Frequently Asked Questions: RN to BS Program

How long is the program?

You have the option to complete the program in 1 year (3 semesters) or 2 years (6 semesters). The difference is the number of classes you take each semester.

When does the program start?

Our program begins in the fall semester (end of August) as well as the spring semester (end of January).

How long is each class?

The courses are a combination of 7 weeks and 14 weeks.

Is the program online?

Yes, the program is 100% online with no requirement to come to campus.

Do I have to log in at a specific time for each class?

No, the courses are asynchronous, meaning you do not have to log in at a certain time each week to participate.

Are there any prerequisites for the program?

No. Statistics is a corequisite for certain courses. If you have not taken and passed college-level statistics with a grade "C" or higher, you will take it in your first semester.

How many credits is the program?

The program is 30 to 32 credits. If you already have a bachelor’s degree, the program is 30 credits. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, the program will be 32 credits (the additional two credits are UB Seminar and UB Capstone).

Are there scholarships available?

Yes. We the School of Nursing and the University at Buffalo offer scholarships. Also, check with your employer in regards to tuition reimbursement.

Where can I work with a bachelor’s degree?

Nurses with a bachelor's degree work in a wide range of settings. A bachelor's degree empowers you to advance in any setting to pursue careers such as nursing education; pharmaceutical and medical devices sales; genetics/genomics studies; high-demand specialties such as geriatrics, pediatrics, psychiatric/mental health and informatics; systems improvements; military careers; leadership;case management; and administration.

Where do the RN to BS program faculty live?

All of our faculty are located here in Buffalo, New York, with offices on UB's South Campus. They are more than happy to meet with students in person.

Do my general education classes from another school count at UB?

Yes. Please feel free to send your transcripts to our RN to BS advisor, Louiza Case, at to determine which requirements you have satisfied.

Will all of my credits transfer?

Yes. As long as you passed your courses, we will accept the credits towards your 120 credits required for graduating with a bachelor’s degree.

Is there a clinical component required?

Practice experiences are accomplished within the student's nursing practice setting.

I just graduated with my associate’s degree. Can I start right away in the program?

Yes! December graduates can start as early as the spring semester and May graduates can start as early as the fall semester through our early assurance program. You will need to provide us with proof of licensure and RN employment by your second semester in the program.