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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the most basic requirement for admission to the Nursing program?
We require an academic high school diploma with 1 year of Math and 1 year of Biology.
2. Can I finish my GED while I take Nursing courses?
No. However, applicants who have completed college-level work in Math and Biology after earning a GED should consider applying.
3. Will this program grant me an RN degree?
The “RN” is a license, not a degree. This Nursing program grants the A.A.S. (Associate in Applied Science) degree. Various types of Nursing education programs qualify graduates to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). In the United States, graduation from professional Nursing diploma programs, associate’s degree programs, and baccalaureate programs qualifies one to take the NCLEX-RN to become a Registered Professional Nurse.
4. How do I get the RN?
Upon successful completion of this program you may apply to the New York State Education Department to take the NCLEX-RN examination. Passing the exam leads to licensure.
5. When I finish the AAS, can I continue my Nursing education?
Yes. Touro has an articulation agreement with Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus BSN program. There is also an online RN-BSN program offered by Touro University Nevada. Please visit www.tun.touro.edu for more information.
6. Does the Nursing program award scholarships?
No. Financial aid available to Nursing program students consists of loans and grants (Pell, TAP, and external private sources such as unions). The Financial Aid Office is located at 1602 Avenue J. Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to (718) 252-7800 ext. 220.
7. What is the cost of the program?
Tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year is set at $7500 per semester for 12-18 credits. The per credit charge for 1-11 credits, or each credit over 18, is $625. Additional administrative fees and other expenses which vary by student - including uniforms, books, equipment, and other supplies - can be as much as $1,000 per semester. Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior written notice. Payment plans can be arranged with the Office of the Bursar, located at 1602 Avenue J.
8. I am on a student visa. Can you help me with questions about my visa?
Yes. Please direct visa questions to Mr. Edward Schabes at (212) 463-0400, ext. 5607 or Edward.Schabes@touro.edu.
9. What if I want to take my non-Nursing courses at another college and start Nursing courses at Touro in June?
A Nursing student may receive a maximum of 18 transfer credits. However, if you feel certain that you would like to enroll in the Nursing program at Touro, you may want to consider the benefits of taking all of your courses in our institution. Note: You may not transfer nursing courses from another college.
10. Can I just walk in and register for courses?
No. Students who wish to enroll in the Nursing program must go through the formal application process. Those who would like to take non-Nursing courses without being enrolled in a degree program must apply to Touro as non-matriculated students.
11. What must I send in along with the application and when will I find out the admission decision?
Please read the instructions that accompany the Application for Admission for details. Admission decisions are made on a continuing basis until all available places in an entering class have been filled.
12. Why shouldn’t I just go into a bachelor’s degree Nursing program right away instead of getting an AAS first?
Some students pursue the AAS first because they will qualify to take the licensure exam sooner. This gives the student the opportunity to work while deciding whether to continue her/his Nursing education. Others enter baccalaureate programs directly because they want to earn a bachelor’s degree as quickly as possible.
13. I am an LPN. How much credit do you give for that?
Touro does not have an LPN-AAS program, and does not grant advanced standing for LPNs. They must follow the same program as all other students.
14. I attended a year at another Nursing program. How many of those Nursing credits will you accept?
None. As indicated above, we cannot accept credits in Nursing from other Nursing programs.
15. Will you award transfer credits for non-Nursing courses?
Yes. The following procedure applies to courses required in the Nursing curriculum: After you are accepted, you must write a letter to the Chairperson of the Department of Nursing stating which courses you would like to have evaluated for the possible award of credit. Please note that credit can be awarded only for courses where grades of B- (80) or better were received.
16. How much credit will I get for my year in a seminary in Israel?
As stated previously, only non-Nursing courses that are required for the AAS Nursing curriculum are evaluated for credit. It has been our experience that courses take in a seminary do not fall into this category.
17. How can I get a School of Health Sciences Bulletin?
You can view and download the Bulletin at http://www.touro.edu/shs/bulletin.asp.

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