St. Bonaventure University

Nursing programs

St. Bonaventure University offers two nationally accredited undergraduate nursing programs as well as a graduate program that is currently seeking accreditation.

CCNE logoThe RN to B.S. in Nursing and Dual Degree Nursing programs at St. Bonaventure University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. 

RN to B.S. in Nursing

Nursing studentThe RN to B.S. in Nursing program, completed in four semesters over two years, is an innovative way for registered nurses to earn a bachelor's degree. New York state requires future nurses graduating from associate degree or diploma nursing programs obtain a baccalaureate in nursing within 10 years of licensure.

This program features a hybrid approach to achieving this goal, offering students face-to-face and online instruction. 

Learn more about the RN to B.S. in Nursing Program.

Dual Degree Nursing Program

Instructor in classroomSt. Bonaventure partners with the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College to offer a blended campus program in which students earn an Associate's of Applied Science in Nursing from JCC and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Bonaventure in four years.

You will earn your associate degree from JCC after your third year, allowing you to begin entry-level practice at that time, while completing your fourth year of studies.

Learn more about the Dual Degree Nursing Program.

Master's Entry to Practice Program

Nursing student in a simulation labThe Master’s Entry to Practice (MEP) program is an efficient way to become a registered nurse while also achieving a Master of Science in nursing. The graduate-level MEP program is a direct pathway to the nursing profession for those who have already earned a Bachelor of Science degree. 

Accepted, qualified non-nursing baccalaureate-prepared students can complete the 71 credit program in 6 semesters of year-round, full-time study.

Learn more about the Master's Entry to Practice Program.

Learn in modern, state-of-the-art facilities

The Department of Nursing is part of the Dennis R. DePerro School of Health Professions located in St. Bonaventure's historic Francis Hall, which reopened in 2021 after an extensive $15.6 million upgrade. 

The school has a modern physical diagnosis lab measuring 3,000 square feet, which is equivalent to an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The lab includes three exam rooms, 20 clinic exam tables, and inpatient hospital style beds.

Renovations to Francis Hall also included the construction of student locker rooms and laundry facilities, and a student break-out room. The building's main floor includes modern, high-tech classrooms that can accommodate up to 40 students.

Our commitment to excellence

American Association of Colleges of Nursing logoSt. Bonaventure's Department of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the national voice for academic nursing.

The AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.

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