Academic Programs

A degree from the University of Rochester School of Nursing prepares you as a different kind of nurse—one who has completed a rigorous and cutting-edge program that leaves you well-equipped for what nursing is today, and what it will be tomorrow. Whichever program you choose, our flexible, student-centered approach helps you do it on your terms, with all the support you need to succeed.

What Makes UR Nurses Different?

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is a proud and integral part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, the largest and strongest health care system in the region. Our students have access to world-class clinical facilities and abundant research opportunities, and learn directly from faculty who are thinkers and leaders in the practice and science of nursing.

With an education from the UR School of Nursing, you will be better prepared to meet the demands of a rapidly changing health care system. Our nursing programs are rigorous and cutting-edge — what you would expect from a health care leader — while offering unparalleled personalized support. Our students are given the tools needed to improve patient care and are encouraged to explore the limitless opportunities available in health care.

Each of our programs is built on a “patient-first” philosophy for improving individual care and reforming system-wide policies. Everything you learn is backed by the latest nursing research, much of it conducted right here at the University of Rochester. We are proud to build on a tradition of innovation in practice, research, and education, and excited to educate the best and brightest minds who will take nursing to the next level.

Our Programs

Dual Degree in Nursing

You are a high school student thinking about a career in nursing. Consider our Dual Degree in Nursing offered in tandem with the University of Rochester. This program allows incoming freshmen to combine their interests in nursing with a specific academic discipline offered at the UR. Students can earn a BA or BS degree and a BSN degree in four-and-a-half years.

Accelerated Programs for Non-Nurses

You already have a college degree, but you’re ready for something more — a career you are passionate about that is rewarding both personally and financially. Earn a bachelor’s in just 12 months or a master’s degree in nursing in three years with our Accelerated Programs for Non-Nurses (APNN).

RN to BS and RN to BS to MS Programs

Future-proof your nursing career with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. If you are a licensed RN with an associate degree or nursing diploma, our RN to BS program provides flexible part-time coursework so you can earn a bachelor's degree in as little as 16 months. If you’re looking to advance your degree further, the RN to BS to MS program provides a shorter path to earn your master’s degree. Get the education you need for a long and rewarding nursing career.

Nurse Practitioner Programs (MS and Post-MS)

Provide another level of care to your patients while enjoying a new level of professional freedom with a nurse practitioner degree. Choose from six different concentrations including pediatric, family, adult-gerontology, and mental health.

Leadership Programs (MS)

Effective health care managers need to see the big picture, whether you are leading a clinical team of nurses or an entire organization. Earn your master’s degree in either of our leadership tracks:

Nursing Education Programs (MS and Post MS)

Use your nursing expertise to teach the next generation of nurses. The Master's in Nursing Education program is designed for nurses who aspire to teach at either a college of nursing or within a clinical setting. Help drive the strength of the nursing workforce by learning best practices on how to teach and the variety of ways people learn.

Post-Master’s Certificate Programs

Our post-master’s certificate programs offer opportunities for you to build upon your clinical skills and knowledge, allowing you to take your career in a new direction. Post-master’s certificates are available in six nurse practitioner specialties, nursing education, and as a clinical nurse leader.

Doctoral Programs

Join one of these highly respected and pioneering programs and work alongside some of the most brilliant minds involved in cutting-edge research and innovation. With its low cost of living and family-friendly community, Rochester is an ideal place to pursue an advanced degree.

Center for Lifelong Learning

The Center for Lifelong Learning offers continuing professional education and nursing school prerequisite courses from one of the best nursing schools in the country. The CLL serves a wide variety of students, from applicants looking to complete prerequisites, to health care professionals seeking to enhance their skills or switch careers.