Policies and Information
Bronco Ready Orientation Program: Nursing Orientation
Nursing orientation attendance is mandatory in order to retain a seat in the nursing program. Accepted students will be deregistered for non-attendance. There will be no exceptions; the student's acceptance will be rolled forward to the following fall semester.
Please be aware there are more health requirements for nursing than the rest of the college community due to Federal, State, and clinical site mandates for healthcare providers.
SUNY Delhi’s School of Nursing uses Castle Branch to manage clinical requirements of the program (health, background check, CPR, immunizations,
etc.). All students accepted into SUNY Delhi’s RN program will be required to create
a profile at the time of acceptance. All students participating in the clinical (hospital)
portion of the nursing program must have all health records posted on the Certified
Profile document repository by July 1 or students will be permanently deregistered from classes and the student's
acceptance will be rolled forward to the following fall semester.
Proof of certification in CPR for the Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer is required. This must come from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association only. Online programs will not be accepted. All students participating in the clinical (hospital) portion of the nursing program must have their current CPR card posted on the Certified Profile document repository by July 1 or it will prevent participation in clinical rotations. Contact your local Red Cross, American Heart Association, or hospital in your community to obtain information of certification programs.
Academic Integrity Policy
If a faculty member discovers that a student has committed an academic integrity violation such as cheating or plagiarizing, the procedures outlined in the College Academic Integrity Policy will be followed. This policy outlines the faculty’s commitment related to academic responsibility, honesty, trust, fairness and respect. Academic integrity is the responsibility of all faculty and students enrolled in the Nursing program.
Nursing Program Expenses and Transportation
Expenses associated with enrollment in the nursing program include uniforms, textbooks, ATI enrollment fees, laboratory equipment, etc. List of approximate expenses. It is the responsibility of students to obtain their own transportation to each clinical site. In the past, students have arranged to join a car pool, but the ultimate responsibility remains with the student.
Nursing is a licensure program and has special requirements for entry and licensure. This information should be utilized when making career choices. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may affect an individual's right to be licensed. Applicants with concerns should contact the Office of the Professions at 518-474-3817.
Technical Standards for Admission
Technical standards describe the non-academic qualifications required for entrance to, continuation in, and graduation with an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nursing from SUNY Delhi. Candidates must be able to meet these minimum standards with or without reasonable accommodation for successful completion of certificate/degree requirements. Candidates must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) intellectual-conceptual, integrative and quantitative; and 5) behavioral, emotional, and interpersonal abilities.
Progression and Graduation
Academic qualifications for program progression include a C+ in each nursing course, and a C in all other required courses. The New York State Education Department requires that minimum academic standards be achieved. The faculty believes the minimum standard is a C+ in nursing.
A student who withdraws or receives a grade less than a "C+" in any required nursing course will not progress to the next semester, and will need to apply for permission to progress in the nursing program. A student who is unsuccessful in two nursing courses throughout the program is not eligible for progression. A student will not be permitted to repeat a support course (Liberal Arts & Sciences) more than one time. Permission for progression is not guaranteed and is based on selective readmission criteria (seat availability, GPA, strength of statement). Students may be permitted to apply for progression to the program a maximum of one time.
AAS – Pre-Licensure Dual Degree Track Student Progression Policy
Freshman/Pre-Clinical Nursing Students must meet the following criteria in order to enter the Clinical portion of the Nursing Program. Students who do not meet these criteria will need to change their major.
Rationale: To better prepare students for the rigor and expectations of clinical coursework. To improve retention in the nursing program as students enter clinical coursework.
- Students are required to pass all courses taken during the Freshman/Pre-Clinical year with a minimum grade of C in each course.
- Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA with full-time credit (equals a B average).
Post-Licensure Dual Degree Student Progression Policy
Dual degree progression policy is available on the Vancko Hall Dual Degree Advisement site.
Clinical Safe Practice and Conduct Policy
There is a safe baseline of performance and professional behavior which students must demonstrate at all times. The client must receive a safe standard of care. Any factors that compromise safe patient care or unprofessional behavior may result in the student being removed from the practice setting, and may prevent the student from meeting course objectives.
Official school uniforms are to be purchased from SUNY Delhi Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Required uniforms include: 1 hunter green scrub top, hunter green slacks or white skirt, and 2 student name pins.
- Official school uniform only.
- Uniforms with name pin must be worn for all Practicum sessions on or off-campus.
- Uniforms must be clean, neat and professional appearing.
- No lab coats or other garments are to be worn over the uniform.
- A solid black long sleeved shirt may be worn UNDER the scrub top for additional warmth if needed.
- Clean, neat and professional appearing footwear. If a skirt is worn; stockings are required. No open toes/heels, UGGs or croc style shoes.
- Student name pin on left front of top.
- Hair controlled to maintain aseptic practice.
- Minimal jewelry is acceptable: post earrings only, wedding band sets or one smooth band.
- Any body piercings, tattoos, or body art must be concealed when in uniform.
- Colored nail polish or artificial nails are not permitted; nails must be short and clean.
Weather-related on-campus class cancellation
- Faculty will post a message on their campus voicemail that class is canceled
- This voicemail message will be posted two hours prior to the start of class
- Students are requested to check faculty voicemail prior to leaving for campus
Again, this procedure only pertains to classes on campus, not off-campus clinical
Freshman students will be required to obtain and post documentation of professional liability insurance on their Certified Profile document repository prior to beginning clinical rotations. An application must be submitted to Proliability. Please note: the student must be able to provide a social security number to obtain this insurance.
The faculty is committed to the development of collaborative student faculty partnerships,
and fostering a learning environment that allows for professional growth and development
on the part of both student and faculty. Therefore, a student board has been established
to foster an exchange of ideas, communicate exciting programmatic changes, and allow
students to express suggestions to the Dean and faculty representatives. This forum
is a regularly scheduled structured meeting between students and faculty that facilitates
communication, problem-solving, and mutual respect among members of the board. Student
members are comprised of 4 freshmen and 4 seniors. Faculty representation will include
the Dean and freshman/senior faculty representation, and faculty and student representation
will rotate on a semester basis. Meetings are scheduled at least monthly, with more
frequent meetings as needed.
*Please refer to course syllabi for specific attendance policies for classroom, lab, and clinical.*