Why Choose the NP Program?
You’re ready to have greater independence in your career and make an even bigger impact in the lives of your patients. As a nurse practitioner, you will bring a level of expertise and professionalism that’s rewarded with a higher salary and a stronger connection with the individuals and families in your care.
The Nurse Practitioner programs (MS and Post-MS) at the UR School of Nursing are some of the best in the nation. It was the groundbreaking work of our founding dean, Loretta Ford, more than 50 years ago which led to the creation of the nurse practitioner role and changed the way health care is provided.
Today, our faculty include pioneering researchers and clinicians that set the standard for nurse practitioners specializing in fields like pediatrics and psychiatric/mental health. The University of Rochester Medical Center—an innovative and leading health care network—provides the ideal setting for in-depth clinical experience.
Nurse Practitioner Clinical Specialties
One of the greatest strengths of the Nurse Practitioner programs (MS and Post-MS) is the targeted focus of our six nurse practitioner concentrations. You will learn alongside experienced practitioners in your specific field of practice. Each student in the nurse practitioner program, regardless of their clinical specialty, are able to take a portion of their required coursework online. The Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP program is also offered as a distance program.
Program Requirements and Application Process
Start your online application today. The full list of admission requirements for the Nurse Practitioner Programs (MS and Post-MS) include:
- a bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing
- RN licensure within the United States or U.S. territory
- cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in baccalaureate nursing program preferred
- statistics course with a grade of C or above
- CPR certification
- professional statement
- writing sample (academic paper, clinical document, or publication)
- two letters of reference
- personal interview with a faculty member (at the discretion of program faculty)
- clinical experience requirements:
- AGPCNP, FNP, and PMHNP: one year clinical experience is preferred.
- AGACNP: one year full-time (or equivalent) RN experience in acute care prior to enrollment in NUR 411
- PNP: one year full-time (or equivalent) RN experience in a pediatric clinical setting prior to enrollment in NUR 412
- for international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)