RN to BS FAQs

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How long will it take to complete the program?

Students may work at their own pace in this program, and may finish relatively rapidly or slowly, depending on employment and family responsibilities. RNs who take one course at a time during the fall and spring semesters and during summer sessions, generally complete the program within 2.5-3 years, depending on how many credits they transfer in and their success on CLEP examinations.

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What degree do I receive when I am finished?

You will receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) with a major in Nursing. The York College nursing curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the group that typically accredits baccalaureate nursing programs, so your BS degree will be accepted by graduate schools or other types of schools to which you might apply for further education.

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What if I already have a degree?

Students who are licensed registered nurses and who already hold a BA or BS degree in another discipline are exempt from all general studies courses. To complete their BS in nursing degree, they will take only required nursing courses and required support courses that they did not transfer in from another institution.

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How many credits may I transfer to York College?

A maximum of 75 credits (includes the 35 credits in Nursing) may be transferred from AD programs and an unlimited number may be transferred from four year schools.

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Can I earn credits via challenge exams or "CLEP" courses?

RNs who did not take Anatomy and Physiology or Microbiology in their basic programs may take an Excelsior (Regents) exam in those subjects rather than taking them at York College or taking them elsewhere and transferring them. Excelsior exams are given at Sylvan Learning Centers.

York College accepts a number of College Level Examination Program CLEP exams in lieu of required general studies courses. Students may earn an unlimited number of credits via the CLEP but must take a minimum of 30 credits at York College in order to earn a degree from York College.

All CLEP exams and courses taken at other schools after enrollment at York College need to be completed before the "final 30 credits at York College" are started.

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Where are classes held?

All nursing courses meet once a week for approximately 3 hours beginning at 4 or 5 pm. NUR321 Transitional Concepts for Registered Nurse is online with one inperson orientation session on campus. Other required classes meet at various days and times.

The complete list of all York College courses is available through the Online Schedule of Classes on the main college website

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How do I register for a course?

Be sure you register only for the upcoming course or courses your advisor recommended. Registration for fall courses begins in mid-March and registration for spring courses begins in mid-November. You can register on campus at the Miller Administration Building or you can register online.

Special instructions for new students who are registering for the first time: You must come to campus and register with help at the Registrar's Office. Your advisor must release a hold on your account before you register. This ensures that you consult with your advisor by phone or email before you register.

All students: If you are paying by check, you may submit the completed forms and your check to the Registrar's Office by mail at the address provided on the forms. If you are paying by credit card, you have the option of faxing the forms to the Registrar's Office using the FAX number 717-849-1652. (Please note that both sides of the form must be submitted). You may register for a course before your application for admission has been fully processed, but be sure to jot "Have applied for admission" across the top of your registration form, as RN to BS students are considered transfer students and transfer students may not take courses unless they have been admitted to the college.

After you have matriculated (been admitted to the college and completed one course), you may register for subsequent courses via the YCP Portal, which is a website that contains links to other college sites useful to students.

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How do I apply to the program?

Contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Melissa Schneider, at maschnei@ycp.edu. If you are unable to reach her, contact the chair of the Stabler Department of Nursing, Dr. Karen March, at kmarch@ycp.edu or 717.715.1243. Please do not apply for admission to the program without emailing or calling Dr. Schneider.

When you are ready to apply for admission to the college, you can do that online or, you can call 717.849.1600 and ask that an Application for Admission be sent to you. Be sure you are applying to the Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program for Registered Nurses, also known as the RN to BS Program, rather than our basic nursing program. When you have transcripts or CLEP scores sent from other colleges you have attended, have them sent directly to:

Dr. Melissa Schneider
Stabler Department of Nursing
York College of Pennsylvania
441 Country Club Rd.
York, PA 17403-3651

The transcipts will be copied for the Department of Nursing and the originals sent to Admissions.