Long Island University C. W. Post Campus Nursing School Review

Long Island University (LIU) is located in the Village of Brookville, only 50 minutes from New York City. The Long Island University C. W. Post Campus (LIU Post) is the largest of the institution’s campuses and spreads across 307 acres that are on the north shore of Long Island. Almost 9,000 students attend this university, coming from all parts of the world.

Over 260 programs are offered that lead to bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. Students choose whether to live on campus or to commute. The university offers over $110 million in financial aid each year. This college offers small classes of only 15 to 20 students and a community atmosphere that inspires learning.

Nursing Programs

BS in Nursing (For RNs Only)

Long Island University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS) in nursing for Registered Nurses (RNs) who would like to earn their bachelor’s degree or to continue their education on the graduate level. A BS in nursing is often required for public health nursing, or to be a school nurse or forensic nurse. There is a much better chance of advancement for the RN who holds a bachelor’s degree. RNs with an associate degree have an advantage by attending this college because 28 credits that were earned as they were studying for their associate degree are transferred to the bachelor’s degree RN program. This policy applies to graduates of diploma nursing schools as well. This means that students begin with 28 credits of nursing already completed.

The BS program for RNs requires that students complete 128 credits, minus the 28 from their associate degree. Up to 72 credits may be transferred from other colleges if an applicant has other college courses completed. Admission requirements are that the RN must be licensed in New York State and have either an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The applicant’s grade point average in these studies must be 3.0 or better. Once an RN is admitted to the bachelor’s program, the liberal arts and sciences classes that are required for all graduates must be met. In addition, 37 credits of upper level nursing courses must also be taken. Lab work and clinical experience are also part of the program.

MS in Advanced Practice Nursing: Clinical Nurse Specialist

RNs with a bachelor’s degree in nursing may apply to enter this graduate level nursing program. It consists of 39 credits that are completed in six semesters of part-time study. When the program is completed, RNs may apply for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. A clinical nurse specialist may work in many different healthcare settings. They are leaders in the nursing team who are responsible for consulting with other staff and for designing patient education programs and more. Admission requirements are that the RN must have a current New York State license and one year of clinical experience is preferred. Applicants who have not taken a Health Assessment course as undergraduates will be required to take this plus a research course if they did not yet take this class. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 in their undergraduate work.

MS in Family Nurse Practitioner

Another graduate level program offered at Long Island University is the Master of Science (MS) in Family Nurse Practitioner. This is a 46 credit program that takes six semesters to complete when attending classes part-time. After completing the program, graduates will qualify for a New York State Certificate as a family nurse practitioner. They may also take the national board certification test administered by one of the agencies that provide this exam. Family nurse practitioners are qualified to provide primary care to families. They diagnose medical problems and provide healthcare in doctor’s offices, hospitals, clinics, and other settings.

To be admitted to the program, RNs must be currently licensed in New York State. They must have a bachelor’s degree and a year of clinical experience is desirable. Undergraduate studies must have been completed with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. A personal interview and professional recommendations are also required. The prerequisite coursework includes a Health Assessment and undergraduate research course.

MS in Nursing Education

A Master of Science (MS) in Nursing Education is also offered at Long Island University. This program trains RNs to fill positions as nurse educators for nurses of all levels. Almost half of the required courses are taught online, which is very convenient for working RNs. The program requires 33 credits and can be completed in five semester part-time plus one summer session. Two semesters of teaching practice are included in this program. Applicants must be RNs who are licensed in New York State, and it is preferred that candidates have at least one year of clinical experience. Applicants must also have an undergraduate research course and a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. Upon graduation, students may take the certification exam to acquire national certification as a nurse educator.

Advanced Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner

RNs who already hold a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing may study to become a family nurse practitioner with this program. When the program courses have been completed, they may apply for certification to practice as a family nurse practitioner and be qualified to provide primary healthcare to families. This is a 27 credit program that can be completed in four semesters of part-time studies. Applicants to the program must be RNs who are licensed in New York State. At least one year of clinical experience in nursing is desired, and applicants should have a 3.0 grade point average in their graduate studies. Prerequisite courses include advanced physiology, pathophysiology, and advanced health assessment.

Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education

RNs interested in nursing education may earn a certificate if they already have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing. It typically takes four semesters and one summer session to complete the 21 credit program. After completing these, the RN will be qualified to take the certification exam that is necessary to teach all levels of nurses. Almost half of the courses are taught online, which is very convenient and allows the student to study according to their own schedule. To be admitted to the program, the candidate must have a 3.0 grade point average in master’s level nursing work, and the RN must be currently licensed in the State of New York. One year of clinical experience is preferred. Applicants must have a personal interview and submit two professional references. They must also send a personal statement of their reason for wanting to pursue this course of study along with their application.

Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, New York 11548-1300
(516) 299-2900