Academic Information (Generic BS)

Helene Fuld College of Nursing offers an eight-semester, 28-month generic Bachelor of Science program with a major in Nursing. The program is designed for individuals who wish to enter the field of nursing and do not have prior professional nursing education. The program provides a solid background in nursing, science, and liberal arts education, while incorporating the College’s focus on environmental and community issues that impact health. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a baccalaureate degree, and be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

The generic program requires the completion of 60 credits in nursing and 60 credits in liberal arts and science courses to achieve a total of 120 credits for the degree. The program offers a combination of traditional face-to-face classes and classes offered in a hybrid format (part-classroom, part-online). Clinical learning experiences will be conducted via traditional, hands-on, instructor-supervised education in New York City health care facilities.

The academic calendar is divided into three 15-week semesters per year. Although cohorts are formed annually in September, students may enroll in non-nursing courses on a non-matriculated basis and enter a cohort the following September.

Full-time students can complete the program in eight semesters (28 months). Students can expect to attend classes at the College two or three days a week. In semesters where nursing courses with clinical sessions are required, students will attend the clinical sessions on a fourth day.


A semester credit hour is an academic unit earned for fifteen 50-minute sessions of classroom instruction with a normal expectation of two hours of outside study for each class session. Typically, a three-semester credit hour course meets once for a 150-minute session per week for fifteen weeks for a total of 15 sessions.

Additional information can be obtained by calling the Office of Student Services at 212-616-7268 or by viewing the College’s catalog.

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