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BSN Degree - Code #0291

Linda Panter, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
Email Address: panterlk@alfredstate.edu

The demand for nurses with bachelor's degrees or higher has never been greater. In order to meet that need, Alfred State now offers a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN). This upper-division completion program will enhance your knowledge and skills foundation to function more autonomously and interdependently in diverse, complex, and dynamic health care environments.

The program will serve as a solid academic foundation for advanced study in nursing at the graduate level. The BSN program is offered in both an online format and on-campus format, providing flexibility and learning style choices for the adult student and working professional.

The graduate will be 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 will be able to deliver, design, and coordinate care for a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds to improve client outcomes.

The core foundation nursing courses are arranged to increase the student's knowledge base and skill level for the expanded role as a baccalaureate-prepared practitioner.

A professional capstone course (NURS 8013) is required as a culminating educational experience of the BSN program.  To further advance the student's knowledge base and skill level, there are clinical components integrated within the program.

Meeting the needs of registered nurses seeking a bachelor's degree, the BSN program is offered primarily as 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 Office is required for the nursing program.  Written work must be submitted in Word format. 

Students are permitted to repeat an upper-level (5000 or higher) nursing core course one time only.  If a student is unsuccessful in the same nursing course twice, they will be unable to progress in the nursing program.

Bachelor-level students are expected to write at a BS level proficiency, using APA format. Writing proficiency, grammar, spelling, and APA formatting are all essential elements of every nursing course.  Failure to write at a BS level may result in failure of nursing course work.

It is strongly recommended that clinical site affiliations are submitted at least two months prior to taking the course to ensure a clinical site agreement is in place.  Clinical components will be required in the following courses:

  • NURS 6003 - Nursing Leadership and Management
  • NURS 6413 - Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 7004 - Population Focused Care in the Community

Advantages

  • The BSN program can be taken entirely online, allowing the student to progress at their own pace.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize theory and concepts from nursing, the liberal education domain, and other professions to expand knowledge.
  • 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 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, maintenance, and end of life.
  • Apply knowledge of informatics to foster inter- and intra-professional communication and collaboration in the delivery of safe, quality health care.
  • 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.

Professional Opportunities

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

Employment Statistics

According to the most recent Employment and Continuing Education survey, of those 2016 graduates responding, 91 percent are employed and 9 percent continued their education.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the BSN program requires graduation from an accredited or state-approved associate degree in nursing or certified diploma program in nursing, 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 must include the following:

  • a minimum of 30 credits of nursing
  • a minimum of 24 hours of liberal arts and sciences credit
  • a minimum of three of 10 SUNY General Education categories
  • eight credits of anatomy and physiology (taken at the same school in a classroom setting)
  • a lab course in microbiology
  • course work in communication, literature, psychology, and sociology

Required: It is essential that students are able to fully participate in clinical, caring for clients as assigned. Established entrance requirements for nursing students include being able to:

  • Ambulate (walk) without assistive devices
  • Lift at least 35 pounds
  • Function in a safe manner, not placing clients in jeopardy
  • Maintain confidentiality in regard to professional practice
  • Appropriately utilize standard medical equipment
  • Interpret data from electronic devices in the health care setting for the purpose of client care
  • Maintain professional composure at all times
  • Communicate effectively, orally, and in writing

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

Graduation Requirements

  • 28 credits of upper-level nursing
  • a minimum of 60 credits of liberal arts and sciences (inclusive of associate degree credits)
  • A minimum of a "C" grade in upper-level nursing courses

Accreditation/certification

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at The State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred is accredited by the:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (www.ccneaccreditation.org); 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001; phone (202) 887-6791
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (www.msche.org); 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104; phone: (267) 284-5000
  • The BSN program is registered by the NYS Education Department.

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ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS

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

Nursing - BSN

TYPICAL TWO-YEAR UPPER-LEVEL COMPLETION PROGRAM

First

NURS 5023 Contemporary Nursing 3
NURS 8003 Informtcs&Tech App in Hlthcare 3
MATH 1123 Statistics I 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective 3
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Second

NURS 5003 Ethical Issues in Health Care 3
NURS 7003 Nursing Research 3
BIOL 6403 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
HLTH 1313 Nutrition 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed Elective (FA, FL, WC or AH) 3
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Third

NURS 6003 Nursing Leadership/Management 3
NURS 6413 Health Assmt & Promotion Acros 3
NURS xxx3 Nursing Elective - Upper 3
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective - Upper Level 3
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective - Upper Level 3
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RN license is required before proceeding into NURS 7004 Population Focused Care.

Fourth

NURS 7004 Population Focused Care in Com 4
NURS 8013 Professional Capstone 3
ANTH 5113 Cross-Cultural Encounters 3
XXXX xxx3 LIberal Arts Elective - Upper 3
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective - Upper 3
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Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student’s ability to participate in a required professional practice experience.