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Online RN-to-BS, a program for registered nurses who wish to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing

The Future of Nursing is Taking Shape Now

Research has shown patients do better when cared for by RNs who have earned a Bachelor of Science. Upstate Medical University’s Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is an opportunity for Registered Nurses to improve their skills and expand their  horizons in health care.

The Online RN-to-BS in Nursing offers unprecedented flexibility for full-time and part-time students, including working nurses.

Questions? Email admiss@upstate.edu or call 315-464-4570 

Application Period

Fall Start:

Application Opening Date: September 1

Application Closing Date: June 1

All documents must be submitted by June 1

Spring Start:

Application Opening Date: September 1

Application Closing Date: November 1

All documents must be submitted by November 1


About the Program

This online RN-to-BS in Nursing degree program is a flexible, upper division program for registered nurses with associates 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 you 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 will complete the degree in three years. Degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of matriculation

Our curriculum will prepare you to be a leader in a technological, information driven, complex healthcare system.

Take your courses conveniently. Courses are offered online so you can create a schedule that meets your life and lifestyle.  Your faculty advisor will work with you to determine the best program for you.

For information on individual state licensing requirements, please visit the State Licensing Requirements page.

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 in Nursing degree from the College of Nursing.