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New York State now requires all Registered Nurses to earn their BSN within 10 years of licensure - Roberts' R.N. to B.S. can help you achieve this requirement in less time! (Learn more about "BSN in 10" NYS Senate Bill S3520A from the 2017-2018 Legislative Session).

If you are a working R.N., this unique program offers an accelerated alternative to the traditional method of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) that can be completed in as little as 12 months!

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Jeanne Colleluori
Assistant Director of Recruiting & Admissions

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Program Details

Standard Completion Time:  

Full-time | 12 months | 100% online | Two 8-week classes at a time

Part-time | 24 months | 100% online | One 8-week class at a time

Program Credits: 36 (Additional required credits earned through prior learning assessment)

Cost: $599 per credit

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Start Terms

  • January 2, 2023
    Online only
  • Application Deadlines & Deposits
    • Submit your complete application by October 4, 2022 and your deposit is $50.00
    • Submit your complete application by November 1, 2022 and your deposit is $125.00
    • After these dates the deposit is $200.00
  • February 27, 2023
    Online only
  • Application Deadlines & Deposits
    • Submit your complete application by December 1, 2022 and your deposit is $50.00
    • Submit your complete application by January 3, 2023 and your deposit is $125.00
    • After these dates the deposit is $200.00
  • May 1, 2023
    Online only
  • Application Deadlines & Deposits
    • Submit your complete application by March 1, 2023 and your deposit is $50.00
    • Submit your complete application by April 1, 2023 and your deposit is $125.00
    • After these dates the deposit is $200.00
  • June 26, 2023
    Online only
  • Application Deadlines & Deposits
    • Submit your complete application by April 28, 2023 and your deposit is $50.00
    • Submit your complete application by May 31, 2023 and your deposit is $125.00
    • After these dates the deposit is $200.00

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Why Earn Your BS Now?

Healthcare in the US has become increasingly complex with many nurses stepping into leadership positions. Many hospitals are making it a policy to require every nurse to have a minimum of a BS, or at least an agreement to pursue that degree within a period of time.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, all magnet hospitals require 75% of their managers to have a minimum of a bachelors or masters degree in nursing. The current nursing environment is becoming more competitive, meaning that earning a BS is now more crucial for nurses than ever before.

With the current nursing shortage and complex environments, the need for qualified nurses has increased.

Roberts Wesleyan University designed their RN to BS program to meet the full needs of an adult learner who is already a registered nurse. This program is focused on bringing students the convenience and flexibility to continue with any current nursing and life responsibilities, all while pursuing their BS. Students have access to support, tools, and technology needed to successfully complete their nursing degree.

Considering applying to our RN to BS program? Select “Get Info” for additional program information today.

Earn a bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan University to enhance your nursing skills, credentials, and education. This RN to BS college degree program is suited for students who are currently registered nurses who wish to broaden their professional skill set. Enroll in Roberts RN to BS program, and expand your career options within the healthcare industry. Additionally, a BS can provide nurses with educational experience to take on enhanced responsibilities and pursue roles at a management level.

Program Highlights

RN to BS in Nursing Overview

The BS program at Roberts Wesleyan University is designed to accommodate your lifestyle with an accelerated program that can be completed in as little as 12 months.

Nurses are required to work in complex and ever-changing environments. This program will enhance your clinical and professional competenices:

  • Promoting Safe Nursing Practices, Quality Safety Initiatives, and Quality Patient Outcomes

  • Using Evidence-Based Practice to Plan and Evaluate Outcomes of Care

  • Forming Strategies for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Across Patient Populations

  • Communicating with Interdisciplinary Teams to Lead New Healthcare Initiatives

Our RN to BS program also features highlights that encourage students to focus on education without the additional hardships of being a student. These highlights include:

  • R.N. to B.S. in 12 Months! New York State Now Requires RN's to Earn Their BSN Within 10 years of Licensure

  • Practice Experience Met Through Program Coursework and in the Workplace

  • Offered Completely Online or 1 Night a Week in Multiple Classroom Locations

  • 95% of Students Were Employed Full-Time Within a Year of Graduation According to the Roberts Wesleyan Career Services Annual Report

  • Exam-Free Curriculum Grades based on papers, presentations, and projects

  • Personalized 1:1 Academic Advisement

Your courses will be taught by faculty who have nursing experience, proficiency in their area of nursing practice, and have demonstrated scholarship. You will apply knowledge gaining to clients, families, and groups across their lifespan. Graduates from Roberts Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in nursing will be prepared to practice using advocacy, autonomy, accountability, ethics, and respect. Upon completion of the RN to BS program, the graduate will be a nursing professional who:

  • Integrates and applies nursing knowledge, and knowledge from other disciplines as a foundation for safe quality nursing practice

  • Provides developmentally appropriate whole person, evidence-based care that is respectful, compassionate and acknowledges preferences, values, diverse needs, and resources of the recipients of team-based care that is informed by a Christian worldview recognizing the patient is a full partner in and the source of control in team-based care.

  • Collaborates as a member of the interprofessional team to support and improve equitable, positive population health outcomes locally, regionally, and globally.

  • Applies research and evidence with the goal to improve recipient of care outcomes and transform health care in practice setting

  • Employs established and emerging safety principles and improvement science to provide safe, effective, equitable, whole person care and contribute to a culture of provider workplace safety.

  • Works collaboratively across professions and with care team members, patients, families, and communities to provide quality care.

  • Effectively works in teams within complex systems considering health care trends and resources across the continuum of care to advocate for recipients of care.

  • Applies information and communication, and informatics processes to deliver health care services in accordance with best practices, professional and regulatory standards.

  • Practices with accountability and integrity reflecting professional nursing characteristics and values within the context of a Christian worldview.

  • Participates in activities and self-reflection that fosters holistic health, resilience, and well-being, lifelong learning and the acquisition of nursing expertise and leadership skills.

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Career Outlook

As populations age, and nursing professionals retire, there is a growing demand for qualified individuals to step up to deliver quality care. Many of these professional nursing positions can be found outside of hospitals and in the community through long term care facilities, outpatient centers, and in the homes of patients.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for registered nurses are expected to grow 7% through 2029 - much faster than the average. Registered nurses also earned an average annual salary of $73,300 in 2019.

Along with this growth comes a combined demand for nurses with bachelor’s-level degrees. Here are a few in-demand careers for those who graduate with a BS degree:


  • Registered Nurse
  • Nurse Case Manager
  • Ambulatory Care Manager
  • Director of Quality Improvement & Performance
  • Clinical Registered Nurse
  • Homecare/ Public Health


  • University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Rochester General Hospital, Rochester NY
  • Unity Hospital, Rochester NY
  • Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse NY
  • Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo NY
  • Catholic Health Systems, Buffalo NY

Seize your opportunity to broaden your experience in the nursing field. Your RN to BS courses will foster your personal and professional development by building self-confidence, ethical values, and integrity. Through the cultivation of your professional knowledge, you can effectively communicate with patients and families.

Sources cited:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited February 2, 2021).

Alumni Making A Difference


Graduates of the
R.N. to B.S. Completion Program

Ja'Mia Hewitt

Ja'Mia Hewitt '17

Clinical Regulatory Compliance Specialist, Rochester Regional Health

Angella Watson

Angella Watson '17

Certified Endoscopy Nurse, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing at Roberts are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

With an associate’s degree from an accredited university or community college, you can complete your RN to BS program in as little as 12 months.

No. Although a registered nurse may have their BS, the qualifications are not the same. RN stands for registered nurse, which is a title given to nursing professionals who have completed educational and licensure requirements in nursing. All New York State RNs must have earned a diploma or a degree in nursing from an approved nursing program and pass a state board exam known as the NCLEX-RN, however these requirements may vary for other states.

Salaries for practicing nurses vary depending on several factors, including years of full time work experience, level of education, industry, and position.

The median annual wage for registered nurses in May 2019 was $73,300 according to research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In that same year, nurses in government ($79,790) and state, local and private hospitals ($75,030) were among the top earners. Additionally, ambulatory healthcare services earned $70,330, nursing and residential care facilities earned $66,250, and educational services in local, state, and private sectors earned $63,690.

Those with an RN who are considering the value in getting their BS should understand its current value and importance. Here are a few reasons why you might consider an RN to BSN program:

  • Magnet hospitals. As more hospitals seek magnet destinations to attract and signify to patients that their facility provides quality healthcare, many RNs are being asked to return to school to earn their degrees as a BS. Earning your BS may make you more marketable to desired facilities that seek interest in those with quality training and education from a BS.
  • AACN Endorsement. The national voice for academic nursing education is the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). A statement was published in 1996 that endorsed the baccalaureate degree as the minimal preparation for professional practice.
  • Additional nursing career opportunities. Having your BS degree may open new career opportunities. Management roles, specialty positions, and other nursing positions typically require applications to hold a BS. Recognizing the value of a more educated nursing staff, many institutions now require their nurses to hold a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.
  • Opportunity for Graduate education. Think proactively and envision your future in nursing. Earning your BS degree will place you one step closer to pursuing an advanced role such as a nurse educator, nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, nurse researcher, or clinical nurse specialist.

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