Joyce Scarpinato

Joyce Scarpinato, DNP, PPCNP-BS, FNP-C
Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies
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)

RNs with a Bachelor's in a Non-Nursing Field

Registered Nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's degree can earn a master's degree without a BS in nursing. Candidates take only five courses to complete the bachelor's requirement and enter the master's program.  The five courses are listed below.  Students who have completed their associate's degree or diploma in nursing by the end of December may apply for acceptance to the Spring semester, take these five courses over the spring and summer, and matriculate into the master's program in the fall.  For questions on this program of study, please contact Jodie Brown ( or apply online.  This is the only local clinical program of this kind.

  • Comprehensive Health Assessment
  • Statistics
  • Nursing Management/Leadership
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Nursing Research