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24-Month Accelerated BS in Nursing for College Graduates

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 while balancing work or family commitments. 



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. 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.

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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? 

Yes, tuition benefits also apply toward prerequisite courses, which are required to start the program. Please check the tuition benefits site for more information about tuition benefit eligibility. 

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 by early 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.

Program Highlights

Three start dates a year to accelerate your career change on your timeline

Clinical experiences across the street at the University of Rochester Medical Center
A dynamic experiental learning environment, as an Apple Distinguished School
Tight-knit, diverse cohorts which build upon different backgrounds and experiences of non-nursing peers
Nine options for concentration or NP specialization in nationally-ranked master's (#21) or DNP programs (#27)
Robust academic and career support to chart your career as a successful nurse

Nursing at the University of Rochester

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is one of the most respected nursing schools in the country. Our nursing programs are distinguished for their strong academics and immersive clinical experiences. Yes, you’ll be challenged, but we offer exceptional support every step of the way to ensure that you reach your goals.

Accelerated Nursing Programs
Accelerated BSN student in clinical

Academics & the Accelerated Student Experience

Gain realistic insight to every aspect of your future roles in nursing — from patient interaction and care, to solving clinical problems, to communicating and collaborating within a health care team. Inside the classroom, experience an immersive education and make lasting relationships. Outside the classroom, experience the history, culture, and nature that makes Rochester unique.

Academics & Curriculum

Student Experience

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Prerequisite Requirements & How to Apply

We are excited to support your nursing journey as you apply to the accelerated nursing programs. Complete your prerequisite requirements with our Fast Track Online Courses and start your program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters to begin your nursing career sooner.

Prerequisite Requirements

How to Apply


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Pursuing your second degree in nursing can feel overwhelming and exciting. With the right planning and support, you can be confident in your decision to make a worthwhile investment in your education. We’ve put together a quick guide on how to finance your second bachelor’s degree so you can graduate from one of the most respected nursing schools in the country and successfully launch your nursing career.

Program Costs

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Careers & Success Stories

Becoming a nurse means joining a strong and respected workforce in the most trusted profession. We are dedicated to preparing a caring, culturally-sensitive, and attentive nursing workforce to meet the needs of all patients. On average, 97% of accelerated nursing program gradautes were employed within 12 months of graduation in health care settings across the U.S.

Careers & Success Stories

Accelerated Nursing Program Directors

Patrick Hopkins, program director of accelerated nursing programs

Patrick Hopkins, DNP, APRN, C-PNP, NNP

Co-Director, Accelerated Nursing Programs
Specialty Director, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
Luis Rosario-McCabe

Louie A. Rosario-McCabe, DNP, RN, CNE, CNL, WHNP-BC

Interim Co-Director, Accelerated Programs for Non-Nurses
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing

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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