RN to BSN Online Program Requirements for 2023-2024

R.N. to B.S. Online

The fully-accredited RN to BS curriculum is a modular program delivered in an online learning format, designed to respond to the needs of working professionals in terms of scheduling and flexibility.

Note:  Per the New York State Education Department, the degree granted by St. John Fisher University for the Bachelor of Science Nursing program is a B.S. degree with a major in nursing.


The number of credits for each course is designated in parentheses after the course title.

Required Core/Liberal Arts/Electives – 60 credits

  • St. John Fisher University Core requirements
  • ECON 221 – SQ Statistics I (taken as a prerequisite for NURS 3992)
  • Ethics or bioethics (i.e., PHIL 124C, PHIL 250C, REST 130, REST 284D, or REST 387D)
  • Additional liberal arts, sciences, general elective courses

Required Nursing Courses – 30 credits

  • NURS 331 – Nursing as a Profession (3)
  • NURS 332 – Caring for Populations (4)
  • NURS 3992 – Evidence-Based Practice (4)*
  • NURS 450 – Leadership in Systems of Care (4)
  • NURS 452 – Holistic Health Assessment (4)
  • NURS 456 – Informatics in Health Care (3)
  • NURS 458 – Contemporary Professional Issues (4)
  • NURS 4992 – Patient-Centered Care and Quality (4)*

Transferred Nursing Courses – 30 credits

A total of 30 credits of nursing coursework may be transferred from an associate degree or hospital-based diploma nursing program.

Total: 120 credits

* These required Nursing courses also meet the Core requirements of Advanced Research and Writing and Cardinal Experience.

Note: Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all courses required for the nursing major.

R.N./B.S. Fast-Track Option

St. John Fisher University R.N./B.S. online students may petition to complete graduate coursework during their undergraduate study. The fast-track options allow specific graduate courses to fulfill designated undergraduate requirements. Students may take advantage of one or both options.

Note: Approval to take graduate courses does not guarantee admission to the M.S. in nursing program. Students who wish to pursue their graduate studies at Fisher must complete the application process for graduate admissions. Please contact the Office of Transfer and Graduate Admissions for more information.

R.N./B.S. program students with a nursing GPA of 3.30 or higher may substitute two graduate courses for two undergraduate nursing courses. Students must have completed courses in nursing research, undergraduate health assessment, and introductory statistics with grades of “B” or higher and four undergraduate R.N./B.S. courses. Students should consult with their academic advisors and complete the Petition for Graduate Courses form.

Approved students may pursue one or both of the following options:

  • GNUR 704 – Advanced Technology and Information Systems for Clinical Management (3)
    in place of NURS 456 – Informatics in Health Care (3)


  • GNUR 707 – Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3)
    this does not replace a course, but may taken as an add-on course.

Enrollment Status

The completed graduate courses are posted as undergraduate credit on the student's academic transcript, and there is no additional charge for these courses for students in the undergraduate R.N./B.S. online nursing program. The graduate courses are added to the student's graduate transcript at the end of the first semester of graduate study at the Wegmans School of Nursing.

Note: The program requirements listed are for the current academic year. Past and future program requirements may differ.