RN to BS Program

Why Choose the RN to BS Program?

As a registered nurse, one of the best ways to ensure a long and rewarding career is to invest in your education. Industry expectations are changing, and more hospitals and health care organizations recommend a bachelor’s degree in nursing or higher. The RN to BS Program offers a flexible, part-time nursing curriculum 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 bachelor’s degree in as little as 16 months. 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 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 field experience right here at the University of Rochester Medical Center or in the region. If you don’t already work for us, it’s a great way to make professional connections. Many of our students and graduates are employed with the University of Rochester Medical Center, the largest employer in the region!

The RN to BS program will enhance your skills as a nurse and prepare you to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health care system. Take the next step in your career and become a UR Nurse!

Other Opportunities

  • 3+1 Inclusion Program Begin your nursing education at a Rochester area community college and complete the bachelor’s degree at the University of Rochester School of Nursing.
  • RN to BS to MS If you’re an associate or diploma-prepared nurse and want to become a nurse practitioner or educator, consider this combined program, which enables you to move more quickly through the coursework to earn your master’s degree.

Program eligibility requirements include:

  • an associate degree or diploma in nursing
  • RN licensure within the United States or U.S. territory

To complete your online application you will need the following:

  • official transcripts from all schools attended, including prerequisites (cumulative GPA of 3.0 preferred)
  • resume/CV (preferred)
  • one letter of support from a supervisor (or from a faculty member if you have not yet graduated from your associate's program)
  • for international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)
Please send all supplemental application materials to:
Admissions Office
University of Rochester School of Nursing
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Application Deadlines

Students can enroll and begin the RN to BS Program in September, January or May. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

International students need to apply by April 1 for fall admission, by September 1 for spring admission, and January 2 for summer admission.

  • There is no fee to apply.

Program Costs

Tuition for the RN to BS program is charged per credit hour. Tuition for the 2017-18 academic calendar year is:

Program Duration

The RN to BS Program can be completed in as few as 16 months of part-time study

Actual program length depends on the number of credits you transfer into the program. You can transfer a maximum of 96 credits, which would leave only 32 credits to be completed at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. All classes are delivered in a “hybrid” format, which is a blend of online coursework and a series of in-class sessions.

Salary Potential

Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn higher salaries than those with associate degrees or diplomas. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for registered nurses in 2016 was:

  • $68,450
    per year

What You Can Do with a Bachelor's in Nursing

With a bachelor’s degree from the UR School of Nursing, you’ll enjoy an exciting variety of career options across a broad selection of health care organizations, including:

Private Practices
Public Health Agencies
Primary Care Clinics
Home Health Care
Outpatient Surgi-Centers
Health Maintenance Organizations
Nursing School-Operated Nursing Centers
Insurance and Managed-Care Companies
Nursing Homes
Mental Health Agencies
The Military
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Every course I’m taking is so applicable. I love learning the ‘why’ behind everything now. It’s one thing to give a diuretic and know how it affects the patient, but it’s another to take a pathophysiology course and understand what’s happening in the body.
Ann Zimmerman, BS, RN, ’16 graduate of the RN to BS program
Golisano Children’s Hospital Nurse Leader, Center for Nursing Professional Development