Registered Nurse Baccalaureate to Master's Program

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

Dr. Gambino



Program begins in May* RN license required

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. Apply principles from the sciences, arts and humanities to patient-centered nursing practice. (Essential I: Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice)
  2. Use theories from nursing and related disciplines to guide research, policy and clinical nursing practice. (Essential V: Health Care Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments)
  3. Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise in the delivery of safe, quality care to diverse individuals, families and communities. (Essential III: Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice; Essential IX: Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice / QSEN: Evidence Based Practice)
  4. Apply knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement and patient safety to provide high quality health care. (Essential II: Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety / QSEN: Quality Improvement; QSEN: Safety)
  5. Use information management and patient care technologies in communication, mitigation of error, decision making and optimization of quality patient outcomes. (Essential IV: Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology / QSEN: Informatics)
  6. Engage effectively within nursing and interprofessional teams to foster open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision. (Essential VI: Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes / QSEN: Teamwork and Collaboration)
  7. Demonstrate professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. (Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values)
  8. Incorporate cultural values and preferences in the delivery of care to individuals, families, communities and populations across the life span. (Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health / QSEN: Patient-Centered Care)
  9. Formulate the value of practice excellence, lifelong learning and professional engagement. (Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values)

Graduate Program Outcomes

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing and related sciences to improve nursing care across diverse settings. (Essential I)
  • Demonstrate leadership by collaborating and consulting with key stakeholders in the design, coordination and evaluation of patient care outcomes. (Essential II)
  • Apply quality and safety principles within an organization to be an effective leader and change agent. (Essential III)
  • Integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment, research and interprofessional perspectives to improve practice and health outcomes for patient aggregates. (Essential IV)
  • Ethically utilize data, information and appropriate technology to evaluate and achieve optimal health outcomes. (Essential V)
  • Demonstrate political efficacy and competence to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and health outcomes of populations. (Essential VI)
  • Integrate the concepts of interprofessional communication, collaboration and consultation to effectively manage and coordinate care across systems. (Essential VII)
  • Synthesize ecological, global and social determinants of health to design and deliver culturally relevant clinical prevention interventions and strategies. (Essential VIII)
  • Demonstrate behaviors of professional engagement and lifelong learning. (Essential IX)

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.

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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