College Catalog Fall 2008 - Spring 2009
Nursing: Distance Learning - BS Nurs

The Field

The U.S. is experiencing a nationwide crisis in its number of qualified nurses and other healthcare professionals. The Health Resources and Services Administration projects that New York State alone will experience a shortage of 17,000 RNs by the year 2010. A lack of nurses with baccalaureate degrees has repercussions for nearly every segment of society, particularly in rural areas, where healthcare choices are limited. 

SUNY Delhi's Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will provide New York State with qualified Nursing graduates who will be eligible for expanded job opportunities including advanced practice, management, and teaching, and who also will be able to pursue advanced degrees and faculty appointments at institutions of higher education. In combination with SUNY Delhi’s longstanding relationships with regional healthcare leaders, this program will contribute significantly to economic development within the region and beyond, providing the healthcare industry with the educated professionals it demands. In addition the program has been developed in preparation for the New York State Board of Nursing’s initiative to advance the profession of nursing by requiring nurses prepared at the associate's degree level to complete a baccalaureate degree within ten years of graduation.

The Instructional Program

The RN-to-BSN program at SUNY Delhi provides educational mobility for registered nurses who seek a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The RN-to-BSN curriculum is designed with the working registered nurse in mind and offers versatility and flexibility as the program is 100% online. Precepted clinical experiences for select courses are completed in the student's hometown area. The objectives of the program emphasize critical thinking and practice skills necessary for clinical management of patients within a constantly changing healthcare environment. A total of 120 credits is required to earn a BSN at SUNY Delhi; however, the length of the program varies depending on equivalent prerequisite courses completed. Opportunities for full- and part-time study are available to allow students to proceed at their own pace.

Highlights of the program include the following:

Curriculum

SUNY Curriculum Code: 2021

Example of Accelerated Plan of Study

Semester 1

Term 1 (7 weeks)

Term 2 (7 weeks)

Course

Credits

Course

Credits

NURS 300: Nursing Science

3

NURS 301:  Health Assessment*

4

ALHT 300:  Pathophysiology

3

NURS 302:  Nursing Research

3

Total Credits: 6

Total Credits: 7

Semester 2

Term 1 (7 weeks)

Term 2 (7 weeks)

Course

Credits

Course

Credits

ALHT 301: Ethics in Health Care

3

NURS 400:  Leadership and Management in Nursing*

4

NURS 303: Health Promotion

3

ALHT 400:  Epidemiology

3

Total Credits: 6

Total Credits: 7

Semester 3

Term 1 (7 weeks)

Term 2 (7 weeks)

Course

Credits

Course

Credits

NURS 401: Community Health Nursing*

4

NURS 403:  Advanced Clinical Practicum*

4

NURS 402:  Teaching and Learning in Nursing

3

ALHT 401:  Health Care Policy

3

Total Credits: 7

Total Credits: 7

*Precepted clinical course

Credit Summary

Major (Nursing) and required electives

40

Upper-Division LA&S

Minimum of 16

Lower-Division Credits

Minimum of 60

Total

120

Admissions Requirements

Roles and Competencies

The Provider of Care is defined as a nurse who utilizes a systematic process, assists clients in meeting healthcare needs in a wide variety of settings, and coordinates the care of clients using a multidisciplinary approach.

The Manager of Care is defined as a nurse who optimizes resources to achieve desired outcomes for promotion of health in client populations.

The Member of the Profession is defined as a nurse who is accountable for the ethical, legal, and professional dimensions of the practice of nursing.

These roles are actualized through the following core competencies (New York State Education Articulation Model, April 2007):

Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Nursing B.S. Nurs. program is a nurse generalist with additional liberal and professional nursing education who synthesizes knowledge from nursing, biophysical, and social sciences in the practice of professional nursing, and independently provides evidence-based nursing care by:

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Last Updated: 8/3/08