Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Program


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    Offered through Distance Education with On-Site Requirements

    Spring Admission: Program begins in January*
    Summer Admission: Program begins in May*
    *RN license is required within 11 weeks from the start of the program.

    Dr. GambinoProgram Overview

    The Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Program is designed for students with either an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The curriculum is concentrated in the upper division and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing.

    The upper-division nursing major draws on the lower-division prerequisite courses from the humanities, and the natural and social sciences. Students are provided learning experiences focused on the world's evolving health care environment through communication, negotiation, and leadership. Students are provided learning experiences focused on individuals, families, groups and communities. In addition students are exposed to various models of professional nursing and health care.

    Admission Requirements
    • Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 is required
    • 57 college credits with a grade C or better
      in the following courses
    Required Courses*   Credits
    English Composition 3
    Sociology 3
    Psychology 3
    Lifespan Development 3
    Microbiology/Lab 4
    Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4
    Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
    Chemistry 3
    Statistics 3
    Humanities 6
    Fine Arts 3
    US History 3
    Global Issues 3
    Second Semester of Elementary Foreign Language** 3
    Electives 9

    Total Credits

      57 minimum

    *The SUNY Transfer Path for Nursing may affect admission requirements for graduation of SUNY AS degree programs in nursing. Applicants are urged to attend Information Sessions for further advisement regarding admission requirements.
    **Stony Brook University students who satisfy the skill level 3 requirement for foreign language through the Stony Brook University Placement Exam will fulfill the foreign language admission requirement for the School of Nursing. However, the number of required elective credits must increase from 9 to 12 in order to meet the minimum requirement of 57 credits.

    Additional Application Requirements
    • Application and personal statement
    • Paid application fee or approved waiver
    • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Completion of three prerequisite sciences by the application deadline
    • Meet the Technical Standards For Admission and Retention (see below)

    Additional Requirements upon Admission
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Certification in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (BLS) w/ AED
    • Evidence of meeting University health requirements
    • Evidence of health insurance
    • Evidence of student malpractice insurance
    • All prerequisite classes must be completed prior to the start of the program
    • Technical Requirements

    • Applications are available after September 1 at
    • Receipt of application, letters of recommendation and paid application fee (or approved waiver) are due at application deadline
    • All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Services ( or a comparable institution
    • Admission to the Nursing program is highly competitive. Meeting minimum criteria for admission does not guarantee acceptance. The School of Nursing reserves the right to make final decisions based upon the applicant pool each year.
    • The first two years may be completed at Stony Brook or another accredited college or university. All admissions required coursework must be completed prior to beginning the nursing major.


    Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Program Curriculum

    Graduation Requirements Credits

    Professional Socialization
    HNC 350 Perspectives in Nursing Education and Nursing Practice 2
    HNC 440 Research in Nursing 2
    HNC 479 Professional, Managerial, Legal and Ethical Implications for Nursing Practice 3

    Health Related Sciences
    HNC 310 Pathology 3
    HNC 333 Fundamentals of Pharmacology 4
    HNC 499 Clinical Epidemiology 3

    Clinical Nursing
    Clinical Practice Portfolio - submitted while in program 28
    HNC 340 Novice to Expert 6
    HNC 370 Health Assessment 3
    HNC 469 Nursing Practice Family and Community 6
    HNC 470 Nursing Management Practicum 6
    Electives 5

    Total Credits

    (*43 Curriculum + 28 Clinical Practice Portfolio)

    Advanced Placement Credits

    RN Baccalaureate students are required to submit a clinical practice portfolio to be evaluated for 28 advanced placement credits. If the portfolio does not meet academic standards, the student will not be able to continue in the program. The Clinical Practice Portfolio must be submitted by the end of your first year of study. The cost is $300.00

    Undergraduate Program Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program the baccalaureate graduate nurse will be able to:

    1. Apply principles from the sciences, arts and humanities to patient-centered nursing practice. (Essential I: Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice)
    2. Use theories from nursing and related disciplines to guide research, policy and clinical nursing practice. (Essential V: Health Care Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments)
    3. Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise in the delivery of safe, quality care to diverse individuals, families and communities. (Essential III: Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice; Essential IX: Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice / QSEN: Evidence Based Practice)
    4. Apply knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement and patient safety to provide high quality health care. (Essential II: Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety / QSEN: Quality Improvement; QSEN: Safety)
    5. Use information management and patient care technologies in communication, mitigation of error, decision making and optimization of quality patient outcomes. (Essential IV: Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology / QSEN: Informatics)
    6. Engage effectively within nursing and interprofessional teams to foster open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision. (Essential VI: Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes / QSEN: Teamwork and Collaboration)
    7. Demonstrate professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. (Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values)
    8. Incorporate cultural values and preferences in the delivery of care to individuals, families, communities and populations across the life span. (Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health / QSEN: Patient-Centered Care)
    9. Formulate the value of practice excellence, lifelong learning and professional engagement. (Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values)

    Technical Standards for Admission and Retention

    The Stony Brook University School of Nursing faculty has specified technical standards critical to the success of students in any Stony Brook University nursing program. Qualified applicants are expected to meet all academic admission criteria, as well as these technical standards, appropriate to their program of study.

    1. Observation

    The applicant/nursing student must be able to participate actively in all classroom, clinical and laboratory exercises. The applicant/nursing student must be able to assess and comprehend the condition of all patients assigned to her or him. Such observation and information acquisition usually requires the functional use of visual, auditory, olfactory and somatic senses.

    2. Communication

    The applicant/nursing student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, assess non-verbal communications, and be able to effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, staff and all members of the health care team. Skills include verbal, written, and nonverbal abilities consistent with effective communication.

    3. Sensory/Motor

    The applicant/nursing student must be able to use the senses of seeing, hearing, touch, and smell to make correct judgments regarding patient conditions for the purpose of demonstrating competence to safely engage in the practice of nursing. The applicant/nursing student must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patient and be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients.

    4. Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities

    The applicant/nursing student must be able to measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate to engage completely in the safe practice of nursing.

    5. Behavioral and Social Attributes

    The applicant/nursing student must have the emotional health to fully use her or his intellectual ability, exercise good judgment, and complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients. The practice of nursing requires applicants/nursing students to be able to develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and colleagues. To provide safe patient care applicants/nursing students must possess characteristics of adaptability, flexibility, and be able to function in the face of uncertainty. The health care environment requires applicants/nursing students to be able tolerate physical and emotional stress and continue to function effectively and efficiently. She/he must have a high level of compassion for others, motivation to serve, integrity and a consciousness of social values. Candidates and students must possess sufficient interpersonal skills to interact positively with people from all levels of society, all ethnic backgrounds and all belief systems.

    For more information, please contact:

    Valerie DiGiovanni
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