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Admission Information (Generic BS)

ADMISSION INFORMATION FOR GENERIC BS APPLICANTS

For this program, Helene Fuld College of Nursing accepts applications year-round, for admission to a September cohort as a matriculated student. To take individual non-nursing courses on a non-matriculated basis, you may apply for admission for the January, April, or September semesters.
Applications can be obtained by calling 212-616-7282. You can also download the application from this Website. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Office of Student Services at 212-616-7268. Early application is encouraged because of pre-entrance testing and delays that may be encountered in obtaining transcripts.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

A. If you have high school diploma or equivalency and fewer than 24 college credits:
• A completed application and $50 application fee.
• United States citizen or eligible non-citizen*
• Required high school courses: one year of Algebra I, two years of science, and three years of English.
• A minimum high school average of B (80 percent) if you have a high school diploma, or 800 on the SAT, or 14 on the ACT. To have your SAT results sent to Helene Fuld College of Nursing, enter school code 2327.
• United States high school diploma or equivalency. High school graduates must request an official transcript showing the graduation date from the high school. Transcripts must be sent from the high school in a sealed envelope. Applicants who apply with a General Equivalency Diploma (GED/TASC) must score at least 550 on the reading test. Applicants who have been home schooled are required to take the GED/TASC exam and submit their score report for evaluation.
• Official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended, in sealed envelopes.
• If you attended an international high school or university and your transcript is not in an American format, please have the transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Globe Languages Services (212-227-1994).
• Four ATI TEAS computer-administered tests in reading comprehension, mathematics, science, and English/language arts will be administered by Helene Fuld College. Applicants are limited to two attempts and must be at or above proficiency level (at least 59.0%), with a minimum score of 57.4% for the reading comprehension. There is a $60 testing fee to be paid on the day of testing. In order to avoid any unnecessary expense, we strongly suggest that applicants not register for the TEAS before assuring that they will meet all other application requirements.
• Accepted students are subject to a background check and urine drug testing.
• Accepted students are required to obtain CPR certification (BLS) from the American Heart Association prior to registering for their first courses.
• Students must maintain malpractice insurance; Professional Liability Protection for $1,000,000/$6,000,000 while enrolled in NUR 418 (Environmental Issues in Urban Community Health Nursing) and NUR 429G (Leadership and Accountability), during the final year of studies.

B. If you have an associate’s degree with a major in nursing:
• Apply to the College’s 19-month RN to BS program

C. If you are a licensed practical nurse:
• A completed application and $50 application fee.
• United States citizen or eligible non-citizen*
• Current LPN licensure and current registration in a U.S. jurisdiction.
• A minimum high school average of B (80 percent) if you have a high school diploma, or 800 on the SAT, or 14 on the ACT. To have your SAT results sent to Helene Fuld College of Nursing, enter school code 2327.
• Required high school courses: one year of Algebra I, two years of science, and three years of English.
• United States high school diploma or equivalency. High school graduates must request an official transcript showing the graduation date, from the high school. Transcripts must be sent from the high school in a sealed envelope. Applicants who apply with a General Equivalency Diploma (GED/TASC) must score at least 550 on the reading test. Applicants who have been home schooled are required to take the GED/TASC exam and submit their score report for evaluation.
• Official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended, in sealed envelopes.
• A minimum cumulative grade point average of B (80 percent, or a 3.0 overall GPA on a 4.00 scale) in previous college coursework.
• If you attended an international high school or university and your transcript is not in an American format, please have the transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Globe Languages Services (212-227-1994).
• Four ATI TEAS computer-administered tests in reading comprehension, mathematics, science, and English/language arts will be administered by Helene Fuld College. Applicants are limited to two attempts and must score at or above proficiency level (at least 59.0%), with a minimum score of 57.4% for the reading comprehension. There is a $60 testing fee to be paid on the day of testing. In order to avoid any unnecessary expense, we strongly suggest that applicants not register for the TEAS before assuring that they will meet all other application requirements.
• Accepted students are subject to a background check and urine drug testing.
• Accepted students are required to obtain CPR certification (BLS) from the American Heart Association prior to registering for their first courses.
• Students must maintain malpractice insurance; Professional Liability Protection for $1,000,000/$6,000,000 while enrolled in NUR 418 (Environmental Issues in Urban Community Health Nursing) and NUR 429G (Leadership and Accountability), during the final year of studies.

D. If you have an associate’s, bachelor’s, or higher degree:
• A completed application and $50 application fee.
• United States citizen or eligible non-citizen*
• A minimum cumulative grade point average of B (80 percent, or a 3.0 overall GPA on a 4.00 scale) in previous college coursework.
• United States high school diploma or equivalency. High school graduates must request an official transcript showing the graduation date, from the high school. Transcripts must be sent from the high school in a sealed envelope.
• Official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended, in sealed envelopes.
• If you attended an international high school or university and your transcript is not in an American format, please have the transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Globe Languages Services (212-227-1994).
• Four ATI TEAS computer-administered tests in reading comprehension, mathematics, science, and English/language arts will be administered by Helene Fuld College. Applicants are limited to two attempts and must be at or above proficiency level (at least 59.0%), with a minimum score of 57.4% for the reading comprehension. There is a $60 testing fee to be paid on the day of testing. In order to avoid any unnecessary expense, we strongly suggest that applicants not register for the TEAS before assuring that they will meet all other application requirements.
• Accepted students are subject to a background check and urine drug testing.
• Accepted students are required to obtain CPR certification (BLS) from the American Heart Association prior to registering for their first courses.
• Students must maintain malpractice insurance; Professional Liability Protection for $1,000,000/$6,000,000 while enrolled in NUR 418 (Environmental Issues in Urban Community Health Nursing) and NUR 429G (Leadership and Accountability), during the final year of studies.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED OF NURSING APPLICANTS AND STUDENTS:

• Visual acuity must be adequate to read words, graphs, charts, instruments, and observe color changes.
• Auditory acuity must be sufficient to hear spoken words and body sounds with a stethoscope.
• Speech must be clear to communicate verbally in Standard English with clients, patients and their families and with other members of the health profession.
• Sense of touch must be sensitive enough to feel for temperature and for size, shape and movement of parts of the human body.
• Sense of smell must be acute enough to detect odors (breath, drainage) that indicate changes in the status of the client/patient and unsafe environmental conditions (gas, smoke).
• Physical stamina must be sufficient to move freely and to assist in moving (lifting, transporting, ambulating) and in positioning clients/patients of all ages.
• Manual dexterity must be proficient enough to allow for proper utilization of equipment (syringes, catheters, manometers, etc.) during nursing care.
• Cognitive and reasoning abilities must be sufficient to interpret findings and apply knowledge to practice.
• Emotional equilibrium must be sufficient to be able to relate to others in a safe and appropriate manner.
Applicants must provide complete and accurate information in order to be considered for admission. Deliberate falsification of information will disqualify an applicant. If falsification is discovered after admission, it will constitute cause for dismissal. The College of Nursing reserves the right to act as sole judge of the acceptability of an applicant to its programs of study.

PRE-ADMISSION TESTING

Once notified by the College that they should proceed, applicants are urged to register for testing well before the desired admission date. Test scores are valid for a two-year period. If entry into the program is delayed for a longer period of time, applicants must reapply and testing must be repeated.
Testing is scheduled at the College for the reading comprehension, mathematics, science and English grammar tests. These tests are administered on one day and are given on a computer in the College’s Computer Lab. All applicants should have an active e-mail account and a basic level of computer proficiency prior to testing. Registration for testing is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Test results are available online after testing is completed. Information regarding passing scores, remediation options, and retesting dates is provided on the day of testing. There must be a minimum of two months between the initial test dates and retesting. For retesting, all four admission tests must be repeated.

ACCEPTANCE

Upon successful completion of all admission requirements, successful applicants will receive an acceptance letter, who are then eligible to begin classes. A non-refundable deposit of $250.00 toward tuition is required by the date requested in the acceptance letter.

MATRICULATION

A matriculated student has been formally accepted into the College and may apply for financial aid. Students are accepted into Fall (September) semester.

TRANSFER CREDITS AND CREDIT BY EQUIVALENCY TESTING

College courses in the behavioral and social science courses completed with a grade of C+, within the ten-year period prior to admission, are transferable. The course title and/or description must be comparable to the required course in each case. Science courses must be completed with a grade of C+ or better within five years of admission to the College for transfer credits to be accepted.

Transfer credit for English will only be granted to those who have passed an equivalent English course with a minimum grade of C+. However, if an applicant has a total TEAS score that has permitted acceptance into the program but scores less than 53.1 on the ATI TEAS English admission test, the student must take English 281G Composition and Research, regardless of prior college level English credits earned prior to admission.

The College accepts credits earned in Introductory Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Introductory Sociology, and History of the United States I and II, through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), if the student’s transcripts from a prior institution demonstrates that the student passed the course with a minimum grade of C+, and the student receives a score or 55 or better on the CLEP exam. For more information about taking the CLEP exam, go online to: https://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/ about.html. To have your results sent to Helene Fuld College of Nursing, enter school code 2302. All CLEP exam results must be received before registering as a matriculated student.

Currently registered LPNs will be given credit for Foundations of Nursing (NUR200G), but must register for, or challenge, the Clinical Skills course (NUR 121). NUR 121 is conducted over four seventy-five minute sessions per week for five weeks. All applicants must complete the course by the end of the fifth week. No time extension is permitted. Applicants who either fail the course or who fail to complete the course within the time allowed will be given the option to repeat the course once. The course is graded on a pass/fail basis. A grade of C+ must be achieved in order to pass. Passing the Clinical Nursing Skills Challenge test administered by the College satisfies the course requirement. After reviewing the syllabus and suggested study materials for this course, applicants may take the challenge test. There is a $200 testing fee. Applicants who fail the challenge test will be allowed to enroll in NUR 121 once. The challenge test cannot be repeated. The challenge exam must be taken prior to the first week of the course. In all other regards, the nursing sequence must be taken in its entirety at the College.

Once matriculated, students must complete all course requirements at Helene Fuld College of Nursing.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Prior to starting the first nursing course (NUR 221G), prospective students are given a medical form. As identified on the medical form, the College requires a complete medical history, physical examination, and proof of various immunizations that are required by clinical agencies used by the College. New York State (Public Health Law 2165) requires college students born on or after January 1, 1957 to be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). The completed form, signed by a physician or nurse practitioner, must be on file before entering the program. New York State Public Health Law 2167 also requires all students to fill out a Meningococcal Meningitis Response form.

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