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About Us

The University of Rochester School of Nursing offers high quality academic programs, a robust research portfolio, as well as extensive clinical and educational partnerships throughout the University of Rochester Medical Center and larger community.

We are ranked No. 35 in the nation for master's programs by U.S. News & World Report for its 2020 Best Nursing Schools rankings. Academic programs offer nursing and health care professionals a wide range of degree options, from master’s to doctoral degrees as well as accelerated programs for non-nurses and RN completion degrees. In addition, we offer a range of continuing education courses and certificate programs to support lifelong learning.

We strive to forge a critical link between scientific discovery and improved health care outcomes through the Unification Model. This approach integrates and advances academics, research, and practice for a more thorough educational experience. It is why our graduates are better prepared to care for patients, conduct clinical research, lead health care systems, educate the next generation of nurses, and translate those discoveries into the most effective health care practices.

Our Mission

Building on a pioneering tradition of unifying nursing education, research, and practice, the UR School of Nursing pursues excellence in clinical and scientific learning, discovery, and nursing care within an environment of diversity and inclusion.

Our Vision

Lead the national agenda in transforming the discipline of nursing through innovative education, practice and research to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities. 

Accreditation

All academic programs (baccalaureate, master’s, DNP, PhD) offered by the University of Rochester School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 887-6791
(202) 887-8476 fax

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 284-5000

Licensure Eligibility

The Accelerated Program for Non-Nurses (APNN) and nurse practitioner programs at the University of Rochester School of Nursing (URSON) are designed to satisfy the academic requirements for licensure within the State of New York. Additionally, the nurse practitioner programs are designed to prepare students for national certification within an area of specialty practice. Federal regulations require that all colleges and universities disclose whether their programs leading to professional licensure will meet educational requirements for licensure in each state. Prospective and current students who intend to apply for licensure in a state other than New York are encouraged to contact the state board of nursing in that state to determine if our program meets all licensing requirements in that state. Click here for contact information for each State Board of Nursing.

Preparing for RN licensure in another state          

The URSON Accelerated Program for Non-Nurses (APNN) is designed to satisfy the academic requirements for licensure as an RN within the State of New York. Requirements for licensure vary from state to state. If you intend to seek licensure and practice in a state other than New York, please contact the board of nursing in that state to discuss whether you will need to satisfy additional requirements for licensure and practice in that state. The information below provides guidance listing states for which we were able to confirm that the APNN program meets or does not meet academic requirements for licensure and those for which we were unable to make a determination.

Preparing for NP licensure in another state

The URSON nurse practitioner (NP) programs are designed to satisfy the academic requirements for national certification and for licensure as an NP within the State of New York. Requirements for licensure vary from state to state. If you intend to seek licensure and practice as an NP in a state other than New York, please contact the board of nursing in that state to discuss whether you will need to satisfy additional requirements for licensure and practice in that state. The information below provides guidance listing states for which we were able to confirm that our NP programs meet or do not meet academic requirements for licensure and those for which we were unable to make a determination.

List of states for professional licensure