Admission Information (LPN to RN)

HFCN ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENT

Helene Fuld College of Nursing strives to make its nursing programs accessible to all those who are passionate about becoming a nurse. In order to achieve this goal, our Admissions Team is focused on providing program information and assisting prospective students through the application process. Listed below is the information for each member of the Admissions Department.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Office of Admissions
Email: admission@helenefuld.edu
Phone: 212-616-7200
Maria Gallo
Admissions Manager
Email: Maria.Gallo@helenefuld.edu
Phone: 212-616-7240
 

Yani Horge
College Recruiter
Email: Yani.Horge@helenefuld.edu
Phone: 212-616-7255

 

Brian Garrett
Director of Admissions & Communications
Email: Brian.Garrett@helenefuld.edu
Phone: 212-616-7274

 

ADMISSION INFORMATION FOR LPN TO RN 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

  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • United States citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Current LPN license and registration in a U.S. jurisdiction
  • Official transcripts(s) from all colleges attended, including the institution where the LPN license was received, sent directly to NursingCAS
  • Satisfactory performance on four computer-administered tests in reading comprehension, Mathematics, Science, and English (TEAS Exam)
  • Passing a 4.5 credit introductory course in Selected Topics in Chemistry and Mathematics with a C+ or higher at Helene Fuld College of Nursing
  • Passing a 1.5 credit Clinical Nursing Skills course with a C+ or higher at Helene Fuld College of Nursing
  • 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. As a requirement for admission, the TEAS test must be passed at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the program date. TEAS scores will only be valid for the next program start date following completion. If entry into the program is delayed for seven months or longer, applicants must reapply and testing must be repeated. The initial TEAS test fee is $75. The retesting fee is $75.


ARTICULATING STUDENTS

Helene Fuld College of Nursing has articulation agreements with several practical nursing programs for selected direct-admission 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 at Helene Fuld College of Nursing. Applicants must have all of the following to qualify:

  • The recommendation of the Director/Curriculum Chairperson from the institution you received your LPN
  • 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
  • Satisfied all compliance requirements listed in Castle Branch (CB)
  • Submitted a NursingCAS application

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.


ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT

Once the applicant has passed the TEAS exam (or clearance for direct admission), the applicant will be contacted by the admissions office to discuss registration for pre-requisite courses. A one-time non-refundable Enrollment Deposit of $100 is required at this time. This deposit is held on the applicant account during the pre-req period as a conditional acceptance at Helene Fuld College of Nursing and will be applied to tuition following successful completion of SCI 101 and NUR 212.


SELECTED TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY AND MATHEMATICS CHALLENGE TEST

The tuition for this course must be paid in full at the time of registration. No deferred payments will be accepted. Additional expense may include textbooks. Financial aid cannot be utilized for this course.

All applicants must successfully complete this pre-requisite course. 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. A minimum grade of C+ must be achieved in order to successfully pass course.


CLINICAL NURSING SKILLS (NUR 121)

The tuition for this course must be paid in full at the time of registration. No deferred payments will be accepted. Additional expense may include textbooks. Financial aid cannot be utilized for this course.

All applicants must successfully complete this pre-requisite course, and it may be taken concurrently with SCI 101. A minimum grade of C+ must be achieved in order to successfully pass the course.


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 LPN Licensure
  • 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 for transfer.

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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Updated COVID precautions

HFCN is updating its COVID precautions due to the emergence of the Delta variant. This policy is subject to change day to day depending on advice from the CDC and NYS.

1. If you are vaccinated, update your Castlebranch account with proof of vaccination. If you have already done so, that is sufficient. Staff and faculty can provide their information to Dr. Dolan or HR.

2. NYS has disallowed any religious exemptions for health care workers.

3. If you are requesting a religious exemption, you must submit a letter from clergy or religious leader, on letterhead, with documentation that the religious organization at large has been unsupportive of the vaccine. The letter must also document your membership in the religious organization, and specifically state which religious belief you hold that prevents you from having the vaccine.

4. Since most hospital systems in NY are requiring proof of vaccination from all patient-facing staff, unvaccinated students will not be assigned to a clinical agency with such requirements. If an organization can be located without such a requirement, the student may be assigned there if there are openings for students. Since NYS is not allowing virtual or simulated clinicals as a substitute for a live clinical assignment, such students will likely not be able to meet the required clinical hours, and will need to repeat the course when, and if, there are seats available in the following year’s course.

5. Students/staff/faculty with an exemption are required to have weekly testing at the site of your choice. Results must be uploaded to Castlebranch account.

6. Students/staff/faculty with an exemption must wear 2 masks, one of which is an N95 which the College will provide.

7. All students, faculty and staff must wear their ID at all times, and carry the college-issued vaccination ID at all times as well. IDs will be checked daily at security, and periodically by faculty and staff

Thank you.
Dr. Griffin-Sobel
President & CEO

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