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

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Description

The College offers a specially designed online program to assist the working RN ito complete a baccalaureate degree in nursing. This is a 100% online program. There are two required applications for the RN to BSN program. Registered nurses must apply to the College for admission and then apply directly  to the nursing programprogram using the Secondary Nursing Application available on the nursing website. 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. This program enables the RN to earn advanced standing based on clinical experience and challenge exam credits allowing most RNs to complete the program in 30 to 36 credits over 12 months full-time or 18 to 24 months part-time.

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 have not completed an Associate's Degree in Nursing don't qualify for this program and 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 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. (preferred but not 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
  • Microbiology
  • Sociology (may take in the program is requirements not satisfied)
  • Psychology

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. Students in the RN to BSN program begin the program with 90 credits. Up to 64 credits are transferred in from the associate's degree. Up to 26-30 are awarded for passing NCLEX-RN® and practicing as an RN, making the total credits awarded to 90. Each RN has to complete a minimum of 30 credits at Brockport to earn the BSN degree (regardless of previous course work). 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 (27 credits)

Required Courses

  • PRO 306 Introduction to BSN Practice
  • NUR 322 Pharmacotherapeutics for the RN
  • NUR 344 Health Assessment
  • NUR 345 Health Assessment Clinical
  • 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 (now required of all RN to BSN students)*
  • PRO 310 Research: Process and Critique
  • PRO 452 Leadership and Management for the RN*

Additional Requirements (30 credits)

  • Passing NCLEX-RN® and practicing as an RN

Prerequisites- Must be transferred in as part of Associate Degree

  • Anatomy and Physiology I, II
  • Microbiology
  • Psychology*
  • Sociology* (may take in the program is requirements not satisfied)

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Electives (34 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

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.
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