How do I apply into the RN Program?
Students interested in the RN program must be registered as undeclared Health majors. Students first apply to LaGuardia as an “Undeclared Pre-Health” with a concentration of Registered Nursing, through Admissions. There are pre-requisite courses for the RN Program which students can take 6 months to 1 year to complete. The pre-requisite courses which are also called “KEY” courses need to be in the process of completion or completed during the 12 week semester you intend to apply for Candidacy [Spring I /Fall I].
- ENG 101
- SSY 101
- SCB 203
- SCB 204 Pre-clinical course required before beginning the RN Program IF accepted
What is Candidacy?
Candidacy is the process when students are ready to apply for the program and their KEY course grades are calculated and ranked. Students need to be matriculated at LaGuardia and active for the semester they intend to apply for Candidacy in order to be considered.
In addition to the KEY courses the ATI TEAS is a requirement for Candidacy. Students have ONLY 2 attempts to successfully pass the ATI TEAS Exam with an overall proficient score of 58.7% as well as in each of the four categories [Math, Science, English & Language, Reading]
The ATI TEAS needs to be completed by the deadline in order to be eligible for RN Candidacy. Please visit our website regarding specific details on registering for the ATI TEAS Exam at LaGuardia C.C.
How and which term should I apply for Candidacy?
You must be in the “Undeclared Pre-Health/RN” Major, have the 4 KEY courses completed or in the process of completing, Successfully passed the ATI TEAS Exam with the required score and be active for the semester you intend to apply for Candidacy.
Students apply for “NUR 000” Candidacy towards the beginning of the Spring I or Fall I semester. The deadline is listed on the College Academic Calendar.
Students have to request a Candidacy Form by emailing the Health Sciences Department at HealthSci@lagcc.cuny.edu.
The Candidacy Form then needs to be filled out and emailed to the Health Sciences Department before the Candidacy Deadline. Once the form is received by the Health Sciences Department the student will receive an acknowledgement email confirming receipt of the Candidacy form.
What is the minimum GPA required to apply for the RN Program?
The minimum GPA to apply for the RN Program is 2.75 overall and within the key courses. This is the minimum GPA required to apply. A 2.75 GPA does not guarantee admission into the program.
How many times can I take the TEAS?
Students can take the TEAS exam a total of 2 times. Student have 2 attempts to successfully pass the ATI TEAS Exam with an overall proficient score of 58.7% as well as in each of the four categories [Math, Science, English & Language, Reading]. The TEAS exam will be administered by ATI via remote proctoring. There is NO in person testing.
What are the phases for the RN program?
The phases are the following:
Phase 1: Pre-clinical
Once accepted into LaGuardia students declare their major, in this case “Undeclared Pre-Health/RN” which is the pre-clinical phase. During this phase you are to register and successfully meet the specific requirements in order to be eligible to apply for the clinical phase of the RN Program.
Phase 2: Clinical
Once you receive your Candidacy Notification Email confirming your acceptance into the clinical phase of the RN program you are then officially a Registered Nursing Student.
You will then begin registering and taking the clinical phase courses beginning with the pre-fix “SCR”
Which class can be taken during the short sessions [six weeks] when a student has already applied for candidacy?
SCB204 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II must be taken in session II or before entering the clinical phase of the RN program. The student will need to earn a grade of “C” or better.
If SCB204 has already been taken then it is recommended you register for MAT119/120 and/or SSY240 since both are required during the 1st semester of the RN Program IF accepted.
Can students apply for more than one candidacy program at a time?
Students can only apply for one candidacy at a time.
If accepted into the RN program, how long is the clinical phase of the RN program?
The clinical phase of the RN program is 4 semesters. The course sequence needs to be followed.
What if a grade of C- or lower is earned in a pre-clinical course?
If a grade of “C-“ or lower is earned in a pre-clinical course, the student will not be eligible to apply for Candidacy. The course will need to be repeated, both grades will be averaged together for Candidacy purposes only.
When will the candidacy results be announced and how will students find out if they have been accepted into the clinical phase of the RN Program?
Candidacy Notifications are announced in the second or third week of January or July after students apply for candidacy in session I of a particular semester. Students who applied for Candidacy will be sent an email via their LaGuardia Live Email Account from the Nursing Program.
Should I take TEAS now if I plan to apply for candidacy next semester?
Matriculated LaGuardia students usually take the ATI TEAS Exam during the semester they are applying for RN candidacy.
Does Financial Aid pay for TEAS?
Financial Aid does not pay for TEAS
What is the lowest GPA accepted for the RN program?
The lowest GPA accepted varies from year to year. The lowest GPA that can be accepted is 2.75 within the 4 key courses.