New York University Nursing School Review

New York University (NYU) is a private research university in New York City. It is one of the largest nonprofit colleges in the U.S. The main campus is located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. There are six centers located in Manhattan and in downtown Brooklyn, along with more than 12 international sites. Around 12,500 students live on campus. Many famous graduates attended New York University, including 34 Nobel Prize winners, 16 Pulitzer Prize winners, 21 Academy Award Winners, and many more. Over 43,000 students are enrolled at the university.

Many nursing programs are available, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science, and Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate Programs. On the doctoral level, a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Doctor of Philosophy in Research Theory and Development are offered.

Nursing Programs

Bachelor’s Degree Program

Students who graduate from New York University have the advantage of completing their clinical experience in some of the most prestigious medical centers in the world. The bachelor’s degree program in nursing is highly regarded, and graduates are likely to find jobs as Registered Nurses (RNs) soon after graduation when they complete the program at a school like NYU. The nursing department is not able to meet with candidates due to the large numbers of applicants who would like to enter the program. There are Open Houses that answer candidate’s questions about the program, however. Students must apply to NYU and begin classes, working on liberal arts and science electives. Nursing core courses do not begin until the junior year. Students who have completed one year of coursework in liberal arts may apply to the nursing department. Students accepted at NYU must earn 128 credits in order to graduate. Freshmen have the opportunity to study abroad since they will not need to be in New York City for their clinical experience and nursing courses yet.

Graduating from a college prep program in high school is highly desirable. Students should have completed four years of English with an emphasis on writing, three or four years of math, two or three years of laboratory sciences, three or four years of social studies, and two or three years of a foreign language. It is highly suggested that those who want to be admitted to NYU take a math and a foreign language for the fourth year in high school. Candidates must take the SAT or ACT college entrance test as well. After completing the 128 credits needed for graduation, students may take the NCLEX-RN national exam for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

15 Month Accelerated BS Program

This program is designed for those with a baccalaureate degree in another field who have completed the prerequisite courses required before entering the College of Nursing. Students may then enter the nursing program with 64 credits. It is important to know that students completing online courses for the prerequisites will not have the same advantage as students who take these courses in a classroom setting. Students must have a minimum grade of C in all prerequisite courses to be considered for the nursing program. Applicants with only the liberal arts portion of credits and not enough science credits may enroll to take the prerequisite courses at NYU. The length of time to earn the BS in nursing is then extended to about two years.

Registered Nurses

RNs with an associate degree who want to continue their education and earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in nursing at NYU. Credits from associate degree studies may be transferred to NYU, and RNs must complete the rest of the liberal arts and science, plus higher level nursing courses and clinical experience to earn their BS in nursing.

Dual Degree BS/MS Option

This unique program at NYU allows students to first earn their BS in nursing and then continue to earn their master’s degree in nursing. With a master’s degree, RNs are qualified to become nurse educators, midwives, nurse practitioners, informaticists, or nurse managers. The advantage of this program to students is that in the senior year of the nursing program, graduate level courses may be taken instead of the regular senior electives. This cuts down on the time needed to earn the Master in Science (MS) in nursing degree. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 by the time that they complete their BS in nursing degree. They must also pass the NCLEX and be employed as a professional RN before being accepted into the MS program.

Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care

This program is open to RNs who already have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. It leads to a Master of Science (MS) or to a Post Master’s Advanced Certificate. The MS degree takes 52 credits and 900 clinical hours of study, and the certificate program requires that 12 to 40 credits are earned and that 900 hours of clinical studies are completed. Students in the program learn to manage direct care for critically ill and acute patients. At the end of the program, graduates may take the exam that leads to certification in adult-gerontology acute care.

Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

RNs with a bachelor’s degree may earn their Master of Science (MS) in nursing degree through this 52 credit program that also requires 900 clinical hours to complete. Those who already have a MS may add a certificate in adult primary care by taking 12 to 40 credits and 900 clinical hours. The clinical experience focuses on the primary care of adults and older adults in urban settings.

Advanced Practice Nursing: Mental Health Nursing

This program leads to a Master of Science (MS) for RNs who have a bachelor’s degree. There are 48 credits required plus 740 clinical hours to complete the program. RNs that have a MS may complete the program to qualify to take the certification exam required to be an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Students who earn this certificate must complete from 15 to 30 credits plus 740 clinical hours.

Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics

This nursing specialty area leads to a Master of Science (MS) for RNs who have a bachelor’s degree. It requires 48 credits and 760 clinical hours to be completed. RNs that already have a MS may complete the program in only 15 to 30 credits with a maximum of 760 clinical hours. Graduates may take the certification exam that leads to a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certificate.


RNs who have bachelor’s degrees may earn their Master of Science (MS) by completing 48 credits and 1080 clinical hours in this program at New York University. If a nurse already has an MS, an Advanced Certificate may be pursued by completing 24 to 33 credits with 1080 clinical hours. After the program is finished, RNs may take the certification exam that qualifies the nurse to be a Registered Nurse-Midwife.

Nursing Administration

RNs who want to pursue leadership and management roles in nursing can earn either a Master of Science (MS) in Nursing Administration or a Post-Masters Certificate Program if they already have a MS. The MS program requires 45 credits and 330 practicum hours, and the Post-Masters Certificate Program requires 15 to 21 credits and 330 practicum hours. At the completion of the program, graduates may take the certification exam for a Nursing Administration certification.

Nursing Education

There is a great need for nurse educators, and this graduate program leads to certification as a nurse educator for RNs who already have a MS. They may earn their certificate by taking 12 to 15 credits and completing 300 practicum hours. RNs who have their bachelor’s degree may earn a MS in Nursing Education by completing 45 credits and 356 practicum hours. After completing the program, RNs may sit for the certification exam to become certified Nurse Educators.

Nursing Informatics

New York University also offers a MS in Nursing Informatics for RNs with a BS degree. They must complete 45 credits and 616 practicum hours. RNs who already have a MS may earn a Post-Masters Certificate by completing 24 credits and completing 616 practicum hours. Graduates may sit for the Nursing Informatics Certification Exam.

Research Doctorate (PhD)

This program is designed for RNs who wish to pursue research and serve a role in academia and practice. The Florence S. Downs PhD Program in Nursing Theory and Research allows students to attend classes full-time or part-time.

Clinical Practice Doctorate (DNP)

RNs with a master’s degree who want to continue working in clinical practice may want to complete this program. This degree opens doors to new careers and opportunities. Nurses with this degree can teach on the college level and hold high level administration positions in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Students may attend this program either full-time or part-time.

New York University
726 Broadway,
10th Floor, New York,
New York 10003
(212) 998-5300