Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Program


Offered through Distance Education with On-Site Requirements


Spring Admission: Program begins in January*
Summer Admission: Program begins in May*
*RN license is required within 11 weeks from the start of the program.

Dr. GambinoProgram Overview

The Registered Nurse to Baccalaureate Degree Program (RNBP) is designed for students with either an associate's degree or diploma in nursing. The curriculum is concentrated in the upper division and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. The upper-division nursing major draws on the lower-division pre-admission coursework in the arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences. Learning experiences are focused on the world’s evolving healthcare environment. Communication, negotiation and leadership skills are emphasized, as students provide care to individuals, families, groups and communities. Various models of professional nursing and healthcare are introduced.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 is required
  • 57 college credits with a grade C or better
    in the following courses
  • Admission requirements for graduates of SUNY Associate of Science (AS) degree programs in nursing may differ as per the SUNY transfer path. Applicants are urged to attend Information Sessions for further advisement regarding admission requirements.
Required Courses*   Credits
English Composition 3
Sociology 3
Psychology 3
Lifespan Development 3
Microbiology/Lab 4
Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4
Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
Chemistry 3
Statistics 3
Humanities 6
Fine Arts 3
US History 3
Global Issues 3
Second Semester of Elementary Foreign Language** 3
Electives 9

Total Credits

  57 minimum

**Stony Brook University students who satisfy the LANG(Communicate in a language other than English) requirement for foreign language through the Stony Brook University Placement Exam will fulfill the foreign language admission requirement for the School of Nursing. However, the number of required elective credits must increase from 9 to 12 in order to meet the minimum requirement of 57 credits.

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
  • Completion of three prerequisite sciences by the application deadline
  • Meet the Professional Standards For Admission and Retention (see below)

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
  • Technical Requirements


  • Applications are available after August 1 at
  • Receipt of application, letters of recommendation 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
  • All admissions required coursework must be completed prior to beginning the nursing major.


Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Program Curriculum

Graduation Requirements Credits

Professional Socialization
HNC 350 Professional Role Development in Nursing 2
HNC 440 Research in Nursing 2
HNC 479 Transitions Into Professional Practice 3

Health Related Sciences
HNC 310 Pathophysiology 3
HNC 333 Fundamentals of Pharmacology 4
HNC 499 Clinical Epidemiology 3

Clinical Nursing
Clinical Practice Portfolio - submitted while in program 28
HNC 340 Novice to Expert:A Capstone Experience for RN to BS students 6
HNC 370 Health Assessment 3
HNC 469 Population Health Nursing 6
HNC 470 Nursing Management Practicum 6
Electives 5

Total Credits

(*43 Curriculum + 28 Clinical Practice Portfolio)

Advanced Placement Credits

RN Baccalaureate students are required to submit a clinical practice portfolio to be evaluated for 28 advanced placement credits. If the portfolio does not meet academic standards, the student will not be able to continue in the program. A non-refundable fee of $300 is required for the portfolio evaluation.

For more information, please contact:

Valerie DiGiovanni
Email address: