RN to BS to MS Program

Why choose the RN to BS to MS Program?

As a registered nurse, one of the best ways to broaden your skills and ensure a long and rewarding career is to invest in your education. Industry expectations are changing, and more hospitals and health care organizations recommend an advanced degree in nursing. The RN to BS to MS Program offers a flexible, accelerated path allowing you to earn a master’s degree from the region’s largest and most trusted health care system.

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is the ideal place to complete your master’s degree. We provide amazing student support and direction to help balance your full work and class schedule. A blend of online and evening in-class sessions provides the convenience of working at your own pace to earn your bachelor’s degree along with a personal touch that other schools don’t offer.

Our faculty are highly experienced clinicians and researchers, and classwork is focused on real-world applications of industry-leading best practices. Complete all of your clinical experience right here in the University of Rochester Medical Center or in the region.

The RN to BS to MS Program is designed for academically strong, experienced nurses who want to enhance their skills and meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health care system.

Choose from seven master’s degree program specialties, including:

Nurse Practitioner Specialties:

Take the next step in your career and become a UR Nurse!

Program Requirements and Application Process

Start your online application today. The RN to BS to MS Program is designed for licensed registered nurses who have already earned an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The full list of admission requirements to the RN to BS to MS Program include:

  • an associate degree or diploma in nursing.
  • RN licensure within the United States or U.S. territory
  • cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher is preferred
  • statistics course with a grade of C or above
  • copy of your resume or curriculum vitae
  • two letters of reference addressing professional and /or academic ability; prefer one from master’s-prepared nurse (e.g. faculty, CNS, NP, manager) and/or nursing supervisor.
  • writing sample (e.g., prior scholarly paper, or published article)
  • typewritten professional goal statement with career goals that are compatible with specialty program objectives
  • declared specialty area when applying for admission
  • for some specialties, clinical experience in the appropriate specialty area is required prior to matriculation:
    • For AGACNP Program: one year full–time (or equivalent) RN experience in acute care prior to enrollment in NUR 411
    • AGPCNP, FNP, and PMHNP Programs: one year clinical experience is preferred
    • For PNP Program: one year full-time (or equivalent) RN experience in a pediatric clinical setting prior to enrollment in NUR 412 is required
    • For the PNP/NNP Program: two years NICU experience in the last five years is required
    • for international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)
    • personal interview with faculty member is at the discretion of the program faculty

We don’t require standardized test scores, but you have the option to submit your GRE scores to be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines

Students can enroll and begin the RN to BS to MS Program in September, January or May. We encourage applicants to submit their applications well before the deadline and then supplemental documents can be sent.

The fee for applying is $50.

  • For a September start date
    The application deadline is the prior April 1. Notification to applicant by July to August.
  • For a January start date
    The application deadline is the prior Sept. 1. Notification to applicant by October to November.
  • For a May start date
    The application deadline is the prior Jan. 2. Notification to applicant by March to April.

Salary Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for nurse practitioners in 2015 was:

  • $98,190
    per year

Program Costs

Tuition for the RN to BS to MS Program is charged per credit hour. The tuition for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017* is:

  • $1,400
    per credit hour
  • Employees at the University of Rochester may be eligible to receive a substantial tuition benefit (up to 80 to 95 percent tuition waiver). Associate or diploma-prepared nurses who live in the area may take advantage of a 50% scholarship offered to our RN to BS students.
    *other fees may apply. Taxes may apply at the graduate level.

Program Duration

The RN to BS to MS Program saves a maximum of 20 undergraduate credits over the course of the part-time program.

Students earn a bachelor's degree upon completion of 32 nursing credits in as little as 16 months (assuming arts and sciences credit requirements have been met) and a master's degree part time in as little as three years. Actual program length depends on course load.

What You Can Do with a Master's in Nursing Degree

With a master’s degree from the UR School of Nursing, you’ll enjoy an exciting variety of career options across a broad selection of health care organizations, including:

Hospitals
Private Practices
Public Health Agencies
Primary Care Clinics
Home Health Care
Outpatient Surgi-Centers
Health Maintenance Organizations
Nursing School-Operated Nursing Centers
Insurance and Managed-Care Companies
Nursing Homes
Schools
Mental Health Agencies
Hospices
The Military
Industry