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Nursing RN-BS Program: One Year Full-Time Program

Admissions Requirements

  1. A minimum of 60 semester credits from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) such as the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 
  2. You must submit two letters of recommendation. SUNY Downstate Medical Center has moved toward exclusive use of electronic
    recommendation submissions. Your letters should be written by a current/former College Science Professor or an employer/supervisor, or another college professor. Recommendations by individuals other than your College Professor or Employer/Supervisor will NOT be considered. Please visit the application instructions to learn more about the letter of recommendation requirements.
  3. A New York State R.N. license
  4. A preferred undergraduate minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
  5. A grade of “C” or better in the following prerequisite courses:
Subject Credits
Anatomy & Physiology 1 with lab and
Anatomy & Physiology 2 with lab
General Chemistry 1 with lab 3–4
Microbiology with lab* 3–4
Sociology/Anthropology 6
Psychology Elective 3
Developmental (Lifespan) Psychology*** 3-6
English Composition**
(English 1)
English Elective
(must be higher level than English 1)
College Mathematics (This does not include either Statistics or Remedial Math courses) 3
Humanities/Social Sciences
(credits include, but not limited to: Humanities, Political Science, Speech, Religion, Foreign Language, Philosophy, Economics, Additional Psychology, Additional Sociology, Additional Anthropology, Literature, Arts, Theatre, Music, and courses labeled Social Sciences.)

* Bacteriology does not meet this requirement

** In addition to English Composition, if your college has writing intensive courses listed and are described as such in their course catalog, these are also acceptable to fulfill the English Composition requirement.

***Life-Span Developmental Psychology (must cover from Birth to Aging). A combination of Child Psychology & Adult Development or Child Psychology & Psychology of Aging can also meet the requirement.