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Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Program (ABSN)

Become a nurse in 12 or 24 months with the University of Rochester's ABSN.

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Highly-skilled nurses are needed now more than ever. The University of Rochester is committed to preparing aspiring nurses to take on this critical role and provide quality care for patients. The ABSN program awards a fully-accredited nursing degree in just 12 or 24 months to prepare students to pass their licensing exam and practice as an RN.

Program Length


(three semesters)


(six semesters)

Graduation Rate


Average graduation rate for the ABSN program

Application Deadline

July 1

Spring 2025 semester start

The University of Rochester's Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Program (ABSN) for Non-Nurses empowers bright and motivated students to become a nurse at a nationally-ranked university in upstate New York.

Students will complete 49 nursing credits and more than 700 clinical hours in med-surg, obstetrics, pediatrics, and psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center campus. After three or six semesters of coursework, students will earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing from the University of Rochester (ABSN). Graduates will then sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to obtain RN licensure.

To be eligible for admission to the Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Programs, students must have earned a previous bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing. Students may apply to begin the program in the spring, summer, or fall semesters with successful completion of prerequisite courses.

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One thing about nursing, that makes me know it's the path for me, is the privilege of helping someone in the most intimate time of their life, ... to be able to be there for someone, and to help them along in that path, it's a blessing, and it's something that I won't give up for anything. I personally just would like to thank the School of Nursing for giving me the chance to do something I love.

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Kyle Kameika, '19N

Hackensack University Medical Center
Undergraduate degree: Biology

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Accelerated Program Overview

12-Month ABSN Curriculum

24-Month ABSN Curriculum


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