Admission Information (Generic BS)

ADMISSION INFORMATION FOR GENERIC BS APPLICANTS

Helene Fuld College of Nursing (HFCN) has a first come, first serve rolling admissions process. The admission application is an online process using Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) via https://nursingcas.liaisoncas.org/apply/. Submitting a NursingCAS application early before the beginning of the start term is strongly encouraged.

As part of the application process, all applicants are required to a pass pre-entrance exam known as the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS Exam), and provide official copies of academic transcripts in order to have their application reviewed. To view information regarding the application process (click here). For additional information regarding your admission process contact the Admissions Office at: admission@helenefuld.edu.

Applicants must provide complete and accurate information to be considered for admission. Deliberate falsification of information will disqualify an applicant. It will constitute cause for dismissal, if falsification is discovered after admission. The College of Nursing reserves the right to act as sole judge of the acceptability of an applicant to its program of study.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

A. If you have a high school diploma or equivalency and fewer than 24 college credits:

  • High school diploma or equivalency.
  • United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • 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.
  • Official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended, sent directly to NursingCAS.
  • Satisfactory performance on four computer-administered tests in reading comprehension, Mathematics, Science, and English (TEAS Exam).
  • CPR certification (BLS).

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 have an associate’s, bachelor’s, or higher degree:

  • United States citizen or eligible non-citizen*
  • Official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended, sent directly to NursingCAS.
  • A minimum GPA average of 2.5 cumulated from all college or universities attended.
  • 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). Have your official evaluated transcripts sent directly to NursingCAS.
  • Satisfactory performance on four computer-administered tests in reading comprehension, Mathematics, Science, and English (TEAS Exam)
  • CPR certification (BLS).

SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED OF NURSING APPLICANTS AND STUDENTS

HFCN is committed to producing lifelong learners who will excel in their careers. The HFCN Technical Standards for Core Professional Nursing Competency Performance (Technical Standards) are an integral component of the college academic requirements that identify core professional nursing competencies in five specific domains – Communication, Observation, Cognitive, Motor, and Behavioral and Social Attributes. Nursing students must meet all the requirements of the Technical Standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, to successfully progress through and graduate from their respective curricula. These requirements pertain to all student conduct regardless of setting (e.g. classroom/didactic, office, on-campus simulation or off-campus clinical, email communication, etc.).

Individuals interested in applying for admission are encouraged to review the Technical Standards (click here) to become familiar with the skills and abilities required to complete the programs.


PRE-ADMISSION TESTING

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) testing is scheduled through Helene Fuld College of Nursing after an applicant’s NursingCAS application has been completed and reviewed. Applicants will be notified of eligibility to test. All applicants should have an active e-mail account and a minimal level of computer proficiency prior to the TEAS testing. Registration for testing is on a first-come, first-served basis, and as such, applicants are urged to apply early. The initial TEAS test fee is $75. The retesting fee is $75.


PRE-ADMISSION INTERVIEW

In abiding to a holistic admissions approach, all applicants who have successfully passed the TEAS entrance exam will be required to participate in an admissions interview with a HFCN staff and/or faculty member before being officially accepted into the Generic BS Program. An applicant will be sent further information regarding their admissions interview upon passing the TEAS entrance exam.


ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT

Once the applicant has passed the TEAS exam (or clearance for direct admission), the applicant will be contacted by the admissions office. A one-time non-refundable Enrollment Deposit of $100 is required at this time. This deposit is held on the applicant account as a conditional acceptance at Helene Fuld College of Nursing and will be applied to tuition upon acceptance.


COMPLIANCE (CASTLE BRANCH) REQUIREMENTS

Prior to starting the program, all students enrolled in all programs at HFCN must meet compliance requirements as listed in Castle Branch (CB). Castle Branch is a central repository for all regulatory documents.

All students are required to complete CB onboarding. CB requirements include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Background check.
  • Physical examination (on approved HFCN PE form).
  • Immunizations.
  • Proof of health insurance.
  • CPR Certification (BLS).
  • Drug screen.
  • COVID 19 requirements – recommended by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC).

In addition, New York State (Public Health Law 2165) requires individuals born on or after January 1, 1957 to be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). New York State (Public Health Law 2167) also requires all students to complete a Meningococcal Meningitis Response form.

Prior to starting into the nursing program all students must meet all compliance requirements as indicated in Castle Branch. To create an account with Castle Branch, go to https://portal.castlebranch.com

Students are required to maintain compliance for all requirements during the entire program length. Any student who is found non-compliant risks administrative dismissal from the college, and at minimum, will receive a registration hold until all requirements are met.

TRANSFER CREDITS AND CREDIT BY EQUIVALENCY TESTING

All college courses considered for transfer, must have been completed within a five-year period and with a grade of C+ or higher. English courses considered for transfer must meet this requirement AND a minimum score on the pre-entrance exam. Student’s must receive a 53.1% or higher on the English component of the TEAS pre-entrance examination for an English course to be considered as transfer credit.

The College accepts credits earned in Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth and Development, and Introduction to Sociology, through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) for applicants who have already taken the college level course level, but the credits are over five years. The acceptable score for CLEP is 55%. For more information on CLEP scores 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 for the term. All students must complete all course requirements at Helene Fuld College of Nursing. If you need any additional information regarding your transfer credits, do not hesitate to contact us at: registrar@helenefuld.edu.

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