Nursing Education Program at JCC


Contributing Writer
Faith Gibbons

Strong History

JCC offers an Associate Degree in Nursing program, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, on both the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses. JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean admitted its first freshman nursing class in 1989.

Jamestown Community College’s associate degree in nursing program was established in 1963 with a $7,600 grant from the Kellogg Foundation and served as the only such program in western New York for several years. From seven pilot associate nursing degree programs in four states in 1958 to 130 nationwide by 1963, nursing education programs are now offered at more than 1,000 community colleges.

The nursing program, located on the third floor of JCC’s Sheldon Center, has a capacity for 220 students. The location features two large classrooms with state-of-the-art teaching podiums and two 10-bed clinical laboratory units with a simulation room.

Within the simulation room, a team of four to five students works with a high-fidelity manikin in response to different medical scenarios. The room is monitored by three cameras which are aligned to a time scale. After the 15-20-minute scenario ends, students attend a debriefing to evaluate their performance.

Nursing Exam Pass Rate

Nursing School director, Kathy Taydus, DNP, RN, notes that the pass rate for the nursing program in 2018 was 95%, achieving an overall pass rate for 2018 of 79.54% for New York state and 77.6% for the nation.

Ninety of last year’s JCC nursing graduates completed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing last summer. The exam measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as an entry level nurse.

She also noted that area hospitals and other healthcare agencies participate in the education of nursing students by providing practice opportunities for students with clinical faculty members.

Personal Sacrifices and High Demand

There is no doubt that pursuing any position in the medical field is time consuming, and requires many personal sacrifices. The small portion of what one sees of a nurse’s job doesn’t even come close to fully representing the fortitude or struggles endured in a position such as this. From the endless hours learning and turning their internal clocks on their head, to the draining and damaging physical and mental effects, it is no question that a nurse’s job is to be humbly respected.

“Nursing students spend a lot of class-time hours learning content, but then they have to go practice nursing arts in the labs on campus, and then they practice with live patients in various nursing care facilities in NY and PA,” Taydus said.

“The program continues to be very competitive, also,” Taydus added. “I’m actually currently working on a report for this year, where we already have 153 new nursing program students admitted for fall between Jamestown and Olean.”

Recent Transfer Agreements

Students who graduate from JCC’s nursing program can benefit from recent transfer agreements with SUNY Empire State College and Gannon University.

The agreement with Empire State guarantees acceptance of students who graduate with an AAS degree in nursing from JCC, possess an active, unencumbered New York State or Pennsylvania registered nursing license, and complete an Empire State College admissions application.

Empire State will accept all 64 JCC credits required for the associate’s degree toward meeting requirements for the bachelor’s degree. Students can transfer up to 15 additional JCC credits toward meeting BSN requirements, leaving as few as 45 credits to be completed with Empire State.

The agreement between JCC and Gannon University guarantees junior standing for JCC students who graduate with an Associate in Science degree in nursing and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7.

JCC students who transfer a minimum of 60 stipulated credit hours can fulfill requirements for a bachelor’s degree in nursing online in two years with Gannon. Gannon will accept all 64 JCC credit hours required for the AAS nursing degree in which a minimum grade of C was earned.

Students can also transfer additional stipulated JCC coursework toward meeting additional bachelor’s degree requirements, up to a total of 98 transferred JCC credit hours. All students must complete a minimum of 30 institutional credits through Gannon.

Registered nurses with specific experience in community health, leadership roles, and political or social action activities may qualify for portfolio credit from Gannon.

JCC has transfer agreements with several other colleges and universities for nursing graduates who want to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing. For a complete list, visit

“We applaud the achievement of our nursing graduates,” Dr. Taydus said. “They reflect the phenomenal work done by nursing faculty and their colleagues to enhance the success of these students.”

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