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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ´s)
  1. How accurate is the information within the FAQ section?
  2. Who should I go to for the most up-to-date information about the program?
  3. Can a new freshman or transfer student enter directly into the program?
  4. I have taken nursing courses outside of Hostos; can I transfer into the program with advanced standing?
  5. Is there a waiting list for the program?
  6. How long is the program?
  7. When does the clinical phase of the program begin?
  8. What are the criteria for progression into the clinical phase of the program?
  9. What can I do if I do not meet the pre-clinical criteria?
  10. Is there any time off during the clinical phase of the program?
  11. Do I pay full tuition during the summer sessions?
  12. Will the hospital pay me for the work I perform or reimburse me for the tuition I pay?
  13. How many hours per week is the program?
  14. What type of degree does Hostos grant??
  15. Are any of the nursing courses taught in Spanish? ?
  16. Can I attend Hostos on a part-time basis?
  17. Can I register for only a few of the "block" of nursing courses??
  18. Is there a specific course sequence I must follow?
  19. Can I register online for nursing courses?
  20. What should I do if a nursing course is closed?
  21. Can I work while in the program?
  22. Is it possible to take only early morning classes so I can work part-time during the day?
  23. Are any nursing courses offered in the evening?
  24. Are any of the Liberal Arts courses offered in the evening?
  25. Why are Liberal Arts courses required?
  26. What is the tuition at Hostos?
  27. Are there any other expenses?
  28. Is financial assistance available?
  29. How difficult are the Nursing courses?
  30. Is there a lot of teacher-student contact during the program?
  31. Is a lot of math and science required before entering into the program?
  32. If I am weak in math, English, or science is it still possible for me to make it through the program?
  33. If I have already completed all the Liberal Arts courses, how long is the program?
  34. Is there a part-time, weekend, or evening program available?
  35. I am not a U.S. citizen, I am an "international student"; may I still enter into the program?
  36. I have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor; may I still enter into the program?
  37. What are the graduation requirements for the A.A.S degree in Nursing Program?
  38. What are the CUNY proficiency requirements for graduation?
  39. What is the program of study for the A.A.S. degree in Nursing at Hostos?
  40. Is there anything available to help me keep track of the graduation requirements I have completed?

 

FAQ´s Answers
1. How accurate is the information within the FAQ section?

This booklet is revised, updated and reprinted every July. The new booklet replaces and voids all previous versions. The information in this booklet was accurate as of the date on the cover. However, rules, regulations, tuition, student activity fees, etc., are subject to change.

For the most up-to-date information, you should contact a faculty member from the Nursing Program. Advisement by non-nursing faculty may result in misinformation and may cause lost time and/or effort.


2. Who should I go to for the most up-to-date information about the program?

You should contact a faculty member from the Nursing Program. The department is located at 475 Grand Concourse, on the third floor. This is also called the “A” building or the “Shirley J. Hinds Allied Health and Science Complex.” The phone number is:

 (718) 518-4121

The following faculty and staff are available to answer your questions:

Prof. O’Reilly, Program Coordinator ext.4112 A-307J
Prof. Aguilera ext.4109 A-307T
Prof. Donahue ext.4108 A-307S
Prof. Johnson ext.7945 A-307P
Prof. Laucer ext.4117 A-307F
Prof.Malihan ext 4227 A-307N
Prof. Lacay, Pre-Clinical Coordinator ext.4103 A-307G
Ms. Colon, CLT ext.4216 A-416
Ms. Mata, Secretary ext.4121 A-307D



3. Can a new freshman or transfer student enter directly into the program?

The City University of New York (CUNY) maintains an open enrollment policy. Anyone who wishes to enter Hostos and declare nursing as their major is encouraged to do so. However, students may not progress into the clinical phase of the program until they have satisfied all the pre-clinical criteria.

If you wish to enroll at Hostos, please contact the office of Admissions and Recruitment, Savoy Manor, 120 East 149th Street, room 210, or 500 Grand Concourse, main floor (718) 518-7901.

NOTE: Acceptance into Hostos does not guarantee progression into the clinical phase of the program.

4. I have taken nursing courses outside of Hostos; can I transfer into the program with advanced standing?
No. Transfer students are not given advanced standing. A new group begins every fall semester (September). Transfer students must enter into the program along with the new group. They must complete all the same didactic and clinical courses as a new student.



5. Is there a waiting list for the program?
No. But, there are many students in the process of completing their pre-clinical course work. After completing the prerequisites, pass the NLN-RN and ATI exams successfully— and if they have the required cumulative GPA — they will advance into the clinical phase of the program with the next group. A new group begins every fall semester (September).


6. How long is the program?

You must attend school full-time for two (2) years — from the start of the clinical phase of the program.


7. When does the clinical phase of the program begin?
Students begin the clinical phase of the program when they progress into NUR 7001


8 .What are the criteria for progression into the clinical phase of the program?

The program can only accept a limited number of students each year into the clinical phase of the program. The program’s accrediting agency mandates this number: The New York State Department of education. Each September a maximum of thirty (30) students advance into the clinical phase of the program. If more than thirty students qualify, the students with a composite of highest GPA and standardized tests scores on the NLN and ATI will be selected.

In order to progress into the clinical phase of the program the student must meet the following criteria:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
    The cumulative GPA reflects the combined GPA for all courses taken at Hostos. Under certain conditions, upon review of a student's academic record.
  2. Pass the NLN with a minimum score of 50
  3. Pass the ATI
  4. Successful completion of all prerequisites for ENG 1302 Expository Writing
  5. Successful completion of MAT 1622 or MAT1682 or a score of 39 or higher in the M2 portion of the MATCOMPASS. Al students must pass the MATCOMPASS

    All students must complete one (1) of the following math courses before advancing into the clinical phase of the program — regardless of math placement score:
    • MAT 1622 Elementary Algebra
    • MAT 1682 Statistics
    • MAT 1628 Pre-Calculus (College Algebra)



    Please Note:
    MAT 1690 is a computer literacy course; it does not satisfy the math requirement


  6. Selection Process Each September a new group of students are permitted to advance into the clinical phase of the program.
    1. Students who have completed all their prerequisites by the end of the fall semester will be admitted into the clinical phase of the program (for September) during the spring advisement period.

    2. If additional spaces are available, those students who have completed the prerequisites during the spring semester will be considered. Transcripts will be reviewed during the summer and students will be notified in July.

    3. If additional spaces are still available, those students who complete the prerequisites during the summer will be considered.

    4. If at any time during the admissions process more students qualify than spaces are available, a departmental committee will review transcripts. Admission into the clinical phase of the program will be competitively evaluated based upon the student's cumulative GPA earned and the number of Liberal Arts courses completed by the student.



9. What can I do if I do not meet the pre-clinical criteria?
  1. You may take additional courses in English and Math to improve your skills in these areas.
  2. You may take additional courses to improve your cumulative GPA.
  3. You may choose to take all the required Liberal Arts courses before progressing into the clinical phase of the program:

The program requires dedication, maturity and time. Some students find the curriculum during the clinical phase of the program difficult due to the large number of courses required each semester. You may choose to spend your first year at Hostos studying the English, Math and Natural Sciences courses that are required for the program.

Result:
It decreases the number of classes you will be required to take once you begin the clinical phase of the program. This is particularly appealing to students who have met the minimum requirements for progression into the clinical phase of the program but who have been out of school for a number of years—or fear the demands of the program may be too great. It allows you to take fewer courses each semester once you advance into the clinical phase of the program because you have already completed many of the required courses; this increases your chances for success.

Required Liberal Arts courses:

BIO 3906
Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 3908
Anatomy and Physiology II
ENG 1302
Expository Writing
ENG 1303
Literature and Composition
MAT 1622 Elementary Algebra (or MAT 1682 or MAT 1628)
MAT 1690 Computer Literacy
CUB 3130

 

10. Is there any time off during the clinical phase of the program?

Yes, you will follow the academic calendar for Hostos Community College. You will also receive time off during January, the final exam period, and all the legal holidays observed by the college. Please remember that you must be available to work full-time Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the academic year as part of your clinical training.


11. Do I pay full tuition during the summer sessions?

Once students enter the clinical phase of the nursing program, they will have an opportunity to take summer classes if they wish.

12. Will the hospital pay me for the work I perform or reimburse me for the tuition I pay?

No. You will not receive any money from the hospital. You should keep in mind that the hospital is allowing you to use their equipment and patients to master your clinical skills. Also, it costs the hospital money because of their increased operating costs. The hospital or clinical agency invites students as guests to utilize their facility. Though you will not be paid for services, you are expected to adhere to the professional code of conduct.

13. How many hours per week is the program?
The program is full-time, five-days-a-week. You must be available to attend classes Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

14. What type of degree does Hostos grant?

Hostos awards graduates of the program an Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree and prepares students for professional licensure examination

15. Are any of the nursing courses taught in Spanish?

No. All nursing courses are taught in English because the National Certification and New York State licensure (NCLEX) examinations are only offered in English.


16. Can I attend Hostos on a part-time basis?

Yes. You can attend Hostos on a part-time basis. However, any student who enrolls in 6-11 credits in any given semester is considered part-time.

17. Can I register for only a few of the "block" of nursing courses?

No. Once you have been admitted into the clinical phase of the program, you must continue to take the nursing courses in the required sequence. Note that pre-requisite courses must be taken prior to selected courses.

18. Is there a specific course sequence I must follow?

Yes. All nursing (NUR) courses are reserved for students who have advanced into the clinical phase of the program. Students do not enroll into advanced nursing courses until all prerequisite courses have been successfully completed.

19. Can I register online for nursing courses?

Yes. However, only students who have been given permission by a faculty member of the nursing program can enroll in an NUR course. Advisement by non-nursing faculty may result in misinformation and may cause lost time and/or effort.

Students who enroll for a nursing (NUR) course without the proper authorization will have that course dropped from their registration.



20. What should I do if a nursing course is closed?

If you have successfully completed all the pre-clinical criteria and progressed into the clinical phase of the program, a faculty member from the nursing program will assist you in registering for the course. Please keep in mind that you must register—and bursar—for all the appropriate nursing courses offered each semester.

21 . Can I work while in the program?

Full-time employment is not recommended. Students who have attempted to work a full-time job while pursuing a degree in nursing have a lower success rate. The clinical phase of the program requires many hours of intensive studying while you are also undergoing "on-the-job" nursing training—several days a week—at one of the hospital affiliates. Students who do best are those who are strongly motivated and willing to devote much of their free time to studying and homework.

22.. Is it possible to take only early morning classes so I can work part-time during the day?

No. The mandatory nursing courses are only offered during specific times and you must enroll in all the courses when they are offered. You will not be able to work any daytime hours outside Hostos.

23 . Are any nursing courses offered in the evening?

No. nursing courses are only offered during the day. However, evening laboratory assignments may occasionally be required.

24. Are any of the Liberal Arts courses offered in the evening?

Yes. Many of the Liberal Arts courses are offered in the evening. However, once you have progressed into the clinical phase of the program, specific daytime sections are reserved for nursing students.

25. Why are Liberal Arts courses required?

To receive an Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree from the City University of New York (CUNY), a specific portion of the course work must be completed in Liberal Arts.


26. What is the tuition at Hostos?

Tuition at Hostos is the same as any other branch of CUNY:

Full-time Tuition:....................................................
$1,260 per semester
Student Activity Fee:...............................
$37.85 per semester
Technology Fee (full-time):.....................
$75.00 per semester
TOTAL:....................................................
$1,292 per semester

 

Using the figures above, the total cost for six semesters is approximately $9,107. However, CUNY fees are subject to periodic increases; therefore, you should contact the office of Admissions and Recruitment, Savoy Manor, 120 East 149th Street, room 210, (718) 518-4405.


27. Are there any other expenses?

Yes. You must provide your own textbooks, uniforms, white shoes, name badges, arm patches, stethoscopes. This will add approximately $1,300.

28. Is financial assistance available?

Yes. Specially trained personnel are available to assist qualified students in obtaining financial aid. For specific information about procedures and deadlines, please contact the office of Financial Aid, Savoy Manor, 120 East 149th Street, room B111 (basement), (718) 518-6555.


29 . How difficult are the Nursing courses?

The level of difficulty is the same as any other comparable allied health program. To succeed, you need to be very motivated and prepared to spend the necessary amount of time studying. How difficult a student views the program has more to do with how prepared they are when they enter the program, whether they are experiencing outside distractions, and how motivated they are.

30. Is there a lot of teacher-student contact during the program?

Yes. You will be closely supervised throughout the clinical phase of the program. Professors who are licensed and registered nurses teach all nursing science lectures and laboratory sections. In addition, many of the professors are also licensed and/ or certified in a field of specialization. All the clinical supervisors and supervising nursing staff are licensed and/or registered as well.

31. Is a lot of math and science required before entering into the program?

No. Only one college-level math course is required before advancing into the clinical phase of the program.

32. If I am weak in math, English, or science is it still possible for me to make it through the program?

The college provides free peer tutoring in the Hostos Academic Learning Center (HALC).

The center -

“ Provides students with the opportunity to improve and excel academically in all subject areas (English, Reading, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics), prepares students for the Compass Reading, ACT Writing, and CMAT exams, trains students in Basic Computer Skills so they can be technologically independent, helps students develop and master their communication skills, and encourages students to move further with their studies. The center serves all Students currently enrolled at Hostos Community College.”


33. If I have already completed all the Liberal Arts courses, how long is the program?

The clinical phase of the program will take you two (2) more years of full-time study —. They are not affected by the Liberal Arts courses completed.

34. Is there a part-time, weekend, or evening program available?

No, not at this time. Students must be available to attend classes full-time, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

35. I am not a U.S. citizen, I am an “international student”; may I still enter into the program?

Any international student may apply for admission to a matriculated program at CUNY regardless of immigration status. The hospitals reserve the right to deny access to students who do not have the appropriate immigration status.
Graduation requirements cannot be met without the successful completion of the clinical practice hours.


36 . I have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor; may I still enter into the program?

Any student may apply for admission to a matriculated program at CUNY regardless of criminal history. Conviction is not an automatic barrier to licensing or registration. The New York State Department of Education considers each case on its individual merit.

37. What are the graduation requirements for the A.A.S degree in Nursing Program?

The graduation requirements fall into two (2) categories:

  • CUNY proficiency requirements and pre-clinical pre-requisites
  • Curriculum of studies leading to the A.A.S. degree in Nursing

Please refer to the next three questions for more specific information.

Please Note:
Graduation requirements are subject to change by the CUNY Board of Trustees.
Also, the exact graduation requirements for each student depend upon many factors; so, you should verify your requirements with the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Student Assessment, and/or the Division for Student Development.


38. What are the CUNY proficiency requirements for graduation?

For the entering class of Fall 2005, there are six CUNY proficiency requirements:

  • Students must pass the CUNY Skills Assessment Tests/ACT in reading and writing.
    Please Note:To transfer to a senior CUNY College, students must also pass the CUNY Mathematics Test
    .
  • ESL students who are native speakers of French, Italian, or Spanish must also take the placement tests developed by the Modern Languages Department. A six-credit sequence in the same language is required. Spanish language literature courses may also be used to satisfy the language requirement.
  • Students must successfully complete sixteen College Preparatory Initiative (CPI) units. For the entering class of Fall 2005, the distribution is as follows:
    English 4 units
    Math 3 units
    Natural Sciences 2 units
    Social Studies 4 units
    Fine Arts 1 unit
    Foreign language 2 units
    Liberal Arts 0 units
English
4 units
Math
3 units
Natural Sciences
2 units
Social Studies
4 units
Fine Arts 1 unit
Foreign language 2 units
Liberal Arts 0 units

Please Note:
A one-semester college course, or one-year high school course, generates one CPI unit.

  • Students must take and pass the CUNY Proficiency Exam (CPE) between the 45th and 60th credit.

    Please Note:
    Only students who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have passed the CUNY Skills Assessment Tests/ACT in reading and writing are eligible to take the CPE.
  • Students must successfully complete two Writing Intensive (WI) sections/courses.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. (The nursing program requires a GPA equal to or greater than 2.5)



39. What is the program of study for the A.A.S. degree in Nursing at Hostos?

A copy of the curriculum appears on the last two pages of this booklet. The courses are distributed between two academic disciplines: Liberal Arts and nursing.

40. Is there anything available to help me keep track of the graduation requirements I have completed?

A Degree Requirement Checklist (DRC) is provided to each student by the Registrar’s Office each semester.

Please Note:
It is the student’s responsibility to pay careful attention to graduation requirements, know what their exact requirements are, plan their schedules appropriately, and complete all the requirements.