Pace University (PU) is a private university in New York with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York. Over 14,000 students study at Pace with almost 9,000 undergraduates and almost 4,500 graduate students. Both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are offered at Pace University, and the Lienhard School of Nursing family nurse practitioner is rated as one of the best in the nation.
The nursing Bachelor of Science (BS) at Pace University combines liberal arts and sciences with the professional skills needed by Registered Nurses (RNs). The program prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN, the national exam required for licensure as a RN. It also prepares students for further education as nurse practitioners, nurse educators, and other graduate level studies. The curriculum takes four years to complete, and the BS in nursing is offered at both Pace locations. Students who are interested in attending this program may set up a tour at either of the locations to see the facility up close. Students must first apply to the university and then to the Lienhard School of Nursing. Applicants to the BS in nursing program must submit their application and two letters of recommendation from a teacher or counselor from high school. They must also write an essay and submit SAT or ACT scores and their high school transcript. In addition, students must take an admissions test if they are transfer students or change of major students.
Bridge Program to Advance Degree
This program is designed for those who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. The program includes undergraduate statistics, nursing research, and information on nursing practice. Students must also be computer literate to enter this program. The number of credits that may be transferred towards a BS in nursing is examined on an individual basis.
Accelerated, Combined BSN and Master’s Degree
This degree is designed for those with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing who wish to move forward in a nursing career. The accelerated curriculum moves quickly and takes from one to two years to complete. All prerequisite courses must be completed before entering this program. It then takes one year of full-time studies to earn the bachelor’s degree. After completing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, graduates take the NCLEX-RN to acquire their license to work as a RN. Students may stop studying at this point, or they may go on to complete their master’s level work without reapplying to Pace University. The student must choose which nursing specialty to pursue in their master’s degree studies.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program
Pace offers three different ways to acquire the educational background to become a family nurse practitioner. After graduating, students qualify to take the certification exam to become a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. One option is to enroll in a program that is designed for RNs with a BS in nursing. This program leads to a Master of Science (MS) degree. Students must earn 42 credits and complete over 700 credits of clinical experience. Another way to complete this program is for RNs who already have their MS in nursing. There is also an individualized program for master’s prepared Nurse Practitioners who want to achieve Family Nurse Practitioner certification. All three programs require extensive clinical experience throughout the New York City area and around Westchester County. Students who complete any of these three programs qualify to take the certification exam leading to Family Nurse Practitioner status.
There are two paths to earn the nurse educator status at Pace University. One of these is by completing a 32 credit Master of Arts (MA). Students must have at least one year of clinical practice to enter this program. Another program is for RNs who already have a master’s degree in nursing and at least one year of clinical experience. They may become certified by completing a 20 credit advanced certificate program. The MA program is entirely online and has clinical experience opportunities close to students’ homes. In this program, students learn the educational aspects about teaching undergraduate nursing students. Upon completion, they qualify to take the certification exam to gain the status of Nurse Educator.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Pace University prepares students to begin clinical leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings. This DNP is a 37 credit program. Those accepted into the program must be graduates of a master’s degree program and must have earned a grade point average of 3.3 in their master’s work.
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