School of Nursing

School of Nursing

Empire State College's School of Nursing has CCNE accredited programs designed for nurses with an active New York state RN license.

Pursue a college degree online and on a part-time basis.

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RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The RN to BSN degree program promotes community health and excellent patient care, improves retention and career advancement options for highly educated nurses, prepares nurses to assume leadership roles in health care settings and provides a pathway for nurses to pursue advanced degrees.

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Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at SUNY Empire State College prepares graduates to advance nursing practice in a complex and evolving health care environment.

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Nursing Nondegree Study

If you are a licensed registered nurse interested in taking courses, but are not ready for the RN to BSN degree program, you can register as a nondegree student.

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The RN to BSN and Masters of Science in Nursing Education programs at Empire State College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

From the Dean

Welcome to the School of Nursing

Congratulations on your thoughtful decision to advance your personal and professional development and welcome to the School of Nursing. Founded in 1971, Empire State College is the premier onsite and online education provider in the State University of New York system. The mission of the nursing programs complements the mission of the college. The faculty recognize the impact of nursing on the health of individuals and their families and the growing demands of a complex health care system. A compassionate, educated and talented group of individuals, the faculty are committed to developing and strengthening your professional nursing knowledge and skills. Our nursing programs are designed to sharpen your critical-thinking skills, stimulate scientific inquiry and develop evidence-based practices, keeping in mind the true art of nursing, which is caring. Our innovative Web-based courses offer you high-quality, flexible learning opportunities that support your individual choices for lifelong learning, as well as prepare you for new roles in practice, research, administration and education. I am confident you will share our optimism for the future of professional nursing and the positive impact that nursing has on the health of individuals and societies.

M. Bridget Nettleton, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Dean M. Bridget Nettleton, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Empire State College School of Nursing is Home to a Tau Kappa At-Large Chapter
The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing® is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.


The mission of the SUNY Empire State College School of Nursing supports the college's mission to create learning environments that promote critical thinking, social responsibility and lifelong learning. The School of Nursing prepares nurses as leaders and full partners on interdisciplinary teams in complex health care environments within a global community.


The goals of the School of Nursing are to:

  • provide seamless academic progression
  • promote collaborative and dynamic learning environments through both mentoring relationships and the use of technology
  • promote professional values, including lifelong learning and professional role development, allowing students to reach their full potential
  • provide accessible, affordable and flexible programs of study to meet the academic needs of the adult learner.