School of Nursing

Nurses synthesize knowledge from a variety of fields of study as they are prepared to assist people in the performance of activities that contribute to health, its recovery, or to the alleviation of distress or discomfort in preparing people for a peaceful death.

The goals of the program in nursing at Stony Brook University are to:

• Educate a diverse population of men and women for professional generalist nursing practice in a variety of health care settings.

• Contribute to the scholarly development of the profession by testing and evaluating theoretical formulations, applications of knowledge, and innovative practices.

• Provide an educational foundation for advanced and specialized study in a field of nursing.

• Prepare for improvement of health care at the local, state, and national levels through individual, collaborative, and interdisciplinary efforts.

The curriculum of the School of Nursing emphasizes using the nursing process to provide health promotion, maintenance, and restoration among diverse populations of patients; using theory to conceptualize health responses to those populations; applying research finds to improve nursing practice; applying principles of leadership and management in nursing and health care delivery; and practicing interdisciplinary collaboration to improve health care and health outcomes through advocacy, activism, and courage.

Admission to the Basic Baccalaureate and Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Programs leading to a B.S. with a major in nursing follows two or three years of study in the arts and sciences during which a student must earn a minimum of 57 credits and a minimum g.p.a. of 2.50*. Upon admission, the Nursing major also requires certification in basic life support for health care providers. Undergraduate students interested in nursing are invited to participate in monthly information sessions offered by the Office of Student Affairs and the Pre-Nursing Society through which they can obtain information provided by current School of Nursing students and staff regarding the nursing profession and available nursing programs. West Campus students are strongly encouraged to identify themselves as potential Nursing majors by officially declaring an area of interest in Nursing (GNS).


*Effective 2013, the GPA requirement for the Two Year Basic Baccalaureate Program will be 2.80