School of Nursing
DEAN: Lee Anne Xippolitos, RN, PhD
OFFICE: Health Sciences Center, Level 2
PHONE: (631) 444-3200
- Mission, Vision & Values
The School of Nursing (SON) offers degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). At the undergraduate level, the SON offers the Basic Baccalaureate Program (BBP) and an Accelerated Baccalaureate Program for students who hold non-nursing Baccalaureate degrees. Both of these programs are offered on-site and lead to licensure as a registered nurse. The Registered Nurse to Bachelors and Registered Nurse to Bachelors/Masters are available for registered nurses with associate degrees or diplomas in nursing. These programs are offered through distance education with on-site requirements.
At the graduate level, a Master of Science degree in advanced practice nursing is offered in the following population foci: Adult-Gerontology-Primary Care, Family, Pediatric-Primary Care, Psychiatric-Mental Health, Women's Health, Neonatal, and Nurse Midwifery. The SON also offers a Master of Science in Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership. Advanced Certificate Programs are offered for nurses with an advanced degree (masters or doctoral) to continue their education by preparing them for the advanced practice roles of nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse leader or nurse educator. All Master of Science and Advanced Certificate Programs are offered through distance education with on-site requirements.
The license-qualifying Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is designed for registered nurses who hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing, and is offered in the following population foci: Adult-Gerontology-Primary Care, Family, Pediatric-Primary Care, Psychiatric-Mental Health, Women's Health, Neonatal, and Nurse Midwifery. Nurse practitioners and nurse midwives who hold a Master's degree may be eligible to enter our DNP Program with advanced standing (post-maters entry). A gap analysis is conducted to confirm previous coursework taken and validate the number of clinical hours performed at the Master's level. The DNP program is offered through distacnce education with on-site requirements.
The Baccalaureate degree in nursing, Master of Science degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Stony Brook University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation. Nurse Midwifery is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), www.midwife.org/acme.
The mission of the Stony Brook School of Nursing is to prepare nurse leaders at all entries of practice to advance the health of the people of New York, the wider geographic regions and the global community with a focus on the underserved. This is accomplished through innovative, high quality and accessible educational programs, clinical practice, research and public service.
Stony Brook University School of Nursing will be a top ranked school recognized for excellence and innovation in education, leadership, research, advocacy, and practice.
I REACH UP
- Program Objectives
Bachelor of Science Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:
- Apply principles from the sciences, arts and humanities to patient-centered nursing practice.
- Use theories from nursing and related disciplines to guide research, policy and clinical nursing practice.
- Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise in the delivery of safe, quality care to diverse individuals, families and communities.
- Apply knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement and patient safety to provide high quality health care.
- Use information management and patient care technologies in communication, mitigation of error, decision making and optimization of quality patient outcomes.
- Engage effectively within nursing and interprofessional teams to foster open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision.
- Demonstrate professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.
- Incorporate cultural values and preferences in the delivery of care to individuals, families, communities and populations across the life span.
- Formulate the value of practice excellence, lifelong learning and professional engagement.
Master of Science Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:
- Integrate scientific findings from nursing and related sciences to improve nursing care across diverse settings.
- Demonstrate leadership by collaborating and consulting with key stakeholders in the design, coordination and evaluation of patient care outcomes.
- Apply quality and safety principles within an organization to be an effective leader and change agent.
- Integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment, research and interprofessional perspectives to improve practice and health outcomes for patient aggregates.
- Ethically utilize data, information and appropriate technology to evaluate and achieve optimal health outcomes.
- Demonstrate political efficacy and competence to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and health outcomes of populations.
- Integrate the concepts of interprofessional communication, collaboration and consultation to effectively manage and coordinate care across systems.
- Synthesize ecological, global and social determinants of health to design and deliver culturally relevant clinical prevention interventions and strategies.
- Demonstrate behaviors of professional engagement and lifelong learning.
Doctoral Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:
- Analyze scientific data related to healthcare models and strategies that affect population health.
- Integrate knowledge from nursing and other sciences as the foundation for the highest level of advanced nursing practice.
- Synthesize relevant finding from evidence for practice to improve healthcare outcomes.
- Employ leadership skills for interprofessional collaboration that improve patient and population health outcomes.
- Utilize information systems technology to evaluate outcomes of care, care systems, and quality management.
- Evaluate methods that improve complex healthcare delivery systems to maintain accountability for quality healthcare.
- Initiate the development, implementation, and analysis of healthcare policies that promote ethical and social responsibility.
- Evaluate cultural competence to improve patient and population outcomes.
- Evaluate clinical competence and organizational skills appropriate to area of specialization through life-long learning and reflections.
- Application Information
Information about the School of Nursing’s academic programs and admission requirements are located on the website: www.nursing.stonybrookmedicine.edu
Additionally, information sessions are held in the School of Nursing with dates and times posted on the website.
All application to the School of Nursing programs are electronic and must be submitted online by published deadlines. Interviews may be required of qualified applicants.
Admission to Stony Brook University School of Nursing programs is highly competitive. Meeting minimum criteria for admission does not guarantee acceptance. The School of Nursing reserves the right to make final decisions based upon the applicant pool each year.
Required Application Documentation
An application is not considered complete until the following documentation is received by the stated application deadline:
- Application and personal statement
- Paid application fee or approved waiver
- Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Completion of three prerequisite sciences by the application deadline (for all undergraduate programs)
- Meet the Technical Standards For Admission and Retention (see below)
Additional Requirements upon Admission
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) w/ AED
- All Neonatal and Midwifery students must submit proof of Neonatal Resuscitation certification (NRP)
- Evidence of meeting University and School of Nursing health requirements
- Evidence of health insurance
- Evidence of student malpractice insurance
- All prerequisite classes must be completed prior to the start of the program
- Foreign transcripts evaluated by the World Education Services (WES), or other accredited service
- TOEFL, if applicable
Technical Standards for Admission and Retention
The Stony Brook University School of Nursing faculty has specified technical standards critical to the success of students in any Stony Brook University nursing program. Qualified applicants are expected to meet all academic admission criteria, as well as these technical standards, appropriate to their program of study.
- Observation The applicant/nursing student must be able to understand verbal communications, communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, assess non-verbal communications, and be able to effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, families, fellow students, faculty, staff and all members of the health care team. Skills include verbal, written, and nonverbal abilities consistent with effective communication.
- Communication The applicant/nursing student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, assess non-verbal communications, and be able to effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, staff, and all members of the healthcare team. Skills include verbal, written, and nonverbal abilities consistent with effective communication.
- Sensory/Motor The applicant/nursing student must be able to use the senses of seeing, hearing, touc, and smell to make correct judgments regarding patient conditions for the purpose of demonstrating competence to safely engage in the practice of nursing. The applicant/nursing student must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patient and be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency.
- Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities The applicant/nursing student must be able to measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate to engage completely in the safe practice of nursing.
- Behavioral and Social Attributes The applicant/nursing student must have the mental and emotional health to fully use her or his intellectual ability, exercise good judgment, and complete all responsibilities necessary to competently and efficiently engage in safe patient care and the practice of nursing. Applicants/nursing students must be able to develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with individuals, patients, families, community members and colleagues. To provide safe patient care applicants/nursing students must possess characteristics of adaptability, flexibility, and be able to function in the face of uncertainty and complex disorienting situations. The health care environment requires applicants/nursing students to be able tolerate physical and emotional stress and continue to function effectively and efficiently. She/he must have a high level of compassion for others, motivation to serve, integrity, consciousness of social values and at all times uphold the standards, ethics and values of professional nursing. Candidates and students must possess sufficient interpersonal skills to interact positively with individuals, families and communities from all strata of society, ethnic backgrounds and belief systems.
A non-matriculated student may take selected courses up to six credits by permission. Permission must be granted through the SON Office of Student Affairs.
All students are assigned an academic faculty advisor who is responsible for ongoing academic counseling. Students are required to meet with their advisor before each registration period, at mid-term and at the end of each term. It is expected that all students follow their prescribed pathway. If any variation is needed or requested, students must contact their academic faculty advisor regarding any potential change. If approved, a revised pathway will be required.
- Academic Progression
Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, and graduate students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be in good academic standing. Enrollment of all matriculated students requires registration for coursework in all semesters, unless a leave of absence has been granted. Students in all programs on a leave of absence will not have access to the curriculum, faculty support and technical support. Graduate students must pass the theoretical portion of any course with a grade of C (70%) or higher. Undergraduate students must pass the theoretical portion of any course with a C+ (74%) or higher. Clinical performance is graded as Pass/Fail.
- Failure to pass either the theoretical or the clinical components of a clinical course will result in the failure of the entire course.
- As stipulated in specific course outlines, assignments handed in late or redone may receive reduced credit.
- All students must meet and maintain all Professional Standards for Admission and retention for the School of Nursing.
The criteria for students to maintain enrollment in good standing in the School of Nursing are satisfactory performance in all academic and clinical components of the program. Failure to meet standards for academic progression may result in an academic sanction.
Academic Warning is utilized to notify students of unsatisfactory performance in any course at any time, for the following reasons:
- Unsatisfactory grades.
- Unsatisfactory clinical performance.
- Academic and clinical dishonesty.
- Unprofessional behavior.
Faculty recommendations, in writing, are developed to assist students meet individual learning needs and course objectives must be in writing. Failure to comply with faculty recommendations will result in further actions (jeopardy, suspension, deceleration, termination).
Jeopardy status is defined as a cumulative G.P.A. of less than 2.5 for undergraduate students, 3.0 for graduate students, failure in the clinical laboratory of failure of a required course. Jeopardy will be recommended for any of the following circumstances:
- Undergraduate students who receive a grade less than C+ in a required course
- Graduate students who receive a grade less than C in a required course or a grade less than B for doctoral students
- Failure of the clinical component of a course
- Cumulative G.P.A. is less than 2.5 for undergraduate work. Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 for graduate work
- Student on Academic Warning who fails to comply with faculty recommendations
Deceleration is an interruption in the normal sequence of courses in any of the nursing programs. Students may decelerate by requesting approval, by recommendation and advisement of faculty, or by academic sanction.
Suspension is a mandatory temporary leave initiated by the faculty or the clinical faculty/preceptor while questionable actions by a student are being investigated by the Committee on Admissions and Academic Standards. These actions may include but are not limited to:
- Unsafe clinical performance
- Academic Dishonesty
- Professional Misconduct
- Criminal Acts
Termination is a mandated expulsion of the student from the nursing program as determined by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Strategic Partnerships. A student may be terminated from the nursing program for any of the following circumstances:
- As a result of an Academic Warning or Jeopardy
- As a result of a substantiated suspension
- As a result to register for two or more consecutive semesters (Undergraduate and Master of Science students)
- As a result of failure to maintain current registration each semester as prescribed by the student’s curriculum pathway (Doctoral students)
- As a result of substantiated Academic Dishonesty
- As a result of substantiated professional misconduct
Return to Satisfactory Academic Standing
If the Committee on Admissions and Academic Standards determines that an academic sanction of deceleration, suspension or termination is not warranted, the Committee will recommend to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Strategic Partnerships that the student return to satisfactory academic standing.
All students are expected to follow the codes established by the University, which can be found on the Office of University Community Standards website. SON students are also expected to follow the policies of the SON contained in the School of Nursing Student handbook at www.nursing.stonybrookmedicine.edu. Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Academic dishonesty shall be defined as misrepresentation of authorship or in any fashion falsifying part or all of any work submitted or intended to be submitted for academic credit. Such misrepresentation or falsification includes, but is not limited to, the use of supportive documentation, mechanical aids, mutual cooperation not authorized by faculty, plagiarism or theft of academic materials.
The principles of academic dishonesty also apply to those courses taken during the clinical phases of any program, which are taken for credit or otherwise required for completion of the program. Owing to the critical nature of such requirements and student responsibility for the welfare of patients and agencies providing healthcare, academic dishonesty is further defined to include falsification of patient or agency records, violating accepted codes of professional ethics, or engaging in activities that might endanger the health or welfare of patients. Acts of academic dishonesty are referred to the Committee on Admissions and Academic Standards for review and recommendation to the dean.
If a student wishes to appeal a decision made by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, the student must direct a letter stating the reason(s) for the appeal to the Dean. If the student wishes to challenge the final decision made by the Dean following appeal in the School of Nursing, a further appeal may be directed to the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences within ten (10) working days of receipt of the first class/certified letter written notice of termination by the Dean. All decisions by the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences are final.
- Financial Information
Tuition and Fees
For detailed information about tuition and fees, see the "Cost and Aid" section of this Bulletin.
A Distance Learning fee is assessed in addition to University tuition and fees* as follows.
*All fees are subject to change without notice.
Financial aid programs are administered by the University or by federal and state agencies to which the student applies directly. Information about financial aid can be found on The Health Sciences Office of Student Services website. The office is located in the Health Sciences Center, Level 2, Room 271; the telephone number is (631) 444-2111.
- Requirements & Responsibilities
Clinical Practice Responsibilities
To participate in clinical experiences, students must submit the following: a completed health form; record of immunizations and titers; health insurance card; Basic Life Support (American Heart Association or American Red Cross) and malpractice insurance $1 million/$3 million (minimum coverager) and RN licensure/re-registration where applicable.
Students in the Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Program and Master’s program must submit a copy of and maintain a current RN license. New York State applicants must submit a copy of the current NYS Infection Control Certificate. Students in the Master’s program must submit Student Nurse Practitioner or Midwife Malpractice Insurance of $1 million/$3 million. All students must submit yearly renewals of their RN license, malpractice insurance, Basic Life Support and health form. ID badges must be worn at all times while participating in class and clinical experiences. Students must adhere to clinical dress code and School of Nursing identification policy.
Students and faculty work together to identify potential clinical sites and preceptors in the geographic area where they plan to do clinical fieldwork. The Clinical Placement staff work closely with students and faculty to facilitate this process so that students are able to achieve clinical competence and expected program outcomes.
All clinical sites and preceptors must be approved by the Stony Brook University School of Nursing faculty within each individual program to ensure that the planned clinical fieldwork will enable the student to successfully fulfill the clinical course objectives. Program faculty maintain communication with preceptors throughout the semester. Faculty are responsible for the overall evaluation of students.
Clinical sites may include private practices, free-standing clinics, hospitals, and hospital-affiliated facilities and practices. All sites require a letter of placement from the Clinical Placement Office. In addition, many sites require a legal affiliation agreement/contract between the individual institution and the State University of New York, on behalf of the Stony Brook University School of Nursing.
The Office of Clinical Placements works closely with the legal department to expedite favorable contract negotiations. Successful or timely contract execution cannot be guaranteed because of the complex nature of the legal process. The School of Nursing currently maintains approximately 600 clinical affiliation agreements/contracts throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.
It is highly recommended that students select sites from the Stony Brook University School of Nursing’s list of existing affiliation agreements/contracts or sites for which a contract is not required in order to facilitate timely progression through the program. The clinical experiences depend on the availability of clinical sites and preceptors in a student’s region. The School of Nursing cannot guarantee the availability of clinical sites or the results of clinical negotiations.
Technical Specifications for On-Site and Distance Education Programs
All nursing students, both onsite and distance, will have selected courses, many of which are available primarily by computer. Each student entering the School, both onsite and distance, must have access to a Windows-based or Macintosh-based computer which they are responsible to maintain. The following is a detailed description of the computer hardware, software and data communication requirements. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these requirements to assure that your computer system fully meets them.
- A computer purchased within the last 2 years will generally meet the minimum computer hardware requirements.
- Microsoft Windows version 7 or higher, or Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
- MS Word and PowerPoint are required; current version MS Office 2013, 2016 or Office 365 recommended. *
- Internet browsers:
- Chrome v.40 or higher
- Internet Explorer 11
- Microsoft Edge
- Safari 8 or higher
- Latest Version of Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash player are required. (Upgrade can be downloaded free from Adobe Website).
- Virus scanning software is highly recommended. *
* Current versions of MS Office and Symantec anti-virus may be available free from Campus. Since the School of Nursing does not administer these offerings they are subject to change. Registered students can obtain more information about these offers from the Stony Brook University Division of Information Technology website
It is strongly recommended that students use a computer dedicated for their own use rather than sharing a computer with others when completing the Distance Education Program. Students are required to maintain their computer hardware and operating systems in proper functioning order.
Please call Tech Support (631) 444-7505 or email Tech_Help@notes2.nursing.sunysb.edu, if you have any questions or need any additional information.
Degree candidates may receive school or departmental awards for superior performance upon recommendation of the faculty.
Each semester, part-time students must have completed at least six credits of letter-grade work in order to be considered.
Degrees with Distinction
School of Nursing undergraduate students are eligible for Degrees with Distinction. Degrees with Distinction are conferred on candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree who have completed at least 55 credits at Stony Brook, excluding special examination and waiver credit (or 43 credits for Registered Nurse Baccalaureate students), and who attain the requisite grade point average (determined by the registrar). The levels of distinction are suma cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude, and constitute approximately the 98th percentile, the 93rd percentile and the 85th percentile, respectively.
The grade point average cutoffs for the three levels of distinction are: summa cum laude, 3.80; magna cum laude, 3.70; and cum laude, 3.60.
Attainment of a degree with distinction is indicated on the student’s diploma and permanent academic record.
The Kappa Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International was charted in 1988 and is the honor society for the School of Nursing. Graduate and Undergraduate students are eligible based upon criteria as established by Sigma Theta Tau International Inc.
- Clubs & Organizations
Nursing Clubs/HSCSA Organizations
The Health Sciences Center Student Association (HSCSA) represents all HSC undergraduate students enrolled in the Schools of Health Technology and Management, Nursing, and Social Welfare. HSCSA sponsors numerous activities and programs during the year to meet the social and academic needs of students. It also promotes inter-professional understanding and education by fostering joint activities among students in the different health professions programs.
National Student Nurse’s Association: Stony Brook Chapter
The mission of the National Student Nurse’s Association-Stony Brook Chapter is to organize, represent and mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, as well as those enrolled in baccalaureate completion programs, convey the standards and ethics of the nursing profession, promote development of the skills that students will need as responsible and accountable members of the nursing profession, advocate for high quality healthcare, advocate for and contribute to advances in nursing education and develop nursing students who are prepared to lead the profession in the future.
The Pre-Nursing Society was founded in 2003 by Roxanna Minero with the goal and intentions of educating students on the west side of Stony Brook’s campus about Stony Brook’s School of Nursing and the nursing profession. Participating students have the opportunity to become involved within the community, helping them to observe firsthand some of the roles of a nurse. Some of the volunteer services include monthly visits to the Veteran’s Nursing Home, the Walk for Beauty, the Special Olympics, Light the Night Walk, and the Lupus Walk.