B.S. in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

For those just beginning in their careers or those seeking a career change, the nursing profession offers a broad range of roles and options in meeting the health needs of individuals, families, communities and populations. The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing preparing new nurses through three tracks:

  • Full-time day track
  • Accelerated 2nd degree track—a 16-month program for students who already hold a baccalaureate degree in another field. This track offers admission in the Summer, Spring, and Fall. 

Graduates of the B.S. program are prepared to:

  • Pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) 
  • Enter into professional nursing practice within 3-6 months of graduation
  • Communicate effectively on a written and oral basis
  • Deliver client-centered care that is culturally sensitive, safe and compassionate
  • Practice within the legal and ethical parameters of the nursing profession
  • Become a provider of care, a manager of care and a member of the profession
  • Advocate for equitable health care, public policy and health literacy for all individuals, families, and local and global communities
  • Use nursing science as the basis for nursing practice
  • Integrate knowledge from current technological, research and evidence-based practice for the improvement of health care
  • Practice and adhere to the ANA Code of Ethics

Admission Requirements

Incoming freshman students

  • 85 GPA
  • SAT 1050 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) or ACT Composite of 20

Transfer Students

  • College GPA of 3.0 or better (85% or higher) for all work done at other colleges.
  • Achieve grades of B or better (3.0/85% or higher) in each of the following courses: Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, Algebra, and Statistics.
  • Transfer students with fewer than 24 college credits must meet both transfer and freshman requirements.

Accelerated Students

  • Have a previous bachelors degree and maintain a college GPA of 3.3 or better (88% or higher).
  • Achieve grades of B+ or better (3.3/88% or higher) in each of the following courses: Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, Algebra, and Statistics.
Upon acceptance to the nursing major, freshman (and transfer students whose English and mathematics courses have not been accepted by the University) are required to take a placement exam to assess skills in reading, English and Mathematics. Exam results are used to program the student’s first courses in the appropriate English and mathematics courses.

Progression Criteria

Generic BS Nursing Program

  •      Achieve a C+ or better in all science and nursing courses and maintain a minimum nursing and overall GPA of 2.75. 

Accelerated BS Nursing Program

  •      Achieve a B or better in all science and nursing courses and maintain a minimum nursing and overall GPA of 3.0.

Note: Biology courses must have been completed within 5 years of acceptance to the program.

Clinical Placement Eligibility Criteria      

  • Satisfactorily complete the required health forms – including titers, health clearance, and vaccines
  • Pass a background check*
  • Pass a drug screen
  • Complete HIPAA and OSHA certification courses
  • Obtain an American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider Course Completion Card
  • Comply with criminal background checks and drug screening as required for eligibility to access entrance into specific clinical agencies as related to clinical course objective.*

 *Pending review by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, persons who have been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation could be ineligible for Registered Nurse Licensure in the State of New York, even though they have successfully completed the program.


University Core Requirements Credits
OS 1 Orientation Seminar 1
Speech 3 Oral Communications 3
English 16 English Composition 3
Core Seminar 50 Writing Intensive 3
English 61‐64 English Literature 6
Philosophy 61, 62 Philosophical Explorations 6
History 1, 2 History of Civilizations 6
Math 15 Finite Mathematics 4
Social Science Requirements
Mathematics 100 or Psychology 150 Statistics or Stats in Psychology 3
Psychology 3 Intro to Psychology  3
TAL 250 Developmental Psychology 3
Sociology 3 or Anthropology 4 or 5 Intro to Sociology or Anthropology 3
 Science Requirements
Biology 101 Microbiology 4
Biology 137 Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
Biology 138 Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
Chemistry 3x General Chemistry 4

***A student needs General Psychology as well as Lifespan or Human Development. Childhood or Adolescent Psychology alone will not fulfill the requirement for Nursing***


Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn
School of Nursing

Peggy Tallier, Interim Dean