Become a bachelor-level nurse in 24 months
Our 24-Month Accelerated BS in Nursing Program offers non-nursing college graduates an opportunity to pursue a new career path in nursing. Similar to our 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing, leverage your previous bachelor's degree to jump right into the nursing curriculum at a top-ranked nursing school.
The 24-Month Accelerated BS in Nursing program features six consecutive semesters of coursework and clinical, allowing you to become a bachelor-level nurse while working part-time. The program features the same curriculum as the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor’s program, which launched in 2002 to help address nursing shortages regionally and nationally.
During the program, you 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 in Rochester, New York. Upon completion, earn a bachelor's of science degree with a major in nursing from the University of Rochester. Graduates will then sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to obtain RN licensure.
To be eligible for admission to the 24-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Program, we require a previous bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing with a minimum 2.8 GPA. We also require successful completion of prerequisite courses (21-24 credits) before you can begin the program.
For more information see:
- How to Apply to the Accelerated Nursing Programs
- Prerequisite Requirements for Accelerated Nursing Students
Frequently Asked Questions
When are classes or clinical offered?
Depending on the semester, classes are typically offered on Mondays and Tuesdays. Clinical hours may be completed toward the end of the week with flexible scheduling. See a sample degree plan.
Can I work while completing this program? How many hours is this program a week?
Yes, because this pathway extends the length of the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's program, students can accomodate work or other commitments.
What is this difference between the 24-month and the 12-month accelerated program?
The 24-Month program 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. The 24-Month program also follows a cohort-style format, meaning students who begin the program in May, 2023 will complete the same coursework and clinical as their peers.
Are any courses available online?
Most courses are delivered in-person at the School of Nursing, taking advantage of a new 26,000 square foot simulation and experiential learning expansion.
I am an employee at the University of Rochester. Can I use tuition benefits to cover the tuition? What about fees?
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.
I need to complete prerequisite courses to enroll in the program. Can I apply University of Rochester tuition benefits toward those courses?
When will I know if I get into the program?
Decisions are typically released 6-10 weeks after the application deadline. For the Summer 2023 cohort, applications are due Jan. 2 so decisions are expected to be released mid- to late-February.
How long does this program take to complete?
The program takes two years to complete over six consecutive semesters. See a Sample Degree plan for expected courseload.