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R.N. to B.S. Nursing

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BS) program is a 37.5-credit major of the total 120 credits required for graduation. The RN-BS program is offered both fully Online and In-person (Traditional). It is designed to specifically prepare Registered Nurses, with an unencumbered New York State license, for professional nursing practice and provides a foundation for graduate study in nursing.

Students are recommended to complete their distribution courses prior to admission to the nursing program. Prerequisite courses, including chemistry and human growth and development, must be completed prior to registering for any nursing courses. The RN-BS program fulfills the requirements of the New York State Education Department, and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 

The program is a 37.5-credit major of the total 120 credits required for graduation. Independent study courses and honors projects are available to qualified students. 

Application Deadline: Rolling Admission 

View All Course and Pre-requisites Information 


Diploma graduates or those registered nursing not receiving nursing credits from their school of nursing may take the Excelsior college (Formerly Regents College) exams for college credits.

These exams are: 

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing ( 8 Credits)

Adult Nursing ( 8 Credits) 

Maternal and Child Nursing ( 8 Credits)


You may reach Excelsior College at 518.464.8500 or

Before taking any clinical courses, you will be required to submit proof of current Physical Exam, Malpractice Liability
Insurance, and CPR training for healthcare providers to the Nursing Department no later than 2-weeks before the first
day of classes. Students will not be given permission to register for a clinical course until the above documents are
received. Please be prepared to submit all documents and required copies at the same time as follows:

  • The original copy of the Nursing Department’s Health Clearance form (go to Undergraduate Documents and
    Forms site above to download) including any lab reports, completed and signed by your healthcare provider
  • One copy of the policy certificate for your malpractice liability insurance
  • One copy of both sides of your signed CPR card for healthcare providers

These requirements must be current at the time you submit them, and remain current without lapse for the duration of
your clinical course(s). It is your responsibility to monitor expiration dates of your clinical requirements and
documents, to renew these requirements so that they to remain current, and to submit the renewed documents to the
Nursing Department before they expire. Keep your own personal copies of these documents.

RN-BS Nursing Program Virtual Information Sessions

This information session will cover both the traditional and online R.N.– B.S. nursing programs at Lehman College and the admissions review process. It is intended for students who have earned an associate degree in nursing and currently have a NYS R.N. license. Interested students wish to obtain a second bachelor's degree in nursing.

Thursday, June 27th, 5:30 – 6:30 PM Thursday, September 26th, 5:30 – 6:30 PM Wednesday, November 20th 5:30 – 6:30 PM Monday, January 6th, 2025, 5:30 – 6:30 PM Wednesday, March 19th, 2025, 5:30 – 6:30 PM


  1. Current Registered Nurse with an unencumbered nursing licensure and registration in New York State.
  2. Sixty (60) college credits with a grade point average of 2.5 or greater; or an associate degree in nursing from a CUNY or SUNY school
  3. Official transcript(s) from all schools attended which also exhibits evidence of a college course in chemistry, or chemistry taken in a state approved nursing program (or its foreign equivalent), or successful completion of the following courses at Lehman College: 
    • CHE 114: Essentials of General Chemistry: 3 Credits 
    • CHE 115: Essentials of General Chemistry Lab: 1.5 Credits 

Foundation Course*

HIN 268: Human Growth and Development: 3 Credits (or equivalent course which covers growth and development through the life span.) 


*Some students may qualify to earn credits for the Human Growth and Development course through validation examination. Students must seek advisement in the Department of Nursing for this process.