York College – CUNY Nursing School Review

York College is part of the City University of New York (CUNY). It is one of the eleven senior colleges in the network and is located in Jamaica, Queens in New York City. The college offers bachelors degree programs in over 40 fields. There are about 7,800 students enrolled at the college. A large part of the college’s focus is on continuing education, and many programs are offered for students who want to continue their educations. Students who attend this college have the experience of living in New York City with its cultural and other attractions.

Nursing Programs

Nursing BS

York College-SUNY offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) program that enables students to transfer credits that they have earned in their associate degree work. RNs may complete their bachelor’s degree by completing this program. RNs may also be nurses who have earned their diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing school. York College has articulation agreements with the nursing programs at Queensborough Community College/CUNY and LaGuardia Community College/CUNY. Students who have earned their associate’s degrees at these two community colleges are guaranteed entry into the nursing program at York College. The credits that they earned are then transferred to York to give them a good start on their bachelor’s degrees.

Applicants to the nursing program must complete 56 general education and prerequisite credits. They must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in these courses. Applicants must also complete all lower division Writing Intensive Courses. They must also be RNs in the State of New York. There are other requirements for admission, such as holding a current Basic Life Support Certificate and having professional liability insurance before the first clinical course begins. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. They may also be international students with F1 status or those who have been granted asylum, refugee status or have a legal reason to stay in the U.S.

York College offers some unique courses for students to choose from when completing their prerequisite courses. Some of these are Spanish for the Health Professions or French for the Health Professions. These courses can be very practical if the RN intends to continue to practice in a diverse area like New York City.

Nursing-Generic (BS)

This program is designed for students who want to become RNs and want to complete a bachelor’s degree to do so. Admission to the program is highly competitive. Students must first meet the requirements for admission to York College. They must also complete 56 credits of prerequisite courses before being admitted to the nursing program. All candidates must be proficient in reading, writing, and math and must pass the CUNY assessment tests. Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 in general education courses and prerequisite courses. They must also have adequate scores on the pre-admission RN exam (PAX-RN). In addition, students must have a Basic Life Support Certificate and professional liability insurance. Once students are accepted into the program, they begin taking nursing core courses and completing their clinical experience. When the program is completed, they must take the NCLEX-RN to become licensed as Registered Nurses.

York College-CUNY
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica, New York 11451
(718) 262-2000