St. John Fisher University admits registered nurses who graduated from diploma or associate degree programs and who wish to pursue baccalaureate degrees. This program seeks to meet the community need for baccalaureate education of registered nurses. The R.N./B.S. online curriculum attracts adult learners by offering a sound and rigorous professional education that is delivered in an online learning format accessible to nurses with many demands on their time.
The R.N. student must meet all the general University requirements for admission, including a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above and a valid R.N. license, prior to completing any clinical R.N./B.S. online courses. The R.N. who graduated from an accredited school of nursing with an associate’s degree and achieved a grade of “C” or higher in each nursing course will be awarded 30 credits in nursing for previous coursework. An R.N. who graduated from a hospital-based diploma program and has active R.N. licensure will also be awarded 30 credits in nursing for previous coursework. These 30 credits of generalist nursing practice course work at the associate degree or diploma level are considered equivalent to 30 credits of upper-division generalist nursing practice course work in the Wegmans School of Nursing 60–credit undergraduate program.
A student may transfer up to 60 credits of previously earned liberal arts and sciences courses with a grade of “C” or higher awarded by a regionally accredited associate degree-granting institution. Credit for courses in liberal arts and sciences may also be obtained by taking the College-Level Proficiency Exams (CLEP) or Excelsior College Exams (ECE) as long as the R.N./B.S. student transfers no more than 90 credit hours (which includes the 30 credit hours of Nursing) from two-year schools and/or outside credit-by-examination sources, and does not violate any residency requirements. A student may also transfer in baccalaureate credits that can be applied to liberal arts and college core courses as appropriate.
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.