Q: What is available for students at the site?
A: Wireless internet, student printer to copy and scan. Computer lab to print journal articles.
Q: What facilities are available at the site?
A: There is a deli-café on the 1st floor which is open from 7 am to 2 pm, Monday –Friday. The student lounge has 2 microwaves, silverware, cups, refrigerator, and a dishwasher.
Q: Is there a gym onsite?
Q: What hours is the site open for students to practice, study, hold study sessions, etc.?
A: The site is open 8-5 pm – additional hours will be posted and the hours expanded to meet the needs of the students as determined by the Director of Nursing Education.
Q: Can we expect to have clinical or lab practice every week?
A: All students will have access to their calendar in Angel. A ‘sample week’ will be provided as an example. Clinical assignments will be given 1-2 weeks prior to clinical start.
Q: Are there other days we are expected to be at the clinical skills lab besides our class days?
A: Yes, all students should plan to come in for skills practice.
Q: Are the class days the same every semester?
Q: Do all students in the cohort have the same schedule?
A: No, clinical hours are scheduled based on the dates provided to us by the hospitals, clinic, etc. Clinical assignments are limited to 8 students.
Q: What happens if I get a ‘C’ or less in one of my classes?
A: A minimum grade of C+ (77%) is required for all nursing courses. A student who achieves a grade of less than a C+ in a nursing course has one opportunity to repeat the course. A maximum of one nursing course may be repeated. Progression in the nursing program is based on seat availability in the course. Failure to achieve the minimum grade of C+ in the repeated course will result in academic dismissal from the nursing program.
Q: Where are the clinical sites?
A: Currently the clinical sites are at Upstate University Hospital, Crouse Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Loretto, Upstate University Hospital at Community in Syracuse, and Faxton-St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica.
Q: What portions of the courses are online?
A: Each course in the program has an online class within Angel.
Q: What portion of the program is onsite?
A: All required lab work is onsite at the clinical skills lab in Liverpool and the clinical assignments are given 1-2 weeks prior to clinical start.
Q: What about the medical math proficiency test?
A: Students have 3 attempts to achieve a 100% pass rate – on the 3rd failed attempt will mean program failure.
Q: What health information is required for Utica the first day of class?
A: The following must be completed and documented prior to the first day of any clinical assignment. Failure to meet these requirements will prohibit your attendance at clinical assignments.
• Physical examination within 1 year
• Mantoux within one year unless otherwise required every 6 months by the clinical site
• CBC and urinalysis (one baseline to be repeated as needed)
• DT within 10 years
• Rubella titer once
• Measles vaccine if indicated
• Hepatitis B Vaccine (includes a series of 3 injections (initial, 1 month, 5 months over a 6-month period) or a written waiver refusing vaccination.
• Varicella (chicken pox) titer once
• Mumps titer
* Individual agencies may request additional health requirements which will be the responsibility of the student.
Q: Who do I send my health information records to at Utica College?
A: All health information records should be faxed to Utica College, Attention: Nicole Cook, Fax #315-295-2581
Q: Are any of the vaccinations or a physical exam available to me from the health center on campus?
Q: Is the health center open during the summer?
Q: How many clinical hours of clinical experience will I receive in my program?
A: Students will complete 588 hours of clinical experience and 225 hours of lab.
Q: How much time does the program take every week?
A: 40-60 hours per week to excel and achieve all requirements and score very high on the NCLEX exam.
Q: How much time should I plan to practice at the lab?
A: 4 hours per week minimum.
Q: Do I need to bring my laptop?
A: It is recommended. There are guided tutorials that you will find helpful at the orientation.
Q: Microsoft or Mac?
A: Utica College recommends the Microsoft Windows® operating system, but you can also use MacOS. As a student at Utica College, you can take advantage of generous software discounts offered through JourneyEd. We encourage you to take advantage of this service. Mac users are recommended to install Windows on a Bootcamp partition, or take advantage of software like Parallels virtual desktop. You can use Mac OS for your coursework; Firefox is recommended as a browser across both platforms.
Q: I cannot see my course in Angel, why?
A: Chances are you have a past-due balance from previous courses, or you have not completed and/or sent Utica College notification of your financial aid award (including loan counseling and the MPN). If you have completed all of these steps, please call the Office of Student Financial Services - Ms. Caryn Snitchler (Last names A-Le) at (315) 792-3213, or Ms. Anne Patterson (Last names Li-Z) at (315) 792-4400.
Q: Is printing available at orientation?