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AAS Nursing Program Admissions

Updated 9-29-23

The AAS Nursing Admissions page will be updated with information on the admissions application cycle for Spring 2024 in mid-October.

In the meantime, initial in-person test dates for the National League for Nursing (NLN/E-PAX-RN) exam have become available, and prospective students are encouraged to test ASAP. These days are*:

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023 @ 2:00pm
  • Thursday, October 5, 2023 @ 2:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2023 @ 2:00pm
  • Thursday, October 12, 2023 @ 2:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2023 @ 2:00pm

In-person testing is strongly preferred. Students must use the link below

or visit

*The full list of NLN in person testing dates will be published after 10.15.23

Admission to the AAS Nursing Program is competitive and seats are limited. Admission to the AAS Nursing Program is a separate process from matriculation. The information and links below are for enrolled CSI students who have completed or are completing the pre-clinical nursing sequence in Spring 2023, and wish to apply for matriculation in the AAS Nursing Program. Students who are considering transfering to CSI may also apply. These students must email the CSI Nursing Admissions Committee at

Students should read all information very carefully and apply to the AAS Nursing Program only if they are able and willing to meet all matriculation clinical clearance requirements shown under Step 2: Matriculation.  All applicants should begin preparing as soon as possible to meet the matriculation requirements. 

In addition, all applicants must comply with NYS Office of the Professions License Requirements for Registered Professional Nursing


Application Period: March 15 - May 18, 2023

Application Period: March 15 - May 18, 2023

APPLY Early! It is critical that interested applicants apply as soon as the application period begins to be considered for admission to the AAS Nursing Program!

Application/Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the AAS Nursing Program must

  • Earn a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Earn a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.9 in the Nursing pre-requisite courses below
    • ENG 111 Introduction to College Writing
    • PHL 130 Introduction to Ethics (preferred*) or SOC 100 People and Society
    • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
    • BIO 150 Human Anatomy and Physiology

*NOTE: If a student has earned grades for both courses, the PHL 130 grade will be calculated in the pre-requisite GPA.

  • Have completed BIO 150 within five (5) years of application and have earned a minimum grade of C.
  • Create a CSI CastleBranch account by visiting and order and complete a Urine Drug Screen (UDS) by selecting the code UZ86dt from the drop-down menu. All applicants are required to complete a CastleBranch negative UDS prior to the end of the application period. Students with a positive UDS may email for further instruction. 

Special Considerations

  • Students may repeat one (1) pre-requisite course with a minimum grade of B once only. Pre-requisite courses include BIO 150, ENG 111, PHL 130/SOC 100  and PSY 100.
  • If the BIO 150 course was completed more than 5 years from date of application, either in residence or at a previous institution, the course will need to be repeated in order to be considered for admission to the AAS Nursing Program.

CSI Freshman Forgiveness

CSI students who requested and received Freshman Forgiveness and do not meet the above admission criteria may appeal to the Admission Committee for consideration. A limited number of seats each semester will be assigned to students from Freshman Forgiveness on a competitive basis.
Students should apply and then email the Nursing Department at for assistance.

Transfer Students

In addition to the Admissions Requirements above, transfer students from other colleges must

  • Be in good academic standing.

Students who are on academic probation, or who have been academically/administratively dismissed from a Nursing or health professional program at CSI or another institution are not eligible for admission to the AAS Nursing Program at the College of Staten Island.*

*Note: Nursing pre-requisite courses taken outside of CSI must have transfer equivalency at CSI. The letter grades earned in pre-requisite courses at other colleges are used in the calculation of the Nursing pre-requisite GPA for transfer students.


  • Earn a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.9 in the Nursing pre-requisite courses below:
    • ENG 111 Introduction to College Writing
    • PHL 130 Introduction to Ethics, preferred* or SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
    • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
    • BIO 150 Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • BIO 160 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (transfer students ONLY)

Pre-college Coursework

Students who have completed college coursework or college-level examination programs recognized by CUNY, as high school students, may repeat pre-requisite courses to be considered for AAS Nursing Program admission without prejudice (AICE, AP, CLEP, DLPT, DSST, UEXCEL, IB).


AAS Nursing Program Application

Application for Consideration for Fall 2023 Admission


Admissions Decision

Admission decisions are communicated to students using the Application Portal. Students are required to check their acceptance status after 10:00am on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. Students will not be notified by email or in person of acceptance.

Admitted students will be enrolled in a Blackboard (Bb) organization titled “2023 Fall Clinical Onboarding (CSI)”. This Bb organization provides detailed information on all clinical clearance requirements.

All students who are admitted to the AAS Nursing Program are required to have a dedicated laptop that is working and supports ExamSoft. Students are responsible to have their device available for all NRS course examinations (Chromebooks are not supported). All classes use a national leading software program called ExamSoft – sometimes called Examplify for exams.

Admitted students must meet ALL matriculation clinical clearance requirements.

Admitted students will be permitted to register provisionally, contingent upon completion of full matriculation clinical clearance requirements by July 13, 2023. Students who do not meet clinical clearance requirements will be deregistered from NRS 110 & NRS 115 and may defer enrollment to the following semester.


Matriculation Clinical Clearance Requirements

Matriculation in the AAS Nursing Program is defined as enrollment in NRS 110. Only students who are admitted to the AAS Nursing Program may enroll. Enrollment is predicated on clinical clearance requirements which are agency driven, and no exceptions can be made. Students are guests of the agencies and must comply with all agency requirements in real time. The requirements can change precipitously, and students must comply in order to participate in agency clinical experiences. 
NOTE:  Students may not contact the agencies directly at any time.

Clinical Clearance Requirements:

CastleBranch Background Check & Urine Drug Screen (UDS)

All admitted students must maintain the CSI CastleBranch account they created during the application process in good standing reflecting a clear criminal background check and negative Urine Drug Screen (UDS). The Program will require a negative UDS within 90 days of the start of each enrolled course. Students who test positive at any point cannot attend clinical and will not meet course objectives.

Nursing Physical Examination (NPE) & Respiratory Protection Evaluation (RPE) Forms

The Nursing Physical Examination (NPE) & Respiratory Protection Evaluation (RPE) forms must be submitted to and approved by the CSI Health Center. A copy of the Castlebranch Urine Drug Screen (UDS) along with the completed NPE & RPE and all lab results must be submitted to the Health Center in 1C-Room 112 in person. DO NOT EMAIL your NPE/RPE and medical documents to the Health Center. Students may schedule appointments by calling 718-982-3045. Appointments are recommended. Students are responsible to follow up on their physical with the Health Center if they do not get an initial approval.

Additionally, CSI students may call at 718.982.3045 to request an appointment with the CSI Health Center Nurse Practitioner to complete the NPE & RPE. The number of appointments offered is limited. Act early to reserve a space!

NOTE: All students must submit proof of COVID-19 full vaccination including the booster.

AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) Certificate

Students must provide current American Heart Association Health Care Professional: Basic Life Support (BLS) certification valid for the duration of the clinical rotation. Only BLS certificates with hands-on skills sessions from the American Heart Association (AHA) are accepted.

For more information and to enroll for the BLS, students can visit


Agency-Specific Clinical Requirements

(Must complete after enrollment)

In addition to the general matriculation clinical clearance requirements above, students may need to complete all agency-specific clinical requirements such as training and orientation, completing agency specific forms, etc. Enrolled students are required to monitor the Blackboard organization titled "2023 Fall Clinical Onboarding (CSI)" for more detailed instructions. Students who do not meet these agency-specific clinical requirements will be deregistered.


Enrollment in NRS 110

Enrollment in NRS 110 will be by permission only. On Thursday, June 8, 2023, students who are admitted to the AAS Nursing Program will be permitted to register (self-enroll) in NRS 110 and NRS 115. Detailed registration instructions will be available with the admission acceptance notification.

Registration for NRS clinical courses is predicated on clearances that are agency-specific and time sensitive. In the AAS Nursing Program, there is no guarantee of any specific clinical sites, days or times. All are subject to changes due to the evolving nature of the health care practice environment. "Schedule of Classes" designations for agencies and clinical days are always tentative and subject to precipitous change. Changes will be posted on CUNYfirst. Additionally, Navigate CSI is the official method of communication of the Department of Nursing and the College. Students who are unable to accommodate changes may defer enrollement until the subsequent semester without academic consequences. 


Nursing 110 Orientation

All admitted students must attend a New Student Orientation on Monday, June 12, 2023, from 9:30am to 12:30pm (virtually/Zoom). More information on the New Student Orientation will be available with the admission acceptance notification.

NOTE: All selections on this page pertain to AAS Nursing Program admission requirements. Be sure to print and review all of them in preparing to apply. These requirements may be changed by the department or college at any time. Stay informed of changes or updates by reading all bulletins, postings and announcements at the college and on the website. Materials on this page can be downloaded and printed with most common word processing programs.