Every day, nurses strive to develop solutions through front-line patient care for some of the most important health challenges that plague our population. With dedication and evidence-based practice, nurses bring their 'all' to their rotation every day they're at work. In order to be at their most effective, however, many nurses decide to return to school to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree - called a BSN for short - which positions them for greater practice and more leadership opportunities as well as higher salaries.

Admissions Requirements for New York RN to BSN Programs

New York RNs who decide to pursue their BSN degree are forward-thinking individuals who are committed to their ongoing professional development - both for career advancement and to advance the practice of patient care across the state and beyond. While each institution varies in how they select the best candidates for the RN to BSN stream, listed here are many of the criteria that you might encounter.

  • Present evidence of an ADN from a regionally accredited college program
  • Articulate a maximum of 24 nursing credits for transferral
  • Have completed up to 36 credits in liberal arts for transferral
  • Submit a transcript from each post-secondary institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 36 credits in liberal arts & sciences
  • Possess a valid and up to date RN license for New York State
  • Submit evidence of current liability and health insurance
  • Submit evidence of up to date CPR credentials

RN to BSN Classes & Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs offered throughout New York State provide a robust theoretical and practical framework for graduate and doctoral options. Colleges such as Hunter-CUNY's Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing offers courses like the following in order to broaden undergraduates' understanding of leadership in this culturally diverse era:

  • NURS 379: Nursing and Societal Forces
  • NURS 380: Nursing Research & Theory
  • NURS 384: Nursing Culturally Diverse Families

Online RN to BSN Programs in New York

New York State Board of Nursing and universities are looking toward a future in which every nurse will have a BSN degree as a minimum requirement to practice. This means that there has been an explosion in Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (CCNE) accredited online RN to BSN offerings for nurses who already have their Associate's (ADN) degree and who are looking to upgrade quickly and flexibly while they continue to gain practical experience in the workplace.

Featured Online School

D'Youville College School of Nursing in Buffalo, New York is home to a fully online RN to BSN program. Focused on primary and preventative care, the program's focus is on elevating the nursing profession through working as leaders within the community and amongst vulnerable populations.

Admissions and Program Length

At Mercy College, RNs may earn their BSN degree fully online or through a hybrid format. Generally, it takes students a maximum of two years to earn the degree if enrolled full-time and three years if enrolled part-time. Generally, RNs will be able to transfer a block of credits from their ADN credentials as equivalent to lower division BSN coursework. Evaluated on a case-by-case basis, graduates require a total of 120 new or transfer credits to be eligible for graduation.

Tuition and Cost of Attendance

Plattsburgh University is another great option for RNs who are looking for an online-only method of course delivery. With a strong on-campus nursing program, distance RNs have no problem getting the help and support that they need from faculty in order to be successful students. Plattsburgh students can expect to incur tuition and fees that total about $4,100 per semester - these costs are in addition to equipment and textbook expenses.

Does an RN to BSN Increase My Salary?

There may come a day globally where the entry level for RN licensure is that of a bachelor's degree or BSN. In fact, many hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices are already expressing a preference through salary for those nurses who have a degree after their name. With the scope of the role less focused on bedside care and more focused on primary care and prevention, BSN nurses may more commonly hold jobs such as surgical nurse, nursing instructor, or palliative care nurse.

RN to BSN Salary Comparison in New York

Because ADN grads and BSN grads are both technically RNs, there is scant data to collect that shows salary differences between the populations without a direct survey. However, we know that ADNs are often hired at base salary (in New York this is about $52,000) whereas BSNs have leverage in negotiating a higher wage from the outset - perhaps closer to the $63,000 level that marks what 25% of nurses in the state earn. With further degrees and responsibility, NYS nurses can earn over $110,000 annually and BSN nurses are well positioned to start down this path.

RN to BSN Programs

Preference is being given to nurses that have achieved their BSN degree or greater, and the preference is being noticed by prospective nursing students. Currently, New York has approximately 50 RN to BSN programs being offered around the state. If you are a graduate from one of these programs you could be a contender in more highly pursued job opportunities, and increased wage offers. Roles in nursing that a BSN graduate would be qualified to apply for include: government organizations, specialty departments, public health sector, etc. BSNs in such roles are making approximately $90,000 per year. Be the preferred candidate by acquiring your BSN degree.

ProgramWebsite
Adelphi University
Campus
College of Nursing and Public Health
One South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
(516) 877-4511
Alfred State College
Campus
Department of Nursing
10 Upper College Dr
Alfred, NY 14802
Binghamton University
Campus
Decker School of Nursing
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 777-2311
Briarcliffe College
Online
Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the Registered Nurse program
1055 Stewart Ave
Bethpage, NY 11714
College of New Rochelle
Online Campus
School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY 10805
(914) 654-5441
College of Staten Island
Campus
Department of Nursing
2800 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10314
Concordia College New York
Campus
Division of Nursing
171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
(914) 337-9300 x2183
CUNY School of Professional Studies
Online
RN to BS in Nursing program
119 West 31st Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 652-2066
D'Youville College
Online
School of Nursing
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 829-7856
Daemen College
Campus
Nursing Department
4380 Main St
Amherst, NY 14226
Dominican College of Blauvelt
Campus
Division of Nursing
470 Western Highway
Orangeburg, NY 10962
(845) 848-6051
Excelsior College
Campus
School of Nursing
7 Columbia Cir
Albany, NY 12203-5159
Farmingdale State University
Campus
Nursing Department
2350 Broadhollow Rd
Farmingdale, NY 11735-1021
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
Campus
Upper Division Bachelor of Science for Registered Nurses
24 East 120th Street
New York, NY 10035
(212) 616-7265
Hunter College of CUNY
Online
Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing
695 Park Ave
New York, NY 10065
Le Moyne College
Campus
Department of Nursing
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214
(315) 445-5436
Lehman College
Online
Department of Nursing
250 Bedford Park Blvd W
Bronx, NY 10468
Long Island University - Brooklyn
Campus
LIU Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing
1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201-5372
Long Island University - LIU Post
Campus
Department of Nursing
720 Northern Blvd
Brookville, NY 11548
Mercy College
Online Campus
Department of Nursing
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 674-7875
Molloy College
Campus
Division of Nursing
1000 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11771-5002
(516) 323-3650
Monroe College
Campus
School of Nursing
2501 Jerome Ave
Bronx, NY 10468
Mount Saint Mary College- New York
Online Campus
School of Nursing
330 Powell Ave
Newburgh, NY 12550
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Campus
Phillips School of Nursing
10 Nathan D Perlman Pl
New York, NY 10003
Nazareth College
Campus
Department of Nursing
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618-3790
(585) 389-2759
New York City College of Technology
Campus
Department of Nursing
300 Jay St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Niagara University
Campus
Department of Nursing
5795 Lewiston Rd
Niagara University, NY 14109
(716) 286-8155
Pace University
Online
Lienhard School of Nursing
1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038
(914) 773-3341
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Online
Nursing Program
110 William Street 19th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Plattsburgh State University of New York
Online Campus
Department of Nursing
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 564-3124
Roberts Wesleyan College
Online Campus
School of Nursing
2301 Westside Drive
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 594-6668
Saint Francis College
Campus
School of Health Sciences
180 Remsen St
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201-9902
Saint Joseph's College of Nursing
Campus
College of Nursing
206 Prospect Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13202
Stony Brook University
Campus
School of Nursing
101 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8240
(631) 444-1041
SUNY Canton
Online
School of Science, Health, and Criminal Justice
34 Cornell Dr
Canton, NY 13617
SUNY Delhi
Online
School of Nursing
454 Delhi Dr
Delhi, NY 13753
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Campus
College of Nursing
450 Clarkson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11203
SUNY Empire State College
Online Campus
School of Nursing
2 Union Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Campus
Nursing and Health Professions Department
100 Seymour Rd
Utica, NY 13502
SUNY University at Buffalo
Online
School of Nursing
3435 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14214
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Campus
College of Nursing
750 E Adams St
Syracuse, NY 13210
The College at Brockport
Online Campus
Department of Nursing
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420
(585) 395-5319
The Sage Colleges
Campus
Nursing Program
65 1st Street
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 244-2384
Touro College-New York
Campus
School of Health Sciences
1700 Union Blvd
Bay Shore, NY 11706
University of Rochester
Campus
School of Nursing
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642
(585) 273-5639
Utica College
Online
Department of Nursing
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502-4892
(315) 792-3705
York College of CUNY
Campus
Department of Nursing
94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11451