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Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Nursing

Why Nursing?

Put simply, nurses save lives. What type of work could be more important?

A Bachelor of Science (BS) in nursing will prepare you as a Registered Nurse and much more. With your degree, you will enjoy job satisfaction and stability because nurses are respected and in high demand. You will have opportunities to work in a variety of settings, to take on supervisory roles, to earn a competitive salary, and to inspire people every day. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN and to enter the workforce with tech-driven experience grounded in critical thinking, ethical decision making and bold leadership.

Whether you are an incoming freshman or want to transition into nursing through our accelerated second-degree program, Iona will open new and exciting career opportunities.

Why Study Nursing at Iona?

Susan Apold

Iona’s director of the Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing, Susan Apold, Ph.D., RN, ANP-BC, GNP, FAAN, FAANP, is one of the nation’s foremost leaders in the field of nursing.

Dr. Apold is committed to making sure that every single student gains the knowledge, experience and deep appreciation of what it takes to maximize a patient’s care every day in every situation.

With Iona’s small clinical class sizes – including an 8:1 student/faculty ratio – you will receive personalized attention from our distinguished faculty who are experienced nurses and nurse practitioners committed to your success.

You will gain invaluable, hands-on experience with immersive clinicals, internships and fieldwork, which ensure that when you graduate, you will have an edge on the competition and be ready to start improving the lives of others.

Iona College is founded on a mission to educate and serve. It is who we are. There is no better place to train to make a difference in people’s lives.

Program Highlights

Participate in Valuable Clinicals and Internships
With NYC just 30 minutes from Iona College, you will have a wealth of opportunities for clinical rotations, internships & fieldwork in world-renowned hospitals and health facilities.

Two Pathways to Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree
You have the option to earn your degree in a traditional 4-year undergraduate program, complete with a core, liberal arts curriculum for new and transfer students; or in an accelerated, 15-month second-degree program for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field. Both pathways will prepare graduates to sit for the National Certification and Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

State-of-the-Art Medical Equipment
You will learn to operate state-of-the-art equipment and will enter your career as tech-savvy as possible.

Faculty Comprised of Practicing Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Study with distinguished faculty that are not only committed to your success but also to providing the best patient care possible. You'll learn from the real-life experience they bring to the classroom everyday.

What You Will Learn

The bachelor’s degree in nursing will give you valuable experience in a range of major-specific courses such as:

  • Basics of Patient-centered Care |
  • Nursing Care of Children |
  • Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family |
  • Nursing Research |
  • Nursing Care of Individuals and Populations with Behavioral/Mental Health |
  • Nursing Care of the Adult and Aging Patient |
  • Leadership Development |

Freshman Students

Freshman Students interested applying for admission to the direct-entry Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing for the Fall 2020 semester, you may submit your application via the Common Application now!

See application requirements.

Transfer Students

Transfer Students interested applying as for admission to the direct-entry Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing for the Fall 2020 semester, you may submit your application via Iona's Transfer Application.

See application requirements.
Request more information on transferring into the Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing.


Freshman and Transfer Admission Requirements for Nursing

  • Iona is currently offering direct-entry admission to qualified prospective students applying as first-time, full-time freshman, as well as full-time transfer applicants.
  • Freshman students interested in applying for admission for the Fall 2020 semester, should apply via the Common Application. Applications for Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 admission will be available after August 1, 2020.
  • Transfer students interested in applying for admission for the Fall 2020 semester, should apply via Iona's Transfer Application. Applications for Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 admission will be available after August 1, 2020.
  • Iona College utilizes a holistic review process, considering a wide range of factors, when evaluating candidates for admission to all academic programs, including nursing.
  • Academic performance as determined by student’s GPA as well as depth and breadth of course selection.
  • Recommendations from teachers and counselors.
  • Established passion in activities outside of the classroom such as involvement with clubs and organizations, teams, performing arts, community service and volunteerism.
  • Demonstrated interest in Iona College. While interviews are not required for admission, they are offered to every applicant and encouraged.
  • Iona College is a test-optional institution and does not require standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) for admission to any program at the college. Additionally, you do not need to submit standardized test scores, in order to be considered or eligible for merit based scholarships and financial aid. If you choose to submit them, they will be evaluated in consideration of your application
  • Admissions notifications will be sent on a rolling basis for the Fall 2020 semester. Successful applicants will be admitted directly to the Nursing program. This guarantees your seat in the program, provided you continue to meet or exceed prerequisite coursework and GPA requirements in each year of your subsequent undergraduate studies.
  • If you are applying as a freshman applicant and have additional questions, you should contact Ryan DePuy at rdepuy@iona.edu. Transfer applicants who have additional questions should contact DJ Arndt at darndt@iona.edu.

Accelerated Second-Degree Program Admission Requirements:

  • Iona is currently offering direct-entry admission to qualified applicants seeking admission to Iona’s accelerated, 15-month second degree program.
  • Successful candidates will need:
    • A Baccalaureate degree
    • Cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Completion of the following courses with a B or better:
      • Chemistry*
      • Microbiology*
      • Anatomy and Physiology*
      • Developmental Psychology
  • Admissions notifications will be send on a rolling basis for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • For more information about the Accelerated Second-Degree program contact Dr. Susan Apold at sapold@iona.edu.
*All sciences must include a laboratory.