Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Program


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 to Baccalaureate Degree Program (RNBP) is designed for students with either an associate's 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 pre-admission coursework in the arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences. Learning experiences are focused on the world’s evolving healthcare environment. Communication, negotiation and leadership skills are emphasized, as students provide care to individuals, families, groups and communities. Various models of professional nursing and healthcare are introduced.

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)

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
  • Admission requirements for graduates of SUNY Associate of Science (AS) degree programs in nursing may differ as per the SUNY transfer path. Applicants are urged to attend Information Sessions for further advisement regarding admission requirements.
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

**Stony Brook University students who satisfy the LANG(Communicate in a language other than English) 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 online letters of recommendation
  • Completion of three prerequisite sciences by the application deadline
  • Meet the Professional Standards For Admission and Retention (see below)

Additional Requirements upon Admission

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • All newly admitted students will receive an email from the SON Required Documentation email address, shown below, with detailed instruction to utilize the required CastleBranch web-based software system. This system requires a one time fee and is where students will upload and manage required documents.""
  • All preadmission classes must be completed prior to the start of the program
  • Technical Requirements


  • Applications are available after August 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
  • All admissions required coursework must be completed prior to beginning the nursing major.


Process for Clinical Experiences

The Office of Clinical Placements facilitates the processing of clinical placement requests and contracts for all clinical affiliations within the baccalaureate, master’s, advanced certificate, and DNP programs. The office works collaboratively with faculty to secure clinical placement sites for students. Once a suitable site is identified, students submit a clinical placement request form for processing. The office maintains electronic data systems and records related to students, clinical placement sites, clinical affiliation agreements, clinical contracts and preceptors. Central to the clinical placement process for all programs is the establishment of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract which is executed between SUNY and the clinical site. Upon final execution of a clinical affiliation agreement, SUNY procures and provides the site with a certificate of insurance or related protection evidencing the required insurance coverage. The provisions of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract include the responsibilities and mutual terms that are agreed upon during the life of the agreement.

For more information, please contact:

Valerie DiGiovanni
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