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Students who have completed all, or some, of the liberal arts and sciences courses at another accredited college or university with a grade of “C” or higher and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above may apply to the College through Transfer Admissions. Students must also have a GPA of 2.40 or higher (including all attempts) in the seven prerequisite science/math courses (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Statistics and Development Across the Lifespan) to be considered for the junior clinical year. Individual transcript analysis and counseling are available with assessment regarding College Core and nursing prerequisite requirements.
The School of Nursing selects the best-qualified transfer students. High motivation, scholastic excellence, and interest in professional nursing are desirable characteristics for future members of a health care team.
All students must take an ethics or bioethics course, such as PHIL 124C, PHIL 250C, REST 130, or REST 387D. Before beginning the clinical year as juniors, students must earn a “C” or higher in each of the required nursing prerequisite courses with a GPA of 2.40 or higher, and have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher. The seven nursing prerequisite courses are: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Statistics, and Development Across the Lifespan.
Graduates of the baccalaureate program are prepared to take the Registered Nurse licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) and are able to assume beginning positions in all areas of nursing practice. Nursing graduates have enjoyed a high employment rate and an NCLEX pass rate greater than the state and national averages in recent years, and this situation is expected to continue in the future.
Due to prerequisites for nursing courses and the desire of the faculty to make career development an ongoing process, all accepted nursing students must contact the School of Nursing for advisement and course selection in order to register for the first semester of the junior clinical year.
Submit a completed application by February 1 of the second semester sophomore year. A completed application includes:
Submit a completed application by the deadline the semester before they are seeking admission to the clinical year: fall admission deadline March 1st; spring admission deadline September 1st. A completed application includes:
If the student is a Fisher freshman, Freshman Admissions will check to see if the student meets the criteria for a nursing major based on the student’s grades in high school chemistry, algebra and over all GPA.
If the student is a Fisher sophomore or higher or a Transfer student, the criteria for a nursing major is a GPA of 2.75 or higher and grades of “C” or higher in: a) a lab science; b) math course at or above MATH 109 or ECON 221 Statistics (nursing prerequisite); and c) introduction to psychology (prerequisite for PSYC 231 Development Across the Lifespan).
Current students who meet the relevant criteria above will be allowed to declare a nursing major. These completed applications will be reviewed from a competitive pool for admission to the nursing clinical year under the criteria above for students who declare a nursing major after enrolling or transferring to the college.
Hospitals and community health and home care agencies in the greater Rochester region are utilized for clinical experiences.