Admissions Requirements – BS in Nursing

Admissions Requirements – BS in Nursing

Bachelor of Science (Holistic Nursing) – New York

Prospective applicants are welcome to schedule a pre-application appointment with a Pacific College admissions representative who will assist the prospective candidate in making application decisions. Pacific College values creativity, scholarship, and an independent spirit in the discovery and application of new knowledge.

Applicants for admission to PCOM’s Bachelor's degree completion programs must have earned an Associate degree or higher, defined as at least 60 semester credits/90 quarter credits. Prior to graduation, the student must demonstrate that they have completed a minimum of thirty (30) units of general education with at least one course in each of the following five categories:

  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative principles
  • Natural and physical sciences
  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Humanities and fine arts

The remainder of the required general education courses must provide an appropriate balance of natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and humanities and fine arts which are designed to develop essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning.

Admission to the Bachelor’s Completion Program in Holistic Nursing requires the following prerequisite courses. Courses with an asterisk must be completed prior to admission. The remainder of the courses can be completed while enrolled in the Baccalaureate Completion Program in Holistic Nursing; however, they must be completed within the first year of enrollment. Up to 15 credits of prerequisite transfer credits can be achieved through CLEP or accredited community college on-line courses. Courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” to be considered for transfer.

General Education Requirements

  • Written and oral communication required courses
    • English
    • Computers
  • Quantitative principles required courses
    • Mathematics
  • Natural and physical sciences required courses
    • Anatomy & Physiology I (or Human Anatomy)*
    • Anatomy & Physiology II (or Human Physiology)*
    • Chemistry with Lab*
    • Microbiology*
  • Social and behavioral sciences required courses
    • Developmental Psychology or Human Growth and Development*
    • Sociology
    • Humanities and Fine Arts

Nursing Courses

Graduates from an accredited Associate degree program in nursing can receive up to 36 nursing credits for work completed. A minimum grade of “C” is required for all nursing courses transferred in.

Registered nurses with a diploma in nursing can obtain advanced standing credits in one of two ways:

  1. By taking select nursing examinations through Excelsior College (formerly known as Regents College). With these exams, Diploma R.N.’s may transfer up to 30 credits.

Excelsior College Examinations

  • Nursing Concepts 1
  • Nursing Concepts 2
  • Nursing Concepts 4
  • Nursing Concepts 5
  • Nursing Concepts 6
  • Maternal & Child Nursing
  • Pathophysiology

A minimum score of B is required on all examinations.

  1. By taking the NLN Mobility Profile II Examinations
  • Care of the Adult
  • Client with Mental Disorders
  • Childbearing Client
  • The Child

Upon successful completion of these exams, 31 Nursing credits will be awarded.

Graduates from foreign schools of nursing must successfully complete the Commission on Graduates from Foreign Schools of Nursing (CGFNS) Examinations in order to receive 31 nursing credits for previous work completed.

The following criteria will be given high importance in evaluating applications:

  • Clear statement of purpose
  • Ability to write and think critically
  • Written and oral proficiency in English
  • Ability to utilize academic, professional and community resources to achieve your learning objectives
  • Computer literacy, familiarity with electronic databases, and access to e-mail and the Internet
  • Ability to function as an independent learner

The following are required for admission to the Bachelor of Science completion program:

  • Evidence of satisfactory completion of a an Associate degree or higher in nursing from an accredited institution recognized by the US Despartment of Education or international equivalent.
  • A grade point average of 2.75 or higher in previous undergraduate level work
  • Registered Nurse license (New York preferred). In some cases, an applicant who is currently scheduled to sit for a license exam will be considered if they complete licensing by the end of the full semester of classes in the Bachelor of Science completion at Pacific College.

All students enrolled in education programs in NY state must provide evidence of the following:

  • Two doses of measles vaccination
  • One dose each of mumps and rubella

Special Admissions

Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or greater will be considered for full acceptance to the program. Applicants with lower grade point averages will be considered for full acceptance or acceptance with requirements to the program with evidence of recent, significant academic success, or professional achievement. Students who are accepted with requirements are assigned a course of study at Pacific College, and academic goals to fulfill the conditions for continued acceptance into the program.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is examined to determine content, complexity, grading standards, individual grades, and suitability. No transfer credit is granted for workshops and continuing education classes. The maximum number of transfer credits granted to a student from a 2 year program shall not exceed 70 credits. Registered nurses who have taken courses at an accredited baccalaureate nursing program may also receive credit for nursing courses completed if they have a grade of “B-“ and are comparable to content in courses required for the Bachelor of Science Completion Program in Holistic Nursing at Pacific College.

Admission Procedure

Application to the Pacific College BS Completion degree program is self-managed, that is, following the submission of the application form, we request that the student obtain all transcripts and complete all writing assignments and then submit a portfolio to Pacific College - New York campus, Admissions Office. Please include a note if you are aware that some materials will be arriving under separate cover, i.e., transcripts. The Admissions Office will acknowledge receipt of your Admissions Portfolio and notify you of any missing documents, or that the material is complete and ready for review.

  1. Send a completed Application Request Form.
  2. Send your Admissions Portfolio when it is complete. A completed portfolio contains the following:
    • A completed Pacific College Application Form
    • Application fee
    • One current, full-face, passport-size photo for student file
    • Two letters of reference from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities, maturity, and integrity
    • Personal Essay describing the student’s motivation for continuing education in the field of Nursing. This essay should be a typed, double-spaced, and approximately 2-3 page in length.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended should be sent directly to Pacific College from the institution.
    • Copy of an active, unencumbered registered nurse license in New York State.
    • A test of English as a foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 55 or higher for international students
    • Proof of CPR certification (Level C American Heart Association Healthcare Provider)
    • Completion of all required health and immunization information
    • All candidates for the Baccalaureate Completion Nursing Program in Holistic Nursing will be required to complete clinical learning experiences towards fulfilling the requirements of the baccalaureate degree in nursing. Prior to or during the student’s clinical learning experiences at an acute or community and or school-based healthcare facility, that facility may require a criminal background check in order to meet the facility’s clinical placement policy or requirements. Such checks may be conducted by the facility or the student may have to independently obtain a criminal background check that meets the facility’s requirements. Pacific College does not conduct such checks.
    • International documents in a non English language require an accompanying, original, certified translation into English, including year-to-year records of each college or university attended. The number of lecture and laboratory hours or units devoted to each course as well as grades received must be indicated. Copies of official documents indicating the award of degrees with the title and date conferred should be included.
    • If the student attended an international school, an academic evaluation of international transcripts/ documents in terms of American accredited equivalency must be sent to Pacific College.

Admissions Interview

An admissions interview is required of all applicants seeking first-time admission, readmission, or admission with advanced standing (transfer from another school). Interviews are scheduled with a member of the Admissions Committee. The CEO, Campus Director, VP of Academic Affairs, Academic Dean, and Student Advisor constitute the Admissions Committee. One of these individuals meets with the applicant. Applicants for the Nursing Program will meet with the Program Director/ Departmental Chair in Nursing. In this meeting, the member attempts to determine the candidate’s level of motivation and the seriousness with which s/he is approaching the program. The candidate is asked about their plans for work outside the program and if they have the moral support of family and friends. They also will be asked about their particular interests in Holistic Nursing.

As importantly, the College offers the candidate an opportunity to ask senior members of the institution any question they like. During the interview, the committee member informs the candidate of the program’s workload, testing requirements, financial aid responsibilities, and the institutions policies about tuition increases and schedule of classes. They are reminded to read the policies and procedures section of the catalog. An applicant with a grade point average lower than 2.75 will meet with at least two members of the Admissions Committee.

Deferred Acceptance

If you are accepted into the program, but cannot matriculate with the cohort for which you were interviewed, you can request to have your application deferred for up to one year. Upon reapplication, your file will need to be updated prior to starting the program. There is no guarantee of acceptance, however, if your personal or professional circumstances have changed.


If accepted, you will receive an information packet which will include your enrollment agreement, registration forms, orientation information. Attendance at orientation is required.