Nursing Education - FAQs


  • SUNY Poly is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and all of our academic programs are registered by the NYS Education Department.
  • The Master’s degree program in nursing education at SUNY Poly is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). (

We currently offer the following program options for Nursing Education:

  • Master of Science (MS) in Nursing Education
  • Post-master’s Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education.
  • Accelerated BS/MS in Nursing Education

Both the MS and the Advanced Certificate are available in a full online format. Online courses are delivered via Brightspace, the college’s learning management system with Collaborate, a virtual presentation tool.

No, the program is entirely online.
  • Application deadlines: July 1 for fall admission | December 1 for spring admission
  • To start the application process, file the online Application for Graduate Admission and pay the $60 application fee. The Graduate Admissions Office will follow-up with you regarding required supplemental materials once the application has been received.
  • For detailed information contact Alicia Foster, Director of Graduate Admissions at or 315-792-7347.
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in February for fall admission and October for spring admission.
  • All applicants to the program must possess a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from an accredited program (ACEN, CCNE, or NLNCNEA) with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
  • All NYS applicants must possess a current unrestricted, unencumbered license as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN) in New York State.
  • Out-of-state applicants must possess a current unrestricted license as Registered Professional Nurse (RN) in their respective state.
  • All applicants must demonstrate evidence of the equivalent of at least one year of work experience as a RN by the start of the first semester of study.
  • All applicants must demonstrate successful completion of an undergraduate course in basic statistics with a grade of C or better.
  • Students may apply to take graduate courses without formal admission to the degree program, on a space-available basis by filing the Non-Degree Application The maximum of six credit hours is allowed for non-degree study before matriculation into a degree program is required.
  • Graduate coursework taken while in non-degree status may be applicable to the degree program upon formal admission; however, there is no guarantee of credit applicability or admission by completing coursework in non-degree status.
  • Matriculated students have first preference on course seats; you will be notified if there is room in the classes no later than the day that the online courses open. Please check the academic calendar for this semester’s date.
  • The following courses are recommended for non-degree study:
    NUR 500 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice
    NUR 503 Advanced Nursing, Health Policy, and the Health Care Systems
    NUR 560 Nursing Research Methods

Key advantages to immediately matriculating are:

  • You are bound to the degree requirements in place at the time of your admission, even if those requirements change in the future.
  • Specialized program courses are reserved for degree seeking students.
  • Degree students register prior to non-degree students, resulting in a better selection of course offerings.
  • Taking a non-matriculated course does not mean you will be admitted to the program.

Our program is rigorous. The faculty does not recommend that graduate students work full-time while concurrently enrolled in the program full-time as this does not promote success nor work-life balance. We encourage you to consider either full-time study/part-time work or part-time study/full-time work.

  • NUR 645 Culminating Internship in Nursing Education is generally taken during the student's last semester after the majority of required courses have been completed.
  • The intent of the practicum is to actively engage in teaching, and explore other aspects of the academic faculty role.
  • Planning documents are emailed to students the semester prior to the one when the internship will be completed. The documents guide students in selecting and contacting a potential preceptor.
  • The practicum may be arranged in the student’s locale, but all sites and mentors must be approved by the nursing department prior to the start date.
  • The internship requires 160 teaching practicum hours in addition to the hours spent on coursework.
  • The practicum requires the student to be physically present in the selected facility, working with the mentor. Although the Nursing Education program is completely online, the practicum must be completed in-person.

Students are required to pass a program requirement activity not specific to any one course. In some programs it may be a comprehensive exam; in the MS Nursing Education program, there is a required Comprehensive Project with two options to select from. Consult with your academic advisor to review these options.

  • A computer with a headset and camera is required to complete courses on the Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS)
  • APA format is required for organizing and formatting your papers. You will see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association as a required text in most courses. Some students may also purchase Reference Point Software to assist with APA format.

Graduate students have seven years to complete degree requirements.

Visit our online Course Schedule. Click on “Master Course Schedule”. Select your term of interest from the pull-down menu. Select “Nursing” from the pull-down menu.

Current rates for tuition and fees are available here: Tuition and Fees.

  • Readmission is required if you were previously matriculated but have been out for three or more consecutive semesters.
  • To apply for readmission, complete and submit the Readmission Application with the Registrar’s office. Upon receipt, the Registrar’s Office will consult with the Nursing Department and a decision will be made. Readmission is not guaranteed.
  • Degree requirements are determined by the academic catalog under which the student is readmitted.
  • Courses taken more than 5 years prior to readmission will be evaluated by the Nursing Academic Standards Committee for applicability to the student’s new program of study.

Yes, as outlined further in the Student Handbook:

  • Graduate students must earn a minimum final grade of "B" or 82% in each course in the program.          
  • Students that do not meet the minimum final course grade requirement of "B" or 82% may repeat the course once with a maximum of (2) repeated required courses while enrolled in the program.
  • Students may transfer up to nine credit hours, if applicable, from another graduate program.
  • Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA for good academic standing and progression in the program.



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