Nursing and Allied Health Programs

The mission of the School of Nursing and Allied Health is to create learning environments that promote critical thinking, social responsibility and lifelong learning. The School of Nursing and Allied Health prepares students as leaders and full partners on interdisciplinary teams in complex health care environments within
a global community. The goals of the School of Nursing and Allied Health are to:

  • Provide seamless academic progression
  • Promote collaborative and dynamic learning environments through both mentoring relationships and the use of technology
  • Promote professional values, including lifelong learning and professional role development allowing students to reach their full potential
  • Provide accessible, affordable and flexible programs of study to meet the academic needs of the adult learner.
  • Facilitate faculty development related to teaching, scholarship and service to the college and community.

The School of Nursing and Allied Health offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree program for registered nurses (RN to BSN program), a bachelor’s degree program for allied health professionals, a master’s of science (M.S.) in Nursing Education and a master’s of science (M.S.) in Nursing Administration programs. These online undergraduate programs are for licensed registered nurses who reside in New York state or individuals holding the associate degree and licensure or certification. The online graduate nursing program is open to RN’s licensed in other states. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs are flexible, affordable and designed for working adults. Because most students are working full-time, they engage in part-time study and complete degree requirements within two to three years.

The nursing curricula are aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) and The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011), as well as the American Nurses Association standards of professional performance (ANA, 2010). The nursing courses are delivered online. Clinical and capstone experiences take place in the student’s home community.


The RN to BSN, the M.S. in Nursing Education and the M.S. in Nursing Administration programs at SUNY Empire State College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

SUNY Empire State College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a voluntary, nongovernmental, regional membership association that assures the educational quality of colleges and universities.

Tau Kappa Chapter at-Large, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

The School of Nursing and Allied Health is affiliated with Tau Kappa at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing. The chapter works to further the mission of STTI, advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Eligible students and graduates are invited to join the chapter each year and be active participants in chapter activities throughout their professional lives.

The RN to BSN

The RN to BSN program is an upper-division bachelor’s program with coursework offered online. The degree program includes 41 advanced-level credits in nursing in addition to other B.S. degree requirements. Admission is selective.  The program in nursing is offered only to NYS licensed RNs and only through online study.

The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Program

The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health is a degree completion program designed for allied health professionals such as cardiovascular technologists, clinical laboratory technicians, dental hygienists, emergency medical technicians, health information technologists, medical assistants, medical sonographers, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants, radiologic technicians, respiratory therapists, surgical technologists and others. It includes eight online core courses in the curriculum. Students may complete general learning requirements via online or face-to-face courses at any regionally accredited institution. Requirements may be met via assessment of prior learning, independent study and successful completion of selected examinations.

Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Curriculum

EDPL 4005Educational Planning: Transition to Baccalaureate Health Professions4
HLAD 2010The United States Health Systems4
COMM 2005Communication for Professionals4
HLAD 3020Cultural Competency in Health Care4
HSCI 3200Health Informatics4
HLAD 3045Healthcare Ethics4
HLAD 4020Leadership in Healthcare4
HLAD 4015Healthcare Policy4
Elective Requirements
More than 50 online courses are offered as electives. Electives are chosen based on student interest. 16
General Learning Component
The remaining 76 credits are obtained via the transferring of credits and by completing SUNY Empire State College general learning requirements. Students are required to meet all of the undergraduate SUNY General Education Requirements.76
Total Credits124