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Online RN to BS Program

Academics and Curriculum

Our RN to BS program is tailored to the practicing nurse who brings a wealth of knowledge from prior education and experience to the program. After reviewing your transcript with your advisor, you will develop a degree plan based on prior coursework and transferred credits to UR School of Nursing. A maximum of 96 credits may be transferred into the program.

To complete the bachelor’s degree a total of 128 credits are required, including:

64 Credits of Arts and Sciences Coursework

When you submit your transcripts, a transcript analysis will determine which of your previously-attended courses can be transferred to the School of Nursing as an arts and sciences course. Arts and sciences credits can be transferred in from any accredited college or university and will be awarded automatically upon matriculation if you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.  

You can be accepted into the program even if the required graduation courses or arts and sciences credits have not been completed. You can complete some of requirements through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

The UR School of Nursing offers online courses to help students meet the arts and sciences requirement (as part of your degree plan). Learn more:

Arts and Sciences Requirement

64 Credits in the Nursing Major

Upon admission to the program, 32 nursing credits will be transferred. The remaining 32 nursing credits make up the RN to BS program and include eight courses with content delivered completely online. Several courses also contain field hours, which includes time spent observing a leader or manager in nursing, conducting research, and developing small projects for outside agencies.

Courses are modular so that you are only completing one course at a time (for example, if starting a course in September, you will focus on that course and finish in the middle of the semester before beginning another course).

The program can be completed in four semesters if the arts and sciences requirements above are completed prior to starting. Up to four academic credits may also be awarded for prior experiential learning.

For more information about the program, please visit the RN to BS FAQ webpage.

iROC Initiative

The iROC Initiative was launched in the RN to BS Online program in 2018. Students receive an iPad to complete interactive and hands-on online courses, ensuring students have equitable access to technology and IT support.

Learn more about the iROC Initiative and the RN to BS Online program.

Degree Plan