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Online RN to BS Program

Online RN to BS Program

Reimagine your nursing career. Our RN to BS program will empower you to improve care delivery – and your career opportunities – in a constantly evolving health care world.

The RN to BS program offers exceptional learning opportunities and the support and expertise only available from the region’s largest and most trusted health care system.

Complete your bachelor’s degree online in as little as 16 months to enhance your skills as a nurse and transform your nursing career.

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5 Reasons to Earn Your Bachelor's Here

1. Stay ahead of industry and state expectations in nursing education.

Industry expectations are changing, and more health care organizations recommend a bachelor’s degree in nursing or higher. The UR School of Nursing fully embraces New York’s landmark BS in 10 law to require future nurses to obtain a baccalaureate in nursing within 10 years of initial licensure.

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2. Get a world-class education, at a competitive cost.

Earn your bachelor’s from one of the nation’s top-ranked nursing schools at a cost comparable to other programs in the region. The UR School of Nursing offers 50-55 percent tuition support in scholarships for our RN to BS program. Also, employees of the University of Rochester may be eligible to receive a substantial tuition benefit.

3. Transform your nursing practice.

Learn from a small team of faculty dedicated to your success. Bring your clinical assessment skills, knowledge, and experience together to see the bigger picture in patient care and population health. Plus, you’ll be prepared to respond to new developments in health care delivery and to shifts in the nursing workforce.

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4. Open up a new world of possibilities.

Completing the RN to BS program allows you to take the next step toward advancing your nursing career. Whether you want to pursue an opportunity within your workplace, explore a new nursing role, or even go on to teach or earn an advanced practice degree (we offer several nationally-ranked programs!), this is a great place to make connections and start the next chapter of your career.

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5. Harness the power of technology.

The RN to BS program utilizes the latest technology to deliver an interactive and hands-on curriculum - completely online. As part of their mobile device and technology fees, students receive an iPad once they begin nursing core courses to complete fully online coursework. These innovative courses, designed with the student perspective in mind, are designed to encourage critical thinking and meet the Quality Matters Standards for Course Design.

Application Deadlines

We recommend completing your application file at least four weeks prior to the start of your intended enrollment semester (fall, spring, or summer). Please note the following priority deadlines:
  • For a September start date
    The priority deadline is the prior July 1.
  • For a January start date
    The priority deadline is the prior Nov. 1.
  • For a May start date
    The priority deadline is the prior March 1.

Program Costs


  • $1,200
    per credit hour
    Full tuition rate for the RN to BS program.

* See RN to BS Tuition and Fees estimate.

Salary Potential

Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn higher salaries than those with associate degrees or diplomas. According to a Medscape Salary Report, RN compensation is:
  • $79,000
    for nurses with a bachelor's degree
  • $73,000
    for nurses with an associate degree/diploma

Related Programs

You can also earn your bachelor’s degree from the UR School of Nursing with these related programs:

Tiffini Florence
I could not have done this program if it wasn't for the amazing support from the instructors. I felt like they truly wanted us all to succeed and did everything in their power to help us be successful. Being a single mom of a toddler while going to school was not easy but everyone has their own life ‘stuff’ going on and I feel that this program makes it possible for anyone to succeed who is willing to put the work in.
Tiffini Florence, RN, ’18N
Bassett Healthcare Network
Rossana Navarra
I felt honored to graduate with my bachelor’s from the University of Rochester. It gave me the opportunity to seek out a management position. This was my first time learning on a computer. There was a learning curve, but I didn’t have any trouble at all.
Rossana Navarra, ’15N, RN, BS, CPAN
Assistant Nurse Manager, URMC Surgical Center
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"The University of Rochester has a fantastic reputation. To me it was a no-brainer to be a part of this. I was not thinking that I needed a bachelor’s – I had been doing this for so long – but it really made me think more broad in my practice. [After graduating] I’m going to take some time and figure out if I want to go on for my NP, or if I’ll be happy at the bedside or staying in management. I can choose what I want to do now."
Keri Johnson, RN, ’18N
Bassett Healthcare Network
Jason Burns
I was really impressed with how much the faculty wanted us to succeed. [We] had moments of not being sure we could do this. But the instructors were always there for us at any time. As long as we reached out, they were willing to help. I liked the flexibility of the whole program.
Jason Burns, RN, ’18N
Bassett Healthcare Network
Janet Ratliff
I’ve learned so much and have a different approach to my career and my practice. You learn to think differently. It’s important that nurses be as educated as possible. [It’s a] challenging program, but interesting and informative, too.
Janet Ratliff, RN, ’18N
Bassett Healthcare Network