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How to Apply to the Accelerated Master's in Nursing Program

We are excited to help you start your journey as you consider the Accelerated Master's in Nursing program from the University of Rochester to become a nurse practitioner and earn your bachelor's and master's degree in nursing.

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

  • clearly understand the differentiated nurse and nurse practitioner roles
  • are motivated and prepared to pursue both programs of study
  • are committed to upholding the values of the school and the profession

Those admitted to the Accelerated Master's in Nursing Program complete the exact same first year as the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's students, and then a slot is simply saved in one of our Nurse Practitioner programs. Because admission to this program is highly competitive and there are limited slots available, prior health care experience (professional or volunteer) relevant to the chosen specialty is required. As a result, many students choose to apply to the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's program to gain nursing experience before choosing their master's specialty.

Below, learn how to successfully submit an application to the Accelerated Master's in Nursing programs to become a nurse practitioner at the School of Nursing. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have questions about the application process.

Application Deadlines

Students may apply to begin the program in the spring or summer semesters with successful completion of prerequisite course requirements. All supplemental materials must be postmarked by midnight of the deadline.

Application Deadline Program Start
July 1, 2023 Spring Semester (January, 2024)
November 1, 2023 Summer Semester (May, 2024)


Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the Accelerated Master'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 3.0 from your most recent relevant degree
  • have prior health care experience relevant to your chosen specialty
  • 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 (at least one academic reference preferred)
  • Current resume or CV
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores for international applicants who are non-native English speakers

Short-Answer Questions

As part of your application, you must also answer several questions (each with a 150-word limit). The prompts for short-answer questions have been listed here for reference.

  1. All students can contribute to the creation of a diverse and inclusive environment when diversity is defined most broadly. Whether by personal attribute, characteristic, culture, experience or behavior, please tell us how you believe you will contribute to the diversity of the University of Rochester School of Nursing and nursing profession.

  2. What qualities do you have that you believe will make you a good nurse, health care provider or leader? Provide examples to support your statement.

  3. What do you think is important for us to know about you and why? How has this informed or affected your life trajectory and desire to become a nurse?

  4. What are some goals you have for yourself in the next 1, 5, and 10 years? How do you plan to achieve them?

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 schedule an interview with members of our Admissions Review Committee. We look forward to reviewing your application!

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