Registered Nurse Baccalaureate to Master's Program


Online asynchronous program with 2 onsite days and 1 synchronous virtual day

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The program requires 60 credits of upper division coursework. 

Students with prior baccalaureate degrees in other disciplines may be eligible to apply a maximum of 19 upper-division credits (undergraduate courses numbered 300 or higher) toward the liberal arts & sciences component of the Registered Nurse to Baccalaureate degree program.

Only courses with a minimum grade of C+ shall be considered. These credits must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. 

Grades received for transferred courses are not shown nor are they included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative grade point average at Stony Brook University.

Refer to the School of Nursing Student Handbook for the full policy on Transfer Credits and Course Waivers. 

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Program Overview

The Baccalaureate to Master’s Program for Registered Nurses is tailored for individuals with an associate degree in nursing and at least one year of registered nurse experience in their clinical area of specialty. The comprehensive curriculum centers on upper division Nursing and Liberal Arts courses, culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. The program focuses on the dynamic landscape of global healthcare. Emphasis is placed on cultivating effective communication, collaboration, and leadership skills, essential for providing evidence based, socially just care to individuals, families, and populations. Diverse theoretical models of professional nursing and healthcare are introduced and applied to real-world clinical scenarios.  Upon meeting specified progression criteria, students transition to the Master of Science program in their designated specialty.


Undergraduate Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program the baccalaureate graduate nurse will be able to:

  1. Utilize clinical judgment when integrating established and evolving knowledge from nursing; liberal arts; natural and social sciences; and other related disciplines in the formation of innovative nursing practice. (Domain 1)
  2. Integrate evidence-based, compassionate and developmentally appropriate patient-centered nursing care to diverse individuals, families, and communities. (Domain 2)
  3. Communicate with the community, industry, academia, health care, policy makers and other stakeholders to promote equitable population health outcomes, improve disease management and prevention. (Domain 3)
  4. Formulate professional, ethical knowledge based on nursing theory and evidence generated, synthesized, translated and applied from nursing and other disciplines to improve practice and transform health care.  (Domain 4)
  5. Apply established and emerging principles of improvement science and safety to enhance individual practice and system effectiveness to provide high quality health care and minimize risk of harm to patients. (Domain 5)
  6. Demonstrate  intentional  and effective collaboration  across professions and with care team members, patients, families, communities, and stakeholders, fostering mutual respect and shared decision-making to optimize care, enhance the healthcare experience, and strengthen outcomes.  (Domain 6)
  7. Incorporate communication technologies and informatics processes in coordinating resources to gather data and drive decision making to provide continuity of care, mitigation of error, and optimization of quality patient outcomes for diverse populations. (Domain 7 & 8)
  8. Demonstrate a professional identity of accountability, perspective, collaborative disposition, and comportment that reflects nursing's inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. (Domain 9)
  9. Inculcate a spirit of self-reflection that fosters lifelong learning, self-care, well-being and resilience, along with the acquisition of nursing expertise, to promote the development of a professional identity and the assertion of nursing leadership (Domain 10)

Graduate Program Outcomes

  • Translate nursing’s discipline specific perspective, theory, and research-based evidence to inform clinical judgment as the foundation for the highest level of advanced practice. (Domain 1)
  • Synthesize advanced scientific knowledge with collaborative skills recognizing the intersectionality of multiple interdependent and social determinants of health, to design and deliver person-centered care that is holistic, respectful, just, evidenced-based and person-centered. (Domain 2)
  • Collaborative with traditional and non-traditional partners across settings to determine population-focused priorities, assess system’s capability in addressing population healthcare needs, and lead in the development of healthcare policies and practices for the improvement of equitable population health outcomes. (Domain 3)
  • Advance the scholarship of nursing by applying nursing's unique perspective to lead the translation of evidence into practice to provide optimal care and address health inequities, structural racism, and system inequity.  (Domain 4)
  • Apply principles of improvement science to evaluate care quality and safety to design system improvements and health policies that minimize  risk of harm to patients and providers for system effectiveness. (Domain 5)
  • Lead inter-professional communication and collaboration to facilitate integration of evidence-based strategies that improve processes within healthcare systems optimizing outcomes for diverse populations. (Domain 6)
  • Optimize system effectiveness by leveraging care coordination, informatics processes and technologies to deliver safe, high-quality, equitable, and efficient healthcare services in accordance with best practice and professional and regulatory standards. (Domain 7 & 8)
  • Model a resilient professional identity embodying accountability, perspective, ethical comportment and a collaborative disposition that is reflective of nursing’s mission to the individual, society and the profession. (Domain 9)
  • Demonstrate self-reflection and cognitive flexibility to promote environments that foster life-long learning, professional growth, self-care, well-being, and resilience; and support the acquisition of nursing expertise and the assertion of leadership. (Domain 10)

Admission Requirements

  • A current unencumbered New York State RN license.
  • Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0
  • Minimum 1 year clinical experience as an
    RN in clinical area of interest
  • All pre admission coursework must be completed with a grade C or better
Pre Admission Coursework*   Credits
Lower Division Clinical Nursing Courses 30
English Composition 3
Intro to Psychology 3
Microbiology/Lab 4
Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4
Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
Statistics 3
Humanities 3
US History 3
Global Issues 3
Total Credits   60 minimum

Additional Application Requirements

  • Application and personal statement
  • Paid application fee or approved waiver
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Three online letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of at least one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse in clinical area of interest
  • Meet the Technical Standards For Admission and Retention

Additional Requirements upon Admission

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • All newly admitted students will receive an email from the SON Required Documentation email address, shown below, with detailed instruction to utilize the required CastleBranch web-based software system. This system requires a one time fee and is where students will upload and manage required documents.""
  • All preadmission classes must be completed prior to the start of the program
  • Meet Techology Requirements


  • Applications are available after August 1 at
  • Receipt of application and paid application fee (or approved waiver) are due at application deadline
  • All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Services ( or a comparable institution
  • Admission to the Nursing program is highly competitive. Meeting minimum criteria for admission does not guarantee acceptance. The School of Nursing reserves the right to make final decisions based upon the applicant pool each year.


Process for Clinical Experiences

The Office of Clinical Placements facilitates the processing of clinical placement requests and contracts for all clinical affiliations within the baccalaureate, master’s, advanced certificate, and DNP programs. The office works collaboratively with faculty to secure clinical placement sites for students. Once a suitable site is identified, students submit a clinical placement request form for processing. The office maintains electronic data systems and records related to students, clinical placement sites, clinical affiliation agreements, clinical contracts and preceptors. Central to the clinical placement process for all programs is the establishment of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract which is executed between SUNY and the clinical site. Upon final execution of a clinical affiliation agreement, SUNY procures and provides the site with a certificate of insurance or related protection evidencing the required insurance coverage. The provisions of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract include the responsibilities and mutual terms that are agreed upon during the life of the agreement. Please note that it is a Stony Brook Medicine policy that the School of Nursing is not permitted to pay for, approve, or participate in, a clinical placement arrangement for our students that requires payment of any type by the School, student or any other third party. 

Registered Nurse/Baccalaureate to Master’s Program Curriculum

Graduation Requirements


Professional Development

HNC 351 Role Development for Professional Advancement


HNC 440 Nursing Research:  Appraising Evidence for Practice


HNC 479 Transitioning to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice


HNC 304 Social Justice in Healthcare


HNC 490 Professional and Ethical Communication in the Digital Era


Health Related Sciences


HNC 310 Pathophysiology


HNC 360 Statistical Methods for Healthcare Research


HNC 300 Healthcare Informatics


HNC 333 Fundamentals of Pharmacology


HNC 305 Healing and the Arts


HNC 497 Genetics and Genomics


HNC 499 Epidemiology: Population Based


Clinical Nursing

HNC 370 Health Assessment


HNC 340 Novice to Expert


HNC 471 Nursing Leadership Practicum: A Capstone Experience for BS/MS students            


HNC 469 Population Health Nursing


Master’s Core


HNH 503 Organizational Leadership and Role Transformation


HNH 504 Quality Improvement, Safety, and Health Care Technologies


HNH 505 Health Care Policy and Advocacy



Total Credits


The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing/Master's degree program in Nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or advanced certificate program at Stony Brook School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

For more information, please contact:

Valerie DiGiovanni
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