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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:

Leading
  • Demonstrate advanced leadership skills for working in intraprofessional and interprofessional teams.
  • Create a dynamic personal leadership development plan.
  • Cultivate skills in mentorship.
Engaging
  • 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.
Advancing
  • 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.
Developing
  • 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
No description available
EXPOS-UA 1 Writing The Essay:
No description available
SOC-UA 1 Intro to Sociology
No description available
CAS-Search by Sub. Social Science Elective
No description available
NURSE-UN 6 First-Year Nursing Honors Cohort Seminar Fall

The First-Year Nursing Honors Cohort Seminar is designed for traditional, first-year students participating in the LEAD Honors Program at NYU Meyers to build community and engagement within NYU Meyers and to provide an introduction to the honors education experience. The seminar will serve as an in-depth introduction to New York University, NYU Meyers, and New York City. The seminar will provide detailed information pertaining to resources, academic support programs, student organizations, and activities within NYU Meyers, NYU, and New York City. The seminar will also introduce students to their LEAD Academic Advisor and LEAD Honors Advisor and review the four-year curriculum and requirements for successful completion of the LEAD Honors Program and graduation with Honors in Nursing. Finally, the seminar will connect first-year students to sophomore Nursing Cohort Leaders (NCLs) who will collaborate with the LEAD Academic Advisor and LEAD Honors Advisor to conduct bi-weekly cohort sessions. In addition, the Nursing Cohort Leaders will plan and execute community-building outings with the honors cohort.

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
No description available
PSYCH-UA 1 Intro to Psychology
No description available
CORE-UA 4XX Text & Ideas: Tpcs
No description available
NURSE-UN 7 Honors Seminar: Nursing and the Health Professions 2, Spring

Nursing and the Health Professions is designed to introduce traditional, first-year students participating in the LEAD Honors Program at NYU Meyers to professional roles within the healthcare community. The seminar encourages discussion of interprofessional roles and how different nursing roles contribute to patient care. The seminar introduces students to policy and appropriate ways to advocate for healthcare needs of the public. This seminar introduces the evaluation the role of continuing professional education in improving the quality of nursing practice.

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
No description available
NURSE-UN 75 Microbiology
No description available
NUTR-UE 119 Nutrition and Health
No description available
CORE-UA 5XX Cultures & Contexts: Tpcs
No description available
NURSE-UN 8 Honors Seminar: Nursing Practice, Research, Education, and Service 1, Fall

This nursing honors seminar is designed to introduce scholars in the LEAD Honors Program at NYU Meyers to the four nursing pillars of the LEAD Honors Program model: nursing practice, research, education, and service. The seminar encourages discussion of the role of the nurse in each of the four pillars, including serving as leaders in nursing and interprofessional teams. The ANA (2015) Standards and Scope of Practice will be evaluated as it impacts student and professional practice. The teaching methodologies impacting the learning pillar will be evaluated. The seminar provides a forum for the LEAD Scholar to explore the four domains in relation to personal preference and goals and promotes individual leadership development as a precursor to the selection of the LEAD Honors Capstone pillar and topic in the junior and senior years.

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 4, Spring

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to nursing in the context of global health and global health competencies. Students will examine the major causes of morbidity and mortality and their variations between high-, middle-, and low-income regions, as well as major public health efforts to reduce healthcare disparities globally. The effects of globalization on health, health systems, and the delivery of healthcare will be discussed. Students will also focus on social, economic, and environmental determinants of health. The topics of health equity, social justice, and sociocultural and political awareness, and their impact on global health, will also be explored.

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 3, Spring

This course introduces the basic principles of critical appraisal of research for use in professional healthcare practices. Students will apply critical appraisal skills using appropriate theoretical and conceptual grounding, addressing the critical elements of research design, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination. Emphasis is placed on acquisition of competencies necessary for knowledgeable research consumerism including information literacy skills, critical evaluation of published research, and application of research findings. Students will apply course content and critical appraisal skills to the development of the LEAD Honors Program Capstone Project topic.

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
No description available
NURSE-UN 1249 LEAD Honors Capstone I 1, Fall

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 identify research questions, clinical problems, educational needs, and service activities to address the particular pillar for their capstone project. They develop an implementation plan for their capstone project and complete reflective practice exercises.

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.