Nursing for RNs

Advance Your Nursing Career and Enhance Patient Care

Keuka College's RN to BSN program is designed to give RNs like you the opportunity to advance your career and enhance the level of patient care you provide. The program empowers you to explore new health care opportunities through hands-on experience, research, and evidence-based practice.

The program builds upon your foundation in nursing to support the professional expectations of an advanced career in health care. Academic advisers provide one-on-one support and dedicated mentoring throughout the duration of the program to give you an exceptional educational experience.

The accelerated program format accommodates the busy and often chaotic schedules of your profession, allowing you to complete your degree faster and with fewer obstacles.

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  • Field Period®: You'll have the opportunity to explore your field of interest while building your knowledge and enhancing your skills to meet the baccalaureate competencies as outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
  • International Potential: Each year, faculty from the Division of Nursing lead a group of Keuka College nursing, occupational therapy, and social work students on a transformational overseas trip. Previous trips have included a focusing on mindfulness in Ireland to treating patients in the Dominican Republic. As a student, you'll have the opportunity to share in this experience and do good around the world.
  • Cohort Model: You'll learn and grow alongside the same cohort of working RNs throughout the entire program. Many of our graduates say the cohort model is a strength of the program, providing a mechanism for support and encouragement from colleagues and a rich professional network after graduation.
  • Exceptional Faculty: Your nursing professors will be actively practicing nurses and nurse practitioners, all of whom will enrich the classroom with modern-day theory and techniques. 
  • Flexible Future: As a graduate of the program, you'll be poised for success in a future master's program, should you decide to focus your practice on nursing education or adult/gerontology primary care.
  • History of Excellence: Keuka College has been a leader in nursing education for more than 75 years. 

Keuka College’s program provides working nurses like you the opportunity to earn your RN to BSN without sacrificing time at work or with your family.

You can earn your bachelor’s degree in less than two years. Best of all, our evening and online format means you'll get the benefits of face-to-face instruction combined with the flexibility of online.

How Does Evening & Online Work

  • Attend face-to-face class just one night each week for 4 hours at a location close to home or work.
  • Complete assignments and readings online when it fits your schedule.
  • Earn your degree in just 18 months.

We make it as convenient as possible for working nurses like you to earn their BSN. Here's what you need to know about the admissions process.

Prior Education Requirements

  • Completion of an associate’s degree, or 60 or more transferable credits from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Licensure & Work Experience

  • Applicants must hold an unencumbered NYS license and current registration as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Applicants must be currently working as an RN either full- or part-time.

Application Process

  • Complete the online application for admission.
  • Pay a non-refundable $50 application fee.
  • Send official transcripts for each college or university attended.
  • Keuka College offers rolling admissions meaning we will review applications as they come in until the program is full. We strongly encourage applicants to submit all required materials as early as possible. We recommend submitting applications by December 1 for programs starting in the spring semester and July 1 for programs starting in the fall.

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Worried About Something?

We realize one size never fits all. If there's something on your mind, reach out to us and let us know! Give us a call at (315) 279-5254 or 1-800-335-3852 or by email at [email protected].

Through research and evidence based practice, health promotion, group collaboration, and leadership training, you’ll gain the personal and professional confidence needed to become a baccalaureate-prepared nurse.

You’ll take courses in professional development, leadership, business planning, health assessment, and more―all designed to enhance your role as a nurse and to help you look at your practice in new ways and with new skills.

ENG-300 : College Writing for Transfer Students 4

A grade of C or higher is required to pass this course. College Writing for Transfer Students prepares students from varied writing backgrounds for the upper-level academic writing required at Keuka College. In this course, students develop the skills necessary to write effective and coherent papers that likewise meet the standards of strong academic writing. Attention to grammatical competence and effective writing strategies.

KC-301T : Intgr St: Bldg a Culture of Health 3

A writing-intensive capstone course for the General Education curriculum that provides students with guidance in their application of interdisciplinary knowledge to problem solving. Students are challenged to practice critical and creative thinking skills, and they are expected to demonstrate competence in oral, written, and other creative modes of expression. This course is open to all majors. This course undertakes in depth exploration of the internal and external factors that influence health in the United States. By taking a cross- disciplinary and health-focused approach, students are guided to critically examine social, genetic, technological, cultural, economic, and political factors that impact the health of a community. Employing concepts from the liberal arts, sciences, and technologies as well as evidence-based data, students will analyze cross-disciplinary factors relevant to health and community, and will develop proposals for effective community solutions and intervention strategies. Students will also be guided to apply course learning to individual health and reflect on ways to optimize their own personal culture of health.

NUR-305 : Historical and Theoretical Foundations 4

This course explores the history of nursing, nursing theories, and the current practice of professional nursing worldwide. Leaders and innovators in the field of nursing are studied within their historical context, and emphasis is placed on their impact on current nursing practice. Selected nursing theories are examined and appraised. Current trends and issues in the profession are identified and analyzed. Professional ethics and responsibilities are examined, and means to attain lifelong professional nursing citizenship are formulated. The meaning of nursing as a caring profession is examined, and a personal mission, vision and philosophy of nursing is developed.

NUR-318 : Nursing Research & Evidenced-Based Prac 4

This course is an introduction to the principles of nursing research and evidence-based practice. Building on a liberal arts foundation, students learn principles of scientific inquiry and subsequent application to clinical practice. All phases of research methodology are explained and interpreted, and scholarly research as a foundation for safe and effective clinical practice is examined. Current models of evidence-based practice are compared, and use in the clinical setting assessed. Critical appraisal skills are developed as students critique quantitative and qualitative nursing research. Use of digital technology as a research tool is explored. Implications of the research process and principles of evidence-based practice for professional nursing practice are explored.

NUR-345 : Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 4

This course explores the pathophysiology of select acute and chronic disease processes across the lifespan using a systems approach. With a focus on the major body systems, students will analyze clinical manifestations of disease and their relationship to pathophysiological processes. Concepts of pharmacotherapy, including precision medicine are discussed. Use of technological tools to maximize patient safety and identify potential quality issues related to pharmacotherapy is introduced. Non-pharmacological, complementary, and/or alternative therapies are explored as both treatment modalities and enhancers of wellness. Holistic patient education is emphasized.

NUR-401 : Holistic Health Assessment 4

This course provides experience in the theory and practice of holistic health assessment of patients across the lifespan. With an emphasis on normal findings, the student practices skills of patient interview, physical assessment and documentation. The goal of completing a systematic health assessment is accomplished through both didactic course content and hands-on experiential learning. Students conduct a comprehensive health history and perform a head to toe physical assessment. Supervised practice sessions allow the student to further develop assessment skills. Technological advances in patient assessment are explored. Patient safety strategies, inter-professional collaboration and effective communication skills are explored and applied, and holistic assessment of the patient's social and environmental milieu is emphasized.

NUR-416 : Population Health 4

This course investigates the theory and practice of population health. Students identify the myriad of health beliefs, values, and practices of families and communities, and recognize the importance of culturally specific care. Basic epidemiological concepts and methods are examined, with emphasis on the health status and health needs of a population, levels of prevention, and health promotion strategies. General methods introduced include epidemiological measures, sources of data, descriptive components, strategies for screening, and surveillance in the community. The science of public health nursing and its contributions to health at the local, state, national, and global levels are analyzed. Current global health initiatives are examined. Emphasis is placed on the community-as-client to critically evaluate a population-within a geographic community, along with application to nursing practice.

NUR-449 : Basic Organizational Systems Leadership 4

Building on a liberal arts foundation, this course focuses on the role of the nurse as both leader and manager in a rapidly changing global health care environment. Relevant theories, scholarly evidence, industry best practice standards, and practice exemplars that support the creation of a positive work environment for safe and high-quality patient care are explored and applied, and basic business and entrepreneurial skills are integrated. Using relevant data, analysis of the health care landscape within a global context is emphasized. Topics include: theories and models of leadership, industry business trends and skills, organizational and change theories, political, legal and ethical ramifications of leading patient care, budgeting, marketing, planning, problem solving and decision making. Strategies to maximize effective group work from a leadership perspective are identified.

NUR-495 : Nursing Field Period & Senior Seminar 4

This course centers around experiential learning, and enables students to build on generalist education as they integrate new knowledge and skills. Throughout the course, students will build on growth in nursing program outcomes, while also attaining professional nursing proficiencies. Real world application of principles of leadership, inter-professional collaboration to enhance quality of patient care and safety (QSEN), and a systems approach are emphasized. Students begin this course at the onset of the nursing program through development of their nursing Field Period experience, and spend 140 hours fulfilling the objectives of their Field Period contract. Through subsequent participation in a senior level seminar, students provide evidence of attainment of baccalaureate level nursing competencies through application their Field Period learning. Incorporation of evidence based practice, relevant health care policy, and information technology is expected as the student presents documentation of growth in the nursing graduate outcomes, and through creation of a professional mission, vision, values and goal statement along with a personal plan for lifelong learning and professional citizenship.

To review a full list of program requirements and course descriptions, please see the Keuka College Record's information on the RN to BSN program.

The Keuka College Nursing for RNs (RN to BSN) program is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The CCNE address is:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 887-6791

Keuka College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Those with questions may contact the organization at:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284-5000

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Your Nursing professors are accomplished academics and seasoned clinicians. They'll combine theoretical concepts with real-world, clinical expertise to give you the best Nursing education possible.

Dr. Susan Bezek ’01

Associate Professor of Nursing
Clinical Coordinator

Academic Credentials

Capella University
University of Rochester
Keuka College

Dr. Beth Hopkins

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Academic Credentials

St. John Fisher College
D.N.P. in Nursing Practice
Community General Hospital of Greater Syracuse
M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner
University of Virginia
M.S. in Adult Nurse Practitioner
St. John Fisher College
B.S. in Nursing
Jamestown Community College
A.A.S in Nursing


Dr. Beth Hopkins brings decades of professional clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner in Family Health. She has been involved extensively in both professional practice as a F.N.P. and administratively in the development and delivery of health care models for otolaryngology, allergy/asthma, sleep medicine, occupational health, and primary care.

As clinical faculty in nursing, Dr. Hopkins has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and Upstate Medical University with her primary teaching focus at the graduate level, educating students in the nurse practitioner programs. Additionally, she has been involved in developing and teaching Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care extensively across the health professions. Dr. Hopkins area of interest is in Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea having conducted her doctoral clinical scholarship project on increasing the primary care providers competence and confidence in early detection and intervention of sleep-disordered breathing in young children.

Professional Interests

Otolaryngology, Allergy/Asthma, pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Interprofessional Education, and Collaborative Care.

Dr. Patty Mattingly

Professor of Nursing
Program Director of B.S., Nursing

Academic Credentials

Robert Morris University
University of Maryland
George Mason University

Dr. Jenniffer Mullen, PhD, RN, CHPN, CNE

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Academic Credentials

Walden University
Walden University
Kaplan University
Tompkins Cortland Community College

Dr. Cindy Stevens ’78

Associate Professor of Nursing

Academic Credentials

Drexel University
Kings College
Keuka College
B.S. in RN-CNE (Certified Nurse Educator)
Saint John Fisher

Contact Information

Anne Piorkowski

Assistant Director of Admissions

(315) 694-3244
[email protected]

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