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How to Apply to the Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing program

We are excited to support your journey to a rewarding nursing profession with the Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing (ABSN) programs at the University of Rochester.

The School of Nursing uses a comprehensive, holistic review process during which each application receives individual consideration. We seek applicants who:

  • clearly understand the role of the nurse,
  • are motivated and prepared to pursue an intensive, full-time program of study,
  • and are committed to upholding the values of the school and the profession.

Below, find details about how to successfully submit an application to the 12-Month or 24-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Programs (ABSN) to earn a second bachelor's degree.

Application Deadlines

We enroll a new cohort for the Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing programs every semester. All supplemental materials must be postmarked by midnight of the deadline.

ABSN Deadlines
Program Length Application Deadline Program Start
12-Month & 24-Month Program Nov. 1, 2023 Summer Semester (May, 2024)
12-Month Program March 1, 2024 Fall Semester (September, 2024)
12-Month Program July 1, 2024 Spring Semester (January, 2025)

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the 12-Month or 24-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Programs, applicants must:

  • have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing from an accredited school
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 from the most recent relevant degree
  • successfully complete the prerequisite course requirements before starting the program
  • be proficient in the English language (international applicants must demonstrate English proficiency)

Application Requirements

To submit a complete application, create an account to complete all sections of the online application. In addition, upload or submit required materials:

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
    • If you have graduated from your previous academic program within the last five years, at least one letter from academic reference is required
    • If it has been longer than five years since you graduated, you may include letters of recommendation from either academic or professional references
  • Current resume or CV
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores for international applicants who are non-native English speakers

As part of your application, you must also answer several questions (each with a 150-word limit). Learn more about how to complete the application and upload these materials.

Application Review Process

Once you complete your application, you may receive a follow-up email to participate in our interview process. We look forward to reviewing your application!

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