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Individuals interested in applying to the Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital must meet all admission requirements prior to submitting any of the required application documentation.


Admission is based on a review of the overall application as an indication of potential for success in nursing and on a comparative basis with other applicants. Admission is not based on any single criterion such as previous grades, test scores, or class rank. Students enter with a variety of educational and life experiences, and therefore, many facets of their backgrounds are considered in making admission decisions.

Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program is competitive. The number of students admitted is limited by available faculty and clinical agencies. Meeting minimal admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission Requirements
The Bill and Sandra Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital has a highly selective admission process. Candidates are considered using a holistic approach; inclusive of specific requirements necessary for admission. Academic rigor plays a major role in the decision process with an emphasis on sustained achievement in mathematics and science. Participation in activities beyond the classroom, personal qualities, academic enrichment programs and standardized test performance are all considered during the decision process. .


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Qualifying completion of: Algebra, Biology, Chemistry and English
  • Successful completion of entrance exam (at cost to applicants)
  • Competitive SAT and/or ACT scores for high school students+
  • Professional/Educational References (2)

Additional Information for Consideration:

  • Personal Interview
  • Sustained achievement in math and science courses
  • Enrollment/participation in programs of academic enrichment
  • Employment/volunteer experience in medically related field

Optional Information for Consideration:

  • Personal Essay

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a pre-admission counseling session for information regarding the application process. A schedule of meeting times can be obtained by calling 315-470-7481.

*applicants with repeated courses due to failing grades/dropped and/or withdrawn courses are less competitive
*applicants previously denied more than twice will not be considered
*The Office of Admissions reserves the right to waive prerequisite coursework upon review of the applicant’s file and/or transcripts
*the College of Nursing reserves the right to approve or deny admission based on the entirety of the application.
*Application materials become the property of Pomeroy College of Nursing and will not be returned. NOTE: Applications for admission will not be considered until all of the materials are completed and submitted to the college.
+applicants meeting minimal required SAT/ACT scores within the last two years may be exempt from the entrance exam

Pomeroy College of Nursing Admitted Student Profile High School Average – 90%
College GPA – 3.0
ACT Composite – 22
SAT combined Critical Reading and Math – 1010
Admission Test – 69%
Special Admission Requirements

Advance Placement Applicants –
Candidates seeking transfer from another nursing program must contact the admission office. Applications are considered on a space available basis in conjunction with a thorough transcript review and program evaluation.

International and English as a Second Language (ESL) Applicant –
Strong skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding the English language are necessary for success in the nursing program and to assure that patients receive quality care.

International applicants must have a resident alien/permanent resident card (I-151 or I-551).
References must be completed by individuals residing in the United States.
Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet the standard admission requirements as well as the following:

  • Certified translation of all educational records
  • Test of English Language (TOEFL)*
    • TOEFL IBT – Internet based test – 85 score
    • TOEFL PBT – Paper based test – 560 score
    • TOEFL CBT – Computer based test – 213 score

*Applicants holding a collegiate degree from an accredited institution within the United States of America are exempt from taking the TOEFL.

Application Process
Applications are available on-line at On-line applications may take up to 7 days to process. Paper applications are available by contacting the college at (315)470-7481.

The completed application and required documentation should be submitted to:
    Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital
    736 Irving Avenue
    Syracuse, NY 13210

Required Documentation

  • Official high school transcript and GED if applicable
  • Official college transcripts(from ALL colleges attended, including concurrent enrollments)
  • Official standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL) as indicated
  • Two professional references: References must be academic and/or professional in nature. References from family and/or friends will not be accepted.

Application Target Dates
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Priority consideration is given to those applications submitted well in advance of the target dates. Due to the competitive nature of the admission process, candidates must submit applications two weeks prior to the target date. This provides ample time for all required documentation to be received and reviewed by the college. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Inactive Applications
If an applicant has not been in contact with the college for one year following the date of submission, the application will be deemed inactive and removed from the admission files.

Application Review
The Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions (MRA) Committee reviews completed applications. Candidates are reviewed using a holistic approach; inclusive of the admission requirements, and by taking into consideration sustained achievement in mathematics and science, participation in activities beyond the classroom, personal qualities, academic enrichment programs and standardized test performance. The College reserves the right to evaluate and deny admission if the College determines that the applicant does not demonstrate ability to successfully complete the program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are not guaranteed admission into the College. In order to guarantee confidentiality, applicants will be notified of decisions in writing. Accepted candidates must fulfill the Enrollment Requirements as outlined in that policy by the required deadline.

Deferred Admission

Applicants having been granted acceptance to Pomeroy College of Nursing have the ability to defer their admission. Deferral requests must be submitted in writing and payment of the required, non-refundable enrollment fee must be submitted by the established deadline. Deferral requests are granted one time only within one year of the original semester of acceptance and must be made no later than one month prior to New Student Orientation. If applicants choose not to matriculate after deferring they must reapply should they remain interested in the College of Nursing.

Wait List
Only those applications complete at the time of the target date are considered. Potential candidates may be placed on the wait list AFTER the class has been filled. Should space become available (as when accepted candidates decline/defer offer of admission) candidates on the wait list may be offered a space in the program. The wait list is created and active for one semester at a time. Candidates remain on the wait list for one semester only. Those candidates not called from the wait list must inform the Admission office as to how they would like to proceed with their application.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer credit is determined by the Registrar in consultation with the Office of Admissions. Transfer credit may be granted for courses that have content and credit comparable to required courses. Official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for consideration. Course descriptions and course syllabi may be requested to provide further clarification.

Transfer Credit Consideration is given to:
• Required general education courses of the program completed with a grade of (C) or above
• Anatomy & Physiology I, II and Microbiology courses completed within five years* of the date of application. Students are strongly encouraged to complete A&P I and II at the same institution for curriculum consistency purposes.
• College Board Advance Placement Examinations (AP) are accepted based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommended score of “3”
• College Level Examination Program (CLEP) completed within 1 year with a minimum score of “50” - a maximum of two of the following exams may be transferred and must be completed with official scores received prior to the start of the semester/term in which course completion is required:
    •  College Composition Modular (essay portion not required)
    • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (essay portion not required)
    • Introductory Psychology
• Nursing transfer credits are considered on an individual basis.
• Transfer credit will not be awarded for science courses (A&P I, II and Microbiology) taken through Portage

* If A&P I, II and/or Microbiology were completed beyond the 5 year time limit, students may elect to take the Excelsior College Examination(s) or Portage course(s). Please refer to or for additional information. Upon successful completion of an Excelsior exam or Portage course, transfer credit will be awarded for the initial course.

General Guidelines

When a student is transferring credit to meet prerequisite or co-requisite requirements for a required nursing course, an official transcript or proof of course enrollment must be received no later than one week prior to the start of the semester/term.

If documentation of the required pre/co-requisite is not received by the designated deadline, the student will not be allowed to attend nursing course(s) (clinical, lab and theory) until official documentation is submitted to the Registrar. 

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.

CPR Requirement

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. 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.

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 Motor Skills

  • Move within confined spaces
  • Maintain balance in multiple positions
  • Reach above shoulders (e.g., IV poles)
  • Reach below waist (e.g., plug electrical appliance into wall outlet)
  • Reach out front
  • Position and transfer client safely
  • Use appropriate hand washing techniques
  • Ability to glove, gown, and mask
  • Scoop and squat

Fine Motor Skills

  • Pick up objects with hands
  • Grasp small objects with hands (e.g., IV tubing, pencil)
  • Write with pen or pencil
  • Key/type (e.g., use a computer)
  • Pinch/pick or otherwise work with fingers (e.g., manipulate a syringe)
  • Twist (e.g., turn objects/knobs using hands)
  • Squeeze with finger (e.g., eye dropper)

Physical 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)

Physical Strength

  • Push and pull 50 pounds (e.g., position clients, move equipment)
  • Support 50 pounds of weight (e.g., ambulate client)
  • Lift 50 pounds (e.g., pick up a child, transfer client, bend to lift an infant or child)
  • Carry equipment/supplies
  • Use upper body strength (e.g., perform CPR, physically restrain a client)
  • Squeeze with hands (e.g., operate fire extinguisher)
  • Move light objects weighing up to 10 pounds (IV pole)

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

  • Twist
  • Bend
  • Stoop/squat
  • Move quickly (e.g., response to an emergency)
  • Climb stairs
  • Walk

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

  • Hear normal speaking-level sounds (e.g., person-to-person report)
  • Hear faint voices
  • Hear faint body 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 and color intensity (e.g., color codes on supplies, flushed skin/paleness)
  • Distinguish color intensity (e.g. flushed skin, skin paleness)

Tactile (tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment)

  • Feel vibrations (e.g., palpate pulses), percuss (short quick blows by the fingers usually to the chest or abdomen in order to obtain a sounds for the determination of density, size or position)
  • Feel differences in sizes and shapes ( surface characteristics such as skin turgor, rashes)
  • Feel differences in sizes, shapes (e.g., palpate vein, identify body landmarks)
  • Detect environmental temperature


  • Detect odors (e.g., foul smelling drainage, alcohol breath)
  • Detect smoke
  • Detect gases or noxious smells


  • Tolerance to allergens such as latex
  • Tolerance to strong soaps
  • Tolerance to strong odors


  • Read and understand written documents (e.g., flow sheets, charts, graphs)

Arithmetic Competence

  • Read and understand columns of writing (e.g., flow sheet, charts)
  • Read digital displays
  • Read graphic printouts (e.g., EKG)
  • Calibrate equipment
  • Convert numbers to and/or from Metric System
  • Read graphs (e.g., vital sign sheets)
  • Tell time
  • Measure time (e.g., count duration of contractions, etc.)
  • Count rates (e.g., drips/minute, pulse)
  • Use measuring tools (e.g., thermometer)
  • Read measurement marks (e.g., measurement tapes, scales, etc.)
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and/or divide whole numbers
  • Compute fractions (e.g., medication dosages)
  • Use a calculator
  • Write numbers in records


  • Comprehend graphic trends
  • Calibrate equipment
  • Convert numbers to and from metric system (e.g., dosages)
  • Tell time
  • Measure time (e.g., count duration of contractions, CPR, etc.)
  • Count rates (e.g., drips/minute, pulse)
  • Read measurement marks (e.g., measurement tapes, scales, etc.)
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and/or divide whole numbers
  • Compute fractions and decimals (e.g., medication dosages)
  • Document numbers in records

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)

Analytical Thinking

  • Transfer knowledge from one situation to another
  • Process information from multiple sources
  • Analyze and interpret abstract and concrete data
  • Evaluate outcomes
  • Problem solve
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Use long-term memory
  • Use short-term memory
  • Coordinate simultaneous motions

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

  • Identify cause-effect relationships
  • Synthesize knowledge and skills
  • Sequence information
  • Adapt decision based on new information

Interpersonal Skills (includes skills sufficient for professional interactions with a diverse population of individuals, families and groups)

  • Establish rapport with individuals, families, co-workers, interdisciplinary team and groups
  • Respect/value cultural differences
  • Negotiate interpersonal conflict and engage in successful conflict resolution

Communication Skills (includes verbal and written professional interactions)

  • Teach (e.g., client/family about health care)
  • Speak English
  • Write English, record information accurately and efficiently
  • In detailed audiometry, hearing is normal if you can hear tones from 250 Hz - 8,000 Hz at 25 dB or lower
  • Vision correctable to 20/20
  • Listen/comprehend written/spoken word (English)
  • Collaborate with others (e.g., health care workers, peers)
  • Manage information
  • Elicit health history information from clients, computer and health records including those written in cursive English
  • Give oral report
  • Speak on the telephone
  • Direct activities of others
  • Convey information through writing

Professional Behavior (involves a specialized skill set essential to performance of a unique, professional role)

  • Convey caring, respect, sensitivity, tact, compassion, empathy, tolerance and a healthy attitude towards others
  • Demonstrate 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 a caring context
  • Maintain the confidentiality 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, accountability and ownership of one’s actions
  • Function effectively in situations of uncertainty and stress inherent in providing nursing care
  • Adapt to changing environments and situations
  • Remain free of chemical dependency
  • Report promptly to all clinical experiences

Adapted from: Southern Regional Educational Board (2004). Americans with disabilities: Implications for nursing education. Retrieved from