Nursing (BS-N)

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Degree Received: 
Bachelor of Science (BS)
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Alfred State offers a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BS–N), an upper-division completion program which enhances students' knowledge and skills foundation to function more autonomously and interdependently in diverse, complex, and dynamic healthcare environments. Moreover, the program enhances students' potential to expand their responsibilities in practice to be designers, coordinators, and managers of care. Lastly, the program serves as a solid academic foundation for advanced study in nursing at the graduate level.

The BS-N graduate is prepared to assume a leadership role in the health care delivery system using gained experience, research, and technology for evidence-based decision making. The baccalaureate graduate is able to deliver, design, and coordinate care for a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds to improve client outcomes.

Applicants must have completed an accredited or state-approved associate degree or diploma program in nursing or be 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.

All of the BS–N nursing courses are offered in an online format, which allows for flexibility within a structured learning environment and fosters relationships between and among the instructor and learners.

Two 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.

Content and curricular aspects relating to rural nursing will be explored to gain an understanding of emerging issues and develop graduates who are effective in autonomous roles. The population focused care in the community course requires a guided preceptor clinical component which will be overseen and evaluated by the course instructor.

A computer with Internet access, webcam and the Microsoft Office Suite is required for the nursing program.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

By completion of the program, the BS-N graduate is expected to achieve the following program outcomes:

  • Synthesize theory and concepts from nursing, the liberal education domain and other professions to expand knowledge and global awareness.
  • Create a plan to foster social justice through civic engagement.
  • Apply principles of critical reflection, inquiry, and evidence-based practice to resolve nursing issues.
  • Integrate leadership principles to design, manage, and coordinate care for individuals and populations in complex and changing healthcare delivery systems.
  • Appraise issues related to health promotion and disease prevention to promote healthy life for individuals, families, groups and populations across the lifespan, with attention to rural communities.
  • Apply knowledge of informatics to foster inter- and intra-professional communication and collaboration in the delivery of safe, quality healthcare.
  • Create a philosophy as a foundation for commitment to the profession, advancement, and lifelong learning.
  • Use a variety of methods to communicate in written and oral form throughout the program.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

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.

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


CCNE logoThe Alfred State RN/BS program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Alfred State is accredited 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. 

Features & Facilities: 
  • Provides upper-level knowledge and skills needed to care for clients and populations in a variety of settings.
  • Predominantly virtually based with individualized face-to-face contact with faculty as desired.
  • Laboratory experience access to high fidelity simulation if desired.
Articulation Agreements: 

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

Graduation Requirements: 
  • 27 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
Career Opportunities: 

Leadership, management, research, education, and practice opportunities in a variety of settings, including hospitals, ambulatory setting, clinics, schools, long-term care facilities, industry, and health insurance providers.

Typical Semester Layout: 
First Semestercredits
NURS8002Nursing Informatics2
NURS5023Contemporary Nursing3
MATH1123Statistics I3
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
 xxx3Liberal Arts Elective3
 xxx3Liberal Arts Elective - Upper3
Second Semestercredits
NURS5003Ethical Issues in Health Care3
NURS7003Nursing Research3
BIOL6403Advanced Pathophysiology3
 xxx3General Education Elective (FA, FL, WC, or AH)3
Third Semestercredits
NURS6003Nursing Leadership & Management3
NURS6413Health Assessment & Promotion Across the Lifespan3
NURS xxx3Nursing Elective3
 xxx3Liberal Arts Elective - Upper3
 xxx3Liberal Arts Elective - Upper3
Fourth Semestercredits
NURS7004Population Focused Care in the Community4
NURS8013Professional Capstone3
 xxx3Open Elective3
ANTH5113Cross Cultural Encounters3
 xxx3Liberal Arts Elective - Upper3

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

Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 

The BS-N program was established August 2010; therefore, no employment survey details have been collected.

Employment opportunities include leadership, management, research education, and practice opportunities in a variety of settings. The BS-N credential is preferred in many acute care organizations in NYS given the Institute of Medicine (2010) report; setting a goal that 80% of RNs nationwide will have a BS by 2020. Those institutions seeking or hoping to sustain the coveted Magnet designation of nursing quality also require a BS-N.