St. Bonaventure University

RN to B.S. in nursing Program

The 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.

Our program features a hybrid approach to achieving this goal, offering students face-to-face and online/distance-education instruction. 

It's an opportunity for registered nurses to become baccalaureate prepared, which is not only a recommendation of the National Academy of Medicine, but a requirement for new nurses in New York state. State law now requires future nurses graduating from associate degree or diploma nursing programs to obtain a baccalaureate in nursing within 10 years of initial licensure.

Opportunities await

Ready for that next step in your nursing career? The RN to B.S. in Nursing Program is a bridge to your future. It's time to open the door to what's possible, time to be BSN-preferred.

Why a B.S in Nursing?

Enhance your skills as a provider, a leader

The RN to B.S. in Nursing program aims to build upon your present foundation as a skilled registered nurse with coursework in collaborative and quality care.

You will be introduced to technologically advanced concepts to help you keep pace with the rapidly changing healthcare industry.

The program is designed to enhance your leadership skills, your professionalism, and to encourage you to learn more about yourself so that you may become a more emotionally intelligent provider.

AACN logoOur program also includes the possibility of having us bring the classroom to you, with instruction provided at a regional hospital or healthcare facility, perhaps right where you work. A minimum of 15 nurses is required for us to present the program in a setting away from the St. Bonaventure campus.

The Department of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which establishes quality standards for nursing education and promotes support for nursing education, research and practice.

We are seeking accreditation of our nursing programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Program cost & admission requirements

Tuition for full-time or part-time RN to B.S. in Nursing students for the 2020-21 academic year is $640 per credit hour, which includes a comprehensive fee (access to the Center for Student Wellness and other university services and programs), and institutional aid discount. 

Acceptance to the program requires:
  • an unencumbered RN license and current registration in the state to which you want your clinical completion hours to apply;
  • an associate degree or diploma degree in nursing from a registered and accredited nursing program in New York state, or from an institution nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN-CNEA);
  • that you practiced nursing within the past five years, or that you graduated from an associate degree or diploma nursing program within the past five years.

  • How to apply

    To apply to the RN to B.S. in Nursing program, students should submit the following to the Office of Admissions at St. Bonaventure:
    • an official transcript of all undergraduate coursework
    • a copy of your RN license
    • an up-to-date resume with work experience (if applicable)
    Applicants for this program will apply as transfer students. For more information, visit our Transfer Admissions website.

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