Molloy College Application Essay
Prompt: What factor, more than any other, caused you to apply to Molloy?
If I had to describe myself in a couple of words, I’d say that I am a well rounded, intelligent, strong and feisty indivisual. During my younger years, though I was still bright and feisty, I was also very indecisive and somewhat difficult. I knew I always wanted to be involved in the medical field, but because it was such a broad field, I dabbled. I tried my hand at Physical Therapy and ended up disliking it. The only school I ever attended was Nassau Community College, and the idea of a catholic, small, private, and nicely located college seemed almost perfect! I could go on and on about why Molloy is the best school of my choosing, but I’d rather not. The most important reason I chose Molloy College is for its Nursing Program.
I’ve known for some time now that I wanted to be a Registered Nurse. So, after the physical therapy debacle, I went back to school and finished up my Associates. Ever since, I have been bitten by the nursing career bug. Of course it didn’t help much with a family of nurses and nurse practitioners. They’ve all advised me that Molloy has one of the best nursing programs out there. As if I didn’t already know this, but it is still good to know that they’ve reinforced all I’ve researched.
My future school, Molloy is best known for its Nursing Program, which is the fourth largest in the country. If that’s not great news, I don’t know what is! With a small population of four thousand students, it gives you a great student-teacher ratio. It’s Catholic and private, which is also good since I am also Catholic and it makes me feel better that I’d be attending a university that’s in tune with my religion. Last but not least, Molloy is nicely located in Rockville Centre, not too far from Freeport where I’ll be commuting from. Not only is it great academically, it also has all these wonderful perks!
Once in the program, I hope to accomplish so much, academically and socially. I’m insanely focused and on a mission to obtain my Bachelor’s in Nursing. And since I have always been great with babies and kids, I was thinking of something along the lines of Pediatric Nurse or even a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse! I am motivated and have lots of goals to do my best and get rewarded at the end of all this. I will eventually return and attend graduate school there too, since they also have a Masters program. So, you see, being indecisive isn’t a word I’d choose now to describe me, because I know what I want and I intend to pursue it at Molloy College.
Molloy College -- A Top-Ranked College Close to Manhattan
Molloy College is an independent, Catholic college guided by the traditional Dominican values of study, spirituality, service and community. Located in Rockville Centre, on Long Island, the school is just a 40 minute train ride from New York City.
The 3,400 undergraduates at Molloy enjoy a student-teacher ratio of 10:1 within an acclaimed academic environment. In fact, Molloy is the only college in the nation to be named a Top 3 value by Money magazine for two consecutive years. Molloy's rankings were based on a variety of factors, including graduation rates and earnings of graduates. The college also ranks among the Top Tier Institutions by "US News and World Report" in its Regional Universities -- North category. "Princeton Review" also recognizes it as one of the Best Northeastern Colleges.
Specialists in Nursing Education
Nursing education is an area of specialty for Molloy College, with a new School of Nursing devoted to the discipline. The nursing program has advanced steadily since its inception in 1955, and is now one of the largest undergraduate nursing programs in the country. The program is housed within the new, state-of-the-art Barbara H. Hagan Center for Nursing, which opened in 2016.
The goal of the School of Nursing is to deliver, design, and evaluate nursing care that is evidence-based, humanistic, and responsive to the ethical, cultural, spiritual, and psychosocial needs of the community.
Molloy offers an array of academic options for nursing students, including a traditional bachelor's degree track, dual degree programs, degree completion and accelerated second bachelor's degree programs. The Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing also includes master's programs (four nurse practitioner tracks, clinical nurse specialist, nurse education and nurse administration with informatics, and a combined MS/MBA track); post-master's certificate programs (10 program options); and two doctoral programs (PhD and DNP).
The School of Nursing has articulation agreements with the Departments of Nursing at Nassau Community College, Queensboro Community College, Suffolk Community College, the State University of New York at Farmingdale, and Delhi College.
Nursing Bachelor's Degree with Humanistic Focus
The traditional bachelor's degree program draws from both liberal arts and sciences to teach nurse generalists to communicate, evaluate, and provide humanistic health care. The curriculum includes clinical experiences beginning sophomore year, as well as a culminating one-on-one practicum placement during senior year.
Upon completion of the program, nurses are prepared to serve as members of interdisciplinary health care teams in a range of settings, including pediatrics, critical care, obstetrics, and psychiatry.
Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination for the license required to practice nursing as a registered professional nurse in New York State or other chosen state.
Degree Completion Programs
Molloy College also offers two degree completion programs for those already working in the nursing profession.
The LPN -- BS mobility program covers the same curriculum as the traditional degree program, but gives the licensed practical nurse academic credit for past work experience. Program graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX examination to earn a registered nurse (RN) license.
Similarly, the degree completion program for registered nurses provides advanced placement for students with associate degrees and/or relevant work experience through either transfer of credit or through testing. . The graduate will earn a bachelor's degree in nursing (BS).
Accelerated Dual Degree Programs
Nursing students may also concurrently earn both bachelor's and master's degrees through two convenient accelerated dual degree programs.
Student with non-nursing bachelor degrees may enroll in the dual degree program for second degree nurses. This program allows learners to enroll in both undergraduate and graduate courses. After earning the bachelor's degree, the student may then sit for the NCLEX-RN examination for the registered nurse license -- required for continuing on with graduate study.
Molloy provides a similar dual degree program for RNs who hold associate degrees or diplomas.
Hagan Center for Nursing -- Labs and Simulations
The Hagan Center features the latest technology in classrooms and labs, as well as approximately 20 Sim men/women that will allow the students to asses, provide care and perform procedures on these simulated people before working with real patients in medical facilities. The nursing lab offers resources such as study guides, video tapes, computer programs, and simulation instructors that guide students through relevant medical scenarios.
Molloy College regularly hosts professional nursing conferences, demonstrating its leadership in nursing education. Conferences are often organized with prestigious medical centers, such as the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, among others.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Nursing students may participate in study abroad programs through the Office of International Education. Students may choose from short-term, semester, or year-long study. Molloy College works with international organizations, universities, and other groups to offer these opportunities.
Incoming freshmen, including nursing students, may apply to the Molloy College Honors Program, which includes freshman and sophomore year courses in art, biology, history, literature, music, philosophy, sociology, and theology. The honors nursing students take a special medical ethics course taught by the honors faculty members.
Specialized ROTC for Nursing
Students interested in combining both a nursing career and a Navy career may enroll in a specialized Reserve Officer's Training Corps program for nursing, offered in conjunction with the SUNY Maritime College.
Athletics are well-established at the college, with programs in lacrosse, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, cross country, equestrian and dance team. Students compete in the New York College Athletic Conference (NYCAC) and the NCAA - Division II.