Nursing is an integral part of the healthcare system in the United States. Nurses build relationships with their patients so they may assist them in attaining and maintaining optimal health and wellness. In New York, there are four nursing professions for which a qualified applicant may apply for licensure. This program fulfills the educational requirements for the application for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN).
Plaza’s 16-month Bachelor of Science in Nursing is designed as an upper-division program whereby students will apply 60 previously-earned credits to 60 core nursing credits to complete the B.S. degree. Students may gain access to this highly sought-after Upper Division Nursing, B.S. program through one of two tracks:
Direct Entry: Students who already possess a prior degree (Associate or Bachelor) or at least 60 college credits and have taken the following required prerequisite courses may apply for direct entry into the B.S. program:
Foundational Entry: First-time college students and those who do not possess a prior degree and/or the required prereqs may apply for acceptance into the Allied Health Science, A.S. program to complete the requirements to qualify to apply to the B.S. program.
This program is approved and accredited by the New York State Department of Education, but is currently pending approval by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV federal financial aid eligibility. For more information regarding enrollment, please contact Caroline Callahan, Director of Admissions.
*Based on active student population, Spring 2021
*Based on a review of student accounts, Spring 2021
Designed and taught by experts in the field, the program will provide you with practical information and hands-on-experience to prepare you for a successful nursing career. You can expect instruction in these areas:
Upon successful completion of your coursework, students will benefit from a review course designed to help them pass the NCLEX exam. Upon passing the NCLEX exam, students will be eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of New York.
View all degree requirements in the College Catalog
Students and families can attend a virtual information session to learn more about the program and admissions process.
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