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The Liberal Arts and Sciences: Sciences Program at Nyack College provides students with a pre-nursing curriculum prior to applying to the BS Nursing program. It also prepares those desiring knowledge-enhancement in the natural sciences and/or preparing for employment in the health services.
Students who satisfactorily complete the 60-credit program and meet all the program requirements, normally two years of full time study, will obtain an AA Liberal Arts and Sciences: Sciences. The Liberal Arts component and the Major Field component parallel the Nursing program coursework/curriculum to allow the maximum transfer of credits into the BS Nursing program.
A 2.5 GPA is required for admissions into the program. Incoming students will also be required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) before starting the program. This is used solely for course placement purposes and does not impact admissions into the program. The TEAS test is a multi-choice exam designed to measure essential skills and academic readiness for entry level satisfactory performance in a formal college based nursing education program. The exam covers topics in Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Language Usage.
Those who wish to enter the BS Nursing program will be required to take the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam during their final semester of the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Sciences program. The Kaplan exam is designed to determine the academic readiness of applicants to post-secondary education programs. It contains four subtests: Math, Science, English, and Reading.
This degree is highly marketable. Having acquired a range of learning and research abilities in the sciences, as well as critical thinking and writing skills, students from this program are better qualified to respond to the demands of the health services field.
The Pre-Nursing program is offered at the Rockland campus.