RNs with a Bachelor's in Another Field

Application Periods

  • January 2015 Admission – for Prerequisites Only
    Applicants who need to complete prerequisites may apply for January admission for the purpose of completing prerequisites only. The prerequisites are outlined below. Application period is:
    October 15 – November 1, 2014
  • Fall 2015 Application Period
    October 15, 2014 – February 1, 2015

Registered Nurses with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree can earn a master’s degree without a BS in nursing. Candidates take only five courses (or a combination of courses and exams) to complete the bachelor’s requirement and enter the master’s program. This is the only local clinical program of this kind.

Candidates with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing must meet the prerequisite requirements for all master's students, namely successful completion of two courses:

  • Health Assessment (3 credits - NURS 310: Health Assessment, or a 300 level or higher course)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

In addition, candidates complete three baccalaureate level courses or Excelsior College Exams (ECE), depending on prior course work, to fulfill prerequisites.

  • Management/Leadership: NURS 415: Management in Nursing (3 credits) OR *ECE 543: Managment in Nursing (4 credits)
  • Community Health Nursing: NURS 444: Community Health Nursing (4 credits) OR *ECE 546: Community Focused Nursing (4 credits)
  • Research: NURS 481: Research in Nurisng (3 credits) OR *ECE 537: Research in Nurisng
Application Period
MS Program, Fall 2015
October 15, 2014 –
February 1, 2015

NOTE: There are exceptions to these dates for RNs with a bachelors in another field and for the North Country program. Please see specific application periods for those programs on their respective pages.

Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Director of Master's Program
Ibrahim Thabet

After becoming an RN with an associate’s degree, Ibrahim Thabet said, “I felt that my journey was not complete. I decided to continue my education at Upstate Medical University because of the school's rich tradition of prestige.

I could not have imagined an easier transition.” Ibrahim achieved his goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner by earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Nursing.

—Ibrahim Thabet, FNP (2010)