Department of Nursing
Once you have read the brochures, explored the
varied options for academic preparation in nursing at CSI and
elsewhere, and have chosen to apply to the CSI associate degree
nursing program, it will be important that you carefully follow
the steps to assure your success.
do I do first?
If you have not done so already, you must apply to the college
and become a student at the college. On the application, be sure
to state your intention to study nursing. If you have attended
another college in the past, you will need to ask for a transfer
application and fill out requests for transcripts from the prior
institutions. Remember, you will receive your degree from the
College of Staten Island and you will need to meet all its degree
requirements. Be sure to attend orientation and become clear
on the expectations of the college. CSI maintains a wonderful
website for prospective students at CSI. You will find most of
what you need, including applications, right there: CSI Undergraduate Admissions
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do I register?
After Admission to the College - You will need to register for
classes. Reading all the materials carefully and following the
advice below may help reduce the stress and frustration that
seems to pop up at these times. You will have a registration
Pay attention to your registration date, you cannot register
before that date, BUT you should receive advisement and have
your registration block removed before that date. It will be
very important for you to receive your academic advisement from
nursing advisers right from the start. This will help you avoid
taking the courses which will not help you move toward your nursing
goals. You must see a faculty member to remove the "nursing
block" which allows you to register. You cannot register
until your "nursing block" is removed by a nursing
advisor. Give yourself adequate time to see a faculty advisor
prior to your day of registration. Doing this early will increase
your chances of getting into the desired classes and sections.
Do not wait until your assigned date to get this done.
Faculty office hours are posted outside 5S-213
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is the pre-clinical sequence?
The four prerequisite courses (13 credits) are:
BIO 150 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
ENG 111 Communications Workshop
PHL 130 Introduction to Ethics
PSY 100 Psychology
Students must have a minimum cumulative average of 2.5 in the
prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C in Biology 150
to be considered for admission to the clinical phase of the Nursing
program (NRS 110). There are no substitutions for the four pre-clinical
courses, except for courses deemed equivalent by the registrar.
Admission to the nursing program is competitive and applications
with lower than a 2.5 cannot be considered. See college catalog
for complete information and additional admission requirements.
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can I take NRS 110?
Students who meet the following criteria my apply:
- Are in the semester in which they are completing the pre-clinical
- Have completed one semester of classes (residency) at CSI
(one or more credits)
- Have taken or are planning to take one of the Pre-Admission
- NLN Pre-Admission RN Exam (NLN PAX-RN) OR
- SAT I and SAT II BIO
- Complete a NRS 110 Application (Online)
- Submit all required documentation (health and pre-admission
test scores) by the deadline
- Meet all academic requirements (see college catalog)
Students must complete an application for admission to NRS110,
the first clinical nursing course. See the college catalog or the
CSI brochure for the requirements. Be certain to monitor your progress
through the pre-clinical courses with your nursing advisor. You
are considered a pre-clinical nursing student until you enter NRS110.
Applications become available twice a year. Watch for the announcement
postings on nursing website for the dates when Nrs110 applications
will be accepted. You must submit the application and check the
status of your application online. Students who do not
submit the required physical forms to the Health Center or have
not submitted Pre-Admission Exam scores by the required date will
not be considered for acceptance into the Nursing Program.
You will need to register online or in person after receiving notification of
No one is permitted to register for NRS110 prior to the meeting of the faculty
committee on NRS110 Admissions (January and June).
Clinical experiences are provided at health care agencies in Staten Island, Brooklyn,
and Manhattan. Accept the reality that not everyone will be able to get his/her
preferred placement. Work with classmates, form car pools or travel groups, and
if you have specific needs work with each other to find solutions. If this is
not possible you may need to consider delaying your progress.
You may access the packet of Nursing 110 Application forms here online. They
will only be accepted twice a year at designated times. All items in packet are
important. Be sure to read all documents and directions carefully. Continue to
look for new postings, announcements and information in Marcus Hall and CSI bulletins.
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do I survive registration when I cannot get a class?
Plan to be flexible and make the needed arrangements to take sections that
are available. If you need special permission to take a course, this is called
a "waiver". Review this request with a faculty advisor, if the request
is possible and appropriate, complete a GREEN WAIVER REQUEST FORM. Have the
advisor remove the nursing block, sign the waiver request form and bring it
to 5S-213. Dr. Farren will review the request and if it is
approved, will enter permission on the computer. It may take a few days, so
again, do not wait until the last minute.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST- PAY YOUR BILL ON TIME. The College cancels sections that
appear under-enrolled, after students have been dropped for non-payment of
tuition. Once this happens the class is gone.
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can I stay on target?
Do not listen to rumors. See a nursing advisor and consult the college catalog
for information. Tackle your pre-requisites as soon as possible - you may need
to take a preparatory course prior to the required pre-requisite. Find out
early so you can adjust your timetable.
Read all handouts and follow directions. Use the resources made available by
the college; there are numerous services available to you, including academic
tutoring and academic and personal counseling. Attend the new student orientation;
find out about all the student services and use them. Understand your responsibilities
as a student, e.g. finish your CLUE credits early. Check out the college website
current students page and learn about campus life.
Once in the nursing program, become active and involved. Join the Nursing Club,
use the resources in Marcus Hall, especially the Nursing Student Resource Centers
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