placement data. If the data is retrieved from a source other than an employer, the rate may not be poste don the organization's webpage. The SUNY Adirondack data is retrieved from the student; therefore, the rate is not posted on the webpage but is reported to ACEN. If you would like information about the job placement rate, please email

  • SUNY Adirondack offers small class sizes and access to dedicated faculty. 
  • Our highly educated instructors hold master's and doctoral degrees and have years of experience in nursing education and practice.
  • We have a state-of-the-art simulation center that allows students to develop essential critical-thinking skills necessary for practice in today’s health care environment.
  • SUNY Adirondack is located in the foothills of the Adirondacks, providing many opportunities for outside recreation. 
  • SUNY Adirondack works closely with regional hospitals to provide a variety of clinical experiences.
  • SUNY Adirondack is a community college that is committed to meeting the needs and services of the communities it serves.  


*According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020), the need for registered nurses is expected to grow by 7 percent between 2019 and 2029. SUNY Adirondack is working to address the need for more nurses and has opportunities for students to enroll in the fall and spring semesters. Our graduates are working in: 

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing homes

  • Hospice

  • Homecare

  • Schools

  • Department of Veterans Affairs

In addition, SUNY Adirondack has affiliation agreements with four-year nursing programs to ensure our students have pathways to meet the New York state BS in 10 requirement. The colleges include:

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2020, Sept. 1). Occupational outlook handbook: Registered nurses.


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