Enrollment Requirements and Registration

Enrollment status in the Pomeroy College of Nursing is defined as follows:

Matriculation
Matriculation is a student status indicating that all admission requirements have been met and the student has accepted an offer of admission to the program.

Non-Matriculation
Non-matriculated students are not enrolled in the nursing program but are allowed to take courses at the Pomeroy College of Nursing on a space-available basis.

Full-time (FT)
Full-time is defined in both federal regulations and in New York State education law as being enrolled in a full-time academic workload that equals or exceeds 12 credit hours per semester.

Important Note About Full-time Study
Students who have transferred general education courses or take them during summer sessions and students in and extended program may have difficulty maintaining full-time status in the nursing program.

Academic support courses are non-credit bearing and so do not count toward full-time status. The school offers a series of courses to provide academic support and encourage success in the intensive and highly compressed nursing curriculum. In the course descriptions for each of these non-credit courses, the requirements and time commitments have been equated to credit hours for the purpose of determining the total academic load for individual students. Students enrolled in these courses may have an academic load that is equivalent to full-time. Financial aid opportunities may be limited; consult the Financial Affairs Officer for more information.

Students should be prepared for a Monday through Friday lecture, lab and clinical schedule. Some nursing courses include Saturday/Sunday and/or evening clinical hours. Course schedules change as the student progresses in the program each semester. Due to varied clinical scheduling, the Nursing Program is unable to provide specific nursing course schedule information to students prior to enrollment in the Program.

Audit (AU)
Any student desiring to audit a nursing course must acquire prior approval by the Program Chair/Associate Dean before registering for the course. The request must be submitted before the semester/term begins in which the course being considered for audit is offered. Students may audit only the theory portion of a nursing course and will pay a pro-rated tuition fee. Audited classes are recorded with a grade of “AU”. No credit is awarded. A course taken on an audit basis will not be counted in determining full-time status for financial aid eligibility.

Advisement
Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor prior to registration to ensure they are meeting progression and/or graduation requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to register for courses that fulfill graduation requirements.

Registration
Registration for nursing courses is completed online through SONIS. Students are notified via their College email regarding registration details. Students who do not register during designated registration times may forfeit their space in the next sequence of coursework. Students are required to submit proof of enrollment for all required courses being taken at other institutions while matriculated. Official transcript showing completed grades is required before the next semester/term starts.

Course Adjustment Days
Students must refer to the academic calendar for add/drop dates.

Enrollment Requirements

Accepted* applicants wishing to matriculate at Pomeroy College of Nursing must fulfill the following requirements prior to the determined target dates:

Enrollment/ Placement Fee 
Upon acceptance, to finalize matriculation and reserve a place in the program, the student must pay a non-refundable enrollment fee. The fee is applied directly to tuition expenses. If the fee is not paid by the deadline date, the student will forfeit the guaranteed place in the program.
*High School applicants are provisionally accepted contingent upon documented graduation and successful completion of admission required courses.

Resuscitation (CPR) Requirements
Students must provide documentation of successful completion of an approved CPR course listed below prior to established deadlines. All students are required to keep CPR certification current throughout program matriculation. Proof of continued certification for an entire semester/term is required at the start of each term. Prior to nursing coursework, students must complete one of the following courses:

  • American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) (Two-year certification)
  • American Red Cross (ARC) Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (Two-year certification)

Certification from any provider not listed here will not fulfill this requirement.

Students who do not submit proof of completion of the approved CPR certification prior to the established deadline will be unable to attend nursing classes, lab and clinical rotations.

Health Insurance 
All matriculated students must carry personal health insurance while in attendance.

The College offers a Student Health Insurance Plan in which students are automatically enrolled in annually, unless they elect to waive coverage by a designated date. The premium fee for coverage is added to the tuition bill. The Plan, offered through Haylor, Freyer and Coon Insurance Agency, details a schedule of benefits for participating and non-participating providers. Students may obtain a copy of their policy from the College main office.

To waive coverage students are required to submit policy information from their current insurance provider to our broker (mentioned above) during the designated waiver period. This process must be followed to have the fee removed from the tuition bill. Should the student’s insurance provider or coverage change while in attendance, the student must notify the Financial Affairs Officer and our broker at the time of the change.

Health Assessment
Healthcare facilities have many procedures, processes and requirements that the College is mandated to follow in order to place students in the clinical setting. Students are required to complete a full health assessment as an enrollment requirement and annually upon continued matriculation. The forms must be completed in their entirety and signed by the healthcare provider with attached lab results by the designated deadline. Students are responsible for submitting all required documents to their Castle Branch account by the designated deadline; faxed, mailed or emailed documents to the College will not be accepted. All health records must be 100% complete and current to attend class, lab and clinical. Immunizations are an important part of this process.

New York State requires all students taking six credits or more and born after January 1, 1957 to submit the following immunization records (PHL Section 2165 and 2167):

  • Proof of 2 Measles, 1 Mumps & 1 Rubella vaccines (or 2 MMR’s) OR
  • Positive blood test results (IGG) for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella,

Any student registered for 6 credits or more regardless of age also needs to submit the following:

  • Proof of receiving the Meningitis Vaccine within 5 years OR A signed wavier declining the Meningitis Vaccine.

Area Health Care facilities that you may be attending for clinical also require immunizations and PPD testing. The following is a list of immunizations and testing that also must be submitted:

  • Two intradermal Mantoux Tuberculin tests are required for the first semester/term before entering the College setting and then one annually thereafter. Students with a positive Mantoux Test will be required to have a chest x-ray and show satisfactory (to the University) evidence of follow-up health care. A TB screening form must be completed annually for those with a positive Mantoux history.
  • 1 Tdap within 10 years
  • 2 doses of varicella vaccine 4 weeks apart or positive blood test results (IGG)for varicella or provider statement of disease with date
  • 3 Hepatitis B vaccines or positive blood test results (IGG r declination form. (If you would like to start the series, you would receive dose #1 now, dose#2 in 1 month, and dose#3 approximately 5 months after #2.)
  • Current Flu vaccine (one dose each flu season)

Students are referred to the following for assistance with immunization compliance and records:

  • Current and Previous Health Care Providers
  • High School
  • Prior/Current College
  • Onondaga County Health Department
  • Military records

For more information on the New York State Immunization requirements, please visit the New York State Department of Health website.

For more information on immunization requirements for healthcare workers, please visit the CDC website.

Enforcement Statement
Students are not allowed to attend courses without demonstrating immunization compliance. Any corrective measures for health problems as well as immunization requirements must be completed prior to the start of classes. Students must have the required health information clearance prior to the first day of class. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action up to, and including, dismissal from the College.

Student Background Check
Enrollment requirements for Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital include a completion of a background check for all accepted students. Background checks are standard for health care employees to ensure the safety of and welfare of all patients and employees. To comply with these requirements, PCON requires all students to obtain a criminal background check.

  • Accepted students are contingently enrolled until results of the background check are reviewed. Students are required to obtain a criminal background check via castlebranch.com by the established deadline and are responsible for the cost of the background check.
  • Students refusing to obtain a background check or students that do not complete a background check by the established deadline will not be eligible to enroll.
  • Previous background checks may not be used to meet this requirement.
  • The student and PCON Administration will receive the background check results. All background checks will be treated as confidential.
  • If a background check is negative (no incidences displayed), the summary page of the report is filed in the student’s record.
  • If a background check is positive, an administrative review is initiated. The student will be asked to validate and explain the results. If the occurrence is deemed to be of no concern by administration, the student will be allowed to enroll.
  • If the occurrence is sufficiently flagrant that the student will not meet the College’s Essential Functions and/or be eligible for placement in the clinical settings, the student will not be eligible to enroll.
  • Students are responsible to determine eligibility for licensure. If convincted of a crime, the student is responsible to determine if their background will prohibit licensure and employment in the health care industry. Pomeroy College of Nursing administration, faculty and staff are unable to provide legal advice. Students with questions or concerns about their background may contact legal counsel prior to enrollment at PCON.

Nursing Essential Functions And Technical Standards
Students must have the ability to perform the following functions upon matriculation and throughout the program. In addition, students are also required to sign off on and fulfill the role of the Student Nurse as outlined in the Role Position Description.

Gross & Fine Motor Skills

  • Reach above shoulders (e.g. IV poles)
  • Position and transfer patients safely
  • Ability to glove, gown and mask

Physical/Strength Endurance

  • Stand (e.g., at client side during surgical or therapeutic procedures)
  • Sustain repetitive movements (e.g., CPR)
  • Maintain physical tolerance (e.g., work on your feet a minimum of 8 hours)
  • Push, pull, lift and support 50 lbs.

Mobility (physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces)

  • Requires full range of motion

Sensory Skills

Hearing (auditory ability sufficient for monitoring and assessing health needs)

  • Hear normal speaking-level sounds (e.g., person-to-person report)
  • Hear faint voices and sounds (e.g., blood pressure sounds, cardiac, lung, and abdominal sounds)
  • Hear in situations when not able to see lips (e.g., when masks are used)
  • Hear auditory alarms (e.g., monitors, fire alarms, call bells) and other displays indicating immediate client need

Visual (visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in patient care)

  • See objects up to 20 inches away (e.g., information on computer screen, skin conditions)
  • See objects up to 20 feet away (e.g., client in room)
  • See objects more than 20 feet away (client at end of hall)
  • Use depth perception
  • Use peripheral vision
  • Distinguish color intensity (e.g. flushed skin, skin paleness)

Tactile (tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment)

  • Palpate pulses
  • Feel differences in sizes and shapes (surface characteristics such as skin turgor, rashes, palpate vein and identify body landmarks)

Smell

  • Detect and tolerate strong odors (detect smoke, gases or noxious smells)

Reading/Writing/Math Competence

  • Read and understand written/electronic documents
  • Read and write in electrong medical record
  • Read digital displays
  • Read graphic printouts (e.g., EKG)
  • Tell time
  • Count rates (e.g., drips/minute, pulse)
  • Use/read measuring/measurement marks/tools (e.g., thermometer, measurement tapes, scales, etc.)
  • Perform basic math calculations
  • Use a calculator
  • Comprehend trends (e.g., vital signs)

Emotional Stability

  • Establish therapeutic boundaries
  • Provide client with emotional support
  • Adapt to changing environment/stress
  • Deal with the unexpected (e.g., client condition, crisis)
  • Focus attention on task
  • Cope with own emotions
  • Perform multiple responsibilities concurrently
  • Cope with strong emotions in others (e.g., grief)

Critical Thinking (critical thinking includes the ability for effective clinical reasoning and clinical judgment consistent with level of educational preparation)

  • Transfer knowledge from one situation to another
  • Process information from multiple sources
  • Analyze and interpret abstract and concrete data
  • Prioritze tasks, problem solve and evaluate outcomes
  • Use short and long-term memory
  • Identify cause-effect relationships
  • Synthesize knowledge and skills
  • Sequence information
  • Adapt based on new information

Professional & Communication Skills (includes verbal and written professional interactions)

  • Establish rapport with individuals, families, co-workers, interdisciplinary team and groups
  • Respect/value cultural differences
  • Engage in patient/family education
  • Collaborates with and across departments related to patient care
  • Convey caring, respect, sensitivity, tact, compassion, empathy, tolerance and a healthy attitude towards others
  • Demonstrates professional communication, appearance and behavior that shows respect for clients and self
  • Demonstrate a mentally healthy attitude that is age appropriate in relationship to the client
  • Handle multiple tasks concurrently
  • Perform safe, effective nursing care for clients in caring context
  • Maintain the coinfidentiality of medical information
  • Understand and follow the policies and procedures of the College and clinical agencies
  • Understand the consequences of violating the student code of conduct
  • Accept responsibility for one’s actions
  • Remain free of chemical dependency
  • Report promptly to all clinical experiences
  • Receptive to constructive feedback

 

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