The College offers a specially designed online program to assist the working RN to complete a baccalaureate degree in nursing. This is a 100% online program. Registered nurses must apply to the College for admission. 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. Students may begin this program in the spring, summer or fall semester. Depending on credits transferred in, most RNs complete the program in 30 to 36 credits over 12 months full-time or 18 to 24 months part-time.
Upon deposit, transfer admissions will evaluate previous course work and will establish the degree audit. Nursing advisors will then interpret the degree audit to determine what course credits are still needed.
Students who wish to pursue a BSN but have not completed an Associate's Degree in Nursing don't qualify for this program and should consider the regular nursing major.
Students with a Bachelor's degree should review the Nursing Accelerated (Second Degree) BS to BSN Program.
Admission to the Program
Admission criteria are subject to change based on SUNY and NYSED requirements. Consult the Department website for the most current information and application due dates.
The admission requirements for the RN to BSN program include the following:
- Graduate of an accredited associate degree or diploma program.
- Unencumbered New York State license as a registered professional nurse and current registration. (or eligibility to sit for NCLEX-RN® as a new graduate).
- Currently employed as a registered nurse (if not employed by last semester of the program, a capstone course of 128 clinical hours is required).
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
- Successful completion of nursing prerequisites with a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in each course (see below).
- Submission of an acceptable application.
Required Prerequisite Courses
- Anatomy and Physiology I, II
- Sociology (may take in the program is requirements not satisfied)
Students in the fast-track RN-to-BSN major pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, and must complete its requirements.
Achievement of a grade of 75 or better in all nursing courses is required for continued progress through the nursing program. Up to 64 credits are transferred in from the associate's degree. Each RN has to complete a minimum of 30 credits at Brockport to earn the BSN degree (regardless of previous course work). Additional courses may be needed to complete general education and liberal arts requirements. Successful completion of the following courses (plus College General Education course requirements) is required for graduation from the RN to BSN program.
General Education Requirements (29 credits)
Major Departmental Requirements (30 credits)
Liberal Arts Requirements (60 credits)
- PRO 306 Introduction to BSN Practice
- NUR 322 Pharmacotherapeutics for the RN
- NUR 364 Health Assessment for the RN
- NUR 365 Health Assessment Clinical for the RN
- NUR 471 Community Based Epidemiology
- NUR 472 Community Based Epidemiology Clinical
- NUR 473 Evidence Based Practice for the RN I
- NUR 475 Evidence Based Practice for the RN II*
- PRO 258 Applied Statistics for Nurses (required of all RN to BSN students)*
- PRO 310 Research: Process and Critique
- PRO 452 Leadership and Management for the RN*
*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements
Electives (3-6 credits)
Total Credits (120 credits)
Additional Degree Requirements
- Achievement of a grade of 75 or better in all nursing courses is required for continued progress through the nursing program.
- Achievement of C or better for all prerequisite courses
- Completion of all college-wide degree requirements, which may include additional General Education and/or liberal arts credits.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Integrate theories and concepts from nursing, the liberal arts, sciences, and humanities into professional nursing practice in a world of global interdependence.
- Provide safe and holistic patient centered care for all ages in a variety of health care settings utilizing the nursing process, informatics, and emerging technology.
- Provide evidence based care of patients across the lifespan for the delivery of optimal health care.
- Articulate a professional philosophy that reflects autonomy, advocacy, social justice, accountability, responsibility and ethical decision making in the provision of patient centered care.
- Communicate and collaborate with individuals, families, communities, populations, and interdisciplinary team members fostering open communication, mutual respect and shared decision-making.
- Integrate processes and skills of critical thinking, and management, and leadership to promote and continuously improve the quality and safety of health care delivery.
- Evaluate nursing care outcomes within the context of clients' values, preferences, and well-being.