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Public Notice Of Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit By The Accreditation Commission of Education for Nursing (ACEN)

York College, Department of Nursing wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its baccalaureate nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) from September 29, 2021, to October 1, 2021.
You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 1:45 pm on Thursday, September 30, 2021, in the Science Building Room 133 located at 94-50 159th Street Jamaica, NY 11451
or via Zoom Meeting ID: 817 5456 1096 Passcode: 306620

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:
Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Or email:
All written comments should be received by the ACEN by September 20, 2021

Nursing Application

To apply to the Nursing Program you must be a matriculated York Student first, then you must meet all the Nursing Admissions criteria as describe in Nursing Application Form. In addition, the application link will be emailed to you. Please DO NOT share the link. If you did not receive the link please email The application deadline for admission for Fall 2021 is May 24, 2021.

Vaccination Mandate Effective Fall 2021

CUNY has been notified that some clinical and field placement sites are requiring students to provide documentation of COVID vaccination as part of the necessary clearance requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to consider COVID vaccination as it may potentially impact required program placements. If you need a COVID vaccine, please check for available appointments in your area. In addition, CUNY has vaccine sites operating at the following campuses on Thu-Sun, 7 am-7 pm: City College, Lehman College, Medgar Evers College, Queensborough Community College, and York College. If you encounter any difficulty obtaining a timely appointment, please contact a faculty member or your Department Chair for assistance. Faculty will explore all alternatives, as available, for those students who choose not to be vaccinated.  If no suitable alternatives are available, this may result in a delay in progression in the program.

The Baccalaureate Nursing Program prepares 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.

Admission Criteria

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 established by the College.  To be eligible for admission to the RN/Baccalaureate Nursing Program at the junior-year level, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Completion of all pre-requisite courses with a minimum of a "C" grade.
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (from prerequisite courses) is the minimum requirement for consideration of an application into the Nursing Program;
  3. Current RN licensure in New York State (students who have not yet received their RN license may take general education courses.)
  4. Professional Liability (Malpractice) insurance during clinical course semesters.
  5. C.P.R. / AED Certification during clinical course semesters.
  6. Infection Control Certification- during clinical course semesters

***Note: Fulfillment of each of these criteria DOES NOT guarantee admission. Transfer course credits must have been earned at accredited institutions of higher learning.  General education course credit may also be earned by satisfactory achievement on special examinations (i.e., Excelsior College, CLEP, and Nursing program examinations) subject to official evaluation of the York College Registrar’s Office in consultation with the academic departments.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is 120 credits (including a minimum of 60 liberal arts credits). Students may need to take additional liberal arts courses dependent on AAS program.

Criminal Background Check

It is important that you carefully review the CUNY policy regarding Criminal Background Checks, which may be found in the Nursing Information Handbook.

Immigration Status

All CUNY nursing departments require applicants for admission into clinical nursing programs to provide documentation in one of the following categories.

  1. U.S.Citizenship
  2. Permanent Residency
  3. International Student with F1 status
  4. Granted Asylum, Refugee Status, Withholding of Removal, or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. Government

We admit all qualified students regardless of age, ethnicity, race, gender or sexual preferences.

The following documents must be included with the application:

  1. Transcripts from all colleges attended with grades.
  2. RN license and current RN license registration.

NLN Examination
Information regarding the NLN pre-admission exam - The NLN Exam is now open for registration.