Helene Fuld College of Nursing has been educating nurses for over seventy years. Founded in 1945, Helene Fuld (a private, not-for profit institution) has always been at the forefront of nursing education. Unique to the mission of the College is its career ladder approach. Recognizing nursing as a multi-level career, the College is committed to providing pathways for individuals who aspire to become nurses. The three program options are a one-year associate degree program (LPN to RN program) for licensed practical nurses who want to become registered nurses, a 28- month baccalaureate in nursing program (Generic program) for students who have no prior nursing degree, and a 19-month program (RN to BS program) for registered nurses who seek to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Students in the LPN to RN and RN to BS programs have the option of attending part-time. Helene Fuld provides upward mobility to a largely minority population and provides critically needed registered nurses to medically underserved areas. Over ninety percent of currently enrolled students are minority and approximately 86% are female.
Graduates of the LPN to RN program are awarded an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and are prepared to pass the NCLEX-RN examination required by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the New York State Education Department, Division of Professional Licensing Services. Graduates practice within the context of the New York State Definition of Registered Professional Nursing and the National League for Nursing’s Outcomes and Competencies for Graduates of Associate Degree Nursing (2010). As of November 2017, more than 5000 Associate in Applied Science degrees in nursing had been awarded.
The Upper Division Bachelor of Science program (RN to BS) provides opportunities for strengthening the registered nurse’s professional practice and serves as the foundation for career advancement. The program focuses on the intersection of environmental health in urban communities and nursing. Graduates of the Upper Division nursing program are awarded a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in nursing.
In September 2018, the College opened its doors to the first cohort of Generic Bachelor of Science students. Commencement exercises for this first graduating class will occur in May 2021. Graduates will earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in nursing and will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination.
The College is located in Harlem, one of the most dynamic and revitalized communities in New York City. Easily accessible from all boroughs, adjacent counties, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the College draws students from all of these areas and is conveniently reached by subway, Metro North, bus or car. Some out-of-state nurses make housing arrangements in New York City in order to attend the College on a commuting basis as the College has no residence facilities.
To accommodate students’ needs, classes are held between 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Clinical classes are held between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Evening classes are generally held between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.