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School of Nursing

All students admitted to the School of Nursing must hold current licensure as a registered nurse or have a prior baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field. The curriculum is responsive to adult learners, and this is the focus of the baccalaureate program. The School of Nursing has 3+1 agreements with area community colleges for students who need a basic program to become licensed as a registered nurse; the baccalaureate coursework is then completed at the University of Rochester. There are also early acceptance agreements for the Accelerated Program with several colleges and a “7+3” (semester) early acceptance agreements for incoming UR freshmen.

Applicants should contact the Office of Student Affairs at (585) 275-2375 or visit the website at for program deadlines and further information.

Accelerated Programs for Non-Nurses

The one-year Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN) and three-year Accelerated Master’s Program for Non-Nurses (AMPNN) require a prior BA or BS in a non-nursing field, transcripts, a 3.0 GPA preferred, two letters of reference, a professional statement, and students may be invited for an interview. Anatomy and physiology, microbiology, developmental psychology, nutrition, and statistics (minimum grade of C for all) are prerequisite to the program. At the completion of the one-year generalist curriculum, the Bachelor of Science degree is awarded and students are eligible for professional registered licensing examinations. A minimum of 49 credits must be completed through the University of Rochester School of Nursing for the ABPNN. The Accelerated Master’s Program provides education for generalist and specialist (advanced practice) nursing roles and awards the BS and MS degrees. Students are eligible for professional registered licensing examinations and nurse practitioner certification. Students are accepted to a nurse practitioner specialty upon admission to the AMPNN program.

RN to BS Program

For the RN to BS Program (baccalaureate completion program for registered nurses from an associate’s or diploma program), a 3.0 GPA is preferred. Nursing license/registration is required. Transcripts and one letter of support are also required.

RN to BS to MS Program

The RN to BS to MS program is an accelerated program for select registered nurses with defined career goals who desire a nurse practitioner master’s degree. Applicants have the same admission requirements as master’s applicants, with the exception of a BS in nursing: RN licensure/registration, two favorable references, a professional statement, a writing sample, and a statistics course (grade C or above). Applicants must declare a specialty area. An interview is required.

The BS degree is 128 credits. All arts and sciences courses may be transferred in, or challenge examinations are possible. Upon matriculation, 32 nursing credits are awarded automatically for completion of a prior accredited diploma or associate degree nursing program. A minimum of 32 credits must be completed through the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

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