Nursing - BS

Applicants must have completed an accredited or state-approved associate degree or diploma program in nursing and be a qualified registered professional nurse (RN). Those who have not yet passed the NCLEX–RN must obtain their RN license to progress into the second semester BS–N courses.

The core foundational nursing courses are arranged to increase the student's knowledge base and skill level for the expanded role as a baccalaureate-prepared practitioner. The program is designed to prepare a generalist, thus, contains no specialization concentrations. A professional capstone course (NURS 8013) is required as a culminating educational experience of the BS–N program.

Four required BS–N courses have clinical components to further advance the student's knowledge base and skills level. Health assessment and promotion across the lifespan (NURS 6413) has a one-credit clinical laboratory component that may be virtual, self-directed, or campus-based. Population focused care in the community (NURS 7004) allows the student an opportunity to address clients with special needs or vulnerable populations in the community through a structured, precepted clinical experience. Nursing Leadership (NURS 6003) and Capstone (NURS 8013) both include precepted experience.

Meeting the needs of registered nurses seeking a bachelor's degree, the BS-N program is offered in an online format. This provides flexibility and learning style choices for the adult student and working professional.

A computer with Internet access, webcam and Microsoft Word is required for the nursing program. Specifically, the following systems systems requirements are necessary to fully participate in all RN/BS courses:

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PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Synthesize theory and concepts from nursing, the liberal education domain, and other professions into nursing practice.

Create a plan to foster social justice through civic engagement.

Apply principles of critical reflection, inquiry, and evidence-based practice to nursing.

Integrate leadership principles to design, manage, and coordinate care for individuals and populations in complex and changing health care delivery systems.

Appraise issues related to health promotion and disease prevention to promote healthy life for individuals, families, groups, and populations across the life span, with attention to rural communities.

Demonstrate positive inter-and-intra professional communication and collaboration skills.

Create a philosophy as a foundation for commitment to the profession advancement and lifelong learning.

Info management (computer & research skills appropriate to degree level and type).

Written and oral communication (appropriate to degree level and type).

Critical thinking (problem solving, reasoning skills appropriate to degree level and type).

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Leadership, management, research, education, and practice opportunities in a variety of health care settings and institutions throughout New York State and the U.S.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the BS-Nursing program requires graduation from an approved associate degree nursing or certified diploma program and plans to secure licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse by completion of the first semester in the program. The minimum GPA requirement for admission is 2.00. The applicant's associate degree course work will include at least 30 credits of nursing, eight credits of anatomy and physiology, a lab course in microbiology, and course work in communication, literature, psychology, and sociology. The applicant's diploma course work will include at least 30 credits of nursing, eight credits of anatomy and physiology, a lab course in microbiology, and will follow the voluntary transfer NY State model program. Students may take nine nursing upper level credits prior to matriculating in the BS program.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Students must have an active, unencumbered state license to progress into the second semester of BS-N courses.

ACCREDITATION/CERTIFICATION

Alfred State is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs and by Middle States Commission on Higher Education [3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 267-284-5000]. The BS-N program is registered by NYS Education Department.

Nursing - BS

TYPICAL TWO-YEAR PROGRAM

First

NURS

8003

Nursing Informatics

3

NURS

5023

Contemporary Nursing

3

MATH

1123

Statistics I

3

SPCH

1083

Effective Speaking

3

XXX3

Liberal Arts Elective

3

xxx3

Liberal Arts Elective - Upper Level

3

18

Second

NURS

5003

Ethical Issues in Healthcare

3

NURS

7003

Nursing Research

3

BIOL

6403

Advanced Pathophysiology

3

XXX3

Gen Ed Elective (FA, FL, WC or AH)

3

HLTH

1313

Nutrition

3

15

Third

NURS

6003

Nursing Leadership & Management

3

NURS

6413

Health Assessment & Promotion Across the Lifespan

3

NURS

XXX3

Nursing Elective

3

XXX3

Liberal Arts Elective - Upper Level

3

XXX3

Liberal Arts Elective - Upper Level

3

15

Fourth

NURS

7004

Population Focused Care in the Community

4

NURS

8013

Professional Capstone

3

XXX3

Open Elective

3

ANTH

5113

Cross-Cultural Encounters

3

XXX3

Liberal Arts Elective - Upper

3

16

*Minimum of a “C” grade is required for upper-division nursing courses. A 2.0 GPA must be maintained throughout the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

28 credits of upper-level nursing

3 credits of open electives

21 credits of liberal arts and sciences

12 credits of upper level liberal arts electives

1 credit of physical education if not transferred

ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS

Articulation agreements are in progress between multiple regional community colleges and Alfred State for the BS-N program.