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About RN to BS in Nursing at Keuka College

If you’re a Registered Nurse looking to advance your career, look no further. Our bachelor’s in nursing program will empower you to explore new health care opportunities through hands-on experience, research, and evidence-based practice. 

The RN to BS program builds upon foundational courses in the arts and sciences to support the professional role of the nurse. You’ll develop a commitment to diversity, openness, and empathy for all populations; communication and critical thinking skills to enhance client outcomes; and a knowledge of therapeutic nursing interventions to effectively benefit the well-being of your clients.

With a face-to-face, blended delivery format and renowned faculty, you’ll gain the professional skills needed to make an immediate impact within your daily practice, organization, and community.

 Ask us about our Florence Nightingale Scholarship for Nursing Excellence, valued at $5000. As a new nursing student, you may be eligible to receive this award. 

RN to BS in Nursing Program Highlights

Cohort Model

Learn and grow with other working RNs through the support of the cohort model. Your cohort will become like family as you study, plan, and complete group assignments together. Cohorts comprise of nurses from all different backgrounds and professional settings, allowing you a diverse and unique academic experience.

Convenient Format

Attend face-to-face classes one evening each week at a hospital or community college near you. Finish assignments online when it fits your schedule.

Field Period™

Your Field Period™ will challenge you to reach beyond your comfort zone to explore a new or expanded nursing role. Travel to the Dominican Republic during our annual group expedition or work with your adviser to develop an experience that works best for you.

Explore RN to BS in Nursing

Program Overview

The bachelor’s in nursing program builds upon your foundation in nursing to support the professional expectations of an advanced career in health care. Academic advisers provide one-on-one support and dedicated mentoring throughout the duration of the program to give you an exceptional educational experience. The accelerated program format accommodates the busy and often chaotic schedules of your profession, allowing you to complete your degree faster and with fewer obstacles.

Through research and evidence based practice, health promotion, group collaboration, and leadership training, you’ll gain the personal and professional confidence needed to become a baccalaureate-prepared nurse. You’ll take courses in professional development, leadership, business planning, health assessment, and more―all designed to enhance your role as a nurse and to help you look at your practice in new ways and with new skills.

Program Requirements

Faculty

Keuka College has been teaching nurses for over 70 years and continues to maintain an outstanding reputation as a leader in nursing education. Our nursing faculty are seasoned professionals and innovative educators committed to your success. They serve as role models, leaders, practitioners, and advocates dedicated to helping you achieve your educational goals, paving the way to improve the health of the nation and the world.

Experienced, professional nursing faculty will guide you through our rigorous curriculum while role modeling the integration of self-reflection, computational communication, and client-focused care.

Our faculty have expertise in adult and family health care, diabetes management and education, human subject protection, endocrinology, trauma care, cardiopulmonary, pediatrics, lactation, K-12 permanent counseling and teaching, nursing home administration, neonatal care, home health care, peri-anesthesia, obstetrics, bereavement counseling, and health education.

Faculty in the Division of Nursing

Adjunct Faculty

Digital Learning

Health care relies heavily on the development of digital and technological systems in order to promote continuous improvement both within an organization, and in the lives of the patients we treat.

As a bachelor’s prepared nurse, you’ll study genetics, epidemiology, and business planning while exploring big data and systems analysis. You’ll learn a wide variety of micro and macro computing strategies, allowing you to grow in your understanding of digital systems to improve patient care, and help advance the health of vulnerable populations.

Global Education

Many nursing students covet the opportunity to travel internationally during their Field Period™ experience. International Field Periods™ offer you an opportunity to travel abroad and experience a new culture without the time commitment of a traditional study-abroad program. Previous nursing students have experienced personal and professional growth during trips to El Salvador, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and the United Kingdom.

Field Period™

As a student in the RN to BS in nursing program, you will complete a 140-hour Field Period™ as part of your degree requirements. Field Period™ gives you the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and try something you’ve never done before. You might choose to join a group expedition to Costa Rica or the Dominican Republic, or complete an individual experience within your organization. Other examples of Field Period™ sites include:

  • AIDS Community Resources, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Arnot Odgen Medical Center, Elmira, N.Y.
  • Camp Whitman, Dresden, N.Y.
  • Chenango County Health Department, Norwich, N.Y.
  • Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Erway Ambulance Service Inc., Elmira, N.Y.
  • Finger Lakes Migrant Health, Penn Yan, N.Y.
  • Hmong Christian District – Medical Mission to Laos
  • Hospice of the Finger Lakes, Auburn, N.Y.
  • Mission of Miracles – Medical Mission to Honduras
  • Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, N.Y.
  • South Port Correctional Facility, Pine City, N.Y.
  • The Healing Tree, Newark, N.Y.

Research

As a student in the bachelor’s in nursing program, you’ll receive instruction deeply rooted in the evaluation of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. The immediate application of research findings to your nursing practice will foster a learning platform both in the classroom and within your day-to-day practice. An introductory course in Nursing Research will provide the principles of scientific inquiry, as well as the opportunity to define a research problem and to initiate a literature search. Continuous research, analysis, and inquiry will be the foundation for your success throughout the duration of the program.

Facilities

We bring Keuka College to you!

Face-to-face classes are held one evening per week at a Keuka College branch campus or partner location close to where you live or work. Online assignments, homework, and group work are completed in Moodle, our easy-to-use learning management system. And our robust virtual library and online writing center are available for your use 24 hours a day.

Even though you’ll attend classes off-campus, you’re still a Keuka College student. That means you can use the home campus’s private lakefront beach, fitness center, and library anytime you’d like.

Award Opportunities

Florence Nightingale Award

Florence Nightingale, called the founder of modern nursing, was a strong-willed woman of quick intelligence who used her considerable knowledge of statistics, sanitation, logistics, administration, nutrition, and public health not only to develop a new system of nursing education and health care, but also to improve the social welfare systems of her time.

Criteria: Combined excellence in academic and clinical achievement; GPA of 3.5 or above; demonstrates a concern for the community and environment.

Virginia Henderson Award

Virginia Henderson was a well-known nurse theorist, author and researcher. Born in 1897, she was one of the first nurse educators to obtain a master’s degree from Columbia University. Her long career included serving in 1929 as a teaching supervisor in the clinics of Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. Until her death in 1996, she was very active in the many activities of the World Health organization.

Criteria: Academic excellence with a GPA of 3.5 or above; demonstrates ongoing commitment to intellectual excellence and lifelong learning.

Janet Mance Award

Janet Mance started her career in nursing after her graduation from Yale University. Her career has included direct patient care, administration, and teaching. Janet has made significant contributions to nursing through her work with professional organizations throughout her lifetime. She was the president of the Genesee Valley Nurses Association, the New York State Nurses Association, and the Foundation of New York State Nurses. Her later efforts focused on working for the standardization of nursing education at the baccalaureate level. Her experiences brought her to Keuka College, where she taught and had roles in chairing the division of nursing.

Criteria: Combined excellence in academic and clinical achievement; GPA of 3.5 or above; demonstrates an appreciation of the relevance of the past to the present and future of the nursing profession; actively involved in professional activities outside of the classroom; and brings an enthusiasm for nursing and its future to the classroom.

Nancy Bailey Award

This award was established in September 2004 and recognizes the contributions made to the Nursing Honor Society by Nancy D. Bailey, the College’s first Vice President. This award is presented to a member of this Society who demonstrates high professional standards in practice, administration, or teaching; demonstrates outstanding interpersonal skills through encouraging or mentoring others in supporting the goals of the Society; and exemplifies leadership qualities through participation in Honor Society activities.

Honor Society: Sigma Theta Tau International Chapter #474 Upsilon Upsilon

Organizational Mission

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.

Society Vision

The vision of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service, and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) – In 1922, six nurses founded STTI at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words Storgé, Tharsos, and Timé, meaning "love," "courage," and "honor." STTI became incorporated in1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International Inc., a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States.

Criteria for Regular Membership

Student candidates must have demonstrated superior academic achievement, academic integrity, and professional leadership potential. Students must have graduated from a baccalaureate or equivalent nursing degree program that leads to the first professional nursing degree. Students in graduate programs shall be eligible for membership if they have graduated from an accredited program of graduate study in nursing including master, post-master, doctoral, and post-doctoral. Students in both basic and graduate programs shall be eligible for membership if they have achieved excellence according to the standards approved by the society.

Criteria for Nurse Leaders

A nurse leader, who is a registered nurse, legally recognized to practice in his/her country with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field, and who has demonstrated achievement in nursing, shall be eligible for membership.

Accreditation

The Keuka College B.S. in Nursing program is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE address is:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 887-6791

Keuka College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Those with questions may contact the organization at:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284-5000

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s programs begin in the fall and spring, provided minimum enrollment is met—the ideal cohort size is 8-15 students. You must have access to the Internet, either at home or at a public location, for the entirety of their program.

  • Completion of an associate’s degree, or 60 or more transferable credits from an accredited institution. Some applicants may need additional credits to meet prerequisite, liberal arts, or graduation requirements. Keuka College offers several completion options to earn these credits.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an appropriate combination of maturity, experience, and motivation.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Additional Requirements for the RN to BS Program

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must hold an unencumbered NYS license and current registration as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Applicants must be currently working as an RN either full- or part-time.
  • Complete prerequisite courses if needed.

We encourage you to apply online. Required documents for admission include:

  • Completed application form.
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee.
  • Official transcripts for each college or university attended.
  • Apply for financial aid (if applicable). This should be completed at the time of application. Failure to apply on a timely basis may delay the financial aid award and start of program.

Supplemental materials should be sent to:

Keuka College
Office of Admissions
141 Central Avenue
Keuka Park, NY 14478

What can you do with this degree?

Thinking about your future career? Here are some sample job titles that people with similar degrees have at organizations around the country.

• CCU Nurse
• Clinical Nurse Specialist
• CNS
• Community Health Nurse
• Coronary Care Unit Nurse
• Emergency Room RN
• Endoscopy Registered Nurse
• Hospice Registered Nurse
• Obstetrical Nurse
• Oncology Registered Nurse
• PACU Nurse
• Pediatric Registered Nurse
• Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse
• Psychiatric Nurse
• Registered Nurse
• RN
• Triage Registered Nurse
• Advanced Nursing Professor
• Clinical Nursing Instructor
• Clinical Nursing Professor
• Registered Nursing Professor
• Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
• Adult Nurse Practitioner
• Cardiology Nurse Practitioner
• Certified Nurse Practitioner
• Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
• Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner

Demand & Salary Data

Career Group Career Summary Median Annual Wage in 2015sort ascending Predicted Openings Between 2014 and 2024 Change in Demand for These Jobs, 2024 vs. 2014 Education Typically Needed
Nurse Practitioners

Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

$98,190 74,700 44,700 Master's degree
Registered Nurses

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes Clinical Nurse Specialists.

$67,490 1,088,400 439,300 Bachelor's degree
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

$67,480 25,400 13,200 Master's degree

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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