RN to BS Recommended Course Sequence

The RN to BS degree is offered at the Brooklyn Campus, as well as the New York Medical College campus in Valhalla, NY. The curriculum is developed in accordance with the program’s mission, goals, and expected student outcomes. The curriculum reflects professional nursing standards and guidelines and the needs and expectations of the community of interest. Teaching-learning practices are congruent with expected student outcomes. The Department of Nursing’s mission is to prepare qualified nursing professionals who can influence the health care environment and enhance the quality of life for individuals, families and society. 

The RN to BS degree is typically earned within one to two years, during which the student completes 61 credits; 21 credits in nursing, 39 credits in liberal arts, and 1 credit in community service. This program accepts up to 90 credits from an accredited institution (65 of which usually come from where the student has completed their diploma or AAS degree in Nursing). The student must already be a currently New York state licensed RN in order to be in this program. The student must have a total of 125 credits in order to receive the degree. A minimum of 24 liberal art credits are required upon admission to the program. Students with less than 24 credits will be required to take additional liberal art courses beyond what is already required.


BIHN 355 - Pathophysiology (3 Credits)


Emphasis is placed on the relationship of usual health patterns of major body systems to changes that occur during the illness experience. Major pathophysiologic concepts are explored using a body systems approach. Theories relating etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations are used to study common disease processes. Concepts from anatomy and physiology provide the foundation for exploring human dysfunction. Prerequisites: BIO 120

MAT 111: College Math or MAT 120: Pre-calculus (3 Credits)


MAHN 111: An introductory course in mathematical skills and techniques which are necessary for further undergraduate college study. Fundamental principles of algebraic calculations such as operations with signed numbers, exponents, negative exponents and operations with fractions; verbal problems and solution of equations; graphical methods; linear equations and systems of linear equations. Prerequisites: Placement by departmental examination.

MAHN 120: Functions, solution of equations and systems of equations, the trigonometric functions and their graphs, addition theorems and identities, logarithmic and exponential functions, and elementary analytic geometry. Prerequisites: MAT 111 or exemption.

NURN 411 - Health Assessment and Promotion (4 Credits)


Focuses on the development of comprehensive health assessment skills, including measures of physical and functional status, documentation of the assessment findings, and health promotion strategies for each body system. Considerations of racial and cultural differences are discussed with respect to health assessment as well as health promotion strategies.

NURN 430 - Client Education Across the Lifespan (3 Credits)


Builds upon the roles played by core concepts of teaching-learning principles, therapeutic communication and the nurse-client relationship in meeting the learning needs of clients and their families/significant others throughout the life-span. A client-centered and nursing process-driven approach is employed, with emphasis on assessing learner readiness and preference, cultural and spiritual practices, developmental level and cognitive and language considerations. Bloom's taxonomy of learning domains provides a framework for the development of effective nursing interventions. Theories of client education including the health belief model, locus of control, cognitive dissonance and diffusion theories will be explored in terms of their impact on the learning process.

Liberal Arts Elective (3 Credits)

Total Semester Credits = 16


BIHN 314 - Genetics and Genomics (3 Credits)


A study of human genetics in order to elucidate the basic laws of heredity and their physical basis (classical genetics); structure and function of the gene (molecular genetics); and population genetics, with attention to human abnormalities as illustrations of these principles. Prerequisites: BIO 120

MAHN 261/MATN 261 Statistics for Social Science Majors (3 Credits)


Basic concepts in descriptive and inferential statistics, including measurement scales, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and distribution, correlation coefficients, linear regression, probability theory, binomial distribution, and parametric and non-parametric tests of significant differences. Introduction to hypothesis testing. Prerequisites: MAT 111 or examination

LLE 102/GLL 122: English Composition 2 (3 Credits)


Extensive practice in the composition of clear, concise, and grammatically-correct sentences and paragraphs with special emphasis on the five-paragraph essay and the research paper. (Admission by assignment following placement test.)

NURN 410 - Populations at Risk (3 Credits)


This course is designed to study populations at risk, such as the aged and those diagnosed with cancer or HIV, with emphasis on variables that may be modified to increase quality of care and life. An epidemiological model is used to study health status as it is affected by environment, lifestyle, heredity, and community. Students observe and participate in managing the care of a patient being followed by agencies that are selected for their interdisciplinary approach.

NURN 420 - Professional Nursing Practice (3 Credits)


Explores the history and development of professional nursing, including past and current issues and trends relevant to the profession. The role of the Registered Nurse, as well as values and ethical and legal issues are also included. Students become acquainted with health care systems within which professional nurses practice. Prerequisites: NUR 320

Liberal Arts Elective (3 Credits)

Total Semester Credits = 17


SAS/GSO: Sociology (3 Credits)

HIS/GHS: History Course (3 Credits)

LLE/GLL: Literature (3 Credits)

MCO / GCO: Computer Course (3 Credits)

NURN 440 - Community Health (3 Credits)


Focuses on community assessment, environmental factors affecting health and illness, concepts and principles of epidemiology, and problems of the urban environment. In collaboration with home care agencies, community outreach agencies and selected ambulatory clinics, and under faculty supervision, students provide nursing care in patients' home settings.

Total Semester Credits = 15


HIS/GHS: History Course (3 Credits)

LLE/GLL: Literature (3 Credits)

HSUN 201 - Community Service (1 Credits)


This one credit course is a requirement of the School of Health Sciences. The student explores the concepts and principles of community service and Nursing as they apply to individuals, families, and the community as a whole. Students examine and recommend services and teaching available to their client(s) through independent study. This course builds on Orem's Self Care Theory as students document a reflection paper that includes a comprehensive health assessment. This course must be completed by senior year.

NURN 450 - Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3 Credits)


The conceptual and research development of nursing knowledge that forms the basis for evidence-based practice. Current areas of nursing inquiry are presented. The validity of quantitative methods and the conformability of qualitative methods used to formulate answers to nursing research questions are discussed. Students evaluate current nursing research and assess applicability to clinical practice.

NURN 485 - Advanced Leadership (3 Credits)


Emphasizes leadership and management theories. Students utilize organizational behavior, educational administration and business theories to analyze content related to leadership and management. Integrated into the course are legal and ethical issues. This course requires a senior capstone project, assigned in the final semester prior to graduation, where the nursing process is used to promote, restore, and maintain the health states of individuals, families, and groups. Students develop their leadership ability under the direct guidance of a selected agency preceptor. Students cultivate the development of their professional role and use leadership skills to become active members of the health care team. This course must be taken as part of the student's final semester of nursing courses. Prerequisites: NUR 410, 411, 420, 430, 440, 450

Total Semester Credits = 13


Students who place out of English Composition and/or College Mathematics will be required to take anywhere from 3 to 6 credits of other liberal arts courses designated by the Program Director.