Student nurses working with standardized patient

Nursing, B.S.

As healthcare professionals who focus on immediate, hands-on patient care, nurses are critically important members of healthcare 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 healthcare system. New York Institute of Technology Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Long Island campus. The vision and mission of the Department of Nursing is to promote and demonstrate excellence in nursing practice with a transcultural approach. 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.

The program is registered by the New York State Department of Education, Division of Professional Education and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: 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 New York Institute of Technology nursing student takes courses that consider the multicultural experiences of both patients and healthcare 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 two phases:

  1. Nursing major (years one and two): courses in the liberal arts and sciences
  2. Professional phase (years three and four): core nursing and supportive courses

Admission into the nursing major (years one and two) does not guarantee admission into nursing courses (professional phase). 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 nursing courses (professional phase) is competitive. The number of students accepted into this phase depends on accreditation requirements, available resources, class cap limits, and college GPA.


First Year

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


  • 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 course
  • 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 course

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.
    • SAT Code: 2561, 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

Admission into Nursing Courses Professional Phase (Fifth Semester)

Admission into nursing courses will be based on overall highest-ranked college GPA and fully meeting established criteria.

A student who believes they are ready, meet progression criteria, and are interested in beginning the professional phase of the nursing program at New York Institute of Technology must apply to be admitted into nursing courses. To progress to taking nursing courses, the following conditions must be met:

  • A minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.75
  • A score of proficient, advanced, or exemplary (58.7%–100%) on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam, dated no more than one year prior to the date of application submission
  • Complete all general education requirements and the prerequisite freshman and sophomore courses listed on the Nursing semester map, including:
    Prerequisite Coursework for Admission New York Tech Course
    Pre-calculus MATH 135 or higher
    Applied or Introductory Chemistry CHEM 105 or CHEM 110
    Bio-organic Chemistry CHEM 215
    Human Anatomy BIOL 210
    Human Physiology BIOL 310
    Introductory Psychology PSYC 101
    Statistics PSYC 210
    Human Development PSYC 221
    Pathophysiology BIOL 312
    Microbiology BIOL 215
    Nutrition BIOL 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 they earned a grade of C or below. These courses may be repeated only once.
    • Students must complete all prerequisite courses listed on the semester map prior to starting nursing courses
    • 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. Please be aware that some facilities may additionally require drug screening and background checks.
  • 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 university 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 College of Osteopathic Medicine.


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 101, 301, 305, 311, 316, 351, 360, 402, 403, 410, 430, 446, 447, 455, 465, 471, 472, and 480/480L.
  • 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 C+ 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 Nursing Courses (Professional Phase) Requirements

All students are required to complete the requirements below by August 1 for fall admission and December 15 for spring admission. Any student who does not complete this information and provide copies of the necessary documentation for their file, will not be able to enter nursing courses (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 Department of Nursing. You will need copies for your own records. The Department of Nursing DOES NOT retain copies of student health clearance documents in student files. Keeping a current record of health-related materials is the student's 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: courses can be found online, and suggested sites will be provided in the welcome letter.
  4. HIPAA/Patient Health Information Confidentiality Certification: part of clinical orientation package.
  5. Child Abuse Prevention Certification: this is a New York State requirement. Suggested site to take this course will be provided in the welcome letter.
  6. Infection Control and Safety: suggested sites to take this course will be provided in the acceptance letter.
  7. BLS (Basic Life Support) for Healthcare Providers Certification: a copy of the student's provider status will be maintained on file. The student is responsible for keeping the card current.
  8. Uniforms: students are required to purchase and wear the official Department of Nursing uniforms from the designated uniform company.
  9. 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 them from being accepted by clerkships, internships and/or fieldwork and impact their ability to complete the required program courses and qualify for graduation, certification, and/or licensure.
  10. Mandatory Tutorial Support Program: each student is required to enroll in this online support protocol each semester (all four semesters) 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.
  11. 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.


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 into nursing courses in both the spring and fall semesters. The professional phase of the nursing program consists of four consecutive semesters. Students must complete the nursing curriculum within 2.5 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 these are 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 Professions' grade appeal policy can be found on New York Institute of Technology Policies.