Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Online

Registered Nurses who have a Diploma or Associate degree in Nursing, but need further education to advance to a leadership position or meet certain licensing requirements, can achieve their goals with Briarcliff’s Bachelor’s in Nursing degree. It is offered entirely online to help busy nursing professionals work their studies around their schedules, anywhere, anytime.

Opportunities for RNs are expected to increase 26% through 2020 – a bachelor's degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.*

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Registered Nurses

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the Registered Nurse program provides nurses with a Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing, and who hold the Registered Nurse license, an education pathway to the bachelor degree. The program is offered in a distance education format, via online delivery modality. It consists of fully on-line courses that meet over 7 weeks (2 sessions per semester).

Students enrolling in the Nursing program are required to take all thrity (30) core Nursing courses (NUR) at Briarcliffe College. And, as part of the 30 general education/LAS courses, enrolled students must have completed coursework in the following area: anatomy and physiology, human growth and development, nutrition, and microbiology.

Students enrolled in the Nursing program evaluate their own practice in various healthcare settings, within the legal and ethical limits of the scope of nursing for the bachelor degree program. Verbal and non-verbal communication should be demonstrated effectively with patients as well as a health care team to ensure positive client care outcomes. Students will employ critical thinking in order to identify individual uniqueness, cultural diversity, and human responses in order to design interventions for safe patient care and continued progress.


Institutional Accreditation: Briarcliffe College is accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation.

Programmatic Accreditation: The Nursing program is not programmatically accredited.

The New York State Board of Regents also authorizes Briarcliffe to offer Diploma, Associate degree and Bachelor's degree programs.

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Bachelor of Science, Nursing (Registered Nurse program)

Some of the required courses in this program include:

  • Organizational Systems Leadership
  • Physical Examination and Health Assessment
  • Critical Thinking
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Information Management
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

This program is available at the following campuses and/or online:

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Briarcliffe College Online - Discontinued Program - Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Online


Briarcliffe College Online - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2010 and 10/15/2010 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 36%

All Briarcliffe College campus locations are included in this Graduation Rate.

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Graduation Rate

A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website.