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Exploring Nursing

Over the last ten years, we have averaged 10 students/graduating class who go onto careers into nursing. In the last few years, almost 40% have done so by matriculating into direct entry Master of Nursing Programs (MSN) at places like Johns Hopkins Universy, Yale University, MGH Institute of Health, and the University of Aritzona. For accelerated BSN programs, NYU remains a popular choice given the articulation agreement Skidmore has withNYU.

Articulation Agreement with NYU Meyers College of Nursing - Accelerated BSN

Always check for specific course requirements for each school you are going to apply to—this is only a guide.

Class Semesters Skidmore Course(s) Notes
General Chemistry one semester with lab* CH 125 or 126 *Must take General Chemistry Placement Diagnostic.
Microbiology one semester with lab

BI 246 (or BI 165 if offered)

BI 107 is the prerequisite for BI 246. BI 165 is currently not scheduled to be taught in the foreseeable future.
Anatomy and physiology two semesters with lab

HP 126 and

HP 127

HP 126 is now a prerequisite for HP 127.
Developmental psychology one or two semesters PS 206 or both PS 207 and PS 209 PS 206  covers lifespan development; for more in-depth classes, you can take PS 207 (child dev.) and PS 209 (adult dev.), although those two courses are offered less frequently. Note if PS 206 is not taken then PS 207 and PS 209 are both required.
Statistics one semester MS 104, MS 204, PS 202, BI 235, or SO 226 Check with the programs to which you are applying to see if they require/prefer a particular statistics course.
Nutrition one semester HP 242  


New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing currently has an articulation agreement with Skidmore College. This articulation agreement offers qualified Skidmore College students preferred consideration, but with no guarantee of acceptance, to enroll in the 15-Month Accelerated BS Program offered by New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing post-graduation. To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. The minimum eligibility requirements are a 3.0 GPA in both the cumulative GPA and prerequisite GPA from Skidmore College.
  2. In order for a student to be eligible for the Program, the student must have successfully completed the following courses at Skidmore College:
  3. No final grade of C-, D, or F in any course required (as noted above) will be accepted.
  4. Two letters of recommendation for admission from Skidmore College, with at least one letter from a Skidmore science professor.
  5. Satisfaction of requirements for admission as identified by the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admission, including submission of an online application or other requirements that would otherwise apply to students for transfer admission to New York University.

Students must submit a NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing application in the senior year. Students should alert the Chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee at Skidmore when their application is submitted. NYU requires an official transcript and will calculate separate science and non-science grade-point averages used in their review. The final decision for admittance to the program rests with NYU Admissions and they may withdraw an offer of admission if the eligibility requirements are not met.

For detailed information regarding articulation agreement between New York University College of Nursing and Skidmore College, please call New York University College of Nursing Office of Student Affairs and Admission at 212-998-5317.

If you are pursuing nursing programs outside of the articulation agreement, please research your programs of interest, as their requirements may vary.


Please read over the admissions requirements of the programs you are interested in to see if they require or prefer the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If needed, sign-up and take the GRE in time for the admissions window you are targetting. There is a fee-reduction program that discounts the exam by 50% for those who qualify. Please note: You must apply for fee assistance well in advance of taking the GRE, at least 30 days.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing (ASBN) programs are typically four semesters or about 15 months if you take classes over winter and summer terms. Similar to other careers in the health professions, students complete coursework and clinical hours. In addition, you can earn credit hours that count toward a master’s degree.  ASBN-MSN, BSN-DNP, and BSN-PhD options can allow students to efficiently complete credits to earn multiple degrees.

There are also direct-entry MSN programs. A doctor of nursing practice (DNP) is another advanced degree to consider.

Many programs will allow you to start in the Spring or Fall term. If you plan to graduate Skidmore a semester early, you may want to start nursing school the Spring after your last semester at Skidmore.