Nursing Transfer FAQ's

 

Frequently Asked Questions: transfer students into nursing


How do I apply to Lienhard School of Nursing?

Is there an admissions test?

How many years will it take me to complete the RN4 nursing program?

How do I apply to change my major to nursing?

What happens after I apply to change my major to nursing?

What is the clinical computation exam and how do I study for it?


How do I apply to the Lienhard School of Nursing?
You can apply online here or contact the undergraduate admissions department by phone at 914-773-3746.  ABSN students must apply through graduate admissions. Students can contact the department by phone at 914-422-4283 (White Plains) or in NYC 212 346-1531.

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Is there an admissions test?

Yes, the admissions test for all transfer students, all change of major students, and all CAP students who wish to apply to come into the nursing major is the Hesi Reach 2.

All transfer students, all change of major students and all CAP students who apply to transfer into nursing prior to 9/1/16 will be required  to take the HESI Reach 2 and will be reviewed for admission on the basis of four parts: Reading, Vocabulary and General Knowledge, Grammar, and Basic Math Skills. Students are highly encouraged to take all 7 parts of the HESI Reach 2 since students will gain valuable information on their Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology knowledge that will assist them in planning remediation. There is an additional section on learning profile that is recommended since it assesses preferred learning styles, and the results will benefit students with study tips and learning techniques.

All transfer students, all change of major students and all CAP students who apply to transfer into nursing on 9/1/16 or after, will be required  to take the HESI Reach 2 and will be reviewed for admission on the basis of  seven parts:  Reading Comprehension,  Vocabulary and General Knowledge, Grammar,  Basic Math Skills, Biology, Chemistry,  Anatomy and Physiology.  There is an additional section on learning profile that is recommended since it assesses preferred learning styles, and the results will benefit students with study tips and learning techniques.

Whether you are applying before 9/1/16 or after 9/1/16, all students are highly encouraged to take all 7 parts of the HESI Reach 2. While only 4 parts are reviewed for admission prior to 9/1/16, students will gain valuable information on their Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology knowledge that will assist them in planning remediation.  For instructions on registering for the test, click here.

When is the test offered?

The test will be offered Monday, November 16, 2015 – Friday, February 5, 2016 and Monday, February 8, 2016 - Friday, May 27, 2016You are advised to register for the test at least three weeks prior to your desired test date.

What is the passing score you require for the test?

The passing score is 80% or better on the sections listed above. Scores are valid for two years.

How should I prepare for the test?
You should prepare for this test as you would any other standardized test, and we recommend you buy a study guide; a link to the guide is: http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/product.jsp?isbn=9781416056355. The study guide is available at book stores and Amazon.com.  

Where can I take the test?
Prometrics is the testing center contracted by Evolve.  Prometrics has testing sites across the country.

Other information about the test:

-You have four hours to take the test.

-The charge is $98.65.  Payment methods available include Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

-You must bring a valid government-issued photo ID to the testing center. All other personal items must be locked in a locker for test security purposes, so please limit what you bring to the testing center.

-Plan to arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment to allow time for check-in procedures. If you are late in arriving, you will not be allowed to test and will forfeit your exam fee.

-If you need to reschedule, you must do so at least five calendar days prior to your appointment, or additional fees or fee forfeiture may apply.  You may use the Reschedule/Cancel option on the Prometric's Web site or call Prometric's contact center at: 800-481-6457.

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How many years will it take me to complete the RN4 nursing program?
The undergraduate RN4 program takes a minimum of 3 years to complete as long as the student meets the required prerequisites to start the clinical sequence.

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How do I apply to change my major to nursing?
For students wishing to apply to change their major to nursing, please make an appointment with the LSN Academic Services Coordinator Elizabeth Colon to discuss program requirements and evaluate your credits. She is located at both the Pleasantville campus in Lienhard on the third floor and New York campus at 163 William Street, 5th floor, and can be reached at 914-773-3347 or 212-618-6006 and emailed at ecolon@pace.edu.

Please note: Students who wish to apply to change their majors to nursing should read the requirements about the Evolve Reach Admissions Assessment (A²) Exam under the question “Is there an admissions test?”  The minimum GPA for transfers and change of majors is a 3.0. Students can only apply to change their major once a year at the end of the Spring semester after meeting all the admissions requirements.

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What happens after I apply to change my major to nursing?
We appreciate your interest in applying to change your major to nursing.  Consistent with best practices in nursing schools across the country, there is a predetermined number of nursing spots in each clinical course to ensure patient safety and to enable our faculty to deliver the highest quality nursing education.

The UG chairperson reviews the transcripts and Evolve Reach Admissions Assessment scores of all Pace students who apply to change their major to nursing.  The decision is then made to accept the strongest students to fill the limited number of spots available.

The selection process is highly competitive and we admit a very limited number of change of major students to the nursing major.  The reason for the limited number of spots available to change of major students is two-fold:  The first is that we have many freshmen nursing students who will be advancing to the sophomore level clinical nursing courses, and the second is that there is a large number of Pace students asking to change their major to nursing.

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What is the clinical computation exam and how do I study for it?
The clinical computation exam is a dosage and calculation math test that is a pre-requisite for the clinical courses. Students can prepare for this exam by reading the first five chapters of the most current edition of the book Calculation of Drug Dosages by Ogden and Fluharty.  The passing score for the clinical computation exam at level II- Sophomore standing and entry level to the ABSN/Combined Degree Program is 90% or better. The passing grade for the exam at level III and IV - Junior and Senior level and second and third semester clinically prepared ABSN/Combined Degree students is a 95% or better.

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