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Nursing, B.S.

As health care professionals who focus on immediate, hands-on patient care, nurses are critically important members of health care teams, providing patient education and diagnosing and treating human responses to illness. Nursing is a science and an art, and a respected profession within the health care system. NYIT's Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Old Westbury campus. The vision and mission of the Department of Nursing is to promote and demonstrate excellence in nursing practice. The course of study includes traditional classes in the liberal arts and sciences, such as chemistry, sociology, anatomy, and physiology, and courses in nursing science and clinical practice. State-of-the-art nursing labs, including patient simulation models for clinical practice, enhance the teaching-learning environment. In addition, this program offers a number of unique features not found in other nursing programs.

The program is registered and accredited by the New York State Department of Education, Division of Professional Education and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, 202.887.6791.

Mission Statement: Department of Nursing

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide excellence in nursing education from a transcultural perspective, extend access to opportunity to members of underrepresented groups in nursing, and to expand knowledge in the nursing profession with an emphasis on transcultural study. The Department of Nursing prepares students to provide nursing care in varied settings and to assume community and institutional roles that meet the needs of a global society.

Program Overview

First, our program is founded on the concepts and theories of transcultural nursing. The NYIT nursing student takes courses that consider the multicultural experiences of both patients and health care professionals. To this end, anthropology courses have been incorporated into the curriculum, and transcultural concepts into core nursing courses. Second, clinical practice locations are varied in scope and are not limited to the hospital setting. Students learn how professional nursing has expanded into community-based facilities, such as home care agencies, school-based clinics, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and ambulatory care clinics.

These focal points—transcultural nursing, team-based care, and community-based nursing practices—prepare students for the realities of nursing in the 21st century. Faculty members are highly experienced professionals who have vast educational, clinical, and leadership experience, and are committed to teaching, advising, and mentoring students to foster academic and professional success. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.


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Admission Requirements

The four-year program consists of three phases:

  1. Nursing major (years one and two): courses in the liberal arts and sciences
  2. Pre-Clinical Phase (fourth semester): includes the first nursing course (NURS 102), and is the gateway to the professional phase of the program
  3. Professional (Clinical) Phase (years three and four): core nursing and supportive courses

Admission into the nursing major does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. If you are admitted to the pre-professional phase, you will need to complete all prerequisite courses listed as freshman and sophomore courses on the Nursing Degree Map (with no required prerequisite course below a grade of C+), and show evidence of good ethical, moral, and personal character in order to transition to the professional phase.

Please be advised that admission into the professional clinical phase is competitive. The number of students accepted into this phase depends on accreditation requirements, available resources, class cap limits, and college GPA.

Nursing Major (years one and two)

First Year

  • Minimum combined SAT score (critical reading and math only) of 1030 or ACT score of 20
  • Minimum high school average of 80

Transfer

  • If you have less than 24 transferable credits:

    • Minimum combined SAT score (critical reading and math only) of 1030 or ACT score of 20
    • Minimum high school average of 80
    • One year each of biology and chemistry
    • Completed the minimum level of math, which is precalculus or its equivalent
    • Received a C+ or higher in each identified science and math courses
  • If you have 24 or more transferable credits:

    • Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.75
    • Received a C+ or higher in each identified science and math courses

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Copies of transcripts of all high school work, including college-level courses. Your mid-year and final grades will be required. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Official SAT (critical reading and math only) or ACT test scores. If you have fewer than 24 credits of previous college work completed, you will need to submit official SAT or ACT scores.
    • NYIT SAT Code: 2561, NYIT ACT Code: 2832
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 300–350 word essay on your desire to work in the field of nursing

Additional International Student Requirements

Preclinical Phase/NURS 102 (fourth semester)

Progression to the professional phase will be based on overall highest-ranked college GPA and fully meeting established criteria.

A student, who believes he or she is ready, meets progression criteria, and is interested in beginning the clinical phase of nursing major at NYIT must apply for the professional (clinical) phase of the nursing program using the Nursing’s Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) in the fall semester to be considered for admission to NURS 102 in January. This course is offered every spring semester (be sure to review the nursing website for notice posted at the beginning of every fall semester). Information regarding the application procedure can be found by visiting the nursing website.

To progress to the professional (clinical) phase, students must first meet the following requirements to be admitted to NURS 102, the gateway course to the clinical phase of the nursing program.

  • Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.75
  • Complete all general education requirements and the prerequisite freshman and sophomore courses listed on the Nursing semester maps, including:

    Prerequisite coursework for admission includes:
    NYIT Course
    Pre-calculusMATH 135 or higher
    Applied or Introductory ChemistryCHEM 105 or CHEM 110
    Bio-organic ChemistryCHEM 215
    Human AnatomyBIOL 210
    Human PhysiologyBIOL 310
    Introductory PsychologyPSYC 101
    StatisticsPSYC 210
    Human DevelopmentPSYC 221
    Introductory AnthropologyANTH 101
    One additional science courseFCSC 101
    Taken first semester of admission along with NURS 102:
    NYIT Course
    PathophysiologyBIOL 312
    MicrobiologyBIOL 235
    NutritionBIOL 260 or NTSI 201
  • Minimum grade of C+ in all required prerequisite courses listed above
    • Students may repeat only two of the required prerequisite courses in which you earned a grade of C or below. These courses may be repeated only once. This requirement includes courses taken at other colleges.
    • If students are missing any prerequisite coursework, they must demonstrate that they can successfully complete all required pre-clinical coursework listed in the Nursing semester maps for their first, second, third, and fourth semester courses prior to the start of NURS 301 in the fifth semester of junior year.
    • If students do not achieve the above requirements, then they are not eligible to transition to the professional phase of the nursing program.
  • Take nationally normed tests throughout the curriculum

  • Meet all requirements of the Department of Nursing and affiliated agencies, and provide evidence of specific immunizations and health clearance, as well as current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support before clinical placement.

  • Be advised that requirements may change during the program and that students will be required to meet current standards for clinical affiliation placements and progression in the major, irrespective of date of program admission.

  • Purchase the official NYIT student uniform worn for clinical rotations. Clinical placements are by the clinical lottery policy outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook.

The clinical placement policy is applicable to all nursing students regardless of their admission date into the nursing program. Please be advised that students may be assigned to any of the clinical facilities. Clinical hours may vary according to clinical site availability; may include any day of the week, including weekends, evenings, or nights; and may be 8-hour or 12-hour shifts. During the Preceptored Senior Capstone Clinical Rotation, students must follow the shift of their assigned preceptor; this may require the student to work nights, evenings, or weekends. Transportation to the clinical sites is the student’s responsibility. All students in the School of Health Professions have access to the library and other facilities of NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Professional (Clinical) Phase (years three and four)

In order to progress through the nursing major, students must meet the following academic requirements:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Receive minimum grades of C+ in all required nursing courses, including NURS 102, 301, 310, 315, 351, 360, 401, 410, 430, 421, 451, 461, 470, and 480
    • If students earn a grade of C or lower or fail any segment of a nursing course, clinical nursing course, or lab, they will be allowed to repeat the course or clinical lab rotation only once.
    • If students repeat a nursing course, they must achieve a grade of B- or better. Failure to do so in this repeated course or clinical lab will constitute a course failure and dismissal from the nursing program.
    • If students earn a C or lower for a required nursing course or clinical lab rotation for a second time, they will be dismissed from the nursing program.
    • Withdrawal from a course is only permitted in the case of a documented illness, personal emergency, or unusual circumstance and not because of a course/clinical/lab rotation failure or anticipated failure. Given the nature of nursing practice, students will not be permitted to use a withdrawal from a course to avoid a failure.

The Nursing Student Handbook outlines policies pertaining to the nursing major. Students are held accountable to meet current requirements regardless of date of admission to the clinical phase of the program.

Additional Professional (Clinical) Phase Requirements

All students are required to complete the following by August 1 prior to entry into the professional phase of the nursing program. Any student who does not complete this information, providing copies of the necessary documentation for his/her file, will not be able to enter the professional phase.

  1. Health Evaluation Form: Annual physical, required lab work, and PPD are required (only prior PPD is negative). Proof of immunizations must include date, titer, and results. REMINDER: Make copies of ALL documents submitted to the NYIT, DON. You will need copies for your own records. The Nursing Department DOES NOT retain copies of student Health Clearance documents in student files. Keeping a current record of health-related materials is the students’ responsibility.
  2. Preclinical Checklist: This form will be maintained in the student’s file to serve as verification that all the necessary items are completed.
  3. Infection Control Certification: This class will be arranged during the semester the students are taking NURS 102 Introduction to Nursing. A certificate of attendance will be awarded to students upon completion of this class.
  4. HIPAA/Patient Health Information Confidentiality Certification: This class will be arranged during the semester the students are taking NURS 102 Introduction to Nursing. A certificate of attendance will be awarded to students upon completion of this class.
  5. Child Abuse Prevention Certification: This class will be arranged during the semester the students are taking NURS 102 Introduction to Nursing. A certificate of attendance will be awarded to students upon completion of this class.
  6. Patient Safety Information: This class will be arranged during the semester the students are taking NURS 102 Introduction to Nursing. A certificate of attendance will be awarded to students upon completion of this class.
  7. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) w/AED Certification: A copy of the student’s provider status will be maintained on file. Student is responsible for keeping the card current.
  8. Uniforms: Students are required to purchase and wear the official NYIT Department of Nursing uniforms from the designated uniform company.
  9. Student Nurse Lab Package: The student is required to purchase a Lab Nurse Pack (approximate cost $80) to be used throughout the curriculum for clinical practice lab.
  10. Certified Background Check by Designated Agency: Students may be required as part of the requirements for clinical rotations to have a background check performed by a designated agency. Applicants to the School of Health Professions should be aware that certain legal issues and/or convictions may preclude student from being accepted by clerkships, internships and/or fieldwork and impact the student’s ability to complete the required program courses and qualify for graduation, certification and/or licensure.
  11. Mandatory Tutorial Support Program: Each student is required to enroll in this online support protocol each semester (five semesters) beginning in NURS 102 and ending with a comprehensive NCLEX-RN REVIEW COURSE. Students are required to participate fully in the tutorial support program, which includes reading assignments, practice tests, and meeting the designated requirements for each nursing course. Students will be required to take all designated competency exams in each of the specified courses and achieve benchmarks set by the department.
  12. National Student Nurses Association Membership: Annual dues $40 per year

Students should be advised that requirements may change during the program and that they will be required to meet current standards for clinical affiliation placements and progression in the major, irrespective of date of program admission.

Policies

Policy for Clinical Absences
Clinical time is limited; therefore, no unexcused clinical absences are permitted. In the event of a clinical absence due to an emergency, personal illness, or unusual circumstance, students are responsible for contacting the faculty member within 24 hours of the absence. Students must submit a written explanation along with appropriate documentation for the absence. Students who have an unexcused clinical absence will be at risk of not meeting the requirements of both the course and the program, and will be at risk of clinical failure.

Completion of Professional Phase of the Nursing Program Time Limit
Students are accepted as a cohort into the professional phase of the nursing program in the spring semester of their sophomore year (fourth semester) beginning with the first nursing course, NURS 102. The professional phase of the nursing program consists of five consecutive semesters. Students must complete the curriculum within 3.5 years. If a student needs to take a leave of absence from the program, extenuating circumstances will be considered by the department. If approved, a student who is deemed eligible to return must take and pass competency exams for all prior completed coursework. If passed successfully, the student may progress in the curriculum. If unsuccessful in meeting course competencies, the student must repeat coursework.

Grade Appeal Policy
The School of Health Profession’s grade appeal policy can be found on NYIT Policies.