Nursing Accelerated (Second Degree) BS to BSN Program

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This accelerated 15-month program is designed for those who already have earned a Bachelor’s degree. The program is designed to help students become scientifically and humanistically prepared to become professional nurses, and it provides 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, community and migrant health centers, outpatient clinics, physician’s offices, 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.

Licensed RNs with an associate's degree who wish to pursue the RN-to-BSN Fast-Track major should review that program.

Students who do not have a previous Bachelor’s degree should review the Nursing Major program.

Admission to the Program

Admission into the Accelerated Second degree program is highly competitive. Meeting the minimum criteria for admission does not guarantee admission into the program. Applicants are encouraged to meet with the Director of the Accelerated Second-degree program, Dr. Bingham ( for guidance with prerequisites and application.

Minimum Criteria for Admission

  1. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. B or better in all science and math prerequisites (Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics)
  3. All science prerequisites require a laboratory component.
  4. C or better in all non-science prerequisites (Sociology, Psychology, Developmental Assessment, Nutrition)
  5. Professional demeanor in communication with college staff and faculty.
  6. All prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the program.
  7. Priority for admission is considered for those who have all pre-requisites completed at the time of application.
  8. Priority for admission is considered for those who have a degree from SUNY Brockport

Consult the Department of Nursing website for application deadlines and other admission information.

Required Prerequisite Courses (0-30 credits)

  • BIO 321 Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab)
  • BIO 322 Anatomy and Physiology II(with lab)
  • BIO 323 Microbiology(with lab)
  • PBH 311 Nutrition (not consumer nutrition)
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • PSH 110 Introduction to Psychology
  • PRO 204 Lifespan Development Assessment (Developmental Psychology)

Program Requirements

Students in the nursing major pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, and must complete its requirements.

Students must achieve and maintain an exam average of 75 and overall course grade of 75 in each nursing course for continued progression through the nursing program and to qualify for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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.

General Education Requirements (0-30 credits)

Major Departmental Requirements (60 credits)

Required Courses

  • NUR 321 Introduction to Pharmacology
  • NUR 328 Math for Safe Medication Administration
  • NUR 342 Foundations for Professional Practice for Nursing
  • NUR 343 Foundations for Professional Practice for Nursing Clinical
  • NUR 344 Health Assessment
  • NUR 345 Health Assessment Laboratory
  • NUR 346 Medical Surgical Nursing 1
  • NUR 347 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 Clinical
  • NUR 348 Childbearing Family and Women’s Health
  • NUR 349 Childbearing Family and Women’s Health Clinical
  • NUR 350 Medical Surgical Nursing II
  • NUR 351 Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical
  • NUR 360 Nursing Care of the Older Adult
  • NUR 440 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • NUR 441 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Clinical
  • NUR 442 Critical Care Nursing
  • NUR 443 Critical Care Nursing Clinical
  • NUR 444 Community Health Nursing
  • NUR 445 Community Health Nursing Clinical
  • NUR 446 Pediatric Nursing
  • NUR 447 Pediatric Nursing Clinical
  • NUR 478 Problem Solving in Nursing I
  • NUR 495 Senior Nursing Seminar
  • PRO 310 Research: Process and Critique
  • PRO 451 Issues in Leadership and Management*

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Total Credits (60-120 credits)

Student Health Requirements

Due to the special demands of the nursing program and the need to protect patients and students, students in the accelerated nursing program are required to have a physical examination and prescribed lab tests prior to the start of the school year. 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 also require additional protective measures prior to caring for patients. Presently, health care agencies require a positive rubella titer or evidence of immunization, COVID-19 vaccination, influenza vaccination, varicella immunization or positive titer and Hepatitis B vaccination or its declination. Required health screening and required immunizations may change and students will need to adhere to those changes. Last semester students are required to provide an annual health update and screening consistent with current guidelines prior to the beginning of their last semester. An annual Flu vaccine is also required by the health care institutions and must be obtained before November 10 of each fall semester.


The majority of the clinical facilities are located in Rochester, 16 miles east of the Brockport campus. Transportation to and from clinical sites is the student's responsibility. Students must have a valid NYS driver's license and have access to their own car. It is not always possible for students to share rides with other nursing students to all clinical sites.


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

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate theories and concepts from nursing, the liberal arts, sciences, and humanities into professional nursing practice in a world of global interdependence.
  2. 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.
  3. Provide evidence based care of patients across the lifespan for the delivery of optimal health care.
  4. Articulate a professional philosophy that reflects autonomy, advocacy, social justice, accountability, responsibility and ethical decision making in the provision of patient centered care.
  5. Communicate and collaborate with individuals, families, communities, populations, and interdisciplinary team members fostering open communication, mutual respect and shared decision-making.
  6. Integrate processes and skills of critical thinking, and management, and leadership to promote and continuously improve the quality and safety of health care delivery.
  7. Evaluate nursing care outcomes within the context of clients' values, preferences, and well-being.