BS Degree Completion

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BS Degree Completion

The Maria College’s RN – BS Degree in Nursing Completion Program is designed for licensed registered nurses who wish to continue their education for professional and personal development. It prepares nurses who will utilize evidence for practice decisions to adapt to a changing healthcare delivery system, to care for individuals, families, and communities and to function in Leadership positions.

Developing nursing leaders
The program facilitates the development of nurse leaders who integrate theory from nursing, humanities and biological and social sciences to transform the associate degree Registered Nurse to the baccalaureate prepared nurse. Graduates will be qualified to pursue advanced level professional and educational opportunities.

Full- and part-time options
You can pursue the BS degree on a full- or part-time basis. Classes are offered on the Maria College campus and in collaboration with area healthcare institutions.

See the BS Nursing Student Handbook for more information, or check the important links in the sidebar menu.

Accreditation

The Nursing Program is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, Office of the Professions (http://www.op.nysed.gov) 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:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000  Fax: (404) 975-5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Web: www.acenursing.org

  • Program Learning outcomes

    At the completion of the RN-BS Degree in Nursing Completion Program, the graduate of the program will:

    • Exhibit caring behaviors, cultural competence, and effective communication to meet the human needs of clients as a member of the profession of nursing and an inter-professional team.
    • Integrate ethical and legal standards with personal and professional values that encompass life-long learning into nursing practice.
    • Incorporate principles of holism, health promotion, teaching learning, and risk reduction across the life span to improve population health.
    • Utilize the research findings, evidenced-based practice, and the nursing process to collaborate, coordinate, evaluate, and improve care for the advancement of nursing knowledge and practice in a changing health-care environment.
    • Advocate for socially just health-care policies for individuals, groups, and communities in diverse health-care environments.
    • Integrate theory, bio-psycho-social knowledge, technology, and critical thinking to provide leadership in the design, coordination, and management of care across the lifespan for individuals, groups, and communities.
  • Course Overview

    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

    6

    Required Liberal Arts and Sciences (24 credits)

    BIO 310

    Pathophysiology

    3

    CUL 320

    Cultures, Health and Healing

    3

    ENG 300

    Advanced 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,
    HIS, HUM, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY,
    RES, SCI, SOC, SPA                 

  • Course Sequence

    First Year: First Semester

    Course

     

    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

    First Year: Second Semester

    BIO 310

    Pathophysiology

    3

    CUL 320

    Cultures, Health and Healing

    3

    NUR 340

    Intro to Research & Evidence-based Practice

    3

    *NUR 385

    Community Health Nursing & Epidemiology

    6

     

     

    15

    Second Year: First Semester

    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

    Second Year: Second Semester

    *NUR 460

    Nursing Specialty & Synthesis

    6

    PHI 300

    Health Care Ethics

    3

     

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    6

     

     

    15

    *Experiential learning or clinical required for course.

    **Students who have not taken RES 201, Foundations in Social Justice, must select this course as one of their liberal arts and sciences electives.

  • Application Requirements: 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:

    BS Degree in Nursing The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Nursing completion program is designed for students who have obtained an unencumbered RN License from the State of New York or have graduated with the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) within 6 months of the start of the program. The program is designed to offer flexibility to working RNs to complete their BS degree in Nursing. In addition to the regular admission standards, the following must be met by the students:

    • Prerequisite Coursework:*
      6 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
    • Completion of an associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited school of nursing with a GPA of 2.5.
    • Current unencumbered RN license within the United States or U.S. Territory, and professional liability coverage or meeting the RN licensure requirement within six months of the completion of the two-year associate degree in nursing.
    • Ability to meet both College and clinical agency health requirements.
    • Have appropriate health clearance requirements on file in the Nursing Program office prior to clinical facilities visits.

    Course work within the BS degree in Nursing completion program will require the student to have a firm foundation in liberal arts and nursing, as well as a license and ability 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

  • Application Requirements: Current AAS Nursing Student

    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 it here. Please complete and submit prior to graduation.

  • Application Requirements: Alumni of Maria College’s AAS Nursing Program

    Please contact the Admission Office, Phone: (518) 861-2517 or Email: admissions@mariacollege.edu, for the simplified admission process steps and also complete the Re-Enrollment Application.

  • Student Achievement Data

    Year

    Completion Data

    Job Placement

    2015

    56%

    100%*

    2014

    57%

    100%*

    2013

    56%

    100%*

    2012

    63%

    100%*

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

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