RN–B.S. Completion Program
The Nursing RN–B.S. completion program is intended for individuals with an associate’s degree in nursing and an unencumbered RN license in New York State.
Baccalaureate nursing graduates provide theory-based nursing care to all individuals, families, and communities in diverse healthcare settings including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools and outpatient facilities. The Nursing RN–B.S. completion program track is for nurses who have successfully completed a community college (associate’s degree) nursing program and have passed or will pass (within the first semester of admission) their state licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). The nursing curriculum builds on the knowledge and experience that registered nurses already possess as graduates of associate degree programs.
The mission of the New York Tech Department of Nursing is to provide excellence in nursing education from a transcultural perspective, extend access opportunities to members of underrepresented groups in nursing, and to expand knowledge in the nursing profession with an emphasis on transcultural study. The department prepares students to provide nursing care in varied settings and to assume community and institutional roles that meet the needs of a global society.
The mission of the RN–B.S. program is to develop professional nursing leaders in all areas of practice who can apply new and/or past nursing knowledge and build on existing competencies. The program is designed to prepare nurses to function both independently and interdependently with other professionals in a wide variety of settings, and to meet present and future health-care needs of a global society.
The RN–B.S. program consists of 121 credit hours distributed among the natural sciences, social sciences, general education, humanities, nursing, and electives. Courses include content and practice experiences related to professional issues, theory, research/evidence based practice, policy, management, leadership, aging, pathophysiology and health assessment and community/population health. Faculty serve as educators, mentors, and professional career advisors to facilitate academic success.
The program is offered using an online format. The program is designed to advance the professional status of registered nurses, preparing them as future leaders who provide safe and competent care to people from diverse cultures. The goals of the program are to provide students with knowledge, skills, and competencies to facilitate career advancement and to assume new roles in the nursing profession. NYIT offers a wide range of courses in the liberal arts and sciences to enhance and broaden the learning experience for the adult learner.
Key Attributes of New York Tech’s Nursing RN–B.S. completion program:
- Student-centered and user friendly online course format that facilitates and supports practicing nurses to attend school while maintaining employment
- Offered in a format that ensures cost and time effectiveness as well as facilitates achievement of learning outcomes
- Students are assigned a faculty advisor for the length of the program
- A program that builds on the licensed RN’s previous education and experience, emphasizing the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education
- A program that facilitates career advancement through a dynamic curriculum that prepares the nurse for emerging roles and competencies
- Expert advanced practice faculty and student support services
Tri-Council organizations including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), American Nurses Association (ANA), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), and National League for Nursing (NLN) are united in their view that a more highly educated nursing workforce is critical to meeting the nation’s nursing needs and delivering safe, effective patient care. Current healthcare reform initiatives call for a nursing workforce that integrates evidence-based clinical knowledge and research with effective communication and leadership skills. These competencies require increased education at all levels.
This degree will assist in meeting the requirements for associate degree nurses obtaining a B.S. in Nursing. The degree will address the nursing shortage and promote the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to increase the number of professional nurses possessing baccalaureate education. The RN–B.S. completion program is designed to develop expertise in leadership and evidence-based nursing practice. Courses and clinical experiences are designed to enhance decision-making and critical thinking skills, strengthen skills in evidence-based nursing practice, leadership and management in order to meet the challenges of today’s healthcare work environment.
The RN–B.S. curriculum is developed to build on this prior knowledge and skills to avoid redundancy. Students will have the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and apply skills acquired in the nursing academic and practice settings. Our program is delivered in an online format, with clinical practice experiences embedded in selected courses that are completed in the student’s local region. Practice experiences prepare students to care for a variety of patients across the lifespan and across the continuum of care and transition the nursing student’s competencies to the baccalaureate level of proficiency; this includes leadership development, evidence-based practice, information management and integration of technology, interdisciplinary collaboration and communication, clinical prevention and population health, comprehensive assessment, and quality improvement strategies.
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The Nursing RN–B.S. completion program is intended for individuals with an associate’s degree in nursing and an unencumbered New York State RN license and registration.*
- Completed application
- Copies of transcripts from all colleges attended; all final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester
- Proof of unencumbered New York State Professional Registered Nurse registration
- College courses taken elsewhere and transferred to New York Tech may meet general education requirements or pre-requisite course requirements. Students may transfer up to 70 approved credits. Additionally, students receive 27 credits for clinical expertise demonstrated by RN license.
- Transfer credits will be evaluated to ensure accurate course transfer and registration.
Requirements for Applicants to New York Tech as Nursing Majors
- Active, unrestricted, unencumbered New York State License as a Registered Nurse (RN)
- *Students awaiting their NCLEX-RN score who have not yet been awarded the Registered Professional Nurse License may be admitted conditionally, but must complete licensure in order to progress in the program. Students unable to document receiving a New York State RN license will not be permitted to continue in the RN–B.S. completion program and will have to step out of the program until licensure; however, students can continue to take required core courses.
- Degree from an accredited associate’s program. This program must be from a regionally accredited college or other qualified institution acceptable to the standards of New York Tech.
- Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all coursework. All post-secondary, advanced placement credit, transfer, and higher education coursework are used to calculate the cumulative GPA.
- College courses taken elsewhere and transferred to New York Tech may meet general education core course requirements. Transfer credits will be evaluated to ensure accurate course transfer and registration. A maximum of 70 credits may be applied from an associate degree to the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Additionally, 27 credits will be awarded for clinical expertise demonstrated by RN license.
- Students must have access to a computer, a webcam, and internet services. Technical competence and computer literacy is an expectation of the program.
- All Nursing RN–B.S. completion program students admitted to the program are required to submit documentation of unencumbered State Professional Nurse licensure and current registration, liability insurance, health insurance, medical records with specific required immunizations, HIPAA, Child Abuse, Infection Control Certification, and CPR certification prior to entering the first semester of the nursing major. Annual Physical Exam, vaccinations, and lab work are also required.
Progression in the Nursing Major
In order to continue in the Nursing major, students must receive a minimum grade of C in all required nursing courses to remain in the Nursing RN–B.S. completion program.