BS Degree - Code #0291
Alfred State College now offers a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BS–N), an upper-division completion program which enhances students' knowledge and skills foundation to function more autonomously and interdependently in diverse, complex, and dynamic health care environments. Moreover, the program will enhance students' potential to expand their responsibilities in practice to be designers, coordinators, and managers of care. Lastly, the program will serve as a solid academic foundation for advanced study in nursing at the graduate level. Alfred State's BS-N program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036.
The graduate will be prepared to assume a leadership role in the health care delivery system using gained experience, research, and technology for evidence-based decision making. The baccalaureate graduate will be able to deliver, design, and coordinate care for a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds to improve client outcomes.
Applicants must have completed an accredited or state-approved associate degree or diploma program in nursing and be a qualified registered professional nurse (RN). Those who have not yet passed the NCLEX–RN must obtain their RN license to progress into the second semester BS–N courses.
The core foundational nursing courses are arranged to increase the student's knowledge base and skill level for the expanded role as a baccalaureate-prepared practitioner. The program is designed to prepare a generalist, thus, contains no specialization concentrations. A professional capstone course (NURS 8013) is required as a culminating educational experience of the BS–N program.
Two required BS–N courses have clinical components to further advance the student's knowledge base and skills level. Health assessment and promotion across the lifespan (NURS 6413) has a one-credit clinical laboratory component that may be virtual, self-directed, or campus-based. Population focused care in the community (NURS 7004) allows the student an opportunity to address clients with special needs or vulnerable populations in the community through a structured, precepted clinical experience. Nursing Leadership (NURS 6003) and Capstone (NURS 8013) both include precepted experience.
Meeting the needs of registered nurses seeking a bachelor's degree, the BS-N program is offered in both an online and hybrid format. This provides flexibility and learning style choices for the adult student and working professional.
A computer with Internet access and Microsoft Word is required for the nursing program.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Leadership, management, research, education, and practice opportunities in a variety of healthcare settings and institutions throughout New York State and the U.S.
Admission to the BS-Nursing program requires graduation from an approved associate degree nursing or certified diploma program and plans to secure licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse by completion of the first semester in the program. The minimum GPA requirement for admission is 2.00. The applicant's associate degree course work will include at least 30 credits of nursing, eight credits of anatomy and physiology, a lab course in microbiology, and course work in communication, literature, psychology, and sociology. The applicant's diploma course work will include at least 30 credits of nursing, eight credits of anatomy and physiology, a lab course in microbiology, and will follow the voluntary transfer NY State model program. Students may take nine nursing upper level credits prior to matriculating in the BS program.
Students must have an active, unencumbered state license to progress into the second semester of BS-N courses.
Alfred State is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education [3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267) 284-5000]. The BS-N program is registered by NYS Education Department. The Alfred State Nursing Department is working with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) to secure accreditation for the BS-N program.
NURSING – 1+2+1 Program
Beginning fall 2013 Alfred State will be enrolling a small number of students in a new Dual Degree Program in Nursing (DDPN) as part of the New York State Nursing Education Collaborative (NYSNEC) grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The same course work will be included in this program as in the Alfred State 2+2 program, with the end results being an AAS in nursing and qualification to take the RN NCLEX exam, followed by the BS in nursing. The difference is in the course plan.
In the DDPN, also known as the 1+2+1 program, students will begin with a year of background/foundational coursework. They will then complete the basic nursing program in the middle two years, earning the AAS after year three, and complete the BS in one additional year. In the traditional 2+2 program the student will take nursing classes beginning in the first semester, complete the AAS in two years and complete the BS in an additional two years.