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Bachelor of Science


Program Eligibility

You can only enter the BS in Nursing completion program if you have an associate of science (AS) in nursing or associate of applied science (AAS) in nursing from an institution accredited by ACEN, CCNE or CNEA. This is not a program for first-year or for transfer students who do not have an AS or AAS in nursing. If you are unsure if you meet the admissions requirements, please contact [email protected].

Program of Study


The bachelor’s in nursing is a 60-credit completion program. We will evaluate the coursework earned in your nursing associate degree for maximum transfer credit. Your plan of study will be based on the remaining credits needed for you to complete the BS. This will include 39 Nursing major credits, electives and any general education courses that were not fulfilled through your associate degree.

Core Courses

  • Health Assessment and Health Promotion
  • Quality and Safety in Nursing
  • Informatics and Technology in Nursing
  • Population Health
  • Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice
  • Management and Leadership in Nursing
  • Professional Role of Nurses
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Concepts of Epidemiology
  • How U.S. Health Care Works: Myths and Realities


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Research Opportunities

While at UAlbany, you'll have the opportunity to participate in meaningful research and projects to enhance your academic knowledge. Faculty at the School of Public Health work on pressing public health topics ranging from infectious disease to maternal and child health.  

Research centers, such as the Cancer Research Center and the Center for Health Workforce Studies, are housed within the School of Public Health. In the RN to BS Nursing program, you can elect to work on interdisciplinary projects with colleagues in areas including public policy, social welfare, emergency preparedness and criminal justice.

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Career Outcomes

Earning your BSN puts you on a path to advance your career. Many healthcare settings are actively seeking BSN graduates, including in the public health field. Your bachelor's coursework will build upon your foundation in nursing, providing you with the ability to apply public health knowledge and contribute to leadership in the healthcare field, either in your current workplace or in a new position. 

With your bachelor's degree in nursing, you can work in a variety of roles in inpatient and outpatient settings, including healthcare foundations, community organizations and federal agencies. In addition, earning your BSN qualifies you to pursue advanced nursing degrees and specializations such as Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). 

Nationally, over 50% of nursing jobs require a BSN, and here in New York, you are required to obtain your bachelor's within 10 years of initial licensure in order to maintain your status as a registered professional nurse in the state.



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Admission Requirements

  • An AS or AAS in Nursing from an institution accredited by ACEN, CCNE or CNEA
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Nursing coursework grades of "C+" or better
  • Required courses with grades of "C" or better:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
    • Microbiology
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Composition I

You must provide proof of a current, unencumbered license as a registered professional nurse in NY by the completion of your first semester.

Note: You will apply to the BS in Nursing completion program as a transfer student.



The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University at Albany is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Science

UAlbany’s BS Nursing program outcomes are derived from the AACN 2021 Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education. 

  1. Use clinical reasoning to make decisions in nursing practice based on synthesis of knowledge from nursing and liberal arts and sciences.  
  2. Provide person-centered care including family/important others across the health care continuum.  
  3. Collaborate with the interprofessional teams and stakeholders to support and improve equitable population health outcomes across the health care delivery continuum.  
  4. Integrate research and evidence-based practice into nursing practice to improve health and transform health care. 
  5. Apply principles of quality and safety across the health care continuum.  
  6. Communicate and collaborate with interprofessional teams and stakeholders to optimize health care outcomes of patients and populations.  
  7. Apply leadership principles when responding to and leading health care systems.  
  8. Advocate for the use of technology, informatics and innovation in the delivery of care across the health care continuum.  
  9. Integrate values, ethics, accountability, policies and regulations to provide diverse, equitable and inclusive nursing care.  
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to personal growth, professional knowledge and capacity for leadership.