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Traditional BS Degree in Nursing

Potential students wishing to be admitted into the Nursing Major must first be admitted into Nyack College and take the TEAS exam. Students must maintain the minimum GPA requirements, complete pre-requisite courses, pass the Kaplan Entrance Exam, and complete the Nursing Program Application in order to be considered in our selective nursing process. Admissions to the School of Nursing are made only during the spring semester.

New Freshman Students

Prospective students must meet our admissions guidelines to be accepted into Nyack College. The guidelines are below:

  • Minimum High School GPA of 2.7
  • SAT Combined Score (Critical Reading and Math) of 1000 or higher; Math minimum score of 500
  • Minimum grade of C+ in High School Biology AND Chemistry
  • Three years of Math beyond Algebra I (Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus)
  • Be in the Top 50% of graduating class

Incoming freshmen are initially accepted to Nyack College and start the "Pre-requisite Nursing Curriculum" Program.  Freshmen students must successfully complete the 1st year pre-requisite courses and Kaplan entrance exam (see the Pre-requisites listed under Admission to the School of Nursing).

Freshman students must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 at the end of their first year to be considered for the Nursing Major in the sophomore year. Freshmen who do not meet the GPA or Kaplan test minimums will not be invited to the Nursing Major and will need to select another major.

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New Transfer Students

(i.e. students who transfer more than 20 credits into Nyack College)

Transfer applicants to full-time programs are expected to have completed the academic preparation required of students entering as freshmen. If required courses were not taken in high school, the equivalent courses may be taken at the college level prior to transfer.

To transfer to the nursing major, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the requirements of General Studies Admission Policy
  • Completion of the TEAS exam upon admission to Nyack College. Low scoring students will be asked to change their majors. Students who score in the mid-high range will be able to analyze potential weaknesses in pre-nursing knowledge in order to better prepare themselves for the Kaplan Entrance Exam.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Academic record free of incomplete grades (including course withdrawals)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher for the following core courses: Anatomy I and II, 1 semester of Chemistry, Microbiology, College Algebra, and Principles of Nutrition
  • Students who transfer in 3 credit Chemistry courses without a lab will be required to take the GOB Chemistry exam in addition to the TEAS exam. Students who receive a passing score on both exams will be permitted to take a 1 credit lab and progress towards admission into the nursing program. Students who do not obtain a passing score on either exam will be required to take the full 4 credit Chemistry course at Nyack College.
  • Must meet or exceed the national average on the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam

The Director of Admissions will accept qualified students to Nyack College. Once you have been accepted to Nyack College and shown satisfactory completion of pre-requisite courses, you will be invited to take the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam as a pre-requisite for the School of Nursing. Transfer students are not accepted to the School of Nursing until Kaplan scores are received and application is reviewed through the selection process. Selection into the Nursing Major is very competitive. There is no guarantee that you will be accepted.  

Additional criteria considered for admission include secondary school performance, college performance, recommendations, results of required examinations, and leadership qualities reflected in school and community extracurricular activities. An interview, additional testing, or specific coursework may be requested at the discretion of the program or the Dean of the Nursing Program.

Students will be accepted based on the availability of clinical practicum sites. Admission is at the discretion of the program.

Transfers who do not meet the GPA or TEAS and Kaplan test minimums will not be invited to the Nursing Major and will need to select another major.

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For further details regarding nursing program information, please refer to the Nursing Major Degree Requirements and Curriculum.

Admission to the School of Nursing

Qualified students in the Nursing Pre-Requisite Curriculum apply to the nursing major after they have successfully passed the Kaplan exam. All pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to entering the nursing major. Students are admitted competitively to the nursing major.

Pre-requisites for nursing major are:

  • Completion of the TEAS exam upon admission to Nyack College. Low scoring students will be asked to change their majors. Students who score in the mid-high range will be able to analyze potential weaknesses in pre-nursing knowledge in order to better prepare themselves for the Kaplan Entrance Exam.
  • Submission of Choice of Major Form to the registrar
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses including College Algebra, Essentials of Chemistry, Principles of Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology I, College Writing I and II, and General Psychology in order to take Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam.
  • Science courses must have been completed in the last 7 years at the point of admission to the Nursing Program and have a grade of “C+” or greater
  • Students who do not achieve a C+ in Chemistry during their first attempt will be asked to choose another major.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 in math and science courses with a C+ or higher in each course
  • Completion of additional pre-requisites of Anatomy and Physiology II and Microbiology with C+ or greater.
  • Complete PSY101 with a C or higher
  • Nursing Major Application with essay
  • Must meet or exceed the national average on the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam within attempts. (If students do not pass the exam during their 2nd attempt, they will not be considered for entrance into the School of Nursing and will have to select another major.)


Students must complete an application to enter the clinical phase no later than the end of the semester prior to the semester in which they seek to be admitted. An $800 nonrefundable nursing entrance fee is reflected on the billing statement.

Once students have completed all of their requirements for admission to the nursing program, the department will review all paperwork and choose the best students for our program in a selective process. Admission is not guaranteed.

Freshman students must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 at the end of their first year to be considered for the Nursing Major in the sophomore year. Freshmen who do not meet the GPA or TEAS and Kaplan test minimums will not be invited to the Nursing Major and will need to select another major.

*Once admitted to the School of Nursing, students are not permitted to take courses outside of Nyack College.

NURSING PROGRAM APPLICATION