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RN to BS Program

The RN to BS Program is ranked among the best online programs by 2015 U.S. News & World Report.

Building upon knowledge and experience of registered nurses who have already successfully completed an Associates Degree or diploma nursing program and passed the NCLEX-RN, the RN to BS Program is delivered in a student-centered, distance learning/asynchronous format that allows practicing nurses to attend school while maintaining employment.

About the RN to BS Program

Offered in a one- or two-year sequence, the program prepares nurses to provide the necessary leadership to advance quality of care, patient safety and health services in an evolving health care system. 

Program Features 

  • Student-centered and user-friendly distance learning/asynchronous format that allows practicing nurses to attend school while maintaining employment.
  • Offered in a one- or two-year cohort format to ensure cost-effectiveness as well as facilitate achievement of learning outcomes.
  • Relevant coursework that builds on the licensed RN’s previous education and experience without redundancy while mirroring the current traditional BS nursing program curriculum.
  • Graduates report high satisfaction with overall program, calling it a "tranformational" experience.

Program Requirements

RN to BS Early Assurance

The UB School of Nursing is proud to announce that we are now offering an RN to BS Early Assurance option for students that are completing their RN program in May/June. Students are now able to apply for the two year track in the fall semester before they graduate, and if accepted, they begin taking their bachelor's coursework at UB in May (summer semester). Program acceptance is conditional pending successful completion of nursing degree and statistics prerequisite. Students will also need to provide proof of licensure and employment before they enroll in their second semester coursework (fall).

Advisement

Curriculum

One Year Curricular Plan (Online)

Summer Semester
Course Number Course Title Credits
NBC 353 Clinical Reasoning and Judgment for Quality
and Safety Outcomes*
3
NSG 311 Family Nursing** 2
NBC 354 Patient & Family Centered Care* 3
NSG 393 Informatics and Health Care Environment** 3
Total Credits
11
Fall Semester
Course Number
Course Title Credits
NSG 348 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence
Based Practice**
3
NSG 472 Promoting Quality Health Outcomes and Culture
of Safety**
2
NGC 518 Health Promotion and Epidemiologic Methods* 3
NBC 476 RN Transitioning to Practice as
Baccalaureate Prepared Leader/Manager* 
2
Total Credits 10
Spring Semester
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
NSG 410 Public Health Nursing for Population Health** 2
NGC 509 Ethics for the Health Professions** 3
NBC 494 Baccalaureate RN Leadership Synthesis Project* 4
Total Credits 9

*Fourteen week format
**Seven week format

Two Year Curricular Plan (Online)

Summer Year 1
Course Number Course Title
Credits
NSG 393 Informatics and Health Care Environment** 3
NSG 311 Family Nursing** 2
Total Credits 5
Fall Year 1
Course Number Course Title Credits
NSG 472 Promoting Quality Health Outcomes and
Culture of Safety**
2
NSG 348 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based
Practice**
3
Total Credits
5
Spring Year 1
Course Number Course Title Credits
NSG 410 Public Health Nursing for Population Health** 2
NGC 509 Ethics for the Health Professions** 3
Total Credits
5
Summer Year 2
Course Number Course Title Credits
NBC 353 Clinical Reasoning and Judgment for Quality
and Safety Outcomes*
3
NBC 354 Patient & Family Centered Care* 3
Total Credits
6
Fall Year 2
Course Number Course Title Credits
NGC 518 Health Promotion and Epidemiologic Methods* 3
NBC 476 RN Transitioning to Practice as Baccalaureate
Prepared Leader/Manager*
2
Total Credits
5
Spring Year 2
Course Number Course Title Credits
NBC 494 Baccalaureate RN Leadership Synthesis Project*
4
Total Credits
4

*Fourteen week format
**Seven week format

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