Second Degree Transfer (Non-Accelerated)

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Prospective students with a bachelor's degree in another field can apply to the Second Degree Transfer (Non-Accelerated) program provided you have successfully completed a bachelor's degree. The Second Degree Transfer (Non-Accelerated) program allows students to complete the remaining prerequisites prior to entering the four consecutive semesters of full-time study in nursing coursework and can begin in the fall (September) or spring (January) semester. By the end of this program, you will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to obtain licensure.

Second Degree Transfer (Non-Accelerated) Baccalaureate students are admitted to NYU Meyers as undergraduates with 44 advanced standing credits in the liberal arts and up to 17 advanced credits in the sciences--based on credits you earned while obtaining a bachelor’s degree plus additional prerequisite requirements.

Admission criteria

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated overall strong academic performance.
  • Completion of 0 – 6 out of the 7 required prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better before starting the program. 

Prerequisite courses

Make sure to review all the required criteria necessary to accept prerequisite courses. All courses must be at least three-semester hour credits, with the exception of chemistry (which must be four-semester hour credits with lab).

Students who will have completed all 7 prerequisites should apply for the Accelerated 15-month program.

  1. Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Human Anatomy & Physiology II - OR- one semester of Human Anatomy and one semester of Human Physiology
  2. Chemistry with Lab (at least four credits)
    Note that Organic or Biochemistry will not satisfy this prerequisite.
  3. Microbiology
  4. Nutrition
  5. Statistics
  6. Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan (the course must cover the psychological development of a human across the lifespan).
    Note that the following courses will not satisfy this prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology, General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychology, and Adult Psychology

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Additional information on prerequisite courses

Due to COVID-19, NYU Meyers is accepting all prerequisites taken online for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years.
As of the 2022-2023 academic year and thereafter, all prerequisite courses may be taken online and will be accepted, except for chemistry with a lab. Chemistry with a lab must be taken in person beginning September 2022 and thereafter by applicants.

  • During this time, all prerequisite courses will be weighed equally whether taken in a classroom setting or online.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited four-year or two-year college or university.
  • All prerequisites must have been taken less than ten years prior to the date of matriculation.
  • It is recommended that students have at least half of the prerequisite courses completed at the time their application is submitted.  
  • Any additional course(s) that was/were not included in your admissions application must be approved by the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing Asst. Director for Undergraduate Student Affairs and Admissions. Without prior approval, acceptance of any additional coursework for transfer credit is at the sole discretion of NYU Meyers administration.
  • A second-degree non-accelerated student must complete at least one prerequisite course to the nursing clinical sequence at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing in their first semester of matriculation to NYU Meyers.


Technical standards requirements

Applicants must meet the Technical Standards for Core Professional Nursing Competency Performance in order to be eligible for admission to, progress in, and graduate from the nursing program.

Criminal background check policy

All nursing students will be required to complete a series of clinical learning experiences in order to successfully meet the learning outcomes for a given program of study. Prior to participating in clinical learning experiences at any off-campus healthcare facility, students are required to complete a criminal background check and a drug test. Each clinical facility has policies regarding possible convictions and potential drug use that may bar students from being accepted at the facility for clinical placement. If a student is not accepted to an assigned placement because of the findings of a background check or drug screen, NYU Meyers does not guarantee an alternate clinical placement. College policy dictates that students who are unable to complete clinical requirements for any reason will be subject to dismissal from the program.

The process of obtaining a nursing license in New York and many other states may involve consideration of an applicant’s criminal history or other conduct (review the NYS license application). Criminal convictions and/or a record of certain other conduct may prevent a nursing student/graduate from being licensed and may preclude the nursing graduate from obtaining gainful employment as a nurse. Applicants to NYU Meyers are encouraged to determine, prior to matriculation, the licensure requirements in the state(s) in which they intend to practice.

Equal opportunity statement

NYU Meyers does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis. Prospective students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for all of our programs.

Contact the Office of Admissions

For any questions regarding the Second Degree Transfer program, please contact NYU Meyers Office of Admissions at or 212-998-5317.


The Second Degree Transfer (Non-Accelerated) program is for students with a baccalaureate degree in another field, offering options for students who want to make a career change to nursing and still need to complete the remaining prerequisites. Students enter the program with advanced standing of 44 liberal arts credits based on completing a baccalaureate program at an accredited university or college. Students must complete or satisfy the requirements for prerequisite courses in nutrition, chemistry, statistics, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and developmental psychology, and following this, they will complete 64 credits of nursing courses. 


Term One (Or Two if need to complete all prerequisites) (Fall or Spring - up to 18 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credit Term
NURSE-UN 80 Statistics I 3 Spring, Fall

45 hours lecture. 3 credits. This course is an introduction for undergraduate students into the field of statistics as it is used in nursing, epidemiology, public health, and clinical research. It will concentrate on understanding what the statistics are used for and what they tell us rather than mathematical theory. Knowledge of high school algebra is assumed.

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 3 Spring, Fall

45 hours lecture. 3 credits. This course introduces the principles of the infectious disease process with respect to the properties of infectious agents, modes of transmission, manifestations of infections, their prevention and treatment, and the properties of the immune system. Major infectious diseases in humans, including the methods used for their identification in the clinical lab, are covered. Modes of transmission are described, as well as treatments and prevention. The application of principles of microbiology to the work of health professionals is also discussed.

NURSE-UN 70 Anatomy & Physiology 3 Spring, Summer, Fall

45 hours lecture plus lab. 3 credits. The course focuses on the structure and function of the human body and how it affects health and wellbeing. The structure and function of each body system is studied and their inter-relationships explained.

CHEM-UA 120 Introduction to Modern Chemistry 5 Spring, Fall

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.

NUTR-UE 119 Nutrition and Health 3 Spring, Summer, Fall

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

Term Two (Fall or Spring - 16 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credit Term
NURSE-UN 239 Health Assessment & Promotion 4 Spring, Fall

60 hours lecture plus lab. 4 credits. This course focuses on the development of comprehensive health assessment skills, including measures of physical and functional status, documentation of the assessment findings, and health promotion strategies for each body system. Considerations of racial and cultural differences are discussed with respect to health assessment as well as health promotion strategies.

NURSE-UN 240 Adult & Elder Nursing I 6 Spring, Fall

45 hours lecture plus clinical and lab. 6 credits. This course focuses on the development of the concepts and skills used by the professional nurse. Using nursing theory, students apply the nursing process and nursing skills in the on-campus laboratory practice and in the care of adult clients and their significant others in clinical settings such as acute care facilities and skilled nursing facilities.

NURSE-UN 1261 Professional Nursing 3 Spring, Fall

45 hours: 3 credits. This course explores historical assumptions about nursing as a basis for understanding professional roles and the image of nursing in today?s society. Nursing is identified as a learned, valued profession; emphasis is on the influence of history in its evolution. Contemporary nursing workforce, educational trends, and practice issues are explored as primary factors in professional status. Ethical and legal aspects of nursing practice are discussed. Political and economic factors shaping nursing practice in the health care delivery system are defined, evaluated, and compared to other health systems.

NURSE-UN 1435 Pathophysiology 3 Spring, Fall

45 hours: 3 credits. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of usual health patterns of major body systems to changes that occur during the illness experience. Major pathophysiologic concepts are explored using a body systems approach. Theories relating etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations are used to study common disease processes. Concepts from anatomy, physiology, and chemistry courses provide the foundation for exploring human dysfunction. Concepts learned in this course are basic to nursing practice.

Term Three (Spring or Summer - 15 Credits)

Course Number Course Title Credit Term
NURSE-UN 120 Integrating Evidence into Clinical Practice 3 Spring, Summer

45 hours lecture. 3 credits. The course focuses on the conceptual and research development of nursing knowledge that forms the basis of evidence-based practice. Areas of nursing inquiry currently investigated are presented. The validity of quantitative and the conformability of qualitative methods used to answer nursing research questions are discussed. Students critically evaluate current nursing research and assess applicability to clinical practice. They also evaluate and assess applicability of related research reported in the media.

NURSE-UN 241 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 3 Spring, Summer

This course focuses on the application of evidenced-based standards ofpsychiatric mental health nursing in promoting mental health andcaring for persons with mental healthconditions and/or substance usedisorders. The role of nurse as a member of the interprofessionalhealthcare team across different settings and across the continuum ofcare are highlighted. There is an emphasis on critical thinking,therapeutic communication and interpersonal skills as they relate tomental health nursing. Legal issues, patient education, pharmacologyand population health principles are integrated in the context of mental health through the course.

NURSE-UN 1241 Adult & Elder Nursing II 6 Spring, Summer

45 hours lecture plus clinical and lab. 6 credits. The focus of this course is on professional nursing care for individuals and their significant others experiencing acute and/or chronic illness. The nursing process is applied in caring for adults and their significant others across health care settings such as the hospital, skilled nursing facilities, and home care.

NURSE-UN 1436 Nrsg Pharmacotherapeutic 3 Spring, Summer

45 hours: 3 credits. This course provides students with the knowledge of pharmacologic preparations used in the maintenance of health and prevention of illness. The content focuses on the drug actions, therapeutic response, patient-teaching responsibilities, and nursing implications in identifying areas of side effects, adverse effects, drug interactions, and safe administration of medications for patients of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. Evidence-based research and legal/ethical issues are also addressed in the context of the nurse?s role in pharmacotherapy.

Term Four (Summer or Fall - 15 Credits)

Course Number Course Title Credit Term
NURSE-UN 1242 Maternity Nursing 3 Summer, Fall

22.5 hours lecture plus clinical and Recitation. 3 credits. This course focuses on providing a nursing process framework for examining families in the childbearing years. Individual, societal, cultural, and environmental variables and health care disparities relating to childbearing and parenting are identified. Delivery of nursing care to pregnant, laboring, and postpartum mothers and their newborns is the clinical focus, with a goal of maximizing the health potential of young families.

NURSE-UN 1243 Adult & Elder Nursing III 6 Summer, Fall

45 hours lecture plus clinical and Lab. 6 credits. This course focuses on the interactions among aging, disease, functional ability, the environment, and health disparities of adults and elders. Emphasis is placed on the application of the nursing process to health promotion/maintenance and disease management relating to orthopedics, neurology, cognition and decision making, genitourinary, rehabilitation, immune dysfunction, and elimination in the adult and older adult populations.

NURSE-UN 1255 Pediatric Nursing 3 Summer, Fall

45 hours Lecture Plus Clinical and Lab: 3 credits. This course provides a family theory and nursing process framework for examining families in the child-rearing years from infancy through adolescence. Individual, societal, cultural, and environmental variables and health care disparities relating to child-rearing and parenting are identified. Delivery of nursing care adapted to the unique health and developmental needs of children and their families is the clinical focus, with a goal of maximizing the health potential of young families. There is a strong health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention component.

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.

Term Five (Fall or Spring - 18 Credits)

Course Number Course Title Credit Term
NURSE-UN 1244 Community Health Nursing 6 Spring, Fall

45 hours lecture plus clinical. 6 credits. This course focuses on understanding and applying the theoretical principles of and evidence base for public health nursing to culturally competent, community health nursing practice and professional role development. The focus of community health nursing practice is on protecting and enhancing the health of communities and humanly diverse populations, including those at risk and those challenged by health disparities, developmental needs, and mental health concerns and for clients living with poverty. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, health care policy, and ethics.

NURSE-UN 1245 Leadership & Management in Nursing 6 Spring, Fall

45 hours lecture plus clinical and Lab: 6 credits. The goal of this course is to facilitate the paradigm shift from student to professional nurse. The focus is on the understanding, synthesis, and application of the evidence- base for using leadership and management principles in prioritizing and delivering nursing care to groups of patients as a team member within the health care organization. The course prepares the student nurse for entry into professional nursing practice after graduation. It addresses health policy, economic issues, and the integration of ethical and legal aspects of care.

UG Nursing Elective 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
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UG Nursing Elective 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
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Apply to the Second Degree Transfer program via the Common Application.


Application deadlines

Fall entry

Priority - March 1
Final - April 1

Spring entry

Priority - September 15
Final - October 15

Applications will not be accepted after the final deadline. Applications will not be considered for admission until all required documents are submitted.

Applicants for the Second Degree Transfer (Non-Accelerated) program may be offered conditional admission while in the process of completing any remaining prerequisite or degree requirements. However, all degrees and prerequisites must be completed before students can start the program. 


Application requirements

Application fee

$80 non-refundable fee must be paid when submitting your admission application.  Fee waivers are available upon approval.  If you would like to apply for a fee waiver, please fill out the section “request for fee waiver” in the Personal Information section of the Common Application.


You are required to submit one full-length essay. This will be located under the Program Materials "Questions" section in the Common Application and should be up to 400 words (2500 characters).

Recommendation letters

One to two professional or academic letters of recommendation are recommended but not required. Your letter of recommendation should comment on your maturity, intellectual potential, and motivation to pursue a career in nursing.

To submit a recommendation letter, follow the instructions once you are in the Common Application.  The application will provide you with an electronic link to send to your recommenders. They will then submit their recommendation letter through that link.


You must submit an official college transcript(s) in a sealed envelope from each college or university that you attended before the application deadline.  Applications with missing transcripts will not be reviewed.
Transcripts can be sent to the following address (not NYU Meyers):

New York University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
383 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003, USA.

Transcripts may also be emailed to but should still bear an official stamp, must come from a school official, and must be sent from an official school email address.

Standardized test scores

Standardized test scores are NOT required for admission into the Second Degree Transfer program and will not be used as a factor when determining your admission decision.

If English is not your first language, please send your TOEFL or IELTS scores. You can read more about the standardized testing policy for international students here.

FAQ section of Second Degree Transfer (Non-Accelerated)

Registered nurses who have a bachelor’s degree in another field are eligible to apply to the master’s program.

Applications to the Second Degree Transfer (Non-Accelerated) Bachelor of Science program at NYU Meyers consider the strengths of the applicant’s academic history and performance, letter(s) of recommendation, one essay response, and any related work or volunteer experience.

Interviews are not a part of the admissions process for applicants to NYU Meyers baccalaureate program. Due to the volume of applications received, staff and faculty are not able to meet individually with potential applicants to answer questions about the program. Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn about the admissions process.

No, do not send your application materials to the college. Supplemental application materials that cannot be submitted online can be mailed to New York University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 383 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10003.

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Students can apply to enter in the fall semester (September) or the spring semester (January).

Your letter of recommendation should comment on your maturity, intellectual potential, and motivation to pursue a career in nursing.

You can check the status of your application by calling the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 212-998-4500.

NYU Meyers holds information sessions in the fall, spring and summer semesters. Information about upcoming information sessions can be found at

NYU Meyers does not offer preadmission transcript evaluations.

Applicants with courses completed more than ten years ago are eligible for admission. However, NYU Meyers does not accept prerequisite courses (including statistics) that are more than ten years old.

Go to the following URL to see current opportunities to study abroad as an NYU Meyers student:

Nursing students may take advantage of nursing externship programs offered at most hospitals and medical centers throughout the United States. Internships and externships are not required for successful passing of NCLEX-RN or securing a position following graduation. NYU Meyers's Office of Student Affairs and Admissions maintains a listing of student nurse externship programs.

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For the Second Degree Transfer (Non-Accelerated) program, you may complete some or none of the following, as you will be expected to complete remaining courses prior to the start of the nursing coursework at NYU.

• Anatomy & Physiology I or Human Anatomy
• Anatomy & Physiology II or Human Physiology
• Chemistry with Lab (one semester)
• Microbiology
• Nutrition
• Statistics
• Developmental Psychology (also known as Life Span Psychology or Human Growth & Development)

You can apply to the Second Degree Transfer (Non-Accelerated) program while having remaining prerequisite coursework. Any remaining coursework will be completed in the first (or second) semester PRIOR to starting any nursing coursework.

NYU Meyers does not offer a master’s entry option but it does offer a dual degree BS/MS. Students who apply for admission into the baccalaureate program, are offered admission, and matriculate into the baccalaureate program are eligible to apply to the dual degree BS/MS program in their third term of the nursing course sequence for traditional four-year students (fall of senior year) or 15-month accelerated students (summer for fall admits and fall for spring admits). Click here for more information about the BS/MS dual degree program.

The college does not administer or require nursing examinations for admission to the baccalaureate program. Students seeking to transfer nursing courses completed at another college or university are required to submit a course syllabus for each course they would like to have evaluated for possible transfer credit. Transfer credit for nursing courses completed at another school of nursing is not guaranteed.

Students who have been out of school for more than one year can submit a professional letter of recommendation from a current supervisor or employer.

No, the person writing your letter of recommendation can provide a separate letter on his or her professional letterhead.