RN to MS — Curriculum

Total Credit Hours for BS/MS Degrees

  • FNP: 61(BS) + 41(MS) = 102 credits
  • FPMHNP: 61(BS) + 44(MS) = 105 credits
  • CNS: 61(BS) + 37(MS) = 98 credits

Arts & Science Courses: 12 Credits
For the BS portion of this track, these courses may be taken either pre-matriculation or during summers. Up to 12 credits may be lower division PNP/FNP.

Year One Fall Semester Credits
NURS 414 Healthy Aging 3
NURS 326 Conceptual Bases/Professional Nursing 3
ENGL 325 Professional Writing 3
BIOL 420 Epidemiology 3
PATH 360 Pathology 3
  TOTAL 15 cr
Year One Spring Semester Credits
NURS 481 Research in Nursing 3
NURS 415 Management in Nursing 3
NURS 387 Policy & Politics 3
CBHX 320^ Health Care Ethics Elective ^ 3
Statistics Elective 3
TOTAL 15 cr
*BS Total Credits = 61   Nursing = 31; Arts & Science = 30
Year One Summer Semester Credits
NURS 310 Comprehensive Health Assessment 3
NURS 456 Information, Quality & Safety 3
  TOTAL 6 cr
Year Two Fall Semester Credits
NURS 444 Community Health Nursing 4
NURS 565 Nurse as Educator 3
NURS 612 Family Nursing Theory 3
NURS 621 Pathophysiology (BS credit) 3
NURS 607 Advance Health Assessment 3
NURS 609 Family Psych Mental Hlth Theory (FPMHNP Only) 3
TOTAL 16-19 cr
*BS Total Credits = 61  Nursing = 31 credits; Arts & Science = 30 credits
Year Two Spring Semester Credits
NURS 610 Nursing Theory 3
NURS 616 Adv. Nursing Research 3
NURS 640 Pharmacology 3
NURS 627 Clin Mgmt FPMHNP I OR 5
NURS 641 Clin Mgmt FNP I OR 5
NURS 650 Intro CNS Comp 4
NURS 706 CNS Clinical Project I ^^ 1
TOTAL 12-14 cr
Year Three Fall Semester Credits
NURS 626 Leadership for APN 3
NURS 628 Clin Mgmt FPMHNP II OR 6
NURS 642 OR Clin Mgmt FNP II OR 6
NURS 670 CNS Sel Phenom and 4
NURS 707 CNS Clinical Project II ^^ 1
  Elective/Education Minor OR 3
 

OR Thesis ***

3
TOTAL 12 cr
Year Three Summer Semester Credits
NURS 613 Innovation in Information, Quality, and Safety 3
NURS 700 Thesis (optional) 1-3
  4-6 cr
Year Three Spring Semester Credits
NURS 629 Clin Mgmt FPMHNP III OR 6
NURS 643 Clin Mgmt FNP III OR 6
NURS 675 Adv CNS Comp and 5
NURS 708 CNS Clinical Project III ^^ 1
  Elective/Education Minor OR 3
 

OR Thesis ***

3
  Culminating Graduate Program * 0
TOTAL 9 cr

Total Credits  BS/MS:
F
NP: 61(BS) + 41 (MS) = 102
FPMHNP 61: (BS) + 44 (MS) = 105 credits
CNS: 61(BS) + 40 (MS) = 101 credits

BS courses in plain text. Transition courses in italics. Graduate courses in bold.

^ Must be upper division course
^^ NURS 706, 707, 708 CNS Project may replace one elective
*** Thesis option requires 6 credits in NURS 700 and Graduate Statistics Elective (3 cr). (Culminating Graduate Project is required if Thesis or CNS Clinical Project is not chosen.)
* Culminating Graduate Project is required if Thesis or CNS Clinical Project is not chosen

BS PREREQUISITES:
NURS 444 – NURS 326
NURS 612 – NURS 326
NURS 565 - NURS 481
NURS 456 - NURS 481

BS PRE/COREQUISITES:
NURS 444 – BIOL 420
NURS 481 – ENGL 325; Statistics

Application Deadline
MS Program
Fall Semester: June 1
Margaret Wells, PhD, RN, APN- BC
Margaret Wells, PhD, RN, APN- BC
Director of Master's Program
Ibrahim Thabet

After becoming an RN with an associate’s degree, Ibrahim Thabet said, “I felt that my journey was not complete. I decided to continue my education at Upstate Medical University because of the school's rich tradition of prestige.

I could not have imagined an easier transition.” Ibrahim achieved his goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner by earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Nursing.

—Ibrahim Thabet, FNP (2010)