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For Registered Nurses with a Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degree

This pathway enables RNs who hold baccalaureate degrees in non-nursing fields to attain advanced standing in the nursing graduate program. Students entering this pathway must document their achievement of identified baccalaureate nursing competencies through a process of academic transcript and resume review, and a personal interview with the nursing faculty. The competencies were identified by the faculty as foundational for nursing graduate study.

The five baccalaureate competencies are Health Assessment, Community Health/Population-Focused Health, Leadership/Management/Professional Development, Research, and Professional Commitment and Engagement.

Application Process

Applicants to the RN to MS accelerated pathway should submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where they completed coursework as well as a resume which fully describes their past work experience. Copies of evidence of completion of continuing education credits, in-service education programs, and attendance at meetings, conferences, and workshops should also be included along with course descriptions if available. The nursing faculty will review all documentation to assess achievement of the competencies. After the faculty review, the applicant will meet with the faculty to discuss the materials, identify competencies not met, and develop a plan to meet the competencies identified as unmet.

Please note that the accelerated pathway culminates in a MS degree. No baccalaureate degree will be conferred to students in the RN to MS accelerated pathway.

RN to MS AGPCNP Program

The accelerated RN to MS program is designed for associate degree and diploma prepared nurses who want to pursue the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner MS degree. Students may enter the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Master's Program through this accelerated track option. Criteria for admission to the accelerated program are as follows:

  • GPA of 3.25 or better upon admission to Daemen College. Students must meet all of the other admission criteria for the graduate program (except for the possession of a baccalaureate degree).
  • Acceptance into the accelerated track is contingent on space availability in the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner graduate program. Students in the accelerated RN-MS/ANP track may take NUR 509 in lieu of BIO 407 and NUR 516 in lieu of an undergraduate elective.


Daemen College wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its Baccalaureate nursing program (RN to BS program – includes 1+2+1 academic progression model) and Master’s/Post Master’s Certificate nursing programs by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). This is a concurrent visit with the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions for the purpose of re-registration and accreditation.

You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 4p-5p on Wednesday, October 2, in Alumni Lounge in the Wick Center located at 4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326
All written comments should be received by the ACEN by Tuesday, September 17, 2019.
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For more information, or if you would like to visit the Nursing Department to talk with faculty, please call 716-839-8387.