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LEAD Honors Program

The LEAD Honors Program was developed to:

  • Attract a greater number of high-achieving students to choose nursing as a career;
  • Engage honors students in a four-year nursing curriculum that provides in-depth and experiential learning in a dedicated nursing honors community; and
  • Generate outstanding nurse leaders that will advance nursing practice, research, education, service, and policy-making.

Built on a framework of interprofessional education and led by a dedicated and highly qualified team of faculty, mentors, advisors, and administrators, the LEAD Honors Program is set to transform the nursing education experience for the LEAD Honors Scholar.

LEAD Honors Program Mission and Vision

The mission and vision of the LEAD Honors Program are:

  • Mission: To nurture intellectual curiosity and inspire life-long learning through interdisciplinary curricular and co-curricular experiences for high-achieving undergraduate nursing students.
  • Vision: We aim to cultivate the high-achieving nursing student’s quest for scholarship in practice, research, and teaching, preparing future nurses to serve populations locally and globally.

LEAD Honors Program Model

Throughout the four-year program, LEAD Scholars will be immersed in seminars and experiential learning experiences that will introduce them to a broad range of healthcare disciplines and help them develop collaborative skills in working with interprofessional teams.

Through individualized leadership development and advanced, specialized instruction led by an outstanding team of dedicated NYU Meyers Lead Honors faculty and facilitated by one-on-one mentoring, the program will prepare the LEAD Scholar to be a leader in advancing healthcare for all through research, education, practice, or service.

LEAD Honors Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the LEAD Honors Program, LEAD Scholars will have achieved the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate advanced leadership skills for working in intraprofessional and interprofessional teams.
  • Create a dynamic personal leadership development plan.
  • Cultivate skills in mentorship.
  • Collaborate effectively across professions to positively impact patient care.
  • Aspire to a life of continued learning.
  • Engage in professional, governmental, or community organizations that promote the nursing profession and advocate health for all.
  • Develop a solid foundation for scholarly achievement in research, clinical practice, education, and/or service.
  • Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Disseminate, translate, and implement scholarship to advance nursing science.
  • Cultivate a strong sense of value for and commitment to the nursing profession.
  • Demonstrate professional autonomy and self-direction.
  • Develop strengthened personal character and ethical comportment.



For more information on the LEAD Honors Program, please contact LEAD.nursing@nyu.edu

The LEAD Honors Program curriculum builds on the NYU Meyers traditional four-year curriculum, offering LEAD Scholars additional educational and extracurricular activities designed to build the Scholars’ critical and clinical thinking, professional development, and leadership skills. The curriculum consists of 128 total credits, incorporating some LEAD Honors Coursework within the program’s nursing and liberal arts electives.

In addition, LEAD Scholars must complete 16 points of extracurricular activities. A more thorough description of extracurricular requirements is available in the LEAD Honors Program Handbook.

Course Progression (four years)

First-Year Year (34 credits)

Sophomore Year (33 credits)

Junior Year (31 credits)

Senior Year (30 credits)

First year: Fall (17 credits)

Course ID Course Name Course Credits, Semesters
CHEM-UA 120 Introduction to Modern Chemistry 5, Fall, Spring

Selected principles and applications of chemistry, with emphasis on the fundamental nature of chemistry. Basic course dealing with concepts of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, solution chemistry, equilibrium, reaction rates, and properties of gases, liquids, and solids.

EXPOS-UA 1 Writing The Essay: 4, Fall, Spring, Summer

This foundational writing course is required for CAS, Nursing, Social Work, Steinhardt and Tandon incoming undergraduates. "Writing the Essay'' provides instruction and practice in critical reading, creative and logical thinking, and clear, persuasive writing. Students learn to analyze and interpret written texts, to use texts as evidence, to develop ideas, and to write exploratory and argumentative essays. Exploration, inquiry, reflection, analysis, revision, and collaborative learning are emphasized. For Fall 2022, sections 009 -125 are available to incoming undergraduates on the WSQ campus. Sections 126-171 are available to incoming undergraduates at Tandon on the BROOKLYN campus. Sections are limited to 15 students. Please note these exceptions. --Sections 001 through 008 (Writing The Essay: Science and Society) are reserved for CAS first-year students with a strong interest in science/pre-health who have been placed in this course by the Office of New Students as a part of the cohort program. CAS students with questions should contact casvirtualadvisor@nyu.edu. These sections are not open to other students and there are no exceptions. -- Sections 096 through 098 are online sections reserved to accomodate students with travel restrictions or who have approved accommodations. For permission and to be enrolled, the advisor must contact EWP on behalf of the student (ewp@nyu.edu)

SOC-UA 1 Intro to Sociology 4, Summer, Fall, Spring

Offered every semester. 4 points. Survey of the field of sociology: its basic concepts, theories, and research orientation. Threshold course that provides the student with insights into the social factors in human life. Topics include social interaction, socialization, culture, social structure, stratification, political power, deviance, social institutions, and social change.

CAS-Search by Sub. Social Science Elective
No description available
NURSE-UN 6 First-Year Nursing Honors Cohort Seminar
No description available

First year: Spring (17 credits)

Course ID Course Name Course Credits, Semesters
NURSE-UN 70 Anatomy & Physiology
No description available
ACE-UE 110 Advanced College Essay: Educ & The Professions 4, Spring, Summer, Fall

Students in the Steinhardt School of Education and the School of Nursing are required to take this course. The course builds on Writing the Essay (EXPOS-UA 1) and provides advanced instruction in analyzing and interpreting written texts from a variety of academic disciplines, using written texts as evidence, developing ideas, and writing persuasive essays. It stresses analysis, inductive reasoning, reflection, revision, and collaborative learning. The course is tailored for students in the Schools of Education and Nursing so that readings and essay writing focus on issues that are pertinent to those disciplines.

PSYCH-UA 1 Intro to Psychology 4, Fall, Spring, Summer

Amodio, Coons, Marcus, Phelps. Offered every semester. 4 points. Fundamental principles of psychology, with emphasis on basic research and applications in psychology's major theoretical areas of study: thought, memory, learning, perception, personality, social processes, development, and the physiological bases of psychology. Included in the class is direct observation of methods of investigation through laboratory demonstrations and by student participation in current research projects.

CORE-UA 4XX Text & Ideas: Tpcs
No description available
NURSE-UN 7 Honors Seminar: Nursing and the Health Professions
No description available

Sophomore: Fall (17 credits)

Course ID Course Name Course Credits, Semesters
NURSE-UN 80 Statistics I
No description available
APSY-UE 1271 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan 3, Spring, Fall

Discussion of human growth across the lifespan; multiple contexts in which development unfolds are explored & implications for practice are considered.

NURSE-UN 75 Microbiology
No description available
NUTR-UE 119 Nutrition and Health 3, Spring, Fall, Summer

Introduction to nutrition science and its role in health and society: nutrient characteristics, requirements, and food sources, energy balance, weight control, dietary guides and food planning, and social and economic factors that affect food production and consumption. Liberal Arts CORE equivalent – satisfies the requirement for Natural Sciences for non-majors on an individual department basis-students should confirm with their Academic Advisor

CORE-UA 5XX Cultures & Contexts: Tpcs
No description available
NURSE-UN 8 Honors Seminar: Nursing Practice, Research, Education, and Service
No description available

Sophomore: Spring (16 credits)

Course ID Course Name Course Credits, Semesters
CAS-Search by Lang. Foreign Language (SPAN-UA, FREN-UA, etc.)*
No description available
CAS-Search by Sub. *Liberal Arts Electives
No description available
CAS-Search by Sub. *Liberal Arts Electives
No description available
NURSE-UN 9 Honors Global Perspectives on Health
No description available

Junior: Fall (16 credits)

Course ID Course Name Course Credits, Semesters
NURSE-UN 239 Health Assessment & Promotion
No description available
NURSE-UN 240 Adult & Elder Nursing I
No description available
NURSE-UN 1261 Professional Nursing
No description available
NURSE-UN 1435 Pathophysiology
No description available
NURSE-UN 1262 LEAD Honors Integrative Seminar Fall

This seminar is designed to provide LEAD Honors students with a setting to integrate nursing knowledge, skills, and theories being learned in the first sequence coursework of the undergraduate nursing program. Building on previous LEAD Honors Program coursework, this course will also lead to the development of the Scholar’s Capstone Project topic within a corresponding LEAD Honors Program pillar (Practice, Education, Research, or Service).

Junior: Spring (15 credits)

Course ID Course Name Course Credits, Semesters
NURSE-UN 241 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
No description available
NURSE-UN 1241 Adult & Elder Nursing II
No description available
NURSE-UN 1436 Nrsg Pharmacotherapeutic
No description available
NURSE-UN 121 LEAD Honors Integrating Evidence into Clinical Practice
No description available

Senior: Fall (16 credits)

Course ID Course Name Course Credits, Semesters
NURSE-UN 1242 Maternity Nursing
No description available
NURSE-UN 1243 Adult & Elder Nursing III
No description available
NURSE-UN 1255 Pediatric Nursing
No description available
NURSE-UN 1248 Contemporary Issues in Health Care 3, Summer, Fall

45 hours: 3 credits. This course will explore current issues in the evolution of patient care in contemporary health care systems. Embedded in the human experience of illness and health are rich sub-concepts with ethical and moral implications such as comfort and suffering, genetics/genomics, bioethics, addiction, culture and healthcare disparities, LGBT healthcare needs, interprofessional collaboration, global health issues, and policy. Ethics is an essential component of nursing practice and is inextricably linked to quality care. Students will be challenged to think critically and ethically about what society considers fair and just care as they explore factors that influence the wellness-illness continuum of human experiences. Discussions will focus on a variety of sources and formats to include: case studies, selected evidence-based articles, care protocols, contemporary editorials, film and student opinions. Students will use evidence-based sources, to discuss scientific and technological advances that are creating unprecedented opportunities, choices, and consequences that are inevitable when illness and health care intersect.

NURSE-UN 1249 LEAD Honors Capstone I
No description available

Senior: Spring (14 credits)

Course ID Course Name Course Credits, Semesters
NURSE-UN 1244 Community Health Nursing
No description available
NURSE-UN 1245 Leadership & Management in Nursing
No description available
NURSE-UN 1250 LEAD Honors Capstone II 2, Spring

This course provides opportunities for continued exploration of LEAD Honors Program pillars tenets: researchable clinical problems; innovative practice for holistic client needs and accompanying nursing roles; innovative educational programming; and, innovative service for nursing professionals or client populations. Students implement projects that address the research questions, clinical problems, educational needs, and service activities previously identified for their capstone project. They prepare scholarly presentations of their findings from the implementation of their capstone project, completing reflective practice exercises and peer review activities to advance their professional development.

UG Nursing Elective 3, Fall, Spring, Summer
No description available

Potential LEAD Scholars must meet all of the traditional four-year eligibility criteria for admission to NYU Meyers.

NYU's Admissions Office screens all traditional four-year applicants and identifies potential LEAD Scholars using the following criteria from the Common Application:

  • Grade point average (GPA) and standardized test scores (SAT/ACT)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Required essays

NYU's Admissions Office will select a list of potential LEAD Scholars based on criteria determined by the LEAD Honors Program Committee Potential LEAD Honors Program candidates will then receive information on acceptance to the program with final NYU admissions cycle.

Along with the invitation, the potential LEAD Scholar will receive information on how to accept the invitation, including completion and submission of the LEAD Honors Program Acceptance Form and the deadline for acceptance.


Most LEAD Scholars receive their invitation as prospective first-year applicants. 
In the second semester of their first year, Meyers students may apply for a select number of eligible spots in the LEAD Honors Program.
An invitation to apply to the LEAD Honors Program will be opened by mid-semester. Applicants will be evaluated based on 
•    Grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 and above
•    Essays in response to questions

A select number will be invited to interview with members of the LEAD Honors Committee for second-year admission to the LEAD Honors Program.

Students who are admitted to the LEAD Honors Program in their second year will be required to complete the first year, second semester LEAD Honors course.

Prospective freshman applicants will complete the Common Application as required by NYU. For information on how to apply, visit the NYU Admissions how to apply webpage.

Prospective second-year applicants will complete the application when released by the Undergraduate Program. 

Admission into the LEAD Honors Program in the first year is by invitation only. Traditional students may apply at the end of their first year. For further information, click on the “Apply” tab above.

All applicants to the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing are screened for possible invitation to the LEAD Honors Program, based on the potential student’s Common Application and including grade point average and standardized test scores, recommendation letters, and essays. Applicants at the end of the first year are evaluated based on their grade point average, essay responses, and interview. For further information click on the “Eligibility” tab above.

Participation in the LEAD Honors Program provides potential LEAD Scholars with an enhanced educational experience that focuses on professional development and interprofessional education. LEAD Scholars will participate in a number of small group cohort seminars, providing more individualized instruction and leadership development based on the LEAD Scholar’s strengths and areas for growth. In addition, LEAD Scholars receive additional advising and mentoring, including a professional mentor for completion of the final LEAD Capstone Project (in the junior and senior years). Completion of the LEAD Honors Program should prepare LEAD Scholars for becoming nursing and healthcare leaders in education, research, practice, and service.

There is no increase in tuition costs for participation in the LEAD Honors Program. The overall program is based on the same 128-credit load as NYU Meyers’ traditional four-year program. LEAD Scholars may participate in additional professional and/or educational activities (e.g., conferences) during the program. The cost of most of these activities will be included as part of the program. However, if a LEAD Scholar participates in additional professional/educational activities outside of required LEAD Honors Program activities, the LEAD Scholar will be responsible for the cost of such activities, although it may be possible for the LEAD Scholar to receive some funding if available.

All LEAD Scholars are eligible for the same scholarship assistance provided to NYU Meyers' students. In addition, LEAD Advisors will work with LEAD Scholars to review and apply for scholarships through the NYU Meyers Scholarship Officer. At present, there is no specific scholarship for participation in the LEAD Honors Program.

LEAD Scholars have one LEAD Honors Program course or seminar per semester. These courses and seminars are only for LEAD Scholars in that particular cohort. Some of the seminars are associated with existing nursing courses (e.g., Integrating Evidence into Practice) but will require LEAD Scholars to complete additional in-depth coursework on material covered in the class. For further information on courses and seminars for the LEAD Honors Program, click on the “Curriculum” tab above.

As part of the LEAD Honors Program, LEAD Scholars will take a course in the spring semester of the sophomore year on “Global Perspectives in Health.” For taking the courses, all LEAD Scholars will be encouraged to participate through study abroad sites, exploring health and healthcare within the country and region they are located for study abroad. While not required for completion of this course or of the LEAD Honors Program, all LEAD Scholars will be encouraged to study abroad for the sophomore spring semester.

LEAD Scholars must complete all of the required coursework, as specified under the “Curriculum” tab above. In addition, LEAD Scholars must complete 16 points of extracurricular activities and complete and defend a LEAD Capstone Project. More information on the extracurricular requirements and the LEAD Capstone Project are provided in the LEAD Honors Program Handbook.

LEAD Scholars who successfully complete the LEAD Honor Program will graduate "with Honors in Nursing" on the transcript and diploma. In addition, LEAD Scholars will be recognized at NYU Meyers graduation ceremonies. There will be an additional LEAD Honors Program Ceremony honoring LEAD Scholars and providing space and time for presentation of the LEAD Capstone Projects. LEAD Scholars will also participate in LEAD Honors Program activities that may be cohort specific (for that class only) or for the entire program.

Currently, NYU Meyers traditional four-year students are not able to graduate early. However, NYU Meyers is looking into future options that may allow traditional students to graduate early. If NYU Meyers moves to such a program, then participants in the LEAD Honors Program will be able to adjust the curriculum to also graduate early.

In the fall semester of the senior year, all NYU Meyers students are able to apply for the Dual Degree Program, in which students apply for admission to an NYU Meyers graduate program. Upon acceptance, students are able to take up to two graduate courses as electives in the spring semester of the senior year. LEAD Scholars will be encouraged to apply for admission to the Dual Degree Program, with the LEAD Advisors providing assistance in determining which program may be most suitable to the LEAD Scholar, preparing and completing the application, and what courses to choose as electives that fit with the LEAD Scholar’s schedule while also allowing the LEAD Scholar to successfully complete and defend the LEAD Capstone project.

The dual Nursing/Global Public Health major requires students to complete coursework in Global Public Health that will take the place of several of the liberal arts and nursing electives throughout the program. While completing the dual major and participating in the LEAD Honors Program may be difficult, LEAD Advisors will work with any LEAD Scholars seeking to complete the dual major, including adjustment of the LEAD Honors Program Curriculum and extracurricular activity requirements, as necessary. It will be expected that the LEAD Scholar will complete the LEAD Capstone Project in the area of Global Public Health.

Participation in the LEAD Honors Program is always voluntary and a LEAD Scholar may choose to drop out of the program at any time. The LEAD Honors Program curriculum was developed to allow students to progress through the curriculum at the same pace as all NYU Meyers traditional four-year students. Therefore, dropping out of the LEAD Honors Program will have no impact on course progression or time to degree.

Participation in the LEAD Honors Program is designed to prepare LEAD Scholars to become leaders in nursing and healthcare. The additional coursework, projects, and leadership development should set the scholar up for successful entry into the job market. LEAD Advisors will also work closely with LEAD Scholars to prepare them for the job market throughout their time in the LEAD Honors Program. As the LEAD Scholar nears graduation, LEAD Advisors will assist with resume and cover letter preparation, interview skills, and preparation for successfully passing the nurse licensure examination.