ADMISSION INFORMATION FOR LPN TO RN APPLICANTS
Helene Fuld College of Nursing accepts applications on a rolling admissions basis; which means you can apply all year round. Click here to view information regarding the application process. Early application is encouraged because of pre-entrance testing and delays often encountered in obtaining transcripts. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Office of Student Services at 212-616-7268.
- United States high school diploma or equivalency.
- United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Current LPN license and registration in a U.S. jurisdiction.
- Satisfactory performance on four computer-administered tests in reading comprehension, mathematics, science, and English.
- Completion of a 4.5 credit introductory course in Selected Topics in Chemistry and Mathematics at the College, or successful performance on a College administered challenge examination.
- Completion of a 1.5 credit Clinical Nursing Skills course at the College, or successful performance on a College administered challenge examination.
- CPR Certification (BLS) from the American Heart Association.
- An interview may be requested.
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.
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 program of study.
SEND APPLICATION VIA U.S. MAIL, FEDEX OR UPS TO:
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
Office of Student Services, Room 300
24 East 120th Street
New York, New York 10035
NOTE: If the school (s) that you request transcripts from will not send official transcripts to you, have the school(s) send them to the above address. Make sure that they have the name that you are using to apply to the College.
Applicants are urged to apply for testing six months to a year prior to 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. Reading comprehension, mathematics, science and English grammar tests are administered on one day. These tests are given on a computer in the College’s Computer Lab. All applicants should have an active e-mail account and a minimal 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. There must be a minimum of two months between the initial test dates and retesting. Each test may be repeated only once. The retesting fee is $60 per test.
Helene Fuld College of Nursing has articulation agreements with several practical nursing programs for selected direct-continuation students. Articulating students are exempt from taking the entrance tests. They must successfully complete Selected Topics in Chemistry and Mathematics and Clinical Nursing Skills courses or the challenge examinations. Applicants must have all of the following to qualify:
- The recommendation of the Director/Curriculum Chairperson
- Achieved a minimum of 85% in each academic area of study and an 85% in clinical practice
- Passed the NCLEX-PN exam prior to admission
- Completed a satisfactory pre-entrance health examination on file at Helene Fuld
- Submitted an application for admission within two years of graduation
Applicants will have the same right to transfer credits in non-nursing courses as all other applicants.
Applicants will be accepted for the next available prerequisite SCI 101: Selected Topics in Chemistry and Mathematics class and Clinical Nursing Skill Class.
SELECTED TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY & MATHEMATICS (SCI 101)
The tuition for these courses must be paid by money order, certified check, Visa or MasterCard. Full payment is due on at the time of registration. No deferred payments will be accepted. Additional expense include textbook fees and lab supply fees.
All applicants must successfully complete this pre-requisite course or pass a challenge exam. SCI 101 is conducted one day or two evenings a week over a ten-week period. All applicants must complete the course by the end of the tenth 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 a challenge test administered by the College satisfies the course requirement. After reviewing the syllabus and suggested study materials for this college-level course, applicants may take the challenge test. There is a testing fee (see fees on application form). Applicants who fail the challenge test may enroll in SCI 101 and the full course fee will be charged. The challenge test cannot be repeated and must be taken prior to the first week of the course.
SELECTED TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY AND MATHEMATICS CHALLENGE TEST
Passing a challenge test administered by the College satisfies the course requirement. (See course description, page 79). After reviewing the syllabus and suggested study materials for this college-level 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 SCI 101 once. The full course fee will be charged. The challenge test cannot be repeated. The challenge exam, must be taken prior to the first week of the course.
CLINICAL NURSING SKILLS (NUR 121)
All applicants must successfully complete this pre-requisite course, and it may be taken concurrently with SCI 101. NUR 121 is conducted over five weeks. The course is graded on a pass/fail basis
Passing a challenge test administered by the College satisfies the course requirement. After reviewing the syllabus and suggested study materials for this college-level course, applicants may take the challenge test. There is a testing fee (see fees on application form). Applicants who fail the challenge test may enroll in NUR 121 and the full course fee will be charged. The challenge test cannot be repeated and must be taken prior to the first week of the course.
CLINICAL NURSING SKILLS CHALLENGE TEST
Passing a challenge test administered by the College satisfies the course requirement. (See course description, page 76). 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 full course fee will be charged. The challenge test cannot be repeated. The challenge exam must be taken prior to the first week of the course.
Upon successful completion of all admission requirements including Selected Topics in Chemistry and Mathematics and Clinical Nursing Skills, applicants will receive an acceptance letter into the program. A non-refundable deposit of $100 toward tuition is required by the date requested in the acceptance letter.
A matriculated student has been formally accepted into the College and may apply for financial aid. Students are accepted into Fall (November) or Spring (April) terms. A non-matriculated student has not yet been formally accepted into the College. A non-matriculated student is not eligible for financial aid.
TRANSFER CREDITS AND CREDIT BY EQUIVALENCY TESTING
College courses in the Behavioral Sciences 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. Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology courses must be completed with a grade of C+ or better within the five-year period for transfer credits to be accepted. There is no time limit for English, but students must receive a 53.1% or higher on the reading component for English credits to transfer.. The nursing sequence must be taken in its entirety at the College.
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 ten years. The acceptable score for CLEP is 55%. For more information 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.
Once matriculated, students must complete all course requirements at Helene Fuld College of Nursing.
Prior to starting into the nursing program all students must have compliance in castle branch for all immunizations, physical examination, CPR, licensure, and any additional requirements as noted. Further, students are required to maintain compliance during the entire program length. Any student who is found non-compliant risks administrative withdraw from the college, and at minimum will receive a registration hold until all requirements are met.