RN to BS Program

RN to BS Program FAQ

Do I need to have all my arts and sciences credits completed before I start the program?

No, you do not. We offer courses that count towards the arts and sciences requirement. You and your advisor will sit down and determine your degree plan no matter how many arts and sciences credits you may need.

What kinds of scholarships are available for students?

There are many opportunities for RN to BS students to receive scholarships. Visit our list of sources for financial aid and scholarships.

What is a hybrid online course?

Hybrid online courses are courses where there are some in-class (in-person) sessions and some activities that are completed online. To accommodate the large number of RN to BS students who work, the majority of these courses only meet in person once per month, usually on a weekday evening.

What is the difference between the professional core courses and other courses?

The RN to BS program is structured around arts and science courses and professional core (nursing) courses. The arts and science requirements are completed first and are individualized based on your advisor’s recommendations. The professional core courses are a series of eight courses (for 28 credits) and four credits of nursing electives for a total of 32 credits. The 32 professional core courses MUST be completed at the UR School of Nursing.

How do I know what is an arts and sciences course?

When you submit your transcripts, a transcript analysis is completed which determines which of your previously-attended courses can be transferred to the School of Nursing as an arts and sciences course. These courses include subjects such as humanities (such as English, foreign languages); social sciences (such as psychology, sociology) and natural sciences (such as biology, microbiology). Your advisor will work with you to create a personalized degree plan and can discuss the various arts and sciences courses with you.

Visit the Arts and Sciences Requirements page to learn more about the requirement, and how you can complete these courses here at the UR School of Nursing.

What is a CLEP?

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a program offered by the College Board. A CLEP is a challenge exam in a content area (such as literature, sociology, etc.) where you receive college credit by passing the exam. It is a way to assist students in meeting the arts and sciences credit requirements for the program.

Does it matter how long ago I took the course?

No, it does not matter how long ago you took the course. That is why we ask to receive ALL college transcripts so that we can transfer in as many courses as possible.

Are my tuition benefits taxable?

Tuition benefits at the undergraduate level are currently not taxable. Please contact your tax preparer though, for the most up-to-date information.

What are variable credits and why would I need to complete them?

Within your professional core courses (which consist of 32 credits that must be taken at the UR School of Nursing) there are 4 nursing elective credits. This can be accomplished through a variable credit portfolio—which enables us to grant credit for your experiential learning, prior nursing experience or prior “CEU” contact hours— or an elective course which you have taken at the University of Rochester.  You and your advisor will talk about this when you complete your degree plan. These four credits do not fulfill arts and sciences requirements.