Admissions Pathway

Admissions Pathway

Your journey to becoming a Professional Registered Nurse starts here! To apply to Helene Fuld College of Nursing, please read and follow the step by step instructions provided below carefully. You may also schedule a date and time to meet with an admission representative to discuss any questions you may have regarding the college and its admissions process by using the following link:

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Submit an online NursingCAS application by visiting Make sure to read all instructions carefully on how to complete your application provided on the NursingCAS website.
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Submit all of your official transcripts in order to complete your application. Official college and LPN transcripts are required to be submitted directly to NursingCAS. Official high school transcripts are submitted directly to HFCN’s campus. Directions on how to properly submit your official transcripts can be found on the NursingCAS application.
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Schedule an online TEAS Entrance Exam with an Admissions Representative. A TEAS entrance exam can not be scheduled until after an applicant has paid the TEAS and HFCN Application Processing Fee. TEAS exams taken with an outside institution or independently will not be accepted for admission.
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Submit your enrollment deposit to reserve your seat in the program. An admissions representative will provide instructions through email on how to submit your enrollment deposit after completing the TEAS exam.
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Begin completing the onboarding checklist and all health requirements. In order to begin your program at HFCN, you will be required to complete all health requirements via Castle Branch. You can contact the Admissions Department if you need assistance with completing your health requirements.
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Begin the financial aid process by applying for federal and state aid. In order to receive federal aid, you will need to submit a FAFSA Application. State Aid for NY residents can be requested by submitting a TAP Application.


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 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:

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.

LPN to RN Program September 2022Application Cycle Dates: December 1st – April 1st

Prerequisite courses start May 2022

Generic Bachelors Program September 2022Application Cycle Dates: January 1st- May 31st

Program courses start September 2022

RN to BS Program April 2022Application Cycle: Open Enrollment

Program courses start April 2022


Please use the following documents to assist you during the admissions process:

HFCN Onboarding Checklist- (PDF Document)

HFCN Health Assessment Information- (PDF Document)


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.


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.


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 121.


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:

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:


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

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.

Re-Admission Policy: Effective January 1, 2022

Purpose: HFCN is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in every aspect of its relations with students.  The purpose of this policy is to outline the reapplication process for prospective returning students.

  • Former HFCN students who have been withdrawn from the college, and have an interest in reapplying, will submit a new application along with a letter of interest. Former students who have failed a prerequisite course may not reapply after they have been dismissed.
  • Students will be required to address the following in the letter of interest . . .
    1. Dates of last attendance
    2. What contributed to leaving the program
    3. What actions have been put into place for the student to be successful moving forward if readmitted.
  • The letter of interest and submitted transcripts, will be reviewed by the Admissions and Recruitment Committee.
  • All college courses considered for transfer must be completed within a 5-year period and with a grade of C+ or higher.
  • Any conflict of interest will be acknowledged and addressed in advance of reviews.


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Policy on Pre-Requisite Failure Dismissal, effective 1.1.2022


The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines to the administration, faculty, and staff for student dismissal for unsatisfactory completion of mandatory HFCN pre-requisite courses, SCI 101 (Selected Topics in Chemistry and Mathematics) and NUR 121 (Clinical Nursing Skills).


Students may not repeat co-related (prerequisite) courses. Any student who is unsuccessful in passing SCI 101 and/or NUR 121 will be dismissed from the program.


Students have the right to appeal the course grade. This process includes review of the case by the Academic Standards Committee, then next the Appeals Committee, and the President has the final decision. The policy for dismissal for a failed grade in either of the prerequisite courses is not available for appeal.  Reapplication to the program is not permitted.


Grades in the pre-requisite courses may serve as a predictor of successful progression in a nursing program. Admission and retention of highly qualified students are essential in meeting the demands of the healthcare environment.


Brown, J. L., & Smith, C. M. (2019). An Examination of Student Performance in Pre-Requisite Coursework and Upper Division Nursing Coursework. Journal of Nursing & Interprofessional Leadership in Quality & Safety, 2 (2). Retrieved from

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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.

Office of Admissions
Phone: 212-616-7200

Yani Horge
College Recruiter
Phone: 212-616-7255

Maria Gallo
Admissions Manager
Phone: 212-616-7240

Brian Garrett
Director of Admissions & Communications
Phone: 212-616-7274

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