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Bachelor of Science

The College of Nursing offers a convenient, flexible, online way for RNs to take the next step in their learning

A flexible, high quality upper-division program for currently licensed registered nurses culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree

The Future of Nursing is Taking Shape Now

Upstate Medical University’s fully online Bachelor of Science program offers an opportunity for currently licensed Registered Nurses with Associate Degrees or diplomas in nursing to expand their horizons in health care.

Registered Nurses who have earned a Bachelor of Science degree are prepared to serve roles in a wide variety of settings of the healthcare industry. Nurses who are prepared at the Bachelor’s degree level are more well-rounded, poised to function in diverse practice settings, prepared for graduate and advanced practice study and ready to take the next steps in their careers. Research has shown enhanced patient outcomes, as well.

The fully online RN-to-BS degree program offers flexibility for working nurses, offering both full-time and part-time tracks.

Quick Facts


$7,070 - Full Time*
$3,540 - Part Time*

* per year for NYS Residents. Based on SUNY Tuition rates & fees. See Financial Aid for more details

Program Length

2 Years- Full Time
3 Years- Part Time

Degree flexibility with full or part time study

Course Delivery


The fully online RN-to-BS degree program offers flexibility for working nurses, offering both full-time and part-time tracks.

Application Deadline

Fall 2022 Admissions - July 1, 2022
Spring 2022 Admissions - November 1, 2021

All documents must be submitted by the application deadline

About the Program

The Upstate Medical University online RN-to-BS degree program is a flexible, upper-division program for registered nurses currently licensed in New York State with associate degrees or diplomas in nursing. The courses build on the foundation of AAS education to achieve the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education (AACN, 2008).

Our program focuses on theory and application, provides exposure to many areas of nursing, and serves as a foundation for graduate study. It prepares nurses to deliver comprehensive care to patients of all ages in a variety of settings as a direct care provider and as a nursing leader.

Most full-time students complete degree requirements in two years. Part-time students taking two or three courses per semester will complete the degree in three to four years. Degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of matriculation.

Courses are offered online, so students can create a schedule that meets their life and lifestyle. Faculty advisors work with students to determine the best program. Upstate’s curriculum will prepare students to lead in a dynamic, information driven, complex healthcare system.

For students who are not in New York State, please visit the State Licensing Requirements page for information on individual state licensing requirements.

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 30 credit hours earned through Upstate Medical University, online or in person, are required to be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree from Upstate Medical University.

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

Program Outcomes

Nurses with BS degrees have greater marketability with increased need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses in hospitals.

  • Student-centered approach
  • Personalized services with knowledgeable advisors and mentors
  • Undergraduate Academic Success Program to prepare students for the next phase of their career
  • Technology support


Nurses with BS degrees can seek out opportunities in a variety of positions including:

  • Nurse manager
  • Public health nurse
  • Case manager

Virtual Information Sessions

The Office of Admissions is conducting virtual information sessions for those who are interested in the following College of Nursing programs.

  • Bachelor of Science Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs
  • Post-Master's Certificate

Have Questions

Not sure which track is right for you? Questions about admissions requirements?

Contact the College of Nursing Admissions Counselor:

Gabriela Lozanova
Assistant Director of Admissions

Request 1:1 Appointment Prospective Students