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Curriculum Information Guide

Nursing RN to BS Completion - online

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

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Nursing RN to BS Completion Program will prepare licensed registered nurses 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 acute and community settings. The curriculum offers a balance of courses in general education and nursing. Students are provided with the theoretical knowledge and clinical practice needed to administer care for individuals throughout the life cycle. Learning experiences take place in the online environment and 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.  

Baccalaureate prepared nurses are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to meet complex health care challenges. Building on initial nursing preparation, the RN to BS Completion program will prepare graduates for a broader scope of practice, enhanced professional development, and better understanding social, economic, cultural, and political issues that affect health care delivery. Inclusion of leadership and public and community health concepts foster stronger clinical reasoning and analytic skills which promote career advancement.

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


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

Registered nurses with a Bachelor degree are prepared to assume leadership responsibilities in the roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession.

Nursing RN to BS Completion 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 RN to BS Completion Program Outcomes:

At the completion of the RN to BS Completion 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. 

Curriculum Summary

Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 120

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.


To continue in the nursing program a grade of C+ or better must be maintained in all nursing courses and a C is required in BIO 220.

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.