RN to BS-MS in Nursing Education (Accelerated)

Format: Online

HEGIS Code: 1203.10

Application Deadlines
  • Spring 2021 Priority Deadline: November 9, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Regular Deadline: December 1, 2020

Nurse educators play a crucial role in helping nurses gain the expertise needed to meet the challenges of the evolving healthcare system.  Their presence also ensures that our nation's nursing schools are always at maximum student capacity. According to AACN’s Special Survey on Vacant Faculty Positions for Academic Year 2013-2014, nearly two-thirds of schools reported a shortage of full-time faculty members. Additionally, hospital and medical centers have identified a need for more nurse educators to enhance the level of instruction to nursing students, new nurses, and ongoing needs for professional staff development.

The RN to BS-MS in Nursing Education online degree helps address these challenges by increasing the number of nurse educators and ultimately paving the way for an adequate supply of nurses to ensure that patients have access to affordable, high quality healthcare.

The program prepares nurses to develop curricula focused on our changing healthcare systems, adapt and teach education strategies for diverse learners, develop clinical and classroom evaluation strategies, and adopt effective evidence-based practices in academic as well as clinical healthcare settings.

Dual Degree

The RN to BS-MS in Nursing Education is a dual degree program that provides a seamless progression (and “fast track”) from the BS to MS programs. The program’s overlapping coursework allows students to complete both degrees within an integrated framework and in less time than each degree completed on its own.

Career Scope and Academic Prospects

Graduates of the RN to BS-MS in Nursing Education degree are qualified to serve as educators in numerous institutions ranging from community colleges to major universities, as well as in academic health centers and community-based health facilities. Graduates of the program can also pursue doctoral education in Nursing Education, Nursing Science, and Nursing Research.

Completion Rates

CUNY SPS RN-BS benchmark for program completion rates:

  • 75% of students will complete the RN- BS program within five years.
  • 2014 cohort completion rate is 78%

Job Placement Statistics

Undergraduate Program Outcome: 80% of RN-BS alumni will report employment as a RN within six months.

  • 2018 – 90%
  • 2017 – 92%
  • 2016 – 95%
  • 2015 – 95%

Accreditation

CCNE Accreditation SealThe RN to BS-MS in Nursing Education at CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

This program is registered with the New York State Education Department. 

Prior Learning Assessment

**Please note: The process of applying nursing certification for evaluation for college credit is temporarily suspended pending NYSED approval.**

CUNY SPS accepts selected nursing certifications for evaluation for college credit. Evaluations represent recommendations of potential credit available for degree program planning purposes.

The certification must be current in order for the student to be eligible for credit. Students are not required to have any additional review or to have the credit transcribed on a transcript for CUNY SPS to evaluate.

List of credentials that have been evaluated for college credit.

Please be advised that Supporting Documentation must be submitted and includes:

  1. An official letter on the organization’s letterhead attesting to the certification provided in a sealed envelope OR
  2. Certificate of the selected nursing certification with the organization’s letterhead.
  3. The letter/certificate needs to include the following information
    • Name of individual
    • Identifier such as individual’s date of birth or last four digits of social security number
    • Indication of successful completion of examination
    • Title and date of certification
    • Length of certification/date the certification expires.

Prospective students and applicants should schedule a meeting with their academic advisor to obtain an unofficial credit evaluation. Visit our Credit for Non-Collegiate Prior Learning for more information or contact us at pla@sps.cuny.edu.

Meet our Faculty

Estimated number of adjunct faculty teaching in the program: 50

Margaret Reilly
Professor, DNS, Nursing Science
CUNY Graduate Center
Academic Director – Undergraduate & Graduate

Patricia Bartley-Daniele
Associate Professor, PhD, Nursing Education
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Coordinator MS in Nursing Education
Undergraduate & Graduate

Kenya Harris
Professor, EdD, Educational Administration, Leadership, and Technology
St. John’s University Nursing

Jan Kaminsky
Assistant Professor, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate

Anne Marie Leveille-Tulce
Assistant Professor, PhD, Nursing
CUNY Graduate Center
Undergraduate & Graduate

Kathleen Marsala-Cervasio
Associate Professor, EdD, Educational Leadership
Northcentral University

Lilly Mathew
Associate Professor, PhD, Nursing
University of Arizona
Coordinator MS in Nursing Informatics
Undergraduate & Graduate

Linda Paradiso
Assistant Professor, DNP, Nurse Executive
Old Dominion University

Admissions Criteria

To qualify for admission to the RN to BS-MS in Nursing Education program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or above out of a 4.0
  • Unencumbered nursing license and a current registration
  • Admission essay highlighting education and career achievement, including specific examples of problem-solving while working in the practice setting, leadership experience at the bedside or in other settings, and professional and community awards
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from each, a nurse educator/nurse faculty and supervisor/manager
  • A description of an evidence-based practice project completed in nursing school or in the practice setting
  • Resume

Residency Requirement*
In order to enroll in the RN to BS in Nursing program, students must provide documentation of one of the following categories:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Permanent Residency
  • Granted asylum, refugee status, temporary protected status, withholding of removal, deferred enforced departure, deferred action status by the U.S. Government, deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or permanently residing in the United States under color of law (PRUCOL)

*International students may enroll in fully online degree programs. However, our online programs do not qualify for student visas.

Students may view the Undergraduate Nursing Student Policies Handbook (PDF).

Complete list of the online nursing degrees offered at CUNY SPS.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2021 Priority Deadline: November 9, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Regular Deadline: December 1, 2020
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