Nursing Degree Albany, NY

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Nursing Completion Program

BS Degree Plan:  This is designed for graduates of an accredited Associate degree or diploma program in nursing, who hold a current unrestricted RN license (or receive the RN license by the start of the clinical course(s), to complete the last two years of a four year bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Private College Albany, NY

Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in nursing completion program | Class of 2016

See below for detailed information on the Bachelor of Science (BS) in nursing completion program degree plan.

The Maria Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in nursing completion program's goal is to develop nurses who utilize evidence for practice decisions in a variety of healthcare settings and have knowledge of the issues shaping nursing and healthcare today. It also provides exposure to community health practices, outreach programs, quality improvement, nurse sensitive indicators, informatics and alternative or complementary therapies.

Courses are offered both on the Maria College campus and in collaboration with area healthcare institutions.

ACCREDITATIONS

The Nursing Program is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and/or ACEN:

ACEN Accreditation

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
P: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Web: www.acenursing.org

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Maria College Bachelor of Science degree in nursing completion program is designed for graduates of an accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing, who also hold a New York State unrestricted RN license, to complete the last two years of a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  The purpose of the program is to educate nurses who utilize evidence for practice decisions throughout a variety of healthcare settings and have knowledge of contemporary issues shaping nursing and healthcare.  Students can complete the program in either a full-time or part-time manner.  Students wishing to pursue the program part-time will develop their study plans by advisement.

All students admitted into this program must meet the health requirements of the Maria College Nursing Department and health agencies.  Satisfactory health clearance and a copy of current CPR registration must be on file in the department prior to the start of the semester in order to maintain admission status.  Students must achieve a minimum grade of C+ (77%) in all required courses.  Failure to successfully complete course work that is required by the program results in dismissal from the program.  Students may repeat a nursing course only once.  Readmission to the BS in nursing degree completion program is not automatic, is at the discretion of the Nursing Department Chair and faculty, and may depend upon space availability.  Readmission may require a written examination. The BS in nursing degree completion program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Nursing Core (30 Credits):
Course   Credits
NUR 301 Nursing Theory and Practice Issues 3
NUR 308 Healthcare Informatics 3
NUR 340 Introduction to Research and Evidence-based Practice 3
NUR 360 Health Assessment, Promotion and Diagnostic Reasoning 3
NUR 385 Community Health Nursing and Epidemiology* 6
NUR 410 Pharmacology 3
NUR 421 Leadership, Management and Ethics in Nursing 3
NUR 460 Nursing Specialty and Synthesis Seminar* 6

 

Required Liberal Arts and Sciences (24 credits):
Course   Credits
BIO 310 Pathophysiology 3
CUL 320 Culture, Health and Healing 3
ENG 300 Advance Composition 3
MAT 200 Statistics 3
PHI 300 Healthcare Ethics 3
PSY 300 Organizational Psychology 3
SOC 410 Health Promotion across the Lifespan* 6
*Experiential learning or clinical required for course 

Electives (6 credits):

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (6 credits): any ART, BIO, CHM, COM, CUL, ECO, ENG, GER, HIS, HUM, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RES, SCI, SOC, SPA

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing completion program, graduates will be able to:
  • Synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences and nursing to promote the health and well-being of culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Using leadership knowledge and skills to promote the culture of safety in nursing and health practices.
  • Provide compassionate professional nursing care at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention based on evidence-based practice and research.
  • Use current technology to evaluate emerging health care needs for diverse populations.
  • Apply knowledge of healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments that influence nursing practice.
  • Collaborate with health care colleagues to promote holistic health care for individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Implement healthcare activities that empower individuals, families, groups, and communities to manage their health care at the local, national, and global level.
  • Advocate for socially just healthcare for individuals, groups and communities from diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate accountability for professional standards of moral, legal and ethical conduct.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-MARIA STUDENTS

Above and beyond the general requirements for transfer admission or re-admission to Maria College, students applying to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in nursing completion program are required to complete or submit the following:

Additional Requirements:

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5
  • Prerequisite Coursework:*

 3 Credits of English Composition
 3 Credits of Developmental/Life span Psychology
 8 Credits of Anatomy and Physiology
 4 Credits of Microbiology
12 Credits of additional courses in the Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Ability to meet both College and clinical agency health requirements. 
  • Two favorable references that address professional and/or academic ability (e.g., nursing faculty member, nursing supervisor).
  • Have appropriate health clearance requirements on file in the Nursing Program office prior to clinical facilities visits.

Course work within the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in nursing completion program will require the student to have a firm foundation in liberal arts and nursing, as well as a RN license to practice nursing. These requirements will ensure that the student is prepared to meet the program’s demands. Diploma graduates must have completed their non-nursing course work at a college or university for credits to be applicable for transfer into Maria College.

*If you have questions or feel that you do not meet all the requirements to be admitted to the program, please contact the Office of Admission to discuss possible options.  Phone: 518.861.2517 or Email: admissions@mariacollege.edu

CURRENT AAS NURSING STUDENT APPLICATION INFORMATION

If you are a current Maria AAS Nursing student, you are eligible to apply for the Maria Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in nursing completion program "change of status" form.  The form can be found in the Registrar’s Office or download by clicking here.  Please complete and submit prior to graduation.

ALUMNI OF MARIA COLLEGE'S AAS NURSING PROGRAM

Please contact the Admission Office for the simplified admission process steps and to also complete the Re-Enrollment Application.  You can also complete the online form by clicking here.

COURSE SEQUENCE

The Maria College Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in nursing completion program is designed for graduates of an accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing, who hold a current unrestricted RN license or receive the RN license by the start of the clinical course(s), to complete the last two years of a bachelor's degree in nursing completion program.

 

Course Fall Credits
ENG 300   Advanced Composition 3
MAT 200   Statistics 3
NUR 301 Nursing Theory & Practice Issues 3
NUR 360   Health Assessment, Promotion and Diagnostic Reasoning 3
PSY 300   Organizational Psychology 3
    15

 

Course Spring Credits
BIO 310   Pathophysiology 3
CUL 320 Cultures, Health & Healing 3
NUR 340   Intro to Research and Evidence-based Research                3
*NUR 385  Community Health Nursing and Epidemiology 6
     15

 

Course Fall Credits
NUR 308   Healthcare Informatics 3
NUR 410   Pharmacology 3
NUR 421   Leadership, Management and Ethics in Nursing                3
*SOC 410  Health Promotion Across Life Span 6
    15

 

Course Spring Credits
*NUR 460  Nursing Specialty and Synthesis Seminar 6
PHI 300   Health Care Ethics 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 6
    15

*Experiential learning or clinical required for course.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT DATA

Year Completion Job Placement
2014  57% 100%*
2013 56% 100%
2012 63% 80%

*Employment rate based on student response from the Placement Survey Report.