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Frequently Asked Questions: undergraduate studies RN4


How do I apply to Lienhard School of Nursing?

Is there an admissions test?

How many years will it take me to complete the RN4 nursing program?

How do I apply to change my major to nursing?

What happens after I apply to change my major to nursing?

What is the clinical computation exam and how do I study for it?


How do I apply to Lienhard School of Nursing?
You can apply online here or contact the undergraduate admissions department by phone at 914-773-3746.  ABSN students must apply through graduate admissions. Students can contact the department by phone at 914-422-4283 (White Plains) or in NYC 212 346-1531.

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Is there an admissions test?
Yes, the admissions test for transfer students, change of major students, and CAP students is the Evolve Reach Admissions Assessment (A²) Exam. For instructions on registering for the test, click here.

What sections of the test are relevant, and when is the test offered?

We are focusing on Math, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge.

The test will be offered February 17, 2014-May 31, 2014 and June 2, 2014 to July 5, 2014.  You are advised to register for the test at least three weeks prior to your desired test date.

What is the passing score you require for the test?

The passing score is 80% or better on the sections listed above. Scores are valid for two years.

How should I prepare for the test?
You should prepare for this test as you would any other standardized test, and we recommend you buy a study guide; a link to the guide is: http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/product.jsp?isbn=9781416056355. The study guide is available at book stores and Amazon.com.  

Where can I take the test?
Prometrics is the testing center contracted by Evolve.  Prometrics has testing sites across the country.

Other information about the test:

-You have four hours to take the test.

-The charge is $85.  Payment methods available include Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

-You must bring a valid government-issued photo ID to the testing center. All other personal items must be locked in a locker for test security purposes, so please limit what you bring to the testing center.

-Plan to arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment to allow time for check-in procedures. If you are late in arriving, you will not be allowed to test and will forfeit your exam fee.

-If you need to reschedule, you must do so at least five calendar days prior to your appointment, or additional fees or fee forfeiture may apply.  You may use the Reschedule/Cancel option on the Prometric's Web site or call Prometric's contact center at: 800-481-6457.

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How many years will it take me to complete the RN4 nursing program?
The undergraduate RN4 program takes a minimum of 3 years to complete as long as the student meets the required prerequisites to start the clinical sequence.

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How do I apply to change my major to nursing?
For students wishing to apply to change their major to nursing, please make an appointment with the LSN Academic Services Coordinator Tiffany Friedman to discuss program requirements and evaluate your credits. Tiffany Friedman is located at both the Pleasantville campus in Lienhard 306 and New York campus at 163 William Street, 5th floor, and can be reached at 914-773-3347 or 212-618-6006 and emailed at tfriedman@pace.edu.

Please note: Students who wish to change their majors to nursing should read the requirements about the Evolve Reach Admissions Assessment (A²) Exam under the question “Is there an admissions test?”  The minimum GPA for transfers and change of majors is a 3.0. Students can only change their major once a year at the end of the Spring semester after meeting all the admissions requirements.

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What happens after I apply to change my major to nursing?
We appreciate your interest in applying to change your major to nursing.  Consistent with best practices in nursing schools across the country, there is a predetermined number of nursing spots in each clinical course to ensure patient safety and to enable our faculty to deliver the highest quality nursing education.

The UG chairperson reviews the transcripts and Evolve Reach Admissions Assessment scores of all Pace students who apply to change their major to nursing.  The decision is then made to accept the strongest students to fill the number of spots available.

The selection process is highly competitive and we admit a very limited number of change of major students to the nursing major.  The reason for the limited number of spots available to change of major students is two-fold:  The first is that we have many more freshmen nursing students who will be advancing to the sophomore level clinical nursing courses, and the second is that there are also an unprecedented number of Pace students asking to change their major to nursing.

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What is the clinical computation exam and how do I study for it?
The clinical computation exam is a dosage and calculation math test that is a pre-requisite for the clinical courses. Students can prepare for this exam by reading the first five chapters of the most current edition of the book Calculation of Drug Dosages by Ogden and Fluharty.  The passing score for the clinical computation exam at level II- Sophomore standing and entry level to the ABSN/Combined Degree Program is 90% or better. The passing grade for the exam at level III and IV - Junior and Senior level and second and third semester clinically prepared ABSN/Combined Degree students is a 95% or better.

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