Adelphi University is pleased to announce that it will hold its first competitive Nursing Intensive program for a select group of high school students this summer, from July 15 to 21, 2011. The program will provide students with exposure to the supportive faculty of a college nursing program such as decision making, professional behavior, critical thinking, requirements for licensure, and the roles of the registered nurse professional at various levels. The nursing intensive program is designed by Dr. Helen C. Ballestas, Ph.D., RN, ANP, assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Adelphi and will be implemented by various nursing professors who are experts in their field of nursing.

Through the Nursing Intensive, students will receive primary education about the role of the registered nurse professional. The Intensive will cover a range of topics including: Introduction to Nursing, Health and Everday Living, Concepts of Growth & Development, pharmacology Introduction, Roles of the Advanced Practice Nurse, Introduction to Nutrition, Learning Professional Growth, CPR Certification, SIM-Man Introduction, Computer Skills Introduction, opportunities to visit and tour local area hospitals and/or nursing homes plus two guest lecturers. Students will also be given job shadowing opportunities at one or more hospitals. The program will teach students the expectations of licensed professionals and how to work in a professional environment. The Intensive will serve as an important step in the career exploration process for students by allowing them firsthand experience and in-depth exploration. Through the program, students will gain insight and be able to decide whether pursuing the professional path of nursing as a career would be the right path for them.

In holding this program, Adelphi hopes to give students a realistic idea of the amount of time and rigor needed to achieve both academic and clinical success in the competitive and dedicated field of nursing in order to prepare them for college nursing programs.

The program is intended for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. To be considered for the program, students should prepare an application package consisting of a letter of interest detailing the student’s interest in nursing as well as the Nursing Intensive, a sealed letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor addressing the student’s level of academic success and maturity, and an unofficial copy of the student’s high school transcript. Applications should be sent to Erin Raia, High School Program Coordinator, Hagedorn Hall Room 201, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530. Applications must be received no later than June 1, 2011. Students will also be interviewed by nursing faculty over the phone.

For more information, please contact Erin Raia at (516) 877-3410 or

About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.