Frequently Asked Questions—Nursing
- Which courses are required to enter a nursing program?
Each school of nursing has its own admissions requirements, but often include biology, math, chemistry, and psychology. For more information, click here.
To review requirements for Skidmore’s articulation agreement with NYU’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, please go to https://nursing.nyu.edu/node/2300#question_13.
To research additional programs of interest, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/students/accelerated-nursing-programs
- I’m already going to have a bachelor’s degree. Which degree should I pursue?
“For those with a prior degree, accelerated baccalaureate programs offer the quickest route to becoming a registered nurse with programs generally running 12–18 months long. For more information on accelerating nursing programs and for a listing of schools offering this degree, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/fact-sheets/accelerated-programs.
Generic master’s degrees, also accelerated in nature and geared to non-nursing graduates, generally take three years to finish. Students in these programs usually complete baccalaureate-level nursing courses in the first year followed by two years of graduate study.”
(National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, 2013)
- I heard we have a nursing internship for credit. How do I get more information on
This academic internship is open to all majors, facilitated by the Health and Exercise Sciences Department, and is offered on a limited basis. Please contact Karen Arciero (firstname.lastname@example.org) early to discuss prerequisites, timing, and the commitment required.
- I heard we have an articulation agreement with NYU. How do I get more information
on their program’s requirements?
This program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Skidmore students who fulfill the requirements of this agreement are assured entrance into the NYU nursing program, without taking an admission exam. Professor Pat Fehling (email@example.com) or Karen Arciero (firstname.lastname@example.org) can help you with your questions. Please review the agreement at https://nursing.nyu.edu/node/2300#question_13.
- What is the typical profile of a successful nursing candidate?
"Each school of nursing has its own unique admission qualifications. However, with placement in nursing school being so very competitive, nursing schools can afford to choose exceptional students.
Certain factors include excellent GPA, community service, and letters of recommendation. In addition, baccalaureate nursing students must complete a variety of liberal arts studies, math and science courses (i.e. chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, etc.) before entering nursing training." (National Association of Advisors for the Health Professionals, 2013)
Most institutions are looking for applicants with a bachelor’s degree from accredited institution with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better, completion of required science courses (grades of B or better), undergraduate statistics course and an undergraduate research methods course containing qualitative and quantitative research methods (grades of C or better), health related experience, and letters of recommendation that address your background, perseverance, potential for academic success, ability to balance, flexibility, potential as a nurse, and ability to successfully work independently and in groups.
- What is AACN?
AACN is the American Association of Colleges of Nurses, focused on America’s baccalaureate and higher degree nursing education. Their website has more information: https://www.aacn.nche.edu/.
- What does NursingCAS mean?
NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing programs, simplifies the process to apply to nursing programs. Applicants submit one application and NursingCAS will send your application to the nursing programs you designate. Not all nursing programs participate. More information can be found on their website at www.nursingcas.org/#!instructions/cjg9.
- Who can I talk to on campus about my interest in becoming a nurse? Your HPAC advisor or Professor Pat Fehling (email@example.com) or Karen Arciero (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Health and Exercise Sciences.