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Admission Procedures for all non-practical Nursing programs

It is recommended to sign up for a virtual open house or an in-person visit before starting your program.

Complete Individual Student Record Form (ISRF) (Required of all programs) and return via email to

Schedule an appointment with Admissions to take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). See “Academic Requirements” for minimum scores. (Test scores are acceptable for one (1) year from the test date. If the starting date of a program is beyond one (1) year from the test date, applicants must re-test.)

Students will be notified via email of the score. If a sufficient score is reached students will be instructed on how to apply for financial aid.

Complete Program-Specific Requirements found on program pages:
Copy of High School Diploma or Equivalency
Record of Physical Examination*
Proof Of Immunizations*



Admission Procedures for Practical Nursing Program

Steps required of all program applicants must be completed in the following order — please read carefully:

Complete an intake Individual Student Record Form and return via email to

File a 2021-22 FAFSA available after October 1st at For instructions click here.

Once intake form and FAFSA are completed and received, you will receive an email with TEAS payment and scheduling instructions.

After achieving a 50% or greater on the TEAS*, complete the PN forms and mail to the admissions office. The forms are: PN application, PN Applicant Essay (handwritten), two (2) professional references (invalid if submitted by the applicant); and a copy of your High School Diploma/High School Equivalency Diploma or transcript.

Once all of the above forms have been received and approved, an interview will be scheduled with the Practical Nursing Department. Interviews are being conducted via zoom at this time.

Final step (once all of the above have been completed, and you are accepted) — meet with financial aid.

The admissions process takes approximately 60 days to complete. Please plan accordingly.
The admissions process for September 2021 classes have begun. Admissions is based on a point system.
Steps 1-5 will need to be completed by July 1, 2021.

*If you choose to retake the TEAS test, you can do so 21 days after your initial test date and will be able to retest one time (maximum of two tests are allowed). Each exam costs $75.


  Admission Procedures, Tuition Assistance & Refund Policy

OCM BOCES hosts Open House program information sessions each week at the Liverpool and Cortland campuses. Prospective students for full-time programs may attend any session without an appointment. All applicants must complete each step of the Admissions process prior to acceptance into a program. Applicants who have successfully completed all admission requirements will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Tuition Assistance is available for all eligible applicants enter full-time training programs. Open House sessions provide introductory information about how to apply. 

OCM BOCES does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation in any of its programs or activities.


Transfer Policies

Transfer from other institutions:
Onondaga-Cortland -Madison BOCES offers specialized, short-term, clock hour training programs and is a non-credit bearing institution. Therefore, with the exception of the Cosmetology Program, we do not allow students to transfer credits or clock hours from other institutions. (See below for Cosmetology transfer students.)

Transfer within the institution:
Due to the specialized content in each vocational training program, clock hours attended are only applicable to each individual program. No transfer between training programs is accepted. Students are free to withdraw from a program and reapply to another at the next scheduled start date. Acceptance to the new program will be based upon fulfilling all prerequisites and available space.

Transfer Policy (Cosmetology Program Only):
Students transferring from another institution must provide official transcripts of any previous education received including documented clinical hours. A prospective student’s clinical competency skills will be assessed by the cosmetology instructor to determine their level of proficiency. The instructor and/or program coordinator will then determine the number of OCM BOCES clock hours required to complete the New York State licensing requirements. Tuition will be prorated based on the number of hours to be completed. Transfer students will be responsible to provide all kit supplies including a mannequin.

Please Note: Transfer students must be enrolled for a period of 100, 300 or 700 clock hours.