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2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook 
2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Academic Director: Margaret Reilly, DNS, APRN, CNE 
CUNY School of Professional Studies
101 West 31st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Email Contact: Nursing@sps.cuny.edu

The Program

The online BS in Nursing (R.N. to B.S. in Nursing) program provides registered nurses with the academic credential necessary to help them advance in the field. Through the flexibility of online study, students of this program build on prior knowledge gained at the associate’s degree level, and explore pressing issues related to today’s changing global healthcare environment. The program is designed to assist students in developing intellectual curiosity and a spirit of inquiry essential to professional development.

Dedicated CUNY faculty and expert practitioners draw on the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to help students develop and demonstrate competency in:

  • Health assessment
  • Leadership and management
  • Nursing research
  • Care of culturally diverse populations
  • Global Health and policy issues

By building on prior learning, the curriculum prepares associate’s degree and diploma nurses for the increasingly complex and varied roles that they will be expected to assume. These include:

  • Providing a safe environment for the delivery of care;
  • Practicing nursing through a humanitarian, altruistic and philanthropic lens;
  • Communicating effectively;
  • Making sound clinical judgment;
  • Working with an interdisciplinary team, including clients, families and other stakeholders; and,
  • Effectively managing patient care to ensure best possible healthcare outcomes.

Admission Criteria

In addition to the admission criteria for undergraduate degree programs, applicants to the online Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing program must meet the following criteria:

  • Associate’s degree in nursing from the City University of New York or from a non-CUNY regional or nationally accredited credit-granting institution with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Nurses who hold a nursing diploma from a non-credit granting institution may also apply. Diploma applicants will be awarded 36 credits for their nursing education, if they have passed the NCLEX-RN and have an NYS RN license to practice, and will be required to complete 84 credits of coursework to be awarded the BS in Nursing degree.
  • Current licensure in New York State as a Registered Professional Nurse, or eligibility to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination - RN (NCLEX-RN) - in New York State. Students who do not currently hold an RN license may apply to the program in the last semester of their pre-licensure program in anticipation of licensure. Unlicensed students who meet the eligibility criteria will be admitted on a case by case basis and will be required to obtain their RN license before beginning their second term in the program.

The online application requires students to complete a personal essay that will help us understand your educational goals and readiness to return to college.

Program Requirements

120 credits are required for the online Bachelor’s Degree program in Nursing, broken down as follows:

General Education 

30 credits General Education   required (12 credits common core, 18 credits flexible core). Some of these will be transfer credits from students’ associate’s degree programs.

AAS Nursing Credits

A minimum of 30 nursing credits transferred in from the students’ associates or diploma degrees. In most cases students will transfer in 45 or more credits.

BS Requirements

  • 9 credits non-nursing courses
  • 27 credits nursing courses (includes 6 credits from the SPS College Option Core).
    • Clinical Practice Experiences - among the 27 credits in nursing courses there are two courses that require a clinical component:
      • NURS 303  - requires 1 clinical credit or 45 hours. Clinical arrangements will be coordinated locally by the academic director.

      • NURS 499  - Nursing Capstone Course (clinical) requires 2 clinical credits or 90 hours that are factored into a capstone project. Clinical experiences can be developed locally with an approved preceptor of your choice.

  • 3 to 9 credits electives: Students will be required to take electives, at least 3 credits of which will be from the NURS courses, based on transfer credits applied to the degree.


The program of study must be completed within five (5) calendar years after admission, or students will need to re-apply to the program.

A minimum grade of a C is required in all courses in the Nursing major. A student may not progress to the next course in the sequence without having a C in the prerequisite course.

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