Admission Information (RN To BS)

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

Registered nurses who are interested in learning about the RN to BS program are encouraged to contact the College Recruiter by calling 212-616-7255 for more information. Helene Fuld College of Nursing has rolling admissions; which means applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and our nursing programs will be filled on a first come, first served basis 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.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE UPPER DIVISION BACHELOR OF SCIENCE PROGRAM

  • United States citizen or eligible non‐citizen.
  • New York State Registered Nurse licensure (unrestricted) and current registration.
  • Associate degree or diploma from a State approved registered nursing program.
  • A minimum of a C+ in each nursing and science course to be transferred.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 from an associate degree or diploma program.
  • CPR certification (BLS).
  • Completed online NursingCAS application (including essay).
  • Malpractice Insurance: Professional Liability Protection $1,000,000/$6,000,000. *

* Evidence of insurance coverage must be provided prior to the first clinical course, and must be maintained for the duration of the baccalaureate program.

Applicants must provide complete and accurate information in order to be considered for admission. Deliberate omission or falsification of information will disqualify an applicant. If omission or 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.


ACCEPTANCE

The Admissions committee will review each application. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance decision and receive an acceptance letter if they are accepted into the program. A non‐refundable enrollment deposit of $100.00 toward tuition will be required in order to reserve a seat for the upcoming start term.


HEALTH 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 withdraw from the college, and at minimum, will receive a registration hold until all requirements are met.


NON‐MATRICULATED STATUS

Helene Fuld College of Nursing allows prospective applicants to complete non‐nursing upper division courses as non‐matriculated students. For individuals wishing to take classes for personal or professional enrichment, this enrollment option also provides an opportunity to enroll in courses without being formally admitted to the College.

Non‐matriculated study does not guarantee admission to the Upper Division Bachelor of Science in nursing program.


TRANSFER CREDITS AND CREDIT BY EQUIVALENCY TESTING

The College will accept up to 58 lower division credits toward the degree and will offer 63 credits in nursing and liberal arts and sciences in its upper division curriculum for a total of 121 credits. The academic calendar is divided into three 15‐week semesters per year. Full‐time students can complete the program in five semesters (19 months) by attending for one day or three nights per week. Part time students, carrying a reduced course load, must complete the program within four years.

Up to 30 semester credits in nursing (lower division) and 44 semester credits in liberal arts and science (including 16 upper division semester credits with a minimum grade of a C+) may be transferred. A minimum of 47 semester credits must be completed at Helene Fuld College of Nursing, including all 31 upper division semester credits in nursing. The course title and/or description must be comparable to the required course in each case.

All courses that were completed as part of the associate degree requirements, including the sciences, regardless of the time elapsed since the degree was awarded will be accepted.


APPLICANTS

Applicants to the baccalaureate program who do not have 28 lower division liberal arts and science credits to transfer to the upper division program may enroll on a non‐matriculated basis in the required courses at the associate degree level. They will not be admitted to the upper division baccalaureate program until all lower division requirements have been met.

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

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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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