Nursing Admission Requirements

Nursing Admission Information

Applicants can apply online at

Applicants must send official documents from all schools attended; applicants to the RN-BS Completion program must also send a copy of their RN license to the following address:

Farmingdale State College
Attn: Admissions Processing
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Phone: 934-420-2200
Fax: 934-420-2633
Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm

For questions regarding the SUNY Application or Supplemental Application, please contact the Albany Processing Center at the following address:

Application Processing Center
The State University of New York
State University Plaza
Albany, NY 11246
Phone: 1-800-342-3811

For more information about our specific nursing admission requirements, download the Nursing Program Information Brochure (.pdf)

Online RN to BS Completion - Fall Semester Only

All applicants to this program must meet the safety and technical standards and hold an unencumbered license and current registration from the state in which they reside.

Applicants must be graduates of an accredited associate degree nursing program and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The applicant must also show competence in all transfer Science and Nursing courses (The typical student admitted has grades of B or better in all courses).

The RN-BS Completion Program consists of 60 college credits beyond the associate degree (26 credits in the major and 30-36 credits of liberal arts and sciences).

Transfer credits will be evaluated after acceptance. Students who enter the SUNY system after fall 2000 must complete all General Education requirements as outlined in the College catalog. A minimum of 30 credits in nursing and 20 credits in liberal arts and sciences may be transferred.

Sample Program of Study:

NUR 215W Developing Nurses' Ways of Knowing 3 Credits
NUR 216     The Art of Nursing 2 Credits
NUR 301     Caring for Populations in the Community Setting 4 Credits/90 Clinical Hours
NUR 305     Health Promotion and Patient Education 3 Credits
NUR 401     Modes of Inquiry 3 Credits
NUR 404     Nurse as Advocate and Change Agent   3 Credits
NUR 406     Senior Leadership Practicum 5 Credits/120 Clinical Hours
HST 301     Health Care Organization 3 Credits
MTH 110     Statistics 3 Credits
BIO 240      Bioethics 3 Credits

All of the nursing programs are extremely competitive. The typical student admitted has grades of B or better in all courses.

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Please note: As of May 2019, California is not currently a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).  Due to state's regulatory requirements on distance education, residents of California and U.S. territories are ineligible to enroll in the online RN to BS Completion Program

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

BS in Nursing - Fall Semester Only

Application / Supporting Documentation Deadline: January 15. TEAS Exam Deadline: February 15

All applicants to the nursing program must meet the safety and technical standards and have completed the following prerequisites.

High School Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED (Minimum High School GPA of 90)
  • Three units of Mathematics (must include Algebra 2 / Trigonometry)
  • Biology with Laboratory (Regents score of 75% and above)
  • Chemistry with Laboratory (Regents score of 70% and above)

Pre-Admissions Exam:

TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)

Please note:

  • Completion of the minimum pre-requisite courses does not guarantee admission. Applicants are ranked according to grades. The nursing program is highly selective and competitive. Students who are typically admitted have a minimum grade of “B” in all of the prerequisite courses.
  • Applicants must be eligible for licensure and employment at the time of application.

This program is designed for students directly out of high school or with very few college credits. Please note that it will take four years to complete this program regardless of previous coursework, due to the sequence of nursing courses required for graduation. Transfer students are encouraged to apply for the BS of Nursing Advanced Standing offered in the spring semester.

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Advanced Standing BS Nursing - Spring Semester Only

Application, Documentation and TEAS Deadline: October 15

All applicants to the nursing program must meet the safety and technical
standards and have completed the following courses:

High School Level:

  • Chemistry with Laboratory (passing Regents score if NYS Resident). If you did not take or pass Chemistry (and regents) in high school, you must take college level Chemistry

College Level:

  • 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • MTH 110 - Statistics
  • BIO 170, Human Anatomy & Physiology I - within 5 years
  • BIO 171, Human Anatomy & Physiology II - within 5 years
  • EGL 101, English Composition: Rhetoric
  • PSY 101, Introduction to Psychology
  • 3 Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum requirements

TEAS Exam:

  • TEAS scores are valid for one calendar year (from deadline to deadline)
  • Applicants who do not take the TEAS at Farmingdale must provide an official transcript from ATI
  • TEAS scores must be provided by deadline
  • TEAS exam scores of 75 or higher will be considered for admission
  • Students may take the exam two times in a calendar year and must wait a minimum of 30 days in between tests
  • Study materials are available at

BIO 170 and BIO 171 must be completed within the last five years and grades
of B or better are required for consideration. If more than one attempt is
taken within five years, the average of both grades will be used in the rubric.

This is not an accelerated nursing program and will take a minimum of three years to complete.

Please note that completion of the minimum prerequisite courses does
not guarantee admission. Applicants are ranked according to grades and exam score.

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Last Modified 6/28/22