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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.

In 1972, the UR School of Nursing was established as an independent school within the University and currently enrolls more than 800 students across nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate programs as well as multiple continuing education courses and certificate programs.

We are proud of our academic-clinical partnership with the University of Rochester Medical Center and are continually recognized among the best graduate nursing schools in the nation, for our programs of innovative research, and for our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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. As a result, 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

 
 
CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate of science in nursing, master's of science in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice programs at the University of Rochester are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (https://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).

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MSCHE Accreditation

The University of Rochester is an accredited institution by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 

For more information about accreditation, please see the University’s accreditation page

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