Nursing for RNs

Take Your Nursing Career to New Heights With an RN to BSN Degree

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

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The program format accommodates working nurses' busy and often chaotic schedules, allowing you to complete your nursing degree faster and with fewer obstacles.

It also helps RNs fulfill an important obligation: New York state lawmakers passed a measure in 2017 known as the “BSN in 10 law.” It requires all registered nurses licensed after it was passed to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing within 10 years. 


In-Person and Online Hybrid

Get the best of both worlds. Attend some face-to-face classes close to home in Rochester, Syracuse, or the Finger Lakes. Complete homework, assignments, and other coursework online during the week. (Note: The program is currently fully online as a result of the pandemic.)

Degree Program Cohort Model

You'll learn and grow alongside the same cohort of working RNs throughout the entire program. The cohort model gives you support and encouragement from colleagues and a rich professional network after graduation.

Flexible Future with a BSN

Where you go from here is up to you. Work in hospital management, public health agencies, and clinics. Get a job in community health, acute care, outpatient medicine or specialties. Or enroll in our MSN program and become a primary care provider as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

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  • Featured courses and program outcomes
  • Admission requirements
  • Tuition and financial aid information

The RN to BSN program is offered in an evening & online format. Earn your BSN degree in just 15 months while balancing your work and family commitments.

Evening & Online Format

  • Complete your RN to BSN degree in just 15 months.
  • Attend face-to-face classes just one night each week for four hours at a location that's close to home or work.
  • Complete assignments and readings online during the week when it fits your schedule.

Admissions Requirements

  • Associate degree, a nursing diploma, or 60 or more transferable credits from an accredited institution. 
  • Unencumbered NYS license and current registration as a registered nurse (RN).
  • Must be currently working as an RN either full- or part-time.

Earn Your Nursing Degree at One of These Locations Close to Home:

  • Arnot Health
  • Ascension Lourdes Hospital
  • Cayuga Community College
  • Cayuga Medical Center
  • Geneva General Hospital
  • Rochester General Hospital
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • SUNY Broome Community College
  • SUNY Corning Community College
  • Syracuse Crouse Hospital

Through research, evidence-based practice, collaboration, and leadership training, the program will give you the know-how required of a BSN-prepared nurse.


You'll need 120 total college credits to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The number of courses you'll need to take and your course schedule may vary based on the number of credits you transfer in.

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9 RN to BSN Core Courses

31 Credits

The RN to BSN Core includes an in-depth exploration of health assessment and treatment, research and evidence-based practice, and organizational leadership. Each of these courses are designed to enhance your role as a professional with a baccalaureate in nursing and to help you look at your practice in new ways and with new skills.

RN Licensure Credits

27 Credits

As a licensed RN, you’ll automatically be granted 27 nursing-specific credits in subjects ranging from the foundations of nursing practice to basic nutrition, pharmacology, gerontology, family health, and other fundamental practice skills. 

21 General Education & Elective Courses

62 Credits

General education courses are the foundation of every Keuka College bachelor’s degree. You’ll explore and enhance many different skills — anatomy & physiology, microbiology, psychology, writing, math, ethics, and more — that are important for your Nursing degree and for everyday life. A majority of these courses will transfer in from your previous nursing degree. 

Electives will give you the opportunity to learn about the topics you’re interested in most and customize your degree if you need additional credits outside of your RN to BSN core, general education, and transfer credits.

Core Courses

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.

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

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

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

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.


Enhance your Nursing degree and increase your marketability by adding an in-demand certificate.

Certificates are especially useful if you need to earn additional general education credits or want to fine-tune your practice area. 

Spanish for the Professions

This beginner-level language and cultural immersion certificate is perfect for nurses who wish to build stronger relationships with their Spanish-speaking patients and their families.

Information Risk Management

Learn to assess, measure, and manage information risk and security in today's organizations. Help healthcare organizations large and small combat misinformation and develop sound information risk management strategies and practices.

Keuka College has helped thousands of students like you earn affordable BSN degrees. 

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Affording Your RN to BSN Degree

A bachelor’s degree in nursing is an investment in your future and your family that has everlasting benefits. And because Keuka College’s RN to BSN degree is designed for working nurses like you, you’ll be able to see an immediate return on your education; you’ll be able to use what you learn in the classroom at work the very next day!  

Financial Aid
Keuka College scholarships, state and federal grants, employer tuition remission, and military benefits are financial aid options that may be available to you. Our financial aid team is here to help you navigate the process and find as many opportunities as are available to you.

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Transferring Credit
Earn your Nursing degree faster and save money by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited college or university, College-level testing programs, select international sources, or the U.S. military.

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Field Period® is one of the most exciting parts of your RN to BSN program. Strengthen your nursing practice, make new connections, and sharpen your skills close to home or around the world — the choice is yours!

Field Period® is a 150-hour clinical component that gives you the opportunity to broaden your nursing practice.

Like the rest of the program, it’s designed to be convenient, flexible, and able to meet your unique career goals. You’ll work with your professors to design an experience that’s right for you. 

You can choose to complete your Field Period® a few hours each week as you progress through the program, or design an intensive experience to get your hours done all at once. Stay close to home or travel abroad — the options are limitless. 

Nurses with BSN degrees earn more, have broader career opportunities, and have better patient outcomes, including lower mortality and readmission rates and shorter stays.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Healthcare Manager
  • Nurse Educator
  • Director of Nursing
  • School Nurse
  • Director of Emergency Nursing
  • Obstetrics Nurse

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 371,000 more nurses will be needed nationally — and nearly 50,000 of those will be in New York State. 

The state labor department reports that job growth is very favorable for registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees, and that they can expect to earn an average of close to $90,000 annually, with the potential to earn over six figures as they grow more experienced in the field.

You’ll also qualify for entry into MSN programs, including Keuka College’s Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program.

What Our RN to BSN Graduates Say

Portrait of Edie Smith for RN to BSN program at Keuka College

Keuka College was convenient, and the faculty is so accessible. It’s a well-organized, structured program, which is just what you need when you’re holding a job and raising a family.

Edie Smith '07

The appropriate accrediting agencies have recognized Keuka College’s RN to BSN program, assuring you that your degree has met the strictest standards in the industry.

The Keuka College RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Keuka College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 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 and clinical expertise to give you the best Nursing education possible.

You’re bound to have questions as you research RN to BSN programs. Here are some of the most common questions we get from students like you.

You can also get additional information by downloading a program guide, contacting your admissions counselor, or applying for admission today!

An RN to BSN program is specifically designed for practicing nurses who have already earned a nursing diploma or an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Lasting about 18 months, the RN to BSN program is shorter than a standard BSN, which normally takes four years. It enables registered nurses to build on the nursing expertise and clinical experience they already have.

Keuka College’s RN to BSN program takes about 18 months to complete.

An RN is a Registered Nurse, a professional who has earned a nursing diploma or an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). They have passed the NCLEX-RN exam and have met all the other licensing requirements mandated by their state’s board of nursing. 

After a nurse becomes an RN, they can continue on to get a BSN degree (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) either through a regular four-year degree program or by attending a program that builds on their coursework and clinical experience such as the RN to BSN degree offered at Keuka College.

Important Note: New York state lawmakers passed a measure in 2017 known as the “BSN in 10 law.” It requires all registered nurses licensed after it was passed to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing within 10 years. 

All nurses are valuable and essential members of our healthcare system. One isn’t better than another. However, an increasing number of educators, health care agencies, employers, professional associations, and medical community members encourage RNs to pursue a BSN as a way to expand their expertise after licensure. 

Not only that, New York state lawmakers passed a measure in 2017 known as the “BSN in 10 law.” It requires all registered nurses licensed after it was passed to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing within 10 years. So if you've recently earned your RN, a BSN isn't just an option; it's essential.

You might associate registered nurses only with hospitals and doctor’s offices, but there are opportunities for BSN-equipped registered nurses to work in a wide variety of settings. You can work in a school, a corporate environment, a pharmaceutical company, on a plane as an in-flight nurse, in the military, in public health, or in someone’s home. With a BSN, your regular patient care responsibilities will grow to include educator, management, or departmental coordinator roles. And a BSN will put you one step closer to earning a master’s degree in nursing, should you choose to continue your education.

Research shows BSN-prepared nurses are linked to better patient outcomes, so many employers now require that nurses hold a BSN prior to employment. A BSN will also qualify you for employment at a hospital that has received designation as a Magnet Hospital. Nurses who work at these facilities report higher job satisfaction, greater autonomy, and improved patient satisfaction.

Additionally, earning your BSN from Keuka College will qualify you to fill positions you would not be able to get without a BSN. Coursework in a BSN program prepares nurses to handle the complexities of modern-day healthcare, which requires competency not only with skill-based nursing duties but also with health policy, research, evidence-based practice, teamwork and collaboration, leadership, and complex decision making. 

Finally, New York state lawmakers passed a measure in 2017 known as the “BSN in 10 law.” It requires all registered nurses licensed after it was passed to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing within 10 years. So if you've recently earned your RN, a BSN isn't just an option; it's essential.

According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the salary for registered nurses in New York is about $87,840 per year ($42.23 per hour), with the highest 10 percent earning more than $100,000. 

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has reported that BSN nurses have lower patient mortality rates, higher proficiency at diagnosis and evaluating nursing interventions, lower failure-to-rescue rates, and improved professional integration and research/evaluation skills.

Earning an RN to a BSN at Keuka College is an affordable investment in your future. The cost of the degree is around $16,150 and there are many options for financial aid, including grants, loans, and scholarships. Oftentimes, an employer will have a program in which they pay for all or part of the degree. Our financial aid staff will help you work through all the options to help you determine what the best solution will be for you and your family.

Yes! Once you have your degree, your income can rise to almost $90,000 annually, making the short-term investment in furthering your education one that will pay off exponentially throughout the rest of your career. Not only that, but getting your bachelor’s degree qualifies you to continue your education, opening up doors to careers as nurse practitioners, nurse leaders, and more, many of which have six-figure salaries.

And, of course, New York state lawmakers passed a measure in 2017 known as the “BSN in 10 law” requiring all registered nurses licensed after it was passed to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing within 10 years. So if you've recently earned your RN, a BSN isn't just an option; it's essential.

You’ll need to have completed an associate degree, nursing diploma, or have 60 or more transferable credits from an accredited institution. Your minimum cumulative grade point average needs to be 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. You must hold current registration as a registered nurse (RN) and hold an unencumbered NYS license. And, you must be currently working as an RN either full or part time.

The College’s RN to BSN degree program builds on the skills and knowledge you already have as an RN and was designed to meet the needs of busy working professionals who may have family obligations to balance, as well. You can do your coursework online when it fits into your schedule. Then, meet face-to-face with your instructor and classmates once a week for four hours. Classes are held at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Crouse Hospital, St. Joe's Hospital, Geneva General, Rochester General, Cayuga Medical Center Ithaca, Lourdes Hospital, Corning CC Health Education Center, Broome Community College, and Cayuga Community College. The program can be completed in less than two years.

The simple answer is yes. RN to BSN programs are challenging for many students. But Keuka College provides a variety of support to help you navigate any challenges you may face. RN to BSN students have access to professional librarians able to help with research and information-seeking needs. Faculty in our Writing Center are able to help with writing papers and presentations. And your Student Success Adviser will journey with you through the program to make sure your classes are going well and ensure that you are enrolled in the right classes to fulfill your degree. And they all will be there cheering you as you cross the stage and get your diploma at graduation!

Pursuing a degree does require a great deal of self-discipline, but we’re willing to bet that you have what it takes to excel at our RN to BSN program because you have already put in the hard work to become an RN. Not only that, but you work day in and day out to provide the best care possible for your patients in an exceedingly challenging time in healthcare. If you care enough to put in the time and effort to become a better nurse than you already are, then you definitely have what it takes to succeed at Keuka College.

If you’ve recently received your initial licensure from NYS you might think about waiting a while to get your BSN degree. After all, you have 10 years, right? But here’s one good reason to start now—it will save you money! Education costs rise about 3% each year. So, starting now versus waiting for nine years will save you 30% on the cost of your tuition! Couple that with the fact that your salary will be higher sooner and a win-win!