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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.

Nursing FAQs

How long will it take me to complete a Baccalaureate degree?

The length of study is variable and dependent on the number if any of transfer credits you bring to Nazareth. Other factors that effect length of study include whether you decide to attend full-time, part-time, or select the fast track for RNs to the BS degree. Contact admissions for more information.

Is there any financial assistance?

Full-time students are given more opportunities to obtain scholarships and loans. Depending on your or your family's income, you may be eligible for TAP and PELL. You need to fill out a FAFSA form from the Financial Aid Office. Perhaps you would be interested in being a work-study student and receiving some income in this manner. There are also special scholarships for minority students. New York State also has an income-based scholarship program for part-time students. Graduate students are eligible to apply for Nurse Traineeship funds, which comes to us from the federal government.

When should I apply?

While we have rolling admissions, the best time to apply for the fall semester startup is by January and for the spring semester by October so there will be ample time to register for the courses you need. RN students can take up to two course (6 credits) non-matriculated while they obtain their transcripts and get their application in order.

Where would I have clinical experiences?

The Department of Nursing has contracts with over 90 health care agencies, which include area hospitals such as Rochester General, nursing homes such as St. John's, clinics such as St. Joseph Neighborhood Clinic, as well as Veteran's Administration facilities, Visiting Nurse Services, and many others.

Can I work full-time and go to school full-time?

Probably not. Remember that every class you enroll in requires outside class time for studying and preparation. We want you to be successful!

Are schedules flexible enough to allow for family and work responsibilities?

Classes within the department are rotated so that they are offered during the daytime and then in the evenings in 3-hour blocks of time, one day per week. Keep in mind that clinical for undergraduate classes occur most often in the daytime.

What if I am a diploma nurse? What options do I have?

Generally diploma nurses transfer in 20 credits. An additional 21 credits are placed in an "escrow account" and when you successfully complete NSG 323, NSG 327, and NSG 329, the 21 credits will appear on your transcript. In addition you are eligible to take 2 NLN exams, which provide 3 liberal arts credits each.

I'm an LPN, but not a graduate of either the Whalen or Hart Practical Nurse programs, where do I stand?

A nursing faculty member would review a transcript of your program, compare it to the Isabella Graham Hart and the Marion S. Whalen Schools of Practical Nursing programs, then make course requirement decisions.

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