B.S. in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

For those just beginning in their careers or those seeking a career change, the nursing profession offers a broad range of roles and options in meeting the health needs of individuals, families, communities and populations. The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing preparing new nurses through two tracks:

  • Full-time day track
  • Accelerated 2nd degree track—a 16-month program for students who already hold a baccalaureate degree in another field. This track offers admission in the Summer, Spring, and Fall. 

Graduates of the B.S. program are prepared to:

  1. Integrate knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences when providing professional nursing care to diverse individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations throughout the life span and across the continuum of healthcare settings.
  2. Identify principles of leadership and management for quality improvement and patient safety to the delivery of high quality professional nursing care within current cultural, economic, organizational, and political perspectives.
  3. Integrate evidence-based best practices into professional nursing practice to improve patient outcomes.
  4. Use information technology ethically to support evidence-based practice, decision-making, and demonstrate competence using patient care technology in the delivery of quality patient care across the continuum of care.
  5. Examine healthcare, financial, and regulatory policies that influence the practice of professional nursing and access to care and promote advocacy for consumers and the profession.
  6. Collaborate with members of the interprofessional team to improve communication to provide patient centered care.
  7. Provide population-based professional nursing care that integrates concepts of demographics, social determinants of health, health promotion, disease and injury prevention, risk assessment, genetics/genomics, equity, and resource utilization in the delivery of quality and safe care.
  8. Demonstrate professionalism and accountability in nursing practice applying professional values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.
  9. Apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes using clinical reasoning to develop nursing interventions that recognize culture, spirituality, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and sexual orientation in the delivery of professional nursing care to all consumers across the lifespan.

Admission Requirements

Incoming freshman students

  • Minimum high school GPA of 85%
  • SAT 1050 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) or ACT Composite of 20
  • High School Science and Math grades B or higher (85% or > in each math and science course).

Transfer Students

  • College GPA of 3.0 or better (85% or higher) for all work done at other colleges.
  • Achieve grades of B or better (3.0/85% or higher) in each of the following courses: Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, Algebra, and Statistics.
  • Transfer students with fewer than 24 college credits must meet both transfer and freshman requirements.

Accelerated Students

  • Have a previous bachelors degree and maintain a college GPA of 3.3 or better (88% or higher).
  • Achieve grades of B+ or better (3.3/88% or higher) in each of the following courses: Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, Algebra, and Statistics.
Upon acceptance to the nursing major, freshman (and transfer students whose English and mathematics courses have not been accepted by the University) are required to take a placement exam to assess skills in reading, English and Mathematics. Exam results are used to program the student’s first courses in the appropriate English and mathematics courses.

Progression Criteria

Generic BS Nursing Program

  •      Achieve a C+ or better in all science and nursing courses and maintain a minimum nursing and overall GPA of 2.75. 

Accelerated BS Nursing Program

  •      Achieve a B or better in all science and nursing courses and maintain a minimum nursing and overall GPA of 3.0.

Note: All science courses must have been completed within 5 years of acceptance to the program.

Clinical Placement Eligibility Criteria      

  • Satisfactorily complete the required health forms – including titers, health clearance, and vaccines
  • Pass a background check*
  • Pass a drug screen
  • Complete HIPAA and OSHA certification courses
  • Complete an American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers Course and provide a certification card.
  • Comply with criminal background checks and drug screening as required for eligibility to access entrance into specific clinical agencies as related to clinical course objective.*

 *Pending review by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, persons who have been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation could be ineligible for Registered Nurse Licensure in the State of New York, even though they have successfully completed the program.

***A student needs General Psychology as well as Lifespan or Human Development. Childhood or Adolescent Psychology alone will not fulfill the requirement for Nursing***


Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn
School of Nursing

Peggy C. Tallier, Dean