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RNs with a Bachelor's in a Non-Nursing Field

SUNY Upstate offers a unique opportunity for Registered Nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's degree to earn a master's degree without a BS in Nursing. Candidates take only five undergraduate nursing courses to complete the bridge requirement and enter the master's program. Accepted students take these bridging courses over the spring and summer, and matriculate into the master's program in the fall. It is preferred that students complete the bridging courses with SUNY Upstate, however if the courses are not available, with advisor’s guidance and permission, students can enroll in them with another accredited college or university. 

The five bridging undergraduate nursing courses are:

  • Health Assessment & Health Promotion across Lifespan
  • Statistics
  • Nursing Management/Leadership
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Research in Nursing

Please note, that you will hold a non-matriculated student status for the initial Spring and Summer semesters, while you are taking the bridging courses. Non-matriculated students are not eligible for federal and state financial aid but can use employer tuition assistance benefits if those are available. Your official matriculation status will begin with the Fall semester (August start) on the particular academic year. Matriculated students can apply for and receive financial aid.

The College of Nursing will assign an academic advisor to each accepted bridge program student. The advisor will reach out to the students and assist with planning for their completion and registration for the courses.  

Application period is September 15 through November 1. All application documents must be submitted by November 1st. Admission decisions will be delivered during the last week of November.

For questions on this program of study, please contact the Office of Admissions at admiss@upstate.edu or apply online.