Baccalaureate-Level Nursing Degree (BS-N) to Begin Fall 2010

Officials at Alfred State College are pleased to announce the establishment of a baccalaureate-level nursing degree (BS-N) at the college which will begin accepting students in August 2010.

This upper-division program enhances the student’s knowledge and skills, enabling graduates to function more autonomously and interdependently in increasingly more diverse, complex, and dynamic healthcare environments. Moreover, the program will enhance the students’ potential to expand their responsibilities in practice to be designers, coordinators, and managers of care. The program will provide an opportunity for qualified registered nurse graduates of accredited or state-approved associate degree or diploma programs to further their professional education and will also serve as a solid academic foundation for advanced study in nursing at the graduate level.

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 can deliver, design, and coordinate care for a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds to improve client outcomes.

The nursing electives have been developed to reflect the needs of the healthcare practitioner in the 21st century and one specifically to further advance the graduate’s understanding of rural health issues.

All of the courses in the major will be offered in a blended format with online presentation typically coupled with two in-residence classes per semester. The courses have been designed to allow for scheduling flexibility within a structured learning environment and to foster face-to-face relationships between and among the instructor and learners. A “C” grade is the required minimum for upper-division nursing courses. A 2.0 GPA must be maintained throughout the program.

Generally each BS–N course has two in-residence periods, one toward the beginning of the semester and the second at the end of the semester. Four of the BS–N courses have a service learning component, requiring a minimum of 10 hours of service each. Health Assessment and Promotion (NURS 6413) has a weekly off-campus two-hour laboratory component that is faculty-guided. Population Focused Care in the Community (NURS 7004) has a three-hour laboratory component in which students will have a guided preceptor community clinical experience.

Admission to the BSN program requires graduation from an 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 2.0 (out of a possible 4.0). The applicant’s associate degree course work must include at least 30 credits of nursing, eight credits of anatomy and physiology, a lab course in microbiology, and course work in communication and 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 NYS model program.

The three requirements (above) for entrance into the program set the matriculation bar appropriately high. Graduate nurses will not progress beyond the first semester in the baccalaureate program until achievement of an active, unencumbered U.S. nursing license, thus ensuring success in the program. Registered nurses who have successfully completed an associate degree or diploma program in nursing and are motivated to enhance their liberal education background as well as challenge themselves with study, writing, and application of knowledge at the upper division level in nursing are qualified to manage the rigor of the baccalaureate in nursing.

It is anticipated that program graduates may expect to find career opportunities in leadership, management, research, education and practice opportunities in a variety of settings including hospitals, ambulatory setting, clinics, schools, long-term care facilities, industry, and with health insurance providers.

For additional information, contact Dr. Mary Condon, Nursing Program Director, (607) 587-3680 or via e-mail at condonma@alfredstate.edu or the Admissions Office at 1-800-4-ALFRED, (607) 587-4215, or admissions@alfredstate.edu.