RN-to-BSN Fast-Track Nursing Major (BSN)

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The College offers a specially designed program to assist the working RN in completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Classes are held on campus, at the downtown MetroCenter, and/or at local health care institutions one evening/week. Registered nurses should apply to the College for admission and then apply directly to the Department of Nursing for admission to the nursing program. 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, please see our Department website or contact the Department of Nursing. Diploma graduates, please make an appointment to discuss your individual situation.

Students who wish to pursue a BSN but don't qualify for this program should consider the regular nursing major.

Admission to the Program

Admission criteria are subject to change and extenuating circumstances require departmental review of written requests. Consult the Department website for the most current information.

The admission requirments for the RN to BSN program include the following:

  • Graduate of an accredited associate degree or diploma program.
  • Current New York State licensure.
  • Currently employed as a registered nurse.
  • Current CPR certification at the BLS for Professional Rescuer (Red Cross) or Health Provider (AHA) level.
  • 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 (i.e. satisfactory references and health form).

Required Prerequisite Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology I, II
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition (credit by examination is allowed)
  • Statistics (may be taken in the first semester)
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Development Assessment or Psychology (must cover entire lifespan from birth to death)

Program Requirements

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. If you graduated from an accredited Community College School of Nursing you will receive 30 credits of nursing credits towards completion of the 54 nursing credits required for graduation from The College at Brockport with a BSN. Successful completion of the following courses (plus College General Education course requirements) is required for graduation from the RN to BSN program.

Required Courses

  • PRO 306 Introdution to BSN Practice
  • NUR 321 Introduction to Pharmacology
  • NUR 344 Health Assessment
  • NUR 345 Health Assessment Clinical
  • NUR 451 Contemporary Issues in Nursing Leadership and Management
  • NUR 471 Community Based Epidemiology
  • NUR 472 Community Based Epidemiology Clinical
  • NUR 473 Nursing Seminar I
  • NUR 475 Nursing Seminar II
  • PRO 310 Research: Process and Critique

Students may consider taking PRO 407 to satisfy certain general education requirements.

Student Health Requirements

Because of the special demands of the nursing program and the need to protect patients and students, junior 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 also require additional protective measures prior to caring for patients. Presently, health care agencies require a positive rubella titer or evidence of immunization, a PPD, influenza vaccination, varicella immunization or positive titer and Hepatitis B vaccination or its declination.) Senior students are required to have a completed health update and PPD prior to the beginning of their senior year.

Student Learning Outcomes

  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 in a variety of health care settings utilizing the nursing process, informatics, and emerging technology.
  3. Provide evidence based care of patients for the delivery of optimal healthy 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, population and interdisciplinary team members fostering open communication, mutual respect and shared decision making.
  6. Integrate processes and skills of critical thinking, 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.