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24-Month ABSN Pathway & Curriculum

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A fully-online extension of the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing program, to leverage your previous bachelor's degree and jump right into nursing curriculum at a top-ranked nursing school.

Program Format

Part-time, online

Combination of online coursework & onsite clinical experiences

Program Length

24 months

6 semesters of part-time coursework

Application Deadline

Nov. 1

Applications open July 16th for summer entry only

The 24-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing (ABSN) program prepares you to become a bachelor's-prepared nurse while working part-time or balancing other commitments. The program features the same course curriculum and application requirements as the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor’s in Nursing (ABSN) program, but at a modified pace and in a fully-online format—allowing you to pursue your education from anywhere while maintaining the same rigorous curriculum proven to prepare you for success.

Over six consecutive semesters, complete 49 nursing credits, 90 lab/skills hours, and 650+ clinical hours in various nursing specialties both online and at the University of Rochester Medical Center campus.

  • 1-3 courses per semester
  • Online coursework, including a combination of synchronous and asynchronous classes
  • Online and onsite labs, with intensive skills/simulation experiences
  • In-person clinical (8-9 hours per week), ensuring you receive essential hands-on training and practical experience across nursing specialties

Upon completion, earn a bachelor's of science degree with a major in nursing from the University of Rochester and prepare to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to obtain RN licensure.

Please note: Applications for the 24-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing (ABSN) program are only accepted for a summer semester start. Annual application period opens July 16 and closes Nov. 1.


24-Month ABSN Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

All academic coursework is online, with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous classes. Course requirements and times vary each semester. Students will complete 90 total lab hours, with 60 of those online and 30 onsite in the form of lab intensives. Clinical hours vary per course and may be assigned during the day, evening, or weekend, but will not exceed 9 hours per week.

Yes, because this pathway extends the length of the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's program, and offers a fully-online format, students can more easily accomodate work or other commitments. Instead of a courseload of 14-17 credits per semester, the 24-Month program is 7-9 credits. Please note that the first semester features a 9-credit courseload over the first half of the semester.

You can get a sense of the daily or weekly course load by referring to the 24-Month Curriculum above or current course schedules for the Accelerated Programs.

The 24-Month pathway features the same curriculum, experience, and outcomes as the 12-Month program, but spreads out the coursework and clinical requirements over a two-year period, and offers a fully-online format.

The 24-Month pathway also similarly follows a cohort-style format, meaning students who begin the program in May will complete the same coursework and clinicals in-step and at the same pace as their peers.

Yes, for the 24-Month Accelerated Bachelor's program, all coursework is offered online in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous classes. Most labs are also offered online; however, some lab intensives and simulation experiences are delivered onsite at the School of Nursing, taking advantage of a new 26,000 square foot simulation and experiential learning expansion. Clinical experiences will take place fully in-person on the University of Rochester Medical Center campus.

Yes, if you are tuition-benefit eligible at the University of Rochester, you may apply those tuition benefits toward this program.

Please note: employee tuition benefits do not cover program-related fees, including the lab, health professions, technology, and mobile device and resource fees. See details about costs and fees or learn more about your eligibility for tuition benefits.

Yes, tuition benefits also apply toward prerequisite courses, which are required to start the program. Please check the tuition benefits site for more information about tuition benefit eligibility.

Applications for the 24-Month program are considered for summer semester entry only, with applications due Nov. 1. Decisions are typically released 6-10 weeks after the application deadline. 

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