RN-to-BSN Fast-Track Nursing Major (BSN): The College at Brockport

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The College offers a specially designed online program to assist the working RN in completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing. This online program is totally asynchronous. 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. Students may complete this program in either a part-time or full-time program. Students may begin this program in the spring, summer or fall semester.

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—if you have failed NCLEX-RN you are not eligible to start our program until you submit proof of passing).
  • 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 (i.e. health form).

Required Prerequisite Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology I, II
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition (credit by examination is allowed)
  • Sociology (may take in the program is requirements not satisfied)
  • Psychology
  • Development Assessment or Psychology (must cover entire lifespan from birth to death)(credit by examination is allowed)

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.

Required Courses

  • PRO 306 Introduction to BSN Practice
  • NUR 321 Introduction to Pharmacology
  • NUR 344 Health Assessment
  • NUR 345 Health Assessment Clinical
  • NUR 471 Community Based Epidemiology
  • NUR 472 Community Based Epidemiology Clinical
  • NUR 473 Nursing Seminar I
  • NUR 475 Nursing Seminar II
  • PRO 258 Applied Statistics for Nurses (now required of all RN to BSN students)
  • PRO 310 Research: Process and Critique
  • PRO 451 Contemporary Issues in Nursing Leadership and Management

Student Health Requirements

Because of the special demands of the nursing program and the need to protect patients and students, students in the 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, a PPD, influenza vaccination, varicella immunization or positive titer and Hepatitis B vaccination or its declination.)

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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