Second Degree Program FAQs
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about The College of New Rochelle's Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs for students who have received a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field.

Do I need to have my pre-requisites completed before I apply to the program?

In order to be considered for the accelerated nursing program, you must have your pre requisites completed by the end of the spring semester. If you are applying to the individualized nursing program which starts in the spring and fall, you may be accepted into the program with missing pre-requisites. You must however hold a bachelor's degree in another area of study. 
How long will it take me to finish the program?

The length of the program varies for each student. If you are in the accelerated program you will complete the program in 5 semesters which includes the summer. If you are in the individualized track program you will have 5 semesters that do not include the summer. In addition, you are required to complete any remaining pre- requisites
If I do not have a 3.0 GPA can I still apply?

Yes, we encourage all students to apply to the program. We are looking for a 3.0 GPA but if you are close and are a strong candidate you can still be accepted. 
Do you have a night/weekend program?

No, you cannot complete either 2nd degree programs at night and on the weekend. The courses are flexible, but are traditionally offered during the day with minimal night and weekend availability. 
How much does it cost? Are there scholarships?

Currently the cost is $696 per credit for full-time students. The accelerated program does offer some additional scholarship that is determined after the full class is accepted each spring
Can you review my transcripts before the deadline to see what I am missing?

Due to the high volume of applicants applying to the 2nd degree program each year, we do not pre evaluate student's transcripts. We do however encourage you to fill out our free online application and submit ALL your official transcripts for review. 
Can I still apply for the accelerated program if I am missing pre-requisites?

Yes, courses may be in progress after the deadline but must be completed by the end of the spring semester in May.
Is there an exam required to apply to the 2nd degree programs?

No, you do not need to take an exam as part of the admissions process
When will I find out if I am accepted?

The 2nd degree programs have deadlines, and you will find out a decision typically 1 week after each posted deadline
Where are the clinicals held, and do I need to find my own?

Clinicals are held all over the metro area. Hospitals such as Montifore, NY Presbyterian, Westchester Medical Center and Blythdale Children's hospital to name a few.  The College of New Rochelle is responsible for clinical placements for each semester of your program. 

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