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The future of nursing starts here.

Preparing nurses at the forefront of health care through innovative education, practice, and research.

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Welcome to the University of Rochester School of Nursing!

What an honor it is to serve as Dean of this wonderful school! Whether you are advancing your practice as a clinical nurse, pursuing a career change to nursing, researching ways to improve health care, or interested in educating future nurse leaders, the University of Rochester School of Nursing offers unique opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

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News & Stories

A New Order of Things

How UR Nursing shaped America's most in-demand job

UR Nursing was an early leader in the nurse practitioner movement. From the development of the acute care nurse practitioner role right here at Strong Memorial Hospital to founding Dean Loretta Ford’s national advocacy for recognition of NPs, the School of Nursing has been a home to many firsts. Today, the NP role is the most in-demand and fastest-growing job in the U.S. In this edition of Rochester Nursing, we detail how the School has shaped the NP profession, and how our NPs continue to advance health care delivery and champion health equity.

Read this issue of NURSING Magazine

Nursing Magazine 2024

Nursing at the University of Rochester

The School of Nursing at the University of Rochester is a national leader in the discipline of nursing. We seek to build on our pioneering tradition of unifying nursing education, research, and practice as we pursue excellence in clinical and scientific learning, discovery, and nursing care within an environment of diversity and inclusion.



UR Nursing faculty maintain an active practice in clinical settings across the region and are leaders in their field.



For the seventh consecutive year, UR Nursing received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine.



UR Nursing ranks among the top nursing schools in research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Why UR Nursing?

A built-in support system.

Connect with a network of peers and faculty at every stage of your journey.

Student Support about A built-in support system.
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A high-tech, hands-on education.

Enhance your clinical skills and knowledge in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

Experiential Learning about A high-tech, hands-on education.

A commitment to quality care.

Join leaders in nursing who actively work to improve patient care at the bedside and across health care systems.

Faculty & Staff about A commitment to quality care.
Sheniece Griffin at the podium.

Empowering Student Experiences

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Quotation Mark

I served jails, nursing homes, and developed and ran an outpatient psycho-pharmacology clinic. I wouldn’t have been able to do that without my training at the School of Nursing, which provided me with the confidence and experience to be autonomous.

Michael Hasselberg ’07N (MS), ’13N (PhD)

Chief Digital Officer at University of Rochester Medical Center

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They did a fantastic job mentoring us and teaching what we needed to know and set the stage for being lifelong learners. It really was a life-changing experience.

Patricia Larrabee '77N (MS)

founder and CEO of Rochester Clinical Research

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[UR Nursing faculty] really challenged you to think in different ways. It hurts your brain to do that, but it definitely made me a better practitioner, leader, and a better person.

Brian Graves ’96N, ’01N (MS), ’12N (PhD)

senior director of advanced practice, Tampa General Hospital

Innovative Academic Programs

Our programs feature a wide range of degree, post-degree, and certificate options to meet the needs of a diverse and broad spectrum of nursing and health care professionals.

Accelerated Nursing Programs for Non-Nurses

For students who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to pursue a rewarding nursing career.

Online Nursing Prerequisites

Fast track courses typically required for entry into a nursing or health care program.

RN to BS Completion Programs

For associate's or diploma-prepared nurses who want to earn a bachelor's or master's degree.

Master's Degree Programs

For students who want to earn a master's degree as a nurse practitioner, health care or nurse leader, or nurse educator.

Doctoral Programs

For students who want to earn a DNP degree or PhD in Nursing & Health Science.

Advanced Certificate Programs

For nurses with a master's degree who want to specialize in another area.

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