Contact Nursing

Chair: Dr. Char Smith
Email: cmsmith@sjfc.edu
Phone: (585) 899-3877

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Dr. Marilyn Dollinger, Associate Dean, gives a brief history of the Nursing program and offers insight for those interested in applying.

Traditional Nursing B.S. Application Procedures

Freshman Admissions

If you will be entering college directly from high school or if you have never attended college, please follow the application instructions for Freshman Admissions.

Note: If you are currently enrolled at Fisher as a freshman nursing major, refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for specific information regarding admissions to the junior nursing clinical semester.


Transfer Admissions

If you have completed all, or some, of the liberal arts and sciences courses at another accredited college or university with a grade of "C" or higher, a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above, and a GPA of 2.4 or higher in the seven science prerequisites, you must first apply for admission to the College through Transfer Admissions. (Policies and procedures applicable to the various types of transfer students/credits are explained in the Undergraduate Catalog.)

Like all students, you must apply and meet the admission requirements for the Wegmans School of Nursing to begin your clinical year (see below). Individual transcript analysis, as well as counseling regarding meeting Core Requirements and nursing prerequisites, is available through the Transfer Admissions.

Note: If you are declaring a nursing major after enrolling at Fisher or if you are transferring to Fisher as a nursing major, refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for specific information regarding admissions to the junior nursing clinical semester.

Required Courses in the Liberal Arts and Sciences for Transfer Students

As a transfer student, you must take an introductory ethics or bioethics course, such as PHIL 124C, PHIL 250C, REST 130, 284D, or 387D. Before beginning the clinical year as a junior, you must earn a "C" or higher in each of the required Nursing prerequisite courses and a prerequisite GPA of 2.4 or higher including all attempts at these seven courses: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Statistics, and Development Across the Lifespan. Unless you hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in another field, you must meet SJFC Core Requirements to fulfill graduation requirements for a B.S. in Nursing.


Procedure for Transfer Students to Begin the Junior Clinical Year

To begin your junior clinical year, you must apply to the School of Nursing for admission by March 1 of your sophomore year for a fall semester start or September 1 for a spring semester start. However, you are encouraged to apply early.

Applications can be submitted before all prerequisites are done, but a plan needs to be in place to complete all the prerequisites for the Nursing major by the beginning of the clinical semester.

Initial admission decisions are made after the March 1 and September 1 deadlines. Applications submitted after the deadlines are processed as received and admission is on a space available basis.

Admissions Decision Criteria

The following criteria will be used to make a decision on every applicant:

  • Scholastic Ability: Minimum 2.75 overall GPA (calculated on all undergraduate course work completed at all colleges); a "C" or higher in the required pre-nursing courses and a prerequisite GPA of 2.4 or higher including all attempts at these seven courses: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Statistics, and Development Across the Lifespan.

  • Mathematics Screening Test: You may take the Math Screening Test up to four times to achieve the required score of 84%. You are encouraged to meet this requirement early in your preclinical experience so that remediation can be obtained if required.

  • Submission of Application to Begin Clinical Year and two references to the School of Nursing (one reference must be from a college-level professor preferably from one of the science prerequisites).

  • Student essay/personal statement (1-2 pages).

  • Date that the complete application was received by the Wegmans School of Nursing.

After you have been accepted into the Junior clinical year, the following items are due:

  • Health Status and Immunizations: Documentation of immunizations and a physical (dated no more than six months prior to starting clinical) on the Health History Form [pdf] submitted to the Wegmans School or Nursing by July 15 (for fall admission) or October 15 (for spring admission) of the junior clinical year.

  • CPR Certification: A current Basic Life Support (including infant, child and adult CPR) certification card from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association on file in the School of Nursing office by July 15 (for fall admission) or October 15 (for spring admission) of the junior clinical year.

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