Nursing (BS)

Health Sciences and Professional Programs
HEGIS Number: 1203

The Online Bulletin is for information purposes only. Current students must complete the requirements as outlined in the York Bulletin as applicable.
Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

York College Nursing Program Mission Statement

The mission of the York College Nursing Program is to offer a liberal arts-based educational experience to guide students in attaining the knowledge, skills, and values essential for professional nurse leaders and managers, including the ability to make sound judgments and address the health needs of diverse cultural groups within the urban community.

Nursing Program Outcomes:

  • Performance on licensure exam (generic program only) - Generic graduate pass rate will meet or exceed the National NCLEX-RN pass rate on the first attempt.
  • Program Completion - 80% of generic track students will complete the program in five semesters; and 80% of RN-BS track students in four semesters (100% program length).
  • Program Satisfaction - 80% of graduates will report satisfaction with the nursing program six months after program completion.
  • Job Placement - 80% of generic track graduates will be employed as registered nurses six to twelve months after graduation; 80% of RN-BS track graduates, desiring a new position, will attain the position six to twelve months after graduation.

Nursing Terminal Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Effectively communicate with diverse client populations and disciplines using a variety of strategies and respecting client's cultural beliefs and practices.
  2. Make sound judgments that synthesize nursing science and knowledge from other disciplines in the provision of safe, quality nursing care.
  3. Collaborate with clients, families, health team members to assist clients in achieving optimal wellness.
  4. Advocate for health policies that address local and global health issues through participation in nursing organizations.
  5. Integrate a personal philosophy of professional nursing practice incorporating legal, moral and ethical standards.
  6. Assume responsibility and accountability for one's own education and nursing practice
  7. Provide a safe environment using technology and information systems in nursing practice.
  8. Effectively manage patient care to ensure best possible health care outcomes.
  9. Maintain a spirit of inquiry and use research findings to provide evidence-based nursing care.

*The Baccalaureate Nursing Program consists of two tracks:

  1. The Generic Baccalaureate program in Nursing is designed to prepare competent nursing professionals through the provision of all general education or pathways and professional coursework. Students are enabled to earn a baccalaureate degree in Nursing and qualify to take as well as successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
  2. The RN-Baccalaureate program in Nursing is exclusively designed to build upon the knowledge and competencies of Registered Nurses (RN), who graduated from associate degree and diploma nursing programs.

The Program will prepare a generalist professional nurse to deliver professional nursing care in a variety of settings, with a focus on primary level intervention (prevention of illness/disease and maintenance of health).

The purpose of the program is to:

  1. Prepare a professional practitioner of nursing
  2. Provide a foundation for graduate study in nursing

The accrediting body for the Nursing Programs is the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For information pertaining to the programs accreditation:

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326 Phone: 404.975.5000 Fax. 404.975.5020 Website:

Eligibility for Screening into the Nursing Programs

Students must meet the requirements for admission to York College, including the standards of proficiency in the basic skills areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Students who pass the CUNY assessment tests are eligible to enroll in General Education or Pathways courses and additional prerequisite courses as listed.

Admission Criteria

  1. Completion of all required General Education or Pathways and prerequisite credits
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in all General Education or Pathways and prerequisite credits.
  3. A grade of “C” or better in each General Education or Pathways and Prerequisite course.
  4. Completion of all required lower division Writing Intensive (WI) Courses.
  5. Professional Liability (Malpractice) Insurance (prior to start of first clinical course).
  6. Current Basic Life Support Certificate (BCLS).
  7. New York State Registered Nurse licensure. – For RN-BS track only

An application for admission to the RN to BS program is submitted during the Nursing 203 course. Successful candidates will be notified by the Nursing Program regarding their admission status by June.

Advancing to Nursing Clinicals

In order to advance into nursing clinical's, students must provide documentation for one of the following categories:

  1. U.S. Citizenship
  2. Permanent Residency
  3. International Student with F1 Status
  4. Granted Asylum, Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, Deferred Enforced Departure; or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. government

Students who may be affected by the change can consult with the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project, which provides free counseling and assistance to all CUNY students who need help with their immigration status.

Nursing BS


Lower Division Prerequisites Screening and Progression

BIO234Anatomy and Physiology I 
BIO235Anatomy and Physiology II 
BIO265Clinical Microbiology 
BIO382Human Nutrition 
CHEM106Essentials of College Chemistry 3.5 
CHEM107Essentials of College Chemistry Laboratory 1.5 
ENG125English Composition I: Introduction to College Writing 
ENG126English Composition II: Writing about Literature 
MATH111Introduction to Statistics & Probability 
PSY102Introduction to Psychology 
PSY214Human Development for Health Professions 

choose one:

SPAN110Spanish for Health Professions 
FREN110French for Health Professions 

Creative Expression

Choose any 3 Credits 

World Cultures and Global Issues

Choose any 3 Credits 

U.S. Diversity in its Experience

Choose any 3 Credits 

Transfer Credits Granted to all RN's

NURS310Nursing Care of the Childbearing client/Family System 
NURS320Adult Health I 
NURS340Nursing Care of Children 
NURS420Adult Health II 
NURS430PsychiatricMental Health Nursing 
Additional Pre-Requirements 
NURS200Professional Nursing Process 
NURS203health assessment and Wellness Promotion 

Nursing Major Requirements

NURS301Values in Transition: Perspectives of Professional Nursing (WI) 
Choose one of the following Three Writing Courses 
WRIT301Research and Writing for the Major 
WRIT302Researh and Writing for the Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology 
WRIT303Research and Writing for the Professional Programs 
NURS314Management & Leadership in Professional Nursing / Client Intersystem 
NURS315Professional Nurse-Family and Community Intersystems I 
NURS405Professional Nurse-Family and Community Intersystems II 
NURS406Professional Nurse-Societal and Community Client Intersystem: Emergent Evolution 
NURS407Research in Professional Nursing Practice (WI) 
Plus 4 credits free electives

* Transfer credits granted to all RN's

The requirement that half of the credits in the major program must be taken at York is superseded by the requirement that 25 nursing credits in the RN- BS Nursing Program must be taken at York.

 * The foreign language requirement will be met through specific hybrid courses that are designed for Health Professions, after placement is determined by the foreign language department.

Credit by validation examination may be earned by: Excelsior College and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). For information pertaining to these examinations contact:

Excelsior College (Regents College)
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, New York 11203
Telephone: (518) 464-8500

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
P.O. Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541 - 6600
Telephone: (800) 257-9558

Articulation Agreements

York College RN - BACCALAUREATE Nursing Program has articulation agreements with the Nursing Programs at the following colleges:

  • Queensborough Community College/ CUNY
  • LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

For progression to the Nursing major, students must submit a completed application (deadline: March 1st of each year). Application forms may be obtained from the Nursing Program office. Students who are enrolled in courses, leading to the fulfillment of the prerequisite requirements, are permitted to apply for progression to the nursing major.

Students who have submitted applications for progression to the Nursing major will receive a letter from the Director of the Nursing Program detailing their acceptance status. Students are urged to read this correspondence carefully.

Frequently Requested Information

New students who are awaiting NCLEX results may enroll, with permission in the NURS 203 – Health Assessment Course that is offered only during the Spring semester– (offered in the Summer only with adequate enrollment).

Students are required to complete BIO 382 Human Nutrition.  The prerequisite for Human Nutrition (Bio-382) is Chemistry 106 and Chemistry 107 at York College. Students who have completed 4-5 credit Chemistry courses (with a lab component) grade of “C” or better and seeking equivalency credit for Chemistry 106 and chemistry 107, must see the coordinator of the Chemistry Discipline.

Effective Fall 2013 CUNY/SUNY A.A.S. graduate transfer credits are accepted on a course by course basis. NON-CUNY/SUNY graduates are strongly encouraged to seek advisement from a Department of Nursing faculty member to clarify transfer credits and avoid taking incorrect or unnecessary courses.

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