Frequently Asked Questions

How do prospective students submit an application?
How should prospective students submit character references?
Is an interview part of the admissions process?
If you are not currently enrolled at another institution, are you still considered a transfer student?
Are students eligible for financial aid?
What are the fees for this program?
What are the deadlines?
What does the financial aid award include?
How do students find out their eligibility for Stafford loans?/What are the typical Stafford loan lifetime limits?
What are the financial aid options for students taking summer courses?
Are there special fees for the first semester?
Can students live on campus?
Can program graduates go directly to a research or advanced practice position?
How many of the classes will be online?
Do all of the courses have clinical or learning lab components?
What is senior practicum?
What is the percentage of lab experience vs. class time?
Is there a pre-admissions test?
How does this program prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensing examination?
Does Hartwick offer the NCLEX-RN exam onsite?
Are CPR classes offered at Hartwick?
What health records are required?


How do prospective students submit an application?
Prospective students have the option to submit an application online or in hard copy. The Common Application is available on the Hartwick website. In addition to the program requirements, transfer students must submit official college transcripts from each college attended and two letters of reference. It is most helpful if all of these materials are submitted together. Accepted students will receive a credit transfer evaluation with their acceptance letter. Contact the Senior Associate Director of Admissions Donna Johnson, johnsond@hartwick.edu, with questions about the admissions process.

How should prospective students submit character references?
Students may mail the form, which is included in the hard copy of the application, or they may send letters through email to the Senior Associate Director of Admissions Donna Johnson, johnsond@hartwick.edu.

Is an interview part of the admissions process?
No, an interview is not required but may be helpful in determining if our program is the right “fit” for you.

If you are not currently enrolled at another institution, are you still considered a transfer student?
Yes.

Are students eligible for financial aid?
Accelerated baccalaureate students are eligible for federal financial aid; however, accelerated baccalaureate students are not eligible for Pell Grants. In most cases, students in this program are also not eligible for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), unless they did not previously receive TAP in their previous degree program. Some students may be eligible for Stafford loans. Students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and contact Director of Financial Aid Melissa Allen, allenm2@hartwick.edu, for more information.

What are the fees for this program?
Hartwick is charging a reduced rate for program credits. The fees are $410 per credit hour for summer classes and $730 per credit hour for classes held during the regular academic year, September 2011-May 2012.

What are the deadlines?
Application deadline March 1; Enrollment deadline April 1.

What does the financial aid award include?
The financial aid award budget includes tuition, commuting costs, books and supplies.

How do students find out their eligibility for Stafford loans? What are the typical Stafford loan lifetime limits?
Students can determine their Stafford Loan eligibility by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A financial aid award will then be prepared for the student. Aggregate limits for Stafford Loans are set by the federal government and can be explained by the Financial Aid Office. Students cannot be in default on a prior federal student loan.

What are the financial aid options for students taking summer courses?
Get in touch with Financial Aid at Hartwick to let the office know you are planning to apply for alternative loans so they can work with you on the application process.

Are there special fees for the first semester?
The $400 acceptance deposit is applied to tuition. All other campus fees are waived.

Can program graduates go directly to a research or advanced practice position?
No. Students need to go to a graduate program first. Approximately 80% of our nursing graduates go on to graduate education within five years. Most graduate programs are an additional 1-2 years of study.

How many of the classes will be online?
All courses will be offered in a web-enhanced format; this means that content will be presented using a blend of both face-to-face classroom learning and distance learning methods. The courses in this program will be offered in a compressed or accelerated time frame (4-6 week iterative blocks); thus, students will take only one class at a time and “meet” (either virtually or face-to-face) for class 6-10 hours per week and for clinical 12-18 hours per week. Face-to-face class meetings and clinical or lab experiences will take place either in the evening or on the weekends.

Hartwick has had an Accelerated Summer Program (27 months) since 1992—this program is primarily designed for the very successful self-motivated student who has completed their nursing pre-requisites. Building on this footprint of success, the 18 Month Accelerated Program is being offered to students who have completed their nursing pre-requisites and their liberal arts requirements.

Do all of the courses have clinical or learning lab components?
No. Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Trends and Issues, Gerontology, Nursing Research, and Senior Thesis are non-clinical courses.

What is senior practicum?
Nursing Senior Internship (3 credits) provides an opportunity for the student to individually develop and implement a study program in an area of specialized interest in nursing and assists the student in the transition from academe to the realities of professional practice. This four week, independent, internship is planned in collaboration with a faculty member and an on-site supervisor. Prerequisite: One senior level theory and practicum nursing course. May be done as a Directed Study. (EL)

What is the percentage of lab experience vs. class time?
3 credit courses = 39 hours of class plus a 3 hour final or culminating experience
4 credit courses = 39 hours of class plus a 3 hour final or culminating experience plus 56 hours in the learning lab or clinical
5 credit courses = 39 hours of class plus a 3 hour final or culminating experience plus 82 hours in the learning lab or clinical
Senior independent practicum = 128 hours of clinical

Is there a pre-admissions test?
No; however, all students take a writing placement test.

How does this program prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensing examination?
Students in the Department of Nursing are well prepared through their program to practice as a novice nurse generalist and sit for the national licensure examination to become a registered nurse. Throughout the program students are given opportunities to practice taking computerized examinations that mimic the NCLEX-RN examination. The testing program that we use also provides students with test taking skills, review materials, and individualized remediation materials to prepare them for taking the licensing examination. As in other professional programs where standardized testing is required in order for the individual to practice in the profession, we strongly urge our graduates to take a NCLEX-RN review course.

Does Hartwick offer the NCLEX-RN exam onsite?
No. Students from New York State must be certified as graduates of a pre-licensure program and sign up through the New York State Department of Education’s Office for the Professions to take the examination. When the students sign up to take the examination they are given a number of different test sites from which to choose that are located throughout the state.

Are CPR classes offered at Hartwick?
Not routinely, although there are persons on campus who are certified to provide the course, it has not been our practice to do so. Individuals should contact their local fire and emergency departments, hospitals, American Heart Association or American Red Cross to find a provider.

What health records are required?
Students need to submit their immunization records and a completed health exam. See forms and requirements on the 18 Month Accelerated Program main Web page.