NYU Nursing Accelerated 15-Month Program FAQs

I recently had a former classmate ask me about NYU College of Nursing – Accelerated 15 Month Program. I felt that she had some good questions and thought that others may benefit from this information. Feel free to contact me directly at jesschang07@gmail.com for any other questions or comments. At the time of writing this information, I have completed my 3rd out of 4th semester through the program.

Where did you take your prerequisites?

I took my prerequisites at my first college. However, you can take nutrition and lifespan development online and other courses at any accredited community college or university.

Is the program really intense or is doable?

The program is intense, but it is also very doable. You will learn how to balance your school-home-social life.

How much of the 15 month program is actual lecture and how much is clinical? What is the schedule for classes?

It is about half and half. Two days are clinical days and two days are lecture days. For example, Monday and Wednesday are lecture days. Each class is about 3 hours long, except for Integrative Seminar, which is a class developed for students and the professor to give feedback to each other and gain a greater understanding of nursing . Then Tuesdays and Thursdays are clinical/simulation days. Each class has a slightly different clinical schedule.

How much is the program? How much is tuition? Are there scholarships?

As of December 2011, tuition is about $19,000 per semester. The program is 4 semesters. Scholarships are available, especially through HSRA. However, I know that most students take out a student loan.

Where do you do clinicals?

I have done my clinical at New York Presbyterian – Cornell (GI), Bellevue (oncology), NYU Langone Medical Center (telemetry), Hebrew Home (rehab and dementia), a local housing site (psych), Mount Sinai (Maternity), and Maimonides (pediatrics). In the spring, I will be at Lenox Hill Hospital and a community health center in Chinatown. You will be able to pick where you want to do your clinical. It is also recommended to go to different hospitals (private and public) to get a feel for the differences in the hospitals.

What is the schedule like for simulation days?

During the 1st semester, the simulation day is from 7:30am – 2:30pm including a 1 hour lunch break. It is crucial to review the skills by reading the book and watching the videos so that you are prepared to do those skills during class.

During the rest of the time at NYU, the simulations are 3 hours long. There is a scenario posted on Blackboard and pre-simulation questions that must be completed and submitted 48 hours before simulation.

Is 15 months = 4 semesters?


Do they expect you to remember a lot from the prerequisites?

It is strongly recommended that you understand anatomy and physiology for a first semester class called pathophysiology. If you do not remember, then you will have to play catch up during the semester.

Nutrition will be helpful as well. Understand the basics of microbiology and lifespan development. Chemistry – you should understand osmosis. Statistics will play a bigger role in Introduction to Research (taken 2nd semester), but a quick refresher is provided at the beginning of the semester.

How are the professors? The exams? The grading? The amount of homework/studying?

I believe all professors are doctorate prepared. Majority of them are great – they care deeply about their subject. The exams and grading are fair. During non-exam weeks, I study and do homework for about 10-15 hours per week. I begin to prepare for exams one week in advance and study for 30-40 hours that week. Most classes also have podcasts available. Some podcasts are directly from the lecture and other podcasts, the professor expects you to listen to them before the exam (they aren’t discussed in class).

Do you recommend the school and program?

Yes. Make sure your finances are okay first though because it is a big investment.

(Edit 2/7/15) I made a video and wrote a post on how to figure out if you can afford going to NYU. I did this because I’ve had many emails asking the same thing. I hope this helps!

How does specialization work with nurses anyway?

Once you graduate, you will become a BSN, RN. You can choose any field that interests you. If at any point you want to change, you can change fields without consequences. Dr. Ea wrote a book called 201 Careers in Nursing, which goes to show you the width and depth of nursing. Johnson & Johnson has also created a fantastic website on exploring nursing specialties, detailing the setting, education you’d need, the typical salary, job characteristics, and some nurses’ stories about the field. To specialize as a RN, you will do certificates. To further specialize, you can return to school for Masters, DNP, and PhD.

What is the dual degree program? When do you apply for it?

NYU College of Nursing allows students to apply for the dual degree program in their 2nd and 3rd semester. It allows students to work for a year after graduation, and return to NYU for their Masters of their choice.


For current new graduates and NYU Nursing students, I wrote a brief outline of what you can do for you to get a job shortly after graduation. Good luck!

  • Alex

    Nice Blog! If I get into NYU I’ll have to read your blog, we shall see

  • Stephanie

    How did you study for med surg?

    • Hi Stephanie,
      I wrote a post on how I studied during nursing school. Review, review, review and apply the material during clinicals!! Good luck.

      • Stephanie

        I meant did you have a special technique, did you read everything , or did you just do review questions . Did you use a specific study guide to study ?

        • The powerpoints were key to my studying because the professor emphasized what was important. Anything I didn’t understand, I read the text. I did all the textbook questions, online study questions, and supplemented with the LaCharity prioritization book.

          When I had the chance, I would try to read everything in the textbook but for me personally, that was a lot of material and never finished all of it.

          Did that help?

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  • J B

    Is this accelerated program a program that requires a previous bachelors degree?

    • Yes, the accelerated program is for those who already have a bachelor degree in a field not in nursing.

  • Lyndsey

    Hi Jess, I was scrolling through your post and the comments but I was wondering what your GPA was going into the program? Thanks! 🙂

    • Hi Lyndsey, I’m glad that you’re interested in the NYU Nursing Accelerated Program. My BS in Biology GPA was 3.84. I encourage you to explore nursing. While the GPA is important, the pre-req’s GPA is more important. Your experiences and essays will also play a large role in getting in. Good luck with your decision!

      • Lyndsey

        Okay! Any types of experience you would recommend that you did/enjoyed? I have job shadowed pediatricians/nurses and worked in hospital setting with a Weightloss & Wellness Center. My prerequisite GPA should end up at at 3.7 when I finish my last class in August. Congrats on that great cumulative GPA, that’s awesome!

        • Your experience is sufficient. Talk about your experience with the nurses you’ve encountered and how that has inspired you to be one as well. Your GPA is great. I hope you get in!

          • Lyndsey

            Awesome, thanks so much for answering!

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  • Jackeline M Torres

    I will be entering this program in the fall. Any suggestions and what to do this summer to prepare? I specifically heard about pathophys being one of the most difficult classes. My first clinical is scheduled to be at Lenox Hill, any comments on your experience?


    • Hi Jackie, I believe I emailed you a response. Try to relax for now… just a couple more days to go before you start!

      • Jackeline M Torres

        Thanks for your response. Unfortunately, I did not receive the email. I’d really appreciate any tips or advice as I will be moving this week and am extremely nervous.


        • Hi Jackie, just relax the next few days before you start school. Pathophysiology is the toughest class for the first semester mostly because you have to understand quite a lot of physiology and memorize almost everything on the slides. The textbook is used for clarification. I was at Lenox Hill for my last clinical in a surgical step-down unit. I felt very comfortable with the patients and nurses there. Remember to go through your head to toe assessment when you first start. That is very important 🙂 Good luck!

  • Lyndsey

    Hi again Jess!

    I wrote on here about 9 months ago asking about your GPA. I was wondering when you applied compared to when you were accepted? I applied December 1st and the probably will recieve all my materials by tomorrow. Most of the posts I have seen say April. Was that time span true for you? Thanks again and hope all is well!


  • Jaila N. Graham

    Hi Jess, thank you for taking the time to create this blog and answer all the questions! It is super informative. Okay, so I have a couple of questions of my own… bare with me…

    Backdrop: I applied to the non-accelerated 2nd degree nursing program at NYU for Fall 2016 (in time for early priority). I have a BS in business from NJIT with a 3.13 GPA. I thought I wanted to go to med school so currently, I am a post-bacc at Hofstra. My current GPA is 3.93. My science GPA is low for undergrad, but I retook chemistry, bio etc. and received all As. I have little work experience but I volunteer at a hospital and I am an EMT-B. I need, I believe for 4 pre-reqs but I planned on taking them at NYU. I have one letter of recommendation from my bio professor and possibly another from my psych professor. I would rate my personal essay a 7-out-of-10.

    1) What are my chances of getting into the program based on the details above?
    2) Is it hard to get into NYU 2nd degree nursing program?
    3) What do you suggest I do if I were not to get in? Are there other similar programs out there that are available? I was looking at Hunter but their eligibility is tough.
    4) I applied to NYU’s post-bacc program last year and did not get in – does that affect my chances of getting into this program?
    5) I also applied to their non-degree program – with intentions on doing a DIY post-bacc (I’ve been busy, I know) and got in but I ended up not doing that because I chose Hofstra instead – will that affect my chances on getting into this program?

    I’m a mess, any advice is appreciated! Thank you so much!


  • Samantha

    Hi! I am about to finish my second semester at the accelerated program at NYU. I was wondering if you could give me an idea of the schedule for the 3rd sequence? I want to volunteer but I am unsure of the days I am available. If you don’t know if you even remember that but I figured it was worth a try!

    • Hi Samantha, I believe it was still two days of class and two days of clinical. When you select your class and clinical, that will ultimately decide your schedule. You can start to volunteer and then change up the day when you find out your schedule. I hoped that helped!

  • Vivian

    Hi Jessica,
    Where did you take the nutrition and psychology course online?

    • Hi Vivian, I took them at my former college at NYIT.

  • Charlie Diaz

    Hi I have a general questions. I attended LIU school of nursing and ended up changing my major to health sciences BA degree. I graduated in 2010. What are the chances that I could apply to this accelerated nursing program and get accepted in your opinion. Thank u. You can also inbox me at Charlie.diaz2093@gmail.com

    • Hi Charlie, I would need more information to be able to give you an opinion.

  • Christine Gong

    Hi Jessica! I’ve been always reading your blog about your nursing experiences and I really appreciate time you take to maintain an informative blog. I was wondering how the nursing program’s grading policy is exactly like. I understand you need to earn a C or above to pass nursing courses. Does that mean you need to achieve at least a C only on exam averages before anything else (e.g. Homework) are counted?

    • I believe you need to get a C in the class overall, including homework. I hope that you will hone your study skills and do better than that though 🙂

  • MM

    Hi Jessica,

    Thank you so much for your post. It was extremely helpful. I was accepted into the Spring 2017 15 month program yesterday and I am very excited. I am still deciding between NYU and another school.

    Can you tell me a little bit more about class size. How large were your lectures? How many people were in your sim classes? Were your clinical groups less than 10 people? I guess what I am getting at, is that did you feel too much like a small fish in a big pond, or did you get personalized attention.

    Also, what is the retention rate. I know at a lot of other schools, almost 10% fail a class and have to retake a semester or drop out. Did you notice that was common at NYU?

    At some other schools I applied they make you take an exit exam at the end of every semester. Even if you got all As during the semester and fail the semester you have to take it over again. Does that happen at NYU?

    Lastly, are any NCLEX classes offered? Did you feel prepared. I saw that NYU has an 86% NCLEX first time pass rate, which is pretty good, but wondering if they do anything to improve that number.


    • Hi MM, I’m excited for you! It is a difficult choice to pick between two schools.
      Most lectures were large for me – I believe almost 200 students.
      Each semester, you’re put into a core group of 6 people. The 6 of you will go to clinical together to one clinical instructor except in the last semester when it becomes 5 people groups.
      Simulation comprises of two groups, so there’s 12 people.
      There is a discussion class comprising of four groups, or 24 people.
      During those times, you do get more individual attention.
      Lecture is simply lecture. They will attempt to have group participation by having a clicker in class so you can participate in the lecture. You can still ask questions but most of the time I listened.

      NYU really wants you to pass. There’s no exit exam at the end of each semester. I don’t understand why schools want students to fail out of school. The most important thing is to put the work into studying. Don’t slack!

      There is NCLEX preparation throughout each semester (all exams are written in NCLEX style and separate Kaplan practice is required as you progress). After you graduate, there’s a Kaplan NCLEX class along with a lot of NCLEX questions for you to study. Every time the NCLEX changes, there’s a slight drop in first time pass rate but NYU quickly attempts to increase the rate.

      Of course, this was the case when I graduated so things may have changed since then. If you decide to go, you can update me. 🙂 The worst part is that 1) I wish I got more clinical time since nearly half of ‘clinical’ is simulation time. Personally, I feel that nothing is the same as doing it in real time. I made up for this though by asking a lot of questions when I started practicing. Knowing your limitations and strengths is vital. 2) The cost. It is a very expensive program.

      Hoped that helped. Good luck on your choice. Whichever you choose, I’m sure you will do great.

  • Samantha

    Hi Jess!

    I was just pinned from NYU in December (accelerated program) and was wondering if you knew anyone that has graduated in January in the past. No one is telling us about when we will get our ATT and all the information I can find is from the May graduation. Our official graduation date is January 23rd. Do you have any insight on when NYU will send out to the state/when we will be able to schedule our NCLEX date?

    Thank you!

  • Alexis rios

    Hello Jessica,

    I’m currently a student at Hunter College and will be graduating this Spring, I will be applying for the accelerated program for Fall 2017. Right now my overall GPA stands at a 3.50 and I’ve taken all my prerequisites and received a B- in STATS but the rest of my prerequisites are B+’s and up. I’m waiting on my letters of recommendation and working on my personal statement so I can submit. The only down side is I don’t have any volunteer hours but I did internship at Maimonides Hospital for a couple of months back in 2011-2012 when I was in a Medical and Health Professions Program in my high school, would that help out?

    Thank you!

  • Lizzet Valencia

    I want to apply for the accelerated program as well, but my only concern is can I still apply for the program even if I don’t obtain a first bachelor’s degree or what can I do? Also, is organic chemistry required as a perquisite for the program?

    Thank you!


  • alecia santiago

    I currently working wed and thur 9:00am -5pm @ mount sinai, would I be able to do that while I am in the accelerated nursing program in the fall 2017