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RN to BSN Online Program Requirements

The fully-accredited RN to BSN curriculum is a modular program delivered in an online learning format, designed to respond to the needs of working professionals in terms of scheduling and flexibility.

R.N. to B.S. Online

Note: Per the New York State Education Department, the degree granted for all Bachelor of Science Nursing programs in New York state is a B.S. degree with a major in nursing, not a BSN.

Requirements

The number of credits for each course is designated in parentheses after the course title.

Required Core/Liberal Arts/Electives - 60 credits

  • St. John Fisher College Core requirements
  • ECON 221 - SQ Statistics I (taken as a prerequisite for NURS 333)
  • Ethics or bioethics (i.e., PHIL 124C, PHIL 250C, REST 130, REST 284D, or REST 387D)
  • Additional liberal arts, sciences, general elective courses

Required Nursing Courses - 30 credits

  • NURS 331 - Nursing as a Profession (3)
  • NURS 332 - Caring for Populations (4)
  • NURS 333 - Evidence-Based Practice (3)
  • NURS 451 - Leadership in Systems of Care (3)
  • NURS 452 - Holistic Health Assessment (4)
  • NURS 456 - Nursing Informatics (3)
  • NURS 457 - Patient-Centered Care and Quality (3)
  • NURS 458 - Contemporary Professional Issues (4)
  • NURS 459 - Capstone Professional Portfolio (3)

Transferred Nursing Courses - 30 credits

  • A total of 30 credits of nursing coursework may be transferred from an associate degree or hospital-based diploma nursing program.

Total: 120 credits

Note: Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all courses required for the nursing major.


Accelerated Program Opportunity: R.N./B.S. to M.S. Fast Track Option

Current St. John Fisher College R.N./B.S. online students may petition to complete graduate-level coursework during their undergraduate study. This offers an accelerated approach to R.N. baccalaureate students who wish to pursue graduate study at the Wegmans School of Nursing. The fast track options allow specific graduate-level courses to fulfill designated undergraduate requirements. This shortens graduate degree requirements without compromising didactic and clinical learning experience. Students may take advantage of one or both accelerated options.

Note: Approval to take graduate courses does not guarantee admission to the M.S. in nursing program. Students who wish to pursue their graduate studies at Fisher must complete the application process for graduate admissions. Please contact the Office of Transfer and Graduate Admissions for more information.

Students follow the curriculum of the R.N./B.S. online program and substitute graduate courses for two undergraduate nursing courses. Students with a nursing GPA of 3.30 or higher and who have completed courses in nursing research and undergraduate health assessment with grades of "B" or higher may petition to take graduate courses after completing four undergraduate R.N./B.S. courses, by submitting the Petition for Graduate Courses form. Students interested in the fast track options should consult with their academic advisors and the graduate program director as early as possible during their studies at St. John Fisher College. Approved students may pursue one or both of the following options:

  • GNUR 507 – Health Policy (2) AND– GNUR 508 – Healthcare Delivery Systems (2)
    in place of NURS 458 – Contemporary Professional Issues (4)
    Note: If only one of these two-credit courses is successfully completed, the student will be required to take NURS 458 – Contemporary Professional Issues.

–AND/OR–

  • GNUR 543 – Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
    in place of NURS 459 – Capstone Professional Portfolio (3)

Enrollment Status

If all three of GNUR 507 - Health Policy (2), GNUR 508 - Healthcare Delivery Systems (2), and GNUR 543 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3) are completed, the courses are posted as undergraduate credit on the student’s academic record, and there is no additional charge for these courses for students in the undergraduate R.N./B.S. online nursing program. The graduate courses are added to the student’s graduate transcript at the end of the first semester of graduate study at the Wegmans School of Nursing.

If only one of the two 2-credit graduate courses is successfully completed, the student will be required to complete NURS 458 - Contemporary Professional Issues, and the completed graduate course will not be posted as undergraduate credit on the student's academic record. The completed graduate course will be added to the student's graduate transcript at the end of the first semester of graduate study at the Wegmans School of Nursing.

Requirements

The number of credits for each course is designated in parentheses after the course title.

Required Core/Liberal Arts/Electives - 60 credits

  • St. John Fisher College Core requirements
  • ECON 221 - SQ Statistics I (taken as a prerequisite for NURS 333)
  • Ethics or bioethics (i.e., PHIL 124C, PHIL 250C, REST 130, REST 284D, or REST 387D)
  • Additional liberal arts, sciences, general elective courses

Required Nursing Courses - 30 credits

  • NURS 331 - Nursing as a Profession (3)
  • NURS 332 - Caring for Populations (4)
  • NURS 333 - Evidence-Based Practice (3)
  • NURS 451 - Leadership in Systems of Care (3)
  • NURS 452 - Holistic Health Assessment (4)
  • NURS 456 - Nursing Informatics (3)
  • NURS 457 - Patient-Centered Care and Quality (3)
  • GNUR 507 - Health Policy (2)* –AND–
    GNUR 508 - Healthcare Delivery Systems (2)
    (in place of NURS 458)
  • GNUR 543 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3)*
    (in place of NURS 459)

Transferred Nursing Credits - 30 credits

  • A total of 30 credits of nursing coursework may be transferred from an associate degree or hospital-based diploma nursing program.

Total: 120 credits

*Whether a student chooses to take one or both graduate options as part of the Fast Track, the graduate credits are not added to the student's graduate transcript until the end of the first semester of graduate study at the Wegmans School of Nursing.

Note: Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all courses required for the nursing major. Students may be allowed to take NURS 459 if additional non-liberal arts credits are needed for the degree.


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.