Long Island College Hospital Nursing Program Review


Long Island College Hospital (LICH) is a teaching hospital in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City. It has existed since 1858 and was the first hospital in the U.S. to use stethoscopes and anesthesia. It was also the first skyscraper hospital anywhere in the world. The college is affiliated with the State University of New York (SUNY). Long Island College Hospital is now a part of SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn. Students are encouraged to live on campus where residential buildings are located across the street from the hospital and classroom areas.

Nursing Programs

Students who attend Long Island College Hospital/SUNY Downstate Medical Center have the advantage of taking courses and training near the hospital that they will also complete their clinical experience in. Although they may be required to complete some of this experience at other locations, it is very convenient to have all of the facilities required for their education in one central location.

Accelerated BS in Nursing

This is a 15 month Bachelor of Science (BS) in nursing, full-time program that is open only to those who have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Admission requirements include having a grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate studies and maintaining a C in prerequisite courses at the College of Nursing. The Test of Essential Academic Skills Version Five is also required with a minimum score of 75 percent in math and 70 percent in reading. Students are required to take 60 credits of concentrated nursing courses and clinical experience. They must have met all of the prerequisites, including 65 credits that are transferred to qualify for the (BS). After completing the required coursework, students will qualify to take the NCLEX-RN, the national exam that leads to licensure as a Registered Nurse. RNs will also be prepared to continue their studies on the graduate level.

Nursing RN-BS Program

Long Island College Hospital/SUNY Downstate Medical Center also offers a Nursing Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Program. The program is open only to RNs who have their licensure by the time they would begin classes. Applicants who have a minimum grade point average of 2.7 in their nursing studies are preferred. Once accepted into the nursing program, it can be completed in three full-time studies or on a part-time basis. Each semester is 16 weeks long. A benefit of this program is that working nurses who attend part-time may apply the nursing and other theories to their current nursing job.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

This program leads to a Master of Science in nursing. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and be licensed as RNs in New York State. At least one year of clinical experience is preferred, and applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 in their undergraduate studies. The curriculum consists of 41 credits and takes two years to complete, including two summers of full-time study and clinical experience. A clinical nurse specialist is qualified to work with patients and their families, as well as with groups and communities. The specialty may focus on a particular population such as adults, mothers and infants, or others or on where the nurse works, such as critical care or emergency room. It can also be identified by the disease or medical subspecialty like diabetes or cancer. These nurses also work with particular kinds of problems such as pain or stress. After completing the Master of Science degree, graduates are qualified to take the national certification exam.

Nurse Anesthesia Program

This graduate program in nursing requires 61 credits that can be completed in 27 months when the student attends classes full-time. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and be licensed as an RN in New York State. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.3 in their undergraduate studies. The curriculum consists of two full years of study plus two summers and a third year practicum in the fall semester. After completing the program, graduates may take the examination given by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.

Nurse Midwifery Collaborative Program

Applicants to this program must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and must be licensed RNs in New York State. They must have a 3.0 grade point average in their undergraduate studies and have earned at least a C in Statistics, Nursing Research, and Undergraduate Health/Physical Assessment Skills in their undergraduate nursing studies. This program requires 52 credits that can be completed in two years by full-time students or in three years by part-time students. Upon graduation, students may take the American Midwifery Certification Board national certification examination.

Nurse Practitioner Program

This program prepares RNs to care for family members of all ages and to treat common acute and chronic health problems. The curriculum consists of 44 credits that may be earned in six, eight, or nine semesters. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and must be licensed RNs in New York State. They must also have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on their undergraduate studies. After graduation, students may take the national certifying exam and apply for the Nurse Practitioner Certificate in New York State.

Contact:
University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital
SUNY Downstate’s Medical Center
350 Henry Street, 7th Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 780-1071

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