Nursing Education FAQs

Is the Nursing Education program accredited?

  • Our program is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Our nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • All programs at SUNY Poly are registered by the New York State Education Department.

What degree(s) does SUNY Poly offer for the nursing education major?

  • We currently offer a Master of Science (MS) and a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) for the Nursing Education major.

What format is the degree offered?

  • The degree is available in a full online format. Online courses are delivered on Blackboard, the college’s learning management system with Collaborate, a virtual presentation tool.

Will I ever be required to come to Utica?

  • Each August, new graduate students are required to attend an in-person orientation day which supplements SUNY Poly Essentials, our required online orientation program. The in-person program allows students the opportunity to meet the faculty and other new students, and information sessions include an overview on library research, an introduction to using Blackboard (our Learning Management System), discussions on work-life balance and more.

When should I apply to the Nursing Education program?

  • 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.

When are the admission decisions made for the Nursing Education program?

  • Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in February for fall admission and October for spring admission.

What are the basic requirements to be considered for admission to the Nursing Education program?

  • All applicants to the program must possess a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program 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 2000 hours 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.

Can I take classes before I am admitted to the program? I would like to complete one course as a non-matriculated student to try out the program to make sure it’s right for me before matriculating. The course listing indicates permission is required to take a course if you are not already enrolled in the program. How do I go about obtaining permission to register?

  • Students may apply to take graduate courses without formal admission to the degree program, on a space-available basis by filing the Non-Matriculated Application with the Office of Continuing and Professional Education.
  • The maximum number of six credit hours is allowed for non-degree study, before matriculation in a degree program. There are no exceptions to this rule.
  • 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.
  • Only the following courses are permitted for non-degree study:
    NUR 500 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice
    NUR 503 Advanced Nursing, Health Policy, and the Health Care Systems
    NUR 555 Clinical Pharmacology
    NUR 560 Nursing Research Methods
    NUR 570 Clinical Pathophysiology

Is there a downside to taking courses as a non-matriculated student as opposed to immediately applying and being admitted as a matriculated student?

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 matriculated students.
  • Matriculated students register prior to non-matriculated students, resulting in a better selection of course offerings.
  • The nursing program gets resources, such as the number of course offerings and faculty lines, based, in part on the number of students matriculated into the program.
  • Taking a non-matriculated course does not mean you will be admitted to the program.
  • The bottom line is that it’s best to matriculate as early as you can.

Can I work while getting my master’s degree?

  • 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.
  • Please review the sample plans of study to understand the credit requirement for each option and to plan accordingly: Full-Time | Part-Time

Explain the internship requirement for the Nursing Education program?

  • The internship course (NUR 645 Culminating Internship in Nursing Education) is to be taken during the last semester after the majority of required courses have been completed.
  • The intent of the practicum is for students to actually teach, and fully engage in exploring the roles of faculty members.
  • 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 practicum requires 150 hour 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.

Will I need to buy software or hardware to take Nursing Education classes?

  • A computer with a headset and camera is required to complete courses on the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Additional software – Shadow Health – will need to be purchased to complete the Health Assessment course.
  • It is recommended that you purchase Reference Point Software to format your papers in APA format.

What is the maximum time that I can take to complete the graduate program?

  • Graduate students have seven years to complete degree requirements.

How can I find out what graduate nursing courses are being offered any particular semester?

  • 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.

Where can I find graduate nursing course descriptions?

What is the cost of the degree at SUNY Poly?

  • Current rates for tuition and fees are available on the Bursar’s Office website.

Does SUNY Poly provide financial aid?

I was previously admitted and took graduate classes at SUNY Poly and want to return to the Nursing Education program. What should I do?

  • 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.

Are there any special academic policies that I should be aware of?

  • Regardless of overall GPA, students can apply only two “C” grades in courses taken towards the degree.
  • All students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to graduate.
  • Graduate students may repeat a total of three nursing courses that count towards graduation; each of these courses may only be repeated once.
  • Students may transfer up to nine credit hours, if applicable, from another graduate program.
  • Students must maintain continuous registration, equal to or greater than one credit while completing degree requirements. MS Nursing students can do this by registering for CMT 600 – Continuous Registration. This only applies to students who have and incomplete in their last semester and it can only be applied once.


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