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Department of Nursing

B361 Tuttle North
(585) 395-2355

Chairperson: Linda Snell; Associate Professors: Margie Lovett-Scott, Kathleen Peterson-Sweeney; Assistant Professors: Zara Brenner, Elizabeth Heavey, Nancy Iafrati, Sparki Mangles, Patricia Lee Sharkey, Joanne Stevens; Lecturers: Susan Glose, Pamela Reamer.

The curriculum of the Department of Nursing is derived from the program’s mission, purpose, objectives and organizing framework. The philosophy describes the faculty’s beliefs concerning the purpose of nursing, the focus of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, and the expectations for program graduates.

The philosophy of the Department of Nursing states that:

The faculty of the Department of Nursing at the State University of New York College at Brockport believes that education is a lifelong process which fosters the cultural, psychosocial, and intellectual development of the individual. The faculty fully supports the mission of the College, recognizing that students bring to the educational setting a diversity of abilities, motivations, experiences, and cultures. Accordingly, opportunities are provided, which allow each individual to build on past knowledge and experience and to develop within the educational philosophy of the State University of New York.

The faculty believes that nursing is a profession, science, and art with the primary purpose of assisting clients—individuals, families and communities—to retain, attain, and maintain an optimal level of wellness through purposeful interventions. The faculty believes that clients are a composite of physiological, psychological, developmental, sociocultural, and spiritual dimensions. Professional nurses utilize the nursing process to manage care of clients through out the life cycle. Nurses work independently and in collaboration with other health professionals.

Nursing education utilizes knowledge drawn from nursing, the liberal arts, sciences, and humanities. Nursing curricula emphasize the development of concepts and skills which are essential to nursing practice, leadership and research, and fosters the development of critical thinking. Students are active, responsible participants in the learning process.

The faculty believes that baccalaureate education serves as the foundation for graduate study and continuing professional and personal growth.

Baccalaureate Nursing Program
Nursing is one of the most rewarding and challenging health care professions. The baccalaureate nursing program at SUNY Brockport prepares a generalist professional practitioner to utilize the nursing process and interpersonal skills in providing health care to clients, families and groups of all ages in any setting. The program also prepares the graduate to interpret and promote professional nursing and to accept responsibility for personal and professional growth.

The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Education and the New York State Department of Education. The College is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The program is designed to help students become scientifically and humanistically prepared professional nurses, and to provide a foundation for graduate study in nursing.

Beginning practitioners are most frequently employed in either hospital or community settings. Hospitals offer challenging opportunities for the baccalaureate graduate as do long-term health care facilities. In the community, nurses are employed by public health departments, health maintenance organizations, outpatient clinics, voluntary health organizations, and hospices. Increasingly, nurses have opportunities to participate in entrepreneurial endeavors as independent health care providers. The armed services also offer excellent career opportunities for graduates.

The nursing curriculum involves classroom, field and clinical experience in nursing theory and practice. The curriculum uses a variety of teaching modalities. Students are expected to assume an active role in the learning process and are responsible for achieving learning outcomes. The focus on learner responsibility lays the foundation for the graduate’s assuming accountability for professional practice and continued individual growth.

Achievement of a grade of 75 or better in all nursing courses is required for continued progress through the nursing program. Successful completion of the following courses is required for graduation:

  • NUR 321 Introduction to Pharmacology
  • NUR 328 Medication Administration and Techniques
  • NUR 329 Nursing: A Systems Approach
  • NUR 330 Foundations for Professional Practice for Nursing
  • NUR 331 Health Assessment
  • NUR 339 The Childbearing Family and Women’s Health
  • NUR 337 Client System Response I
  • NUR 341 Client System Response II
  • NUR 450 Issues and Trends Affecting Health Care
  • NUR 452 Management and Leadership
  • NUR 460 Complex Interpersonal Processes in Mental Health Nursing
  • NUR 462 Critical Care Nursing
  • NUR 464 Community Health Nursing
  • NUR 467 Child and Adolescent Responses to Health Stressors
  • NUR 478 Problem Solving in Nursing
  • PRO 310 Research: Process and Critique

Curriculum and program requirements are subject to change as necessary. Students should consult department faculty for current information.

Clinical experiences provide students with an opportunity to apply theory in the following areas of nursing: adult health, mental health, child health, maternal health, critical care, and community health. Clinical experiences involve either day or evening hours, depending on the agency and the specialty area. Students need to keep Tuesdays and Thursdays free of all other commitments.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, students must complete all nursing course requirements, and achieve and maintain a cumulative grade of 75 in each nursing course. Students are also responsible for meeting the General Education requirements of the College. All degree requirements must be completed within five years after beginning the clinical component of the major.

Admission to the Program
Admission policies provide an opportunity for a baccalaureate education in nursing to qualified students in each of three groups: 1) students enrolled in this College, 2) transfer students from other colleges and universities, and 3) registered nurses. The Department of Nursing is limited in the number of students it can accept for clinical placement. Affiliating agencies require strict faculty-student ratios. Admission criteria are subject to change. Consult the Department of Nursing for current information.

Minimum Criteria for Admission:

  1. a cumulative college grade point average of 2.75 by the end of fall semester of sophomore year;
  2. junior status with a minimum of 54 non-nursing liberal arts credits;
  3. current CPR (Basic Life Support for the Professional Rescuer) certification through the American Red Cross or Health Provider course through the Heart Association);
  4. satisfactory references, personal statement and health form.
  5. completion of an application to the Department of Nursing by January 20 of the applicant’s sophomore year and acceptance by SUNY Brockport. (Please note, these are two separate applications.);
  6. achievement of a “C” or better in all nursing prerequisites with no more than one of these courses repeated; and
  7. completion of all but two prerequisites by May of the year the student plans to start the nursing program. Maximum prerequisite courses to be taken in the summer is two.

SUNY Brockport Students—Freshmen
Admission to nursing is competitive. Students who enter Brockport as a freshman with an intent to major in nursing will be given priority; but there is no guarantee of admission to nursing. There is a separate application process for nursing and this must be submitted no later than January 20 of the applicant’s sophomore year. Students must have a 2.75 GPA by the end of the fall semester of their sophomore year to be considered for admission to the nursing program and maintain this average as they continue to complete their course work.

To document successful completion of these criteria, students should file an application with the Department of Nursing by January 20 of their sophomore year. These students’ forms will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee early in the spring semester and students will then be notified about acceptance into nursing.

Students transferring into the College should apply directly to the Department of Nursing for admission to the nursing program. Consideration of admission is contingent upon acceptance to the College by January 20 and completion of the criteria listed above. Acceptance is on a space-available basis. There is no guarantee of admission to the nursing program.

Registered Nurses
Registered nurses should also apply directly to the Department of Nursing for admission to the nursing program. Since clinical placement is limited, registered nurses are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Admission is on a space-available basis. RN students should note that a maximum of 64 credits may be transferred from the associate’s degree level.

For further information concerning opportunities for transfer credit and credit by exam, contact the Department of Nursing.

Required Prerequisite Courses
All students must complete the following courses (or their equivalent) prior to admission to the program:

Courses Credits
Anatomy and Physiology I, II 6-8
Microbiology 4
Chemistry (not a preparatory course) 4
Nutrition 3
Statistics 3
Sociology 3
Psychology 3
Developmental Psychology (must cover entire lifespan) 3
Total: 29-31

Prerequisite and corequisite requirements may undergo change. Contact the Department of Nursing for current information.

Student Health Requirements
Because of the special demands of the nursing program and the need to protect patients and students, junior and senior students in the nursing program are required to have a physical examination and prescribed lab tests prior to the start of the school year. The health form may be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Department of Nursing. A current, complete health form including the prescribed lab tests must be on file in the Department of Nursing by the date specified in the admission letter in order for the student to participate in clinical learning experiences. Nursing students are required to discuss with their nursing faculty advisors any health factors that may affect their capacity to perform as professional nurses. (Note: New York State Department of Health and individual health care agencies require additional protective measures prior to caring for patients. Presently, health care agencies require a positive rubella titer, a tine test or PPD, and Hepatitis B vaccination or its declination.)

The majority of the clinical facilities are located in Rochester, 16 miles east of the SUNY Brockport campus. Transportation to and from clinical sites is the student’s responsibility.

Uniforms must be purchased before the beginning of the junior year. Students accepted into the program are advised concerning arrangements for fittings and costs.

Requirements for RN Licensure
Graduates of this nursing program meet the education requirements for admittance to the RN licensure exam; however, there is a requirement that the applicant be of “good moral character,” and a fee must be paid for the test. On the application for the test, the applicant is required to truthfully answer the following questions:

  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country?
  • Are charges pending against you for a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country?
  • Have you ever been found guilty of professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct or negligence in any state or country?
  • Are charges pending against you for professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct or negligence in any state or country?

If the answer to any of the questions is yes, the applicant must offer full explanation and establish his/her good moral character with the State Education Department.

Nursing Courses

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Last Updated 7/21/22