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Hofstra University has launched a four-year Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing degree program that will provide the educational, clinical, and experiential base for entry-level professional practice, as well as the platform on which to build a career through graduate-level study and lifelong learning.

Students who successfully complete the 127-credit, full-time program will be prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

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Through an interprofessional learning model, BS with a major in Nursing program graduates will be prepared to provide holistic, scientifically sound, and evidenced-based patient-centered care. Nurse generalists will learn to be providers, innovators, leaders, managers, and coordinators of care, as well as ethical members of the nursing profession who work toward the betterment of society.

The baccalaureate-prepared RN role emphasizes preventive health care for individuals, as well as the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a patient’s unique responses to health problems; execution of medical regimens as prescribed by licensed clinicians; and contribution to society as interdisciplinary team members. Through the program’s pillars of leadership, scholarship, and professionalism, students will develop and embody values of collaboration, innovation, excellence, courage, and humanism.

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The Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing degree leverages the clinical and educational resources of both Hofstra University and Northwell Health, New York state's largest health care provider and private employer. The program marks the latest collaboration in the academic-practice partnership between the two institutions, which are already meeting society’s health care needs through the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.

Nursing is one of the fastest growing professions in the nation, driven by the demands of healthcare reform and the increased need for geriatric care due to aging baby boomers. The need for registered nurses is expected to grow by 12% by 2028, compared to 7% growth for all other professions, according to the U.S. Labor Department.


First-year students must apply by completing Hofstra’s First-Year Student Application for Undergraduate Admission or the Common Application by our two Early Action deadlines: November 15 or December 15.

Note: At this time the nursing program is open only to first-time, first-year students.

  • The Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing is a Direct-Entry program. Students must indicate a major of nursing on their application to be considered.
  • Qualified applicants will receive a supplemental application that must be completed to be further considered.
  • The final candidates will be invited for an interview.
  • Admission to this program is highly selective with limited seating offered. *The deadline to submit your deposit for admitted students is April 15th. Please keep in mind that seats may fill prior to the deadline.

For more information, please contact Hofstra’s Office of Undergraduate Admission at or 516-463-6700.

Entry & Progression Requirements:

Entry Requirements

Nursing applications will be reviewed holistically, but we anticipate the averages for admitted students to be an SAT score of 1250 (evidence-based reading and writing + math sections) or an ACT score of 26, and a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.5.

Note: Applicants may apply with test-optional admission.

Applicants must have a strong background in mathematics and science (e.g., algebra, biology, and chemistry). A high school biology and/or chemistry course with laboratory is strongly recommended. Applicants should also have a diverse and strong background of high school preparation (preferred three years of English, history/social science, and college preparatory mathematics).

Progression Requirements:

  • Attend Hofstra University for all undergraduate coursework;
  • Adhere to professional standards, University policies, and BS in Nursing program policies;
  • Achieve a minimum final grade of B in each nursing course in the program. Students will be given one opportunity to retake a course at its next offering and must receive a grade of B or higher to remain in good academic standing. Failure to pass a clinical course a second time will result in dismissal from the BS in Nursing program. Courses in the program are offered sequentially. Only two courses within the curriculum can be retaken in order to remain in good academic standing;
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for each of the eight semesters;
  • Clinical courses include two components, didactic and clinical. Both components of the course must be passed to academically progress. Failure of either the didactic or the clinical component of a clinical course will result in failure of the course. The student will receive a Letter of Academic Failure, notifying them that they will be referred to the Student Advancement Committee (SAC) for review;
  • Follow the prescribed curriculum and remain in the undergraduate nursing program;
  • Meet with the undergraduate nursing program advisor at least once each semester;
  • Document 855 clinical and laboratory hours.


The program begins with a Fall semester start. For first-year students, please visit the Undergraduate Hofstra Bulletin for the most up-to-date curriculum information.

Year One Coursework

Traditional Science Courses

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Professional Nursing Seminar I

Traditional Science Courses

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Professional Nursing Seminar II

Year Two Coursework

Traditional Science Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Pathophysiology with Pharmacology I
  • Statistics
  • Advanced Composition
  • Elective

Traditional Science Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Pathophysiology with Pharmacology II

Medical Microbiology
Arts and Humanities course
Basic Health Assessment and Practicum

Year Three Coursework

Health Care Information Systems or Informatics
Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Clinical Courses
Gerontological Nursing Care
Human Genetics and Precision Medicine

Electives in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Clinical Courses:
Care of Women
Care of Individuals and Communities with Behavioral Health Disorders
Care of the Surgical Populations

Year Four Coursework

Ethical Integration of Patient Safety and Improvement Sciences
Seminars in Nursing
Fundamental Nursing Care of Populations and Communities
Family and Patient-Centered Care of Children and Adolescents

Electives (toward graduate school or arts and humanities)
Transition to Professional Leadership
Health Policy and Advocacy

Capstone Integration
Comprehensive Clinical Immersion and Practice Readiness