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Applying for Graduate Studies

Hofstra Graduate Nursing Application

Graduate Nursing applicants at Hofstra University apply through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). For more information, please contact graduateadmission{at}hofstra.edu or 516-463-4723.

 
 

Master of Science with a major in Nursing Admission Requirements

  1. BS in Nursing from an accredited institution
    1. GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for baccalaureate nursing degree and subsequent graduate work.
  2. An unencumbered New York state RN license.
  3. Nursing clinical experience
    1. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP): Prior to entering the clinical coursework of the MS program in the fall of year 2, a minimum of two years of current clinical experience is required.
    2. Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP): Prior to entering the clinical coursework of the MS program in the fall of year 2, a minimum of two years of critical care experience is required.
    3. Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP): Minimum of one (1) year current clinical experience. Psychiatric/behavioral health experience preferred.
  4. Prerequisite requirements
    1. Basic health assessment course
    2. Statistics course
  5. American Heart Association Certification
    1. FNP: Current copy of Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification.
    2. AGACNP: Current copy of Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification.
    3. PMHNP: Current copy of Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
  6. A current resume
    1. Please include relevant work experiences (including dates of employment by month and year), evidence of community service, examples of leadership and commitment to the profession of nursing, and memberships in professional nursing organizations.
  7. Three letters of recommendation
    1. One letter of recommendation must be from the applicant’s current immediate manager.
    2. Additional letters can be from the following sources, attesting to the applicant’s capacity and potential for master’s study:
      1. The director or a faculty member from the most recent academic program attended (if applicant has been a nursing student in the last five years).
      2. A person who can attest to the applicant’s professional work.
  8. One essay
    1. Please describe in detail a time when you challenged the existing norms in healthcare in order to improve the quality of patient care. (500 word limit)
  9. Professional head-shot photo
  10. A pre-admission interview.
  11. Comprehensive background check.
  12. Student Health Requirements: Proof of physical examination within one year of application, student NP liability insurance and health insurance, current immunizations for MMR, Chickenpox, Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis.

Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) Admission Requirements

As per the AORN Standards for RN First Assistant Education programs (2014), admission requirements shall include the following:

  1. BS in Nursing from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for baccalaureate nursing degree and subsequent graduate work. 
  2. An unencumbered New York state RN license.
  3. Verification that the student has or is eligible for one of the following credentials:
    • CNOR®—if the student is not certified as a CNOR at the time of admission, proof of certification must be submitted before a certificate of completion is awarded.
    • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)—proof of recognition must be submitted before a certificate of completion is awarded.
    • APRNs without experience in perioperative patient care must undergo an assessment by the program instructor. The assessment should include competency in preoperative and postoperative care, aseptic technique, scrubbing, gowning, gloving, creating and maintaining a sterile field, and positioning the patient. If it is determined that the applicant’s knowledge or skills are deficient, faculty members in the educational institution shall develop a plan to remediate the identified deficiencies.
  4. Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or basic cardiac life support (BCLS) (required) or advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) (preferred).
  5. Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s experience as an RN and the applicant’s knowledge, judgment, and skills specific to perioperative patient care. Letters can be from the following sources: (a) The director or a faculty member from the most recent academic program attended (if applicant has been a nursing student in the last five years); (b) The applicant’s immediate manager; and, (c) A person who can attest to the applicant’s professional work.
  6. A resume that includes relevant work experiences (including dates of employment by month and year), evidence of community service, examples of leadership and commitment to the profession of nursing, and memberships in professional nursing organizations.

Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria. The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program.


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