Online Nursing BS Degree Completion

Complete your bachelor's in nursing online in an accelerated 12-month program, while continuing to work as an RN.

Online Nursing BS Degree Completion

Complete your degree and further your career in just 12 months

Maria College’s 12-month, fully online, asynchronous RN-BS program instills the importance of caring and compassionate service to others in alignment with the College’s core values. The program is designed to support each individual student’s professional goals and vision while being mindful of healthcare industry trends. Studying in a supportive learning community, students will cultivate new experiences in areas such as evidence-based practice, health care policy and advocacy, community nursing, and nursing leadership.

Enrollment & Program Details

Students may enroll in the Fall and Spring. The curriculum consists of 4 semesters: two 15-week semesters in the Fall and Spring, and two 7-week semesters in the Summer. A total of 90 hours of clinical experience is required for the program. The clinical hours are divided evenly between Community and Global Perspectives in Nursing and Epidemiology and Transformational Leadership and Management. The Director of Clinical Experiences will provide support to students regarding finding clinical placements.

Maria College also offers a hybrid in-person Nursing RN-BS Completion program. You will complete the same degree with these two programs but they are structured differently to meet the needs of different learners. Reach out to our admissions office to talk through which program makes the most sense for you.

We designed this program with working nurses in mind

The online RN-BS Degree in Nursing Completion program was designed for the motivated RN looking complete their bachelor’s in nursing while continuing to work and balance other life priorities. Students will benefit from faculty who are nursing experts in a variety of specialization areas, in addition to being skilled educators and scholars. Students will watch pre-recorded lectures on Blackboard™ and participate in discussion topics with their peers. In some courses, students will also participate in virtual simulation through vSim™ and Shadow Health designed to simulate real nursing scenarios. Students will interact with patients in a safe, realistic environment, and will receive feedback from their professor on the recorded session.

Our tutoring team gives you the support you need to succeed

The Mary Beth O’Brien Tutoring Center provides students with a collaborative learning environment designed to further develop their academic skills through one-on-one support. Composed of faculty, professional tutors, and peer tutors, the tutoring team works with students individually to improve their approach to learning and hone the skills necessary for achieving academic and professional success. The nursing department in collaboration with the tutoring center provides support and learning services for students online and asynchronously.

Accreditation

The Online RN-BS Degree in Nursing Completion Program at Maria College located in Albany, New York is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the RN-BS Degree in Nursing Completion Program is Continuing Accreditation.

  • Program Learning Outcomes

    After completion of the Online RN-BS Completion Program at Maria College, the graduate will be able to:

    • 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, evidence-based practice, and the nursing process to collaborate, coordinate, evaluate, and improve care for the advancement of nursing knowledge and practice in a changing healthcare environment.
    • Advocate for socially just healthcare policies for individuals, groups, and communities in diverse healthcare 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 310

    Pathophysiology

    3

    NUR 326

    Holistic Pharmacology

    3

    NUR 330

    Nursing Theory and Contemporary Trends

    3

    NUR 345

    Research to Promote Evidence Based Practice in Nursing

    3

    NUR 355

    Comprehensive Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan

    4

    NUR 418

    Healthcare Policy and Advocacy for Vulnerable Populations

    3

    NUR 428

    Community and Global Perspectives in Nursing and Epidemiology

    4

    NUR 430

    Teaching and Learning

    3

    NUR 445

    Transformational Leadership and Management

    4

    Required Arts and Sciences Credits (30 credits)

    MAT 200

    Statistics

    3

    ENG 315

    Health, Wellness, and Writing

    3

    CSC 308

    Healthcare Informatics

    3

    PHI 300

    Healthcare Ethics

    3

    PSY 300

    Organizational Change

    3

    SOC 300

    Medical Sociology

    3

    CUL 320

    Cultures, Health and Healing

    3

    RES 201

    Foundations of Social Justice

    3

     

    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

    Fall Admission

    First Semester: Fall (15 weeks)

    Course

     

    Credits

    MAT 200

    Statistics

    3

    ENG 315

    Health, Wellness, and Writing

    3

    CSC 308

    Healthcare Informatics

    3

    NUR 310

    Pathophysiology

    3

    NUR 326

    Holistic Pharmacology

    3

     

     

    15

    Second Semester: Spring (15 weeks)

    PHI 300

    Healthcare Ethics

    3

    PSY 300

    Organizational Change

    3

    NUR 330

    Nursing Theory and Contemporary Trends

    3

    NUR 345

    Research to Promote Evidence Based Practice in Nursing

    3

    NUR 355

    Comprehensive Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan

    4

     

     

    16

    Third Semester: Summer (7 weeks)

    SOC 300

    Medical Sociology

    3

    CUL 320

    Cultures, Health and Healing

    3

    NUR 418

    Healthcare Policy and Advocacy for Vulnerable Populations

    3

    NUR 428

    Community and Global Perspectives in Nursing and Epidemiology

    4

     

     

    13

    Fourth Semester: Summer (7 weeks)

    NUR 430

    Teaching and Learning

    3

    NUR 445

    Transformational Leadership and Management

    4

    Arts and Sciences Electives (RES 201 required if not taken already)

     

    9

     

     

    16

    Spring Admission

    First Semester: Spring (15 weeks)

    Course

     

    Credits

    MAT 200

    Statistics

    3

    ENG 315

    Health, Wellness, and Writing

    3

    CSC 308

    Healthcare Informatics

    3

    NUR 310

    Pathophysiology

    3

    NUR 326

    Holistic Pharmacology

    3

     

     

    15

    Second Semester: Summer (7 weeks)

    PHI 300

    Healthcare Ethics

    3

    PSY 300

    Organizational Change

    3

    NUR 330

    Nursing Theory and Contemporary Trends

    3

    NUR 345

    Research to Promote Evidence Based Practice in Nursing

    3

    NUR 355

    Comprehensive Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan

    4

     

     

    16

    Third Semester: Summer (7 weeks)

    SOC 300

    Medical Sociology

    3

    CUL 320

    Cultures, Health and Healing

    3

    NUR 418

    Healthcare Policy and Advocacy for Vulnerable Populations

    3

    NUR 428

    Community and Global Perspectives in Nursing and Epidemiology

    4

     

     

    13

    Fourth Semester: Fall (15 weeks)

    NUR 430

    Teaching and Learning

    3

    NUR 445

    Transformational Leadership and Management

    4

    Arts and Sciences Electives (RES 201 required if not taken already)

     

    9

     

     

    16

  • Admission Requirements

    The Online Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Nursing completion program is designed for students who have obtained an unencumbered current RN license from the State of New York. The program is designed to offer flexibility to working RNs to complete their online 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.
    • 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