Jun 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Nursing, BS Major in

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The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing program, through an interprofessional learning model, will graduate RNs who will be prepared to provide quality, holistic, scientifically sound, and evidenced- based patient-centered care while optimizing the health and well-being of diverse populations and communities for the betterment of humanity. The purpose of the baccalaureate in nursing program is to prepare nurse generalists to be providers, innovators, leaders, managers, and coordinators of care as well as ethical members of the nursing profession and to pursue graduate-level education.

The four-year B.S. in Nursing degree provides the educational, clinical, and experiential base for entry-level professional practice as well as the platform on which to build a career through graduate-level study. The baccalaureate curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for lifelong learning and an active role in all facets of innovative quality health care delivery systems in a variety of acute and primary care settings.

The RN role emphasizes preventative health care for individuals, as well as health assessments; diagnosis and treatment of a patient’s unique responses to health problems; execution of medical regimens as prescribed by licensed clinicians; advocacy for communities affected by health inequities and contribution to society as interprofessional team members. Through the program pillars of leadership, scholarship and professionalism, students will acquire the values of leadership, scholarship, collaboration, innovation, excellence, global health, humanism, learning, courage, and diversity.

The focus of the undergraduate generic B.S. in Nursing program is to prepare graduates, upon successful completion of the program, to take and pass National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon graduation, graduates will be prepared to deliver patient­ centered care as members of an interprofessional team, emphasizing evidence­-based practice, cultural sensitivity, quality improvement, value-based health care, and informatics competencies. The RN, BS role includes the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic illness as well as implementing and preventative health care strategies for individuals, families/significant others, groups, communities, and diverse and vulnerable populations in a variety of acute and primary care settings. Baccalaureate-prepared nurse practice includes both direct and indirect care for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. The B.S. in Nursing program curricula incorporates The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) and The Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPEC, 2016).


First-year students must apply by completing Hofstra’s First-Year Student Application for Undergraduate Admission or the Common Application by our two Early Action deadlines: November 15 or December 15.

**Note: At this time the nursing program is open only to first-time first-year students.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a Direct Entry Program. Students must indicate a major of nursing on their application to be considered.
  • Qualified applicants will receive a supplemental application that must be completed to be further considered.
  • The final candidates will be invited for an interview.
  • Admission to this program is highly selective with limited seating offered

For more information please contact Hofstra’s Office of Undergraduate Admission at BSNursing@hofstra.edu or 516-463-6700.

Entry & Progression Requirements

Entry Requirements:

Nursing applications will be reviewed holistically, but we anticipate the averages for admitted students to be an SAT score of 1250 (evidence-based reading and writing + math sections) or an ACT score of 26, and a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.5.

Note: Applicants may apply with test-optional admission

Applicants must have a strong background in mathematics and science (e.g. algebra, biology, and chemistry). A high school biology and/or chemistry course with the laboratory is strongly recommended. Applicants should also a diverse and strong background of high school preparation (preferred three years of English, history/social science, and college preparatory mathematics).

Progression Requirements:

  • Attend Hofstra University for all undergraduate course work;
  • Adhere to professional standards, university policies, and BS in Nursing Program policies;
  • Achieve a minimum final grade of B in each nursing course in the program. Students will be given one opportunity to re-take a course at its next offering and must receive a grade of B or higher to remain in good academic standing. Failure to pass a clinical course a second time will result in dismissal from the BS in Nursing Program. Courses in the program are offered sequentially. Only two courses within the curriculum can be retaken in order to remain in good academic standing;
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for each of the eight semesters;
  • Clinical courses include two components, didactic and clinical.  Both components of the course must be passed to academically progress. Failure of either the didactic or the clinical component of a clinical course will result in failure of the course. The student will receive a Letter of Academic Failure, notifying them that they will be referred to the SAC for review;
  • Follow the prescribed curriculum and remain in the undergraduate nursing program;
  • Meet with the undergraduate nursing program adviser at least once each semester;
  • Document 855 clinical and laboratory hours.

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