Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program meets the demands for professional well-prepared nurses. Our bachelor's degree program in nursing provides a foundation in liberal arts and sciences and a core health sciences curriculum. In the second year of the four-year program you’ll focus on the nursing courses. You’ll be introduced to the full array of nursing career opportunities and start to focus your interests. You’ll learn from skilled faculty members with years of experience in their field, both in and out of the healthcare space.

As a nurse, you are the healthcare professional patients interact with most frequently. As part of your day-to-day tasks, you will:

  • administer medications and treatments,
  • assess and monitor patients' health status,
  • assist with daily activities and provide comfort,
  • communicate with healthcare teams and update care plans,
  • document patient information and maintain records,
  • monitor and treat wounds,
  • perform routine checks like blood or urine samples, and
  • respond to medical emergencies and provide critical care when needed.

The BSN degree gives you many opportunities, both in career options and continuing on to graduate education. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing prepares you to pursue New York State RN licensure (and other state’s licensure). Graduates of the program are qualified to take the NCLEX-RN.

The Demand for Nurses

Due to the growing need for healthcare professionals and the impact of global health challenges, the U.S. is projected to experience a shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2022-2032, the Registered Nursing workforce is expected to grow by 6% over the next ten years, above average growth.

BSN graduates are needed to replace nurses nearing retirement age and to fill vacancies arising from modern health challenges. In addition to an increase in people living with chronic disease, COVID-19 forever changed the nursing landscape—causing a massive surge in demand that can still be felt today. Earning a BSN allows you to join a dedicated group of individuals committed to providing best-in-class care for patients across the country.

What You'll Learn with your BSN

The curriculum for the BSN is designed to provide a comprehensive education that blends essential liberal arts classes with foundational nursing courses. This integrated approach ensures that graduates are well-rounded, critical thinkers with a strong understanding of both the scientific and humanistic aspects of healthcare.

Among the classes you’ll take as a student enrolled in the BSN program, are:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing,
  • Applied Microbiology,
  • Fundamentals of Nursing,
  • Medical Surgical Nursing, and
  • Health Assessment and Promotion.

The BSN degree is a traditional Bachelor of Science degree that is typically earned within two to four years, during which the student completes 125 credits; 61 credits in nursing, 63 credits in liberal arts and 1 credit in community service. Nursing courses are offered at our Brooklyn campus. Liberal Arts and Science courses are offered throughout Touro University locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island. All science courses taken at any Touro location that you transfer to the nursing program must have a grade of "B" or better.

Learn more about the course sequence for the Bachelor's of Science in Nursing.

What Can I Do with My BSN?

With a bachelor's in nursing, and your RN license, you have many career opportunities within the healthcare field. You can work as a Registered Nurse in various settings, including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and community health centers. Specialized roles such as critical care nurse, pediatric nurse, or oncology nurse are more accessible with a BSN, and you can anticipate a higher salary.

The BSN is your foundation for advanced education. From here you can pursue a Master's or Doctorate in Nursing, which can lead to advanced practice roles like Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, or Nurse Practitioner.

Registered Nurse- Bachelor of Science (RN-BS)

The RN to BS program is for licensed registered nurses who have graduated from accredited associate degree or diploma nursing programs. The nurse graduate can apply those credits towards a Bachelor of Science degree at Touro. The RN to BS program is designed to strengthen community health and leadership abilities of nurses who already have a foundation in the profession.

Read more about the course sequence for the RN - BSN track.

Admission Into the BSN Program

The BSN program is lockstep, cohort based, and starts in September. You’ll need to take a third-party entrance exam as part of your application.

Learn more about admissions requirements and how to apply.

What You'll Need to Graduate

In order to graduate from the BSN program you will need to:

  • Students must complete all Nursing courses, as well as Pathophysiology and Genetics and Genomics, with a grade of B- or better.
  • Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.65 or better.
  • Students must complete HS 201 (Independent Study-Community Service) according to the requirements of the Department.
  • Brooklyn campus students must take at least one course in residence at the Manhattan main campus to meet the residency requirement of Touro University.
  • During every semester of the program, students must meet with their Nursing faculty advisors for graduation conferences to review their progress toward meeting graduation requirements.
  • After the graduation conference, the student must apply to graduate through Degree Works in the TouroOne system by the appropriate deadline and pay the graduation fee.

Be aware that repeating a Nursing course in which a grade of C+ through D- was received may result in the student not receiving financial aid for that course.

Familiarity with and completion of requirements for graduation are the responsibility of the student. Students are responsible for filing appropriate forms with the Registrar by posted deadlines.

BS graduates of the program qualify to take the NCLEX-RN which is administered by the states and territories of the United States.