Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses

Why Choose the ABPNN Program?

You’ve envisioned a different future for yourself — and so have we. You’re ready for a career where you can make a positive difference in people’s lives, where you are respected for your professional skill, knowledge and compassion, and where you can continually learn and grow. 

You’re ready to be a nurse.

The Accelerated Programs for Non-Nurses (APNN) from the University of Rochester School of Nursing were designed for students just like you. You already have a bachelor’s degree, but you’re ready to make a rewarding career change. In just 12 months, you can earn a fully accredited nursing degree through our Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN) and be on your way to a new and exciting health care profession.

The UR School of Nursing is one of the largest and most respected nursing schools in the country. Our nursing programs are distinguished for their strong academics and immersive clinical experiences. Yes, you’ll be challenged, but we offer exceptional support every step of the way to ensure that you reach your goals.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of getting your degree from the UR School of Nursing is our close association with University of Rochester Medical Center. Many graduates are employed with the Medical Center and most clinical experiences are right in the neighborhood. Your cohort will become your professional network, and your classmates and professors may likely become your future colleagues.

Program eligibility requirements include:

  • a bachelor’s degree (in a field other than nursing) from an accredited school
  • CPR certification (professional course must be taken with the American Heart Association or American Red Cross)
  • prerequisite courses (with grade of C or above, labs not required), including:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Human Growth & Development
    • Statistics

(Complete your nursing prerequisite requirements with our online, self-paced courses in as little as four weeks before the program begins)

To complete your online application you will need the following:

  • official transcripts from all schools attended, including prerequisites (cumulative GPA of 3.0 preferred)
  • two letters of recommendation
  • professional goal statement
  • resume
  • for international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)
We do not require any standardized test scores as admission criteria for the ABPNN program. Please send all supplemental application materials to:
Admissions Office
University of Rochester School of Nursing
Box SON
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Application Deadlines

Students can enroll in the ABPNN in September, January, or May. We encourage applicants to submit their applications well before the deadline. All materials must be postmarked by the deadline.
  • For a September start date
    The application deadline is March 1.
  • For a January start date
    The application deadline is July 1.
  • For a May start date
    The application deadline is November 1.
  • The fee for applying is $50

Program Costs

Tuition for the Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses for the 2017-18 academic calendar year is:

Program Duration

12 Months
of full-time study

For students who have already completed the prerequisite courses, the ABPNN can be completed in 12 months of full-time study over three semesters, including clinical hours. After graduation, students will qualify for the NCLEX exam for professional registered nurse licensure.

Salary Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median salary for registered nurses in 2016 was:

  • $68,450
    per year

What You Can Do with a Nursing Degree

With a bachelor’s degree from the UR School of Nursing, you’ll enjoy an exciting variety of career options across a broad selection of health care organizations, including:

Private Practices
Public Health Agencies
Primary Care Clinics
Home Health Care
Outpatient Surgi-Centers
Health Maintenance Organizations
Nursing School-Operated Nursing Centers
Insurance and Managed-Care Companies
Nursing Homes
Schools
Mental Health Agencies
Hospices
The Military
Industry
Ma Melita Hebert, RN
The faculty and administration gave us all the tools we needed to succeed in nursing school. I feel prepared to face the next chapter in my life.
Ma Melita Hebert, RN, graduate of the
Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN)
Loyd Stephen
It was an a-ha moment, a calling. This is what I’m meant to do – be a bedside nurse and care for others. Best decision of my life so far.
Loyd Stephen ‘14N
Alexander Lee
I came here and I was really drawn in by the facilities. I love that Strong Hospital is so intertwined with the nursing school.
Alexander Lee, current ABPNN student