Joyce Scarpinato

Joyce Scarpinato, DNP, PPCNP-BS, FNP-C
Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies
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)

Master's Admission Requirements

Prerequisites for all Students Entering the MS Program

  • Basic Health Assessment (NURS 310 or 300 level or higher course) and Basic Statistics (3 credits each). If either of these courses was taken more than five years ago, an advisor will discuss the possi­bility of taking a refresher course to update your skills. It is up to you to determine whether you feel competent to enroll in advanced courses that require an under­standing of basic concepts in these areas.

BS-to-MS Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0. A higher GPA may be necessary to be competitive for admission
  • Current New York state RN license
  • Current CPR certification
  • Preference will be given to students with greater than one year of med/surg experience at the time of application
  • No GREs required

Bachelor's in another field

Candidates with a bachelor's degree in another field must complete the following bachelor degree level courses to fulfill undergraduate nursing pre­requisites:

  • Comprehensive Health Assessment
  • Statistics
  • Nursing Management / Leadership
  • Nursing Research
  • Community Health Nursing