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RN to BS Academics & Curriculum

Our RN to BS Online program is tailored to the practicing nurse who brings a wealth of knowledge from prior education and experience to the program.

After reviewing your transcript with your advisor, you will develop a degree plan based on prior coursework and transferred credits to UR School of Nursing. A maximum of 96 credits may be transferred into the program.

The program can be completed in four semesters if the arts and sciences requirements are completed prior to starting. Up to four academic credits may also be awarded for prior experiential learning. Students may take two courses per semester. Each course runs consecutively for the full semester.

Advantages of an Online Program

The iROC Initiative was launched in the RN to BS Online program in 2018. Complete interactive and hands-on online courses with an iPad device, with access to faculty and IT support.

Learn more about the iROC Initiative and the RN to BS Online program.

Curriculum Overview

To complete the bachelor’s degree a total of 128 credits are required, including:

 64 Credits: Arts & Sciences Coursework 

When you submit your transcripts, a transcript analysis will determine which of your previously-completed courses can be transferred to the School of Nursing as an arts and sciences course. Arts and sciences credits can be transferred in from any accredited college or university and will be awarded automatically upon matriculation if you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. You can be accepted into the program even if the required graduation courses or arts and sciences credits have not been completed. You can complete some of requirements through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). The UR School of Nursing offers online courses to help students meet the arts and sciences requirement (as part of your degree plan). Learn more:

Arts & Sciences Coursework

 64 Credits: Nursing Major 

Upon admission to the program, 32 nursing credits will be transferred. The remaining 32 nursing credits make up the RN to BS program and include eight courses with content delivered completely online. Several courses also contain field hours, which include time spent observing a leader or manager in nursing, conducting research, and developing small projects for outside agencies.


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