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Accelerated Nursing Programs for Non-Nurses

Earn a second bachelor’s degree and become a nurse in 12 or 24 months through the accelerated nursing programs at the University of Rochester. The accelerated nursing programs prepare you to confidently enter the nursing profession with a fully-accredited nursing bachelor's or master's degree. 

The School of Nursing – a nationally-recognized nursing school in New York – offers two options of accelerated nursing programs for non-nurses. The programs are designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to accelerate their path to nursing. Start with the 12-month or 24-month pre-licensure program – the Accelerated Bachelor's (ABSN) – to practice as an RN. Students may continue with the Accelerated Master's program or traditional master's programs to become a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse leader, or nurse educator.

Accelerated Pathways to Become a Nurse

Accelerated Nursing Program students in the simulation lab.

Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Program (ABSN)

The ABSN program is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field. They are ready to make a rewarding career change to enter the nursing profession. This program awards a bachelor's of science with a major in nursing. Student may choose from the 12-Month or 24-Month program.

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Accelerated Master's in Nursing Programs

The Accelerated Master's in Nursing Programs  are designed for students who are familiar with the nurse practitioner specialty they would like to pursue. They may also have some health care experience. Students earn a bachelor's degree in 12 months and then begin their chosen nurse practitioner specialty.

Application Deadlines

Apply by November 1, 2022

 Summer Semester (May 2023) 

Apply by March 1, 2023

Fall Semester* (September 2023)
*Fall entry for 12-Month Accelerated ABSN Program only

Apply by July 1, 2023

Spring Semester (January 2024)

Graduates of the Accelerated Nursing Programs

Darrell Lamothe, Accelerated Nursing Program for Bachelor's Degree Graduate

Darrell Lamothe, RN

Columbia University Irving Medical Center Graduate, Accelerated Nursing Program for Bachelor's Degree

“I don't want to be just a labor and delivery nurse. I want to be so much more than that.”

Willow Olivares, APNN graduate

Willow Olivares, RN

Emergency Department at Seattle Children's Hospital Graduate, Accelerated Nursing Program for Bachelor's Degree

“The fact that we all bring different things to the table, in a program like this, that just really sold me on it.”

Kyle Kameika, accelerated nursing program Graduate

Kyle Kameika, RN

Hackensack University Medical Center Graduate, Accelerated Nursing Program for Bachelor's Degree

“I personally just would like to thank the School of Nursing for giving me the chance to do something I love.”

Alana Ramos

Alana Ramos ’14N, ’21N (MS)

Nurse Practitioner, Strong Memorial Hospital
Graduate, Accelerated Nursing Program and the  Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program

I felt that way when I started – that I was getting a really solid foundation – I can always see a difference when I’m working with a U of R grad."

Dillon Dzikowicz, MS-PhD Program

Dillon Dzikowicz, MS, RN, PCCN

Student, PhD in Nursing & Health Science
Graduate, Accelerated Nursing Program for Bachelor's Degree

“I liked that the University had a Medical Center right on campus and that it had a PhD program.  It was always my goal to be a nurse researcher."

Stephanie Murphy

Stephanie Murphy, RN, MS

Assistant Nurse Manager, URMC
Graduate, Accelerated Nursing Program for Bachelor's Degree

“The School of Nursing for me has been such a supportive community."

Why Nursing at the University of Rochester?

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Powerful clinical experiences.

We are a proud and integral part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, the largest health care system in upstate New York. Experience world-class clinical facilities, access to research opportunities, and a network of clinical experts.

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Accelerated Nursing Program Students with iPads

Innovative nursing education practices.

We redefine and transform nursing education as an Apple Distinguished School. Experiential learning puts students at the center of their own learning experience. It empowers them to solve complex problems, use data to inform decisions, and collaborate with health care teams.

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Diversity at the School of Nursing

A supportive community.

We aim to create a learning environment that reflects and values the diversity of faculty, staff, and students at the School of Nursing. We expose students to different viewpoints and life experiences to create a better educated, more culturally sensitive and attentive health care workforce that will be well-prepared to meet the needs of patients. This commitment is central to who we are as nurses and educators, and we strive to be ever better.

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A network of health care leaders.

Meet like-minded nurses who value equality of opportunity, diversity, inclusivity, and honest, respectful examination of ideas. Learn from health care leaders to chart a successful career in nursing. 

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Rochester, New York

A great place to live and learn.

Whether planning a move, or Rochester is already home, there's plenty for students to discover. Inside the classroom, experience an immersive and innovative education and make lasting relationships. Outside the classroom, experience the history, culture, and nature that makes Rochester unique.

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A desire to make a difference

Accelerated students come to Rochester, New York from across the state, nation, and world to pursue a career in nursing. They bring with them diverse backgrounds and experiences. Many hold advanced degrees or seek to build upon their previous bachelor's degree. All share a desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

  • 35% of accelerated nursing students are from groups underrepresented in nursing
  • 24% of accelerated nursing students are male
  • Accelerated nursing students have previous bachelor's degrees in: business management, biology, psychology, criminal justice, geography, public health, pre-medicine, education, liberal arts, zoology, biomedical sciences, history, exercise science, math, among others

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School of Nursing Admissions Office
(585) 275-2375

Darrell Lamothe, accelerated nursing program graduate
"You have to care for others. You have to be interested in forward movement. This university is very big on propelling forward. It inspires ... and wants to put boots on the ground to encourage the community to have a better life. Forward movement and compassion and dedication. This is the place for you, if you hold some of those characteristics true to your heart."
Darrell Lamothe, RN
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Graduate, Accelerated Nursing Program for Bachelor's Degree