Individuals interested in applying to the Crouse Hospital College of Nursing must meet all admission requirements prior to submitting any of the required application documentation.
Background for Admission
All applicants must have completed one of the following:
- High School Diploma (minimum overall average of 80 percent)
- GED or New York State approved equivalent (High School Transcript for completed coursework)
- External Diploma (EDP)
Course Requirements for Applicants
All applicants must have successfully completed the following courses within 10 years of the application deadline date:
High school or college or CLEP (within one year) AND
- Eligible to take Intermediate Algebra (as determined by a proficiency score on placement exam)
- Successfully completed Elementary/Basic Algebra
- Successfully completed College level Statistics or Calculus
High school or college or CLEP (within 1 year) OR
Completion of one or more of the following (with a grade of “C” or higher)
- Intro to Biology
- General Biology 1
- General Biology 2
- Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4 credits)
- Anatomy & Physiology 2 (4credits)
- Microbiology (4 credits
High school or college or CLEP (within 1 year) OR online college level Chemistry course with a lab completed in a physical classroom.
High school or college or CLEP (within 1 year) AND
- Eligible to take freshmen English (as determined by a proficient score on the placement exam) OR
- Successful completion of Freshmen English with a “C’ or better
Success is defined as: High School Courses passed with a minimum course grade of 75 percent and college courses passed with minimum course grade of "C."
After the initial review of an application by college staff, those candidates meeting all the admission requirements will be invited to take the Placement Exam. Registration information for the Placement Exam will be e-mailed to those candidates meeting the admission requirements.
A minimum level of proficiency must be achieved for application consideration. Applicants who place higher will receive stronger consideration. Applicants may repeat the placement exam as many times as they would like, but must pay the fee each time prior to taking the exam. At the time of the placement exam each applicant will also be asked to complete a written entrance essay. The topic will be given to applicant at the completion of the placement exam. Applicants may be required to complete an assessment of critical characteristics of nursing by Crouse Hospital department of Human Resources.
High school applicants must submit either SAT or ACT standardized test scores:
- Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): critical reading score
- American College Test (ACT): composite score
Science courses (Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, Microbiology) intended for transfer credit must have been completed within the last 5 years with a minimum grade of "C." Classes may be completed online with labs completed in a physical classroom. Liberal Arts courses must be completed within 10 years.
College Board Advance Placement Examinations (AP) are accepted (based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommended score).
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) must have been completed within one year of the application deadline date.
The following non-science CLEP exams may be considered for transfer credit:
- Freshman College Composition
- Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
- Introductory Psychology
- Introductory Sociology
Transfer credit may be granted for a maximum of two CLEP exams. Exams must be completed and official scores received prior to the start of the semester in which a course is taken.
Please note: Incomplete applications and those not meeting admission requirements will not be considered for admission. Application materials become the property of Crouse Hospital School of Nursing and will not be returned.
Special Admission Requirements
English as a Second Language (ESL) and International Students
Strong skills in reading, speaking and understanding the English language are necessary for success in the nursing program and to assure that patients receive quality care. Students, for whom English is a second language, must also meet the following requirements:
- Certified translation of all educational records.
- Test of English Language (TOEFL).
- TOEFL iBT – Internet based test – 85 score
- TOEFL CBT – Computer based test – 213 score
- TOEFL PBT – Paper based test – 560 score
International students must have a resident alien/permanent resident card (I-151 or I-551).
Applicants holding a collegiate degree from an accredited institution within the United States of America are exempt from taking the TOEFL.
Applicants may discuss specific learning needs with the Instructional Resources Coordinator. Refer to “Students with Specific Learning Needs” in the College Handbook for additional information.
Applicants with Learning Disabilities or Physical Disabilities
As a single purpose institution, the ability of the Crouse Hospital College of Nursing to meet special needs or physical requirements is limited. Students with special needs may want to make their personal situation known to the Center for Academic Success
Coordinator. Options can then be fully explored, providing adequate information to make a decision about applying to the school or about accepting any other offer of admission.
Learning Disabilities or Physical Disabilities
The Crouse Hospital School of Nursing is committed to providing reasonable instructional accommodations to persons with disabilities as set forth under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. While the school strives to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities, this does not include measures that place an undue financial burden on the school or severely alter the objectives of the nursing program. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all accepted candidates must be otherwise qualified for program acceptance and must fulfill program requirements.