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Curriculum Information Guide


Dr. Lori Goodstone, Chair
Nursing Dept.
Theresa Patnode Santmann School of Health Sciences


Bachelor of Science Degree

The Nursing program prepares students for entry into the profession of Nursing. Upon graduation, students receive the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing and are eligible to take the National Council of State Board Licensing Exam for RNs (NCLEX-RN).

The curriculum will prepare graduates to provide professional nursing skills to individuals, families and groups in a variety of structured and unstructured healthcare settings, as well as the leadership skills needed to supervise nursing care delivered in community settings. The curriculum offers a balance of courses in general education and nursing. The students are provided with the theoretical knowledge and clinical practice needed to administer care for individuals throughout the life cycle. Graduates are prepared as beginning practitioners to help address the regional need for nurses. Learning experiences take place in the classroom, College nursing laboratory and in a variety of clinical settings. All students are assisted in the development of their potential with guidance offered by faculty who possess broad nursing experience and academic preparation in the field. Students participate in the Student Nurse Association and have opportunities to volunteer through the Department’s Student Nurse Civic Engagement Program.

Advanced Standing status is available.

(All applications submitted for the program by December 15 receive equal consideration.)

The Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, P: (202) 887-6791, F: (202) 887-8476


The New York State Board of Regents through the Division of Professional Education, Professional Education Program Review, 89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor West Wing, Albany, NY 11234, P. (518) 474-3817 ext. 360, F. (518) 473-0114


Typical Employment Opportunities

First level nursing positions in hospitals, home health agencies, long-term facilities, and primary and preventive care throughout the community. 

Nursing (BS) Program Goals:

  • Contribute to meeting current and future health care needs of diverse populations of the region by educating students to provide safe, evidence-based, and patient-centered professional nursing services that reflect ethical clinical judgment and interprofessional collaboration in varied settings.
  • Provide a quality program in nursing education including, activities, and service programs that are supportive of the learning needs of diverse students so that they may accomplish their educational goals and encourage lifelong learning.
  • Use health care technologies, information systems, and technological innovations to create stimulating environments that support and enrich learning and prepare graduates for changes in the health care environment.
  • Provide an environment that supports academic and teaching excellence, scholarly activities, and opportunities for leadership and contributions to the nursing profession.
  • Educate students to become self-aware, ethical, caring, collaborative, and clinically and culturally competent practitioners prepared to engage in nursing as caregivers and leaders.

Nursing (BS) Program Outcomes:

At the completion of the BS nursing program, graduates will:

  • Synthesize knowledge from liberal arts and sciences, humanities and nursing to provide holistic and patient centered care that promotes empowerment and optimal well-being of individuals, families and communities.
  • Practice professional nursing incorporating caring, respect, diversity, integrity, ethics, and the influences of human responses on illness, suffering and healing to assist individuals, families and communities to achieve maximal fulfillment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, critical thinking, and evidence-based clinical judgments to provide therapeutic nursing care interventions for patients throughout the lifespan, for families and communities with multiple and complex health stressors in a variety of settings.
  • Use effective communication to collaborate with patients, colleagues, and members of the interprofessional health team to improve health care outcomes for patients, families and communities.
  • Incorporate principles of safety, health information technology, organizational and health care systems theory, quality improvement, and political trends in the provision of high quality and safe patient care.
  • Express an identity of self as a bachelor prepared nurse and exhibit professional values and behaviors as described by ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice.
  • Apply leadership, advocacy, and management strategies in multiple settings to advocate for high quality, safe, accessible, and fiscally responsible healthcare.
  • Participate in activities that contribute to advancement of the profession including developing autonomy, advocacy, activism, change, and responsible citizenship.
  • Integrate evidence-based findings, research, and nursing theory in decision making in nursing practice.
  • Engage in self-reflection and life-long learning to maintain competence as a member of the profession and to achieve personal goals for professional development.
Fall 2019 - Subject to Revision
Liberal Arts and Sciences (60 credits)
EGL 101 Composition I: College Writing (GE) 3
EGL 102 Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
BIO 170 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (GE) 4
BIO 171 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (GE) 4
BIO 220 Medical Microbiology 4
BIO 240 Bioethics 3
American/Other World/Western Civilization History (GE) 3
MTH 110 Statistics (GE) 3
Foreign Language – Level II (GE) 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (GE) 3
PSY 232 Child Development 3
SOC 228 Society and Health 3
SPE 202 Interpersonal Communications (GE) 3
The Arts (GE) 3
Humanities (GE) 3
Liberal Arts Elective 12
Required: Nursing (66 credits)
NUR 100 Health Assessment 3
NUR 114 Clinical and Theoretical Foundations of Baccalaureate Nursing Practice 7
NUR 215W  Developing Nurses’ Ways of Knowing 3
NUR 216 The Art of Nursing 2
NUR 217 Care of Individuals Experiencing Acute Health Changes 6
NUR 302 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 305 Health Promotion and Patient Education 3
NUR 306 Care of Individuals Experiencing Chronic Health Challenges 6
NUR 307 Nursing Care of Children and the Child Bearing Family 6
NUR 311 Clinical Pharmacology for Nursing 3
NUR 401 Modes of Inquiry 3
NUR 402 Community and Mental Health Nursing 6
NUR 404 Nurse as Advocate and Change Agent 3
NUR 405 Nursing Practicum 9
HST 301 Healthcare Organization 3

Total Credits:


To continue in the nursing program a grade of C+ or better must be maintained in all nursing courses. A grade of B or better is required in BIO 170 and BIO 171, and a C is required in BIO 220 to remain in the nursing program.

Curriculum Summary

Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 126

Please refer to the General Education, Applied Learning, and Writing Intensive requirement sections of the College Catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that graduation requirements are satisfied.

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.