Dear Prospective Nursing Student:
Congratulations on your admission to SUNY College at Brockport! You’re about to embark on
a wonderful new phase of your life, and we hope that you decide to do that here at SUNY
Brockport! You have indicated on your admission application that you have an interest in the
nursing program at SUNY Brockport. We have an outstanding nursing program that prepares
graduates for a wonderful, rewarding career. The health care providers in the Rochester, New
York area vie for our nursing graduates, as our program’s reputation in this area is excellent.
It is important for you to be aware of the following:
(1) Acceptance into the nursing department is not the same as acceptance into the
college. Since you may apply for admission to the Nursing program, the admissions
office has notified various offices on campus that, while Nursing is not yet your
declared major, it should be considered your intended major. This “Intent to Major”
designation allows us to better serve you in the areas of transfer credit evaluation,
advisement and registration.
(2) Your first two years of coursework involve completion of general education
requirements and nursing pre-requisites. You traditionally apply to be in the nursing
program after the fall of your sophomore year and begin nursing courses in the fall of
your junior year. You must apply for admission to the Department of Nursing
between November 1st and the third Wednesday of January in the year you plan to
start your nursing courses. For example, a sophomore student would apply to
nursing by January of 2008 if he/she planned to begin taking nursing courses during
the fall of 2008. You will receive a letter of acceptance/non-acceptance in March of
the year you apply. The nursing program is typically the last two years of full-time
coursework or traditionally the junior and senior year. The nursing program starts in
the fall semester only. There are no spring admissions. Please see the departmental
webpage for an example of the traditional curriculum, an application, and further
(3) Acceptance into the nursing program is not guaranteed and is very competitive.
There are currently large numbers of students applying to the nursing department.
Admission to the nursing program is based on (1) satisfactory completion of
prerequisites, (2) overall GPA, (3) references, and (4) a personal statement.
(4) In order to be eligible for consideration for admission to the nursing program:
You must be accepted by SUNY College at Brockport and complete an
application for consideration for admission to the Department of Nursing by
the departmental deadline. Applications are available online
You must complete of all but two prerequisites by May of the year you plan
to start the nursing program. Prerequisites are listed on the nursing
department webpage (www.brockport.edu/nursing). The maximum number
of prerequisites that can be taken in the summer before you begin the
nursing program is two. A grade of at least a C must be earned in all
prerequisite courses, with no more than one prerequisite course repeated.
You must earn cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.75 by the end of the
fall semester of your sophomore year.
You must also have junior status with a minimum of 54 non-nursing liberal
arts credits by the time you start the nursing program.
(5) The first semester at Brockport all freshman students with no previous college
attendance take a one-credit Academic Planning Seminar (GEP 100). This course
provides an orientation to the college experience and to the Brockport campus. There
are several sections of this course designed especially for nursing students. To make
sure that you are assigned to one of these sections, you must indicate nursing as your
intended major on all course registration forms. This course will provide additional
information regarding the program and your instructor will be a nursing department
faculty member. In this class you will be assigned a faculty advisor and given
assistance with developing your future academic coursework and schedule.
(6) All students with previous college attendance (transfer students) will receive
additional information in the mail regarding SOAR sessions for class registration.
Students with previous college attendance will be assigned a faculty advisor within
the nursing department at these sessions and are encouraged to make an appointment
to speak directly with that individual.
Further information is available on our departmental webpage (www.brockport.edu/nursing) or
you may call the nursing department directly at (585)395-2355.
Linda Snell, DNS, WHNP-C
Chairperson, Associate Professor
Department of Nursing