Why choose the RN to BS to MS Program?
As a registered nurse, one of the best ways to broaden your skills and ensure a long and rewarding career is to invest in your education. Industry expectations are changing, and more hospitals and health care organizations recommend an advanced degree in nursing. The RN to BS to MS program offers a flexible, accelerated path allowing you to earn a master’s degree from the region’s largest and most trusted health care system.
The University of Rochester School of Nursing is the ideal place to complete your master’s degree. We provide amazing student support and direction to help balance your full work and class schedule. A blend of online and evening in-class sessions provides the convenience of working at your own pace to earn your bachelor’s degree along with a personal touch that other schools don’t offer.
Our faculty are highly experienced clinicians and researchers, and classwork is focused on real-world applications of industry-leading best practices. Complete all of your clinical experience right here in the University of Rochester Medical Center or in the region.
The RN to BS to MS program is designed for academically strong, experienced nurses who want to enhance their skills and meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health care system. Save up to 20 credits in the bachelor's portion of the program.
Choose from seven master’s degree programs, including:
Take the next step in your career and become a UR Nurse!
Program Requirements and Application Process
Start your online application today. The RN to BS to MS program is designed for licensed registered nurses who have already earned an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The full list of admission requirements to the RN to BS to MS program include:
- an associate degree or diploma in nursing.
- RN licensure within the United States or U.S. territory
- cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher is preferred
- statistics course with a grade of C or above
- copy of your resume or curriculum vitae
- CPR certification
- two letters of reference addressing professional and /or academic ability; prefer one from master’s-prepared nurse (e.g. faculty, CNS, NP, manager) and/or nursing supervisor.
- writing sample (e.g., prior scholarly paper, or published article)
- typewritten professional goal statement with career goals that are compatible with specialty program objectives
- declared specialty area when applying for admission
- for some specialties, clinical experience in the appropriate specialty area is required prior to matriculation:
- For AGACNP Program: one year full–time (or equivalent) RN experience in acute care prior to enrollment in NUR 411
- AGPCNP, FNP, and PMHNP Programs: one year clinical experience is preferred
- For PNP Program: one year full-time (or equivalent) RN experience in a pediatric clinical setting prior to enrollment in NUR 412 is required
- For the PNP/NNP Program: two years NICU experience in the last five years is required
- for international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)
- personal interview with faculty member is at the discretion of the program faculty
We don’t require standardized test scores, but you have the option to submit your GRE scores to be considered for admission.