Online Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (R.N. to B.S.)


Program Description

The online Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (R.N. to B.S. in Nursing) program provides registered nurses with the academic credential necessary to help them advance in the field. Through the flexibility of online study, students of this program build on prior knowledge gained at the associate's degree level, and explore pressing issues related to today's changing global healthcare environment. The program is designed to assist students in developing intellectual curiosity and a spirit of inquiry essential to professional development.

Dedicated CUNY faculty and expert practitioners draw on the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to help students develop and demonstrate competency in:

Career and Academic Advancement Prospects

The online B.S. in Nursing program prepares licensed registered nurses to assume leadership positions in hospitals, community agencies, and long-term care facilities across the metropolitan area and beyond. Students gain the tools needed to meet the challenges of the evolving healthcare system, as well as the knowledge and experience required to move forward into graduate level studies and advanced practice nursing.

Admission Criteria

To qualify for admission to the online Bachelor's Degree in Nursing program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

The online application requires students to complete a personal essay that will help us understand your educational goals and readiness to return to college.

Residency Requirement*
In order to enroll in the online B.S. in Nursing program, students must provide documentation of one of the following categories:

*International students may enroll in fully online degree programs. However, our online programs do not qualify for student visas.

Application Deadlines


For more information about the program, contact or 212.652.2869.


The nursing program is registered and accredited by the New York State Education Department. The registration of a program means that it has met the Department's standards for accreditation as provided in the Rules of the Board of Regents and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing at the CUNY School of Professional Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The CUNY School of Professional Studies is also regionally accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. To learn more about how the CUNY School of Professional Studies is accredited through Middle States, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to have my RN license before I apply to the Online Bachelor's Degree in Nursing?
To enter this program, applicants must have graduated from an accredited school of nursing with an associate’s degree or from an accredited hospital-based diploma program and have an RN license with current registration to practice in New York State or be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) in New York State. Unlicensed students who meet the eligibility criteria will be admitted on a case by case basis and will be required to obtain their New York State  RN license before beginning their second term in the program. 

Can I attend the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing program online, in-person, or a combination of the two?
The R.N. to B.S. in Nursing is an online program. For courses that require a clinical component, student experiences will be coordinated by the Academic Director with consideration for the student’s location.

How long should it take to complete the Online Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing program?
The time to complete the program will be dependent on the number of credits transferred into the program. Students interested in completing their degree as quickly as possible should expect to attend full-time for at least four semesters.  

Note: The program of study must be completed within five (5) calendar years after admission, or students will need to re-apply to the program.

Are there any clinicals in the RN-BS in nursing program? How are they set up?
According to the newest  standards for accreditation, effective January 2014, clinical practice experiences must be a component for students in all programs including those with distance (online) education offerings. In the Online R.N. to B.S. in Nursing program at SPS there are two courses that require a clinical component, NURS 303 - Caring for Patients, Including  Diverse Populations, in their Communities and NURS 499 - Leadership and Management in Healthcare Capstone Course (Clinical).