Continuing Education

Registered Nurse Transition

Registered Nurse Transition to Practice

Certificate Pilot Program

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Project Background

Lehman College School of Continuing and Professional Studies (Lehman SCPS) and the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH), in partnership with the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), has launched a 6-month pilot transition to practice (TTP) certificate program for a select group of registered nurses (RN).

The TTP program aims to address two key problems in the current nursing field in New York City:

  1. Newly licensed RNs with limited nursing experience are having difficulty securing their first RN job; and
  2. Hospitals are in need of nurses with clinical experience, particularly for specific hospital units.

The ultimate goal of the program is to provide participants the additional skills and experience needed to obtain employment as an RN post-program. Each participant will be interviewed by his/her respective clinical training site following the program and will be considered for full-time hire as an RN should the participant meet the hospital’s competency and organizational standards, and hiring need.

About the Program

Participants admitted into the program (“TTP students”) receive a total of 30 hours per week of clinical and didactic training for 6 months.

  • TTP students participate in 24 hours per week (usually two 12-hour shifts) of hands-on clinical nursing under the supervision and guidance of a preceptor (an experienced RN) at a participating hospital. Each TTP student has been matched with a hospital site based on specific hospital unit of interest, mutual preference between the participant and hospital, and program need.

  • The remaining 6 hours per week is spent in classroom and simulation training at Lehman College in the Bronx. The curriculum, which was developed with employer input, focuses on the development of critical thinking, communication, leadership and research skills.

Each RN preceptor goes through a Preceptor Training Workshop that focuses on learning and teaching skills and the fundamentals of clinical precepting.

The participating TTP students are responsible for purchasing liability insurance and completing hospital clearance procedures. They will receive an educational stipend for participation in the program and to support cost of living. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate issued by Lehman SCPS. 

Program Evaluation

All TTP students will be evaluated on confidence level and clinical competence via standardized assessment tools that are administered pre-program and post-program. The students’ preceptors will also be completing evaluations of the students on a regular basis throughout the program period.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the TTP Program, participants must:

  • Be a New York City resident;
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of registration;
  • Be a fully licensed Registered Nurse (RN) in New York State and have graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an Accredited College or University;
  • Have passed the NCLEX-RN examination;
  • Have never been employed as an RN;
  • If currently employed in a non-RN position, do not earn more than $63,694 annually;
  • Purchase medical liability insurance as an RN for the maximum coverage available and submit proof of purchase of malpractice insurance;
  • Have health insurance that will be valid for the entirety of the program period; and
  • Meet all health requirements, and provide supporting documentation, if any, required by the participant’s clinical work site. 

Program Timeline

Program start date: June 21, 2014

Program end date: December 6, 2014

About the Partners

Lehman College School of Continuing and Professional Studies (Lehman SCPS)

  • Lehman College serves the Bronx and surrounding region as an intellectual, economic, and cultural center. Lehman College provides undergraduate and graduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences and professional education within a dynamic research environment, while embracing diversity and actively engaging students in their academic, personal, and professional development.

New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH)

  • NYACH’s mission is to build an effective healthcare workforce development system in NYC by identifying healthcare employers’ needs; helping education and training organizations adapt their approach to better meet those needs; and ensuring low income and unemployed New Yorkers have access to viable career opportunities in healthcare.

Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)

  • GNYHA represents nearly 250 not-for-profit and public hospitals and continuing care facilities in the metropolitan New York area and throughout the State, as well as in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, and continues in the tradition of helping its members enhance efficiency while providing the highest quality care to those in need.

New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS)

  • SBS makes it easier for businesses in New York City to start, operate and expand by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. For more information on all of SBS’ services, go to

Contact Information

For more information about the TTP program, please contact:

  • Dr. Judith Dyer, Project Coordinator at Lehman College

  or (718) 960-2420

  • Clara Park, Program Manager at NYACH

  or (212) 513-9251

  • Kate Kennedy, Grants and Programs Coordinator at GNYHA

  or (212) 554-7254 

Last modified: Jul 24, 2014

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