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Admission Requirements


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 with a minimum grade of "C"/75 percent: Algebra, Biology, Chemistry and English.


Placement Exam

All applicants must have an adjusted individual score of 60 percent or higher on the TEAS Placement Exam.

Standardized Tests

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

Candidates who meet the initial admission requirements will be invited for an interview as the final phase of the admission process.


Transfer Credit

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.

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 College 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.


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