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Nursing R.N.–B.S. Completion Program

The R.N. to B.S. Completion Program is intended for individuals with an associate's degree in nursing and an unencumbered R.N. license.

Baccalaureate nursing graduates provide theory-based nursing care to healthy and ill individuals, families, aggregates, and communities in diverse healthcare settings including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools and outpatient facilities. The R.N.-B.S. in Nursing Completion Program track is for nurses who have successfully completed a community college (associate degree) nursing program and have passed or will pass (within the first semester of admission) their state licensure exam (NCLEX-R.N.) for registered nurses (R.N.). The nursing curriculum builds on the knowledge and experience that registered nurses already possess as graduates of associate degree programs.

The mission of the NYIT Department of Nursing is to provide excellence in nursing education from a transcultural perspective, extend access to opportunity 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 R.N.-B.S. in Nursing Degree Completion 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 R.N.-B.S. in Nursing Completion 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 Undergraduate program provides a foundation for graduate study.

The R.N. to B.S. in Nursing Completion Program consists of 127 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 serves as educators, mentors, and professional career advisors to facilitate academic success.

The program is offered as a cohort, 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. This program supplements and builds upon the core nursing knowledge and skills which all R.N.s achieve prior to licensure. 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 the NYIT R.N. to B.S. in Nursing Completion Program

  • Student-centered and user friendly online course format that facilitate and support practicing nurses to attend school while maintaining employment
  • Offered in a cohort format to ensure cost and time effectiveness as well as facilitate achievement of learning outcomes
  • Students are assigned a faculty advisor for the length of the program
  • A program that builds on the licensed R.N.'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 R.N. to B.S.N 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 R.N.-B.S. in Nursing Completion Program curriculum is developed to build on this prior knowledge and skills so as 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, including 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 R.N. to B.S. Completion Program is intended for individuals with an associate’s degree in nursing and an unencumbered R.N. license.*

In order to apply to the R.N. to B.S. in Nursing Completion Program, applicants are required to complete a NYIT Transfer Application.

General Admissions Requirements

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Copies of transcripts of all high school work, including college-level courses. Your midyear and final grades will be required. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Official SAT (critical reading and math only) or ACT test scores. You have the option of submitting results from the previous or redesigned SAT. If you have fewer than 24 credits of previous college work completed, you will need to submit official SAT or ACT scores.
    • NYIT SAT Code: 2561, NYIT ACT Code: 2832
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 300–350 word essay explaining your desire to work in the nursing field
  • Submit supporting documentation, including proof of unencumbered State Professional Nurse licensure and current registration

International Students Special Requirements

Transfer Status

Once admitted to NYIT, students receive an online transfer orientation session:

  • College courses taken elsewhere and transferred to NYIT may meet general education requirements or pre-requisite course requirements. Students may transfer up to 70 approved credits. Additionally, students receive 27 credits for previous nursing education and their R.N. license.
  • Transfer credits will be evaluated at the transfer orientation session to ensure accurate course transfer and registration. Once the student is admitted to the nursing sequence, if the student is inactive for one semester or more, the student must reapply for admission to the R.N. to B.S. Completion Program.

A total of 127 credits are required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Requirements for Applicants to NYIT as Nursing Majors

  • Active, unrestricted, unencumbered State License as a Registered Nurse (R.N.)
    • *Students awaiting their NCLEX-R.N. score who have not yet been awarded the Registered Professional Nurse License may be admitted conditionally, but must complete licensure as follows in order to progress in the program. Students must be licensed to practice as a R.N. in New York State by May 31 for those students admitted for the spring semester and by December 1 for those admitted for the fall semester. Students unable to document receiving a New York State R.N. license will not be permitted to continue in the nursing major 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 program. This program must be from a regionally accredited college or other qualified institution acceptable to the standards of NYIT.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 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 NYIT may meet general education requirements or pre-requisite course requirements. Transfer credits will be evaluated at the transfer orientation to ensure accurate course transfer and registration. A grade of C+ is required in identified pre-requisite (transferred in and internal) courses. Applicants to the R.N. to B.S. in Nursing Completion Program must have completed 36 credits of liberal arts and sciences. 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 nursing content and licensure.
  • All required prerequisite courses specific to nursing courses must be completed prior to nursing course registration.
  • Students must have access to a computer and internet services. Technical competence and computer literacy is an expectation of the program.
  • All R.N. to B.S. in Nursing 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, CPR certification, and two references 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 minimum grades of C+ in all required Nursing courses and maintain a minimum cumulative College GPA of 2.75. Students who receive a C or lower for a required nursing course or clinical lab rotation for a second time will become ineligible to remain in the Nursing Program.