Combined BS/MS (ETP) Program for Non-Nursing College Graduates

Program Description

The Combined BS/MS Entry to Practice (ETP) Program is an accelerated nursing program for non-nurse college graduates designed to prepare students for a career as a professional advanced practice nurse. Academic studies are closely integrated with clinical experience. Pre-licensure study prepares the student for nursing practice followed by specialty study as an advanced practice nurse or doctoral study as researchers or advanced clinicians in clinical care or health policy.

The pre-licensure curriculum allows students to develop basic competence in professional nursing upon which to build advanced knowledge and skill in a chosen specialty during the post-licensure segment of the program.  Clinical education receives major emphasis, with patient experiences beginning in the first term. Theory and precepted clinical practice are related to the promotion of health and prevention of illness, as well as to the care of the ill and their restoration to optimal wellness. Students work with patients in a variety of settings, such as clinics, hospitals, community centers, and homes.

The post-licensure specialty curricula prepare students for their chosen role in advanced practice nursing.  Specialty study follows the curriculum for a specific clinical major. Students may select one of the following specialty majors for study: Acute Care, Anesthesia, Midwifery, Women’s Health, Psychiatric Mental Health, and Adult-Gerontology, Family, or Pediatric Primary Care. The PhD program prepares nurse scholars to examine, shape, and direct the practice of nursing and the evolving system of health care.  The DNP program prepares nurse clinicians with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for fully accountable practice with patients across sites and over time.

Students begin the program in late May/early June (summer semester). The course sequencing has been designed to allow for a seamless progression through pre-licensure and specialty studies and post licensure studies.

Program Director for the Combined Entry to Practice program is Karen Desjardins, MS, MPH, DNP.

Application Process
ETP Frequently Asked Questions

Clinical Sites

Clinical sites are available New York City and beyond. Clinical sites vary in setting and you can be assigned location at hospitals, out-patient clinics, home care, or schools to name a few.


Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages.

Admission criteria include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • The following undergraduate courses:
    • English Composition, 1 course
    • Life Sciences, 3-4 courses
      **Required: human anatomy, human physiology, and microbiology;
      ***Applicants applying for the Nurse Anesthesia specialty:  two semesters of chemistry (at least one organic course)

    • Psychology, 1-2 courses  (Must be Intro, Life Span or Developmental Psychology)
    • Humanities, 2-3 courses
    • Statistics, 1 course
    • Nutrition, 1 course
    • Social/Behavioral Sciences, 1-2 courses
  • Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Three references attesting to applicant’s academic ability and potential
  • Personal goal statement that is congruent with program goals (two pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae


For Applicants Who Hold an Undergraduate Non-Nursing Degree
A sample program plan is provided below to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this program plan is a sample, and individual plans of study are reviewed and approved upon acceptance to the program. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies. The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the course offering schedule as stated in the student bulletin.

Sample Program Plan

Course Number Course Name Credits Type
Summer I: 19 Credits
Physical Assessment 3 Specialty
Physical Assessment Laboratory 2 Specialty
Pharmacology 3 Specialty
The Science of Nursing Practice 3 Specialty
Practicum: Science of Nursing Practice 2 Specialty
Issues of Nursing Practice 3 Specialty
Topics in Nursing 0 Specialty
Advanced Physiology 3 Core
Fall: 21 Credits
The Science of Nursing Practice with Childbearing Families 3 Specialty
Nursing Practice with Childbearing Families 2 Specialty
The Science of Nursing Practice with Children 3 Specialty
Nursing Practice with Children 2 Specialty
The Science of Nursing Practice with Adults 3 Specialty
Nursing Practice with Adults 2 Specialty
Topics in Nursing 0 Specialty
Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 3 Core
Evaluation and Application of Research 3 Core
Winter/Spring I: 20 Credits
The Science of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practice 3 Specialty
Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 2 Specialty
Integration of Nursing Practice 6 Specialty
Integration Seminar 2 Specialty
Community Service Learning Project 0 Specialty
Decision Support for Advanced Practice Nursing 1 Specialty
Topics in Nursing 3 Specialty
The Science of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Community 3 Specialty
Total Credits 60  

The above information is current as of 06/19/2012 and is subject to change at any time.

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