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Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Program (ABSN) for Non-Nurses

How to Apply to the Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing programs

We are excited to support your journey to a rewarding nursing profession with the Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing (ABSN) programs at the University of Rochester.

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

  • clearly understand the role of the nurse,
  • are motivated and prepared to pursue an intensive, full-time program of study,
  • and are committed to upholding the values of the school and the profession.

Below, find details about how to successfully submit an application to the 12-Month or 24-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Programs (ABSN) to earn a second bachelor's degree. 

Please contact the Admissions Office with questions about the application process. We encourage you to schedule a virtual or in-person visit with an admissions counselor who can talk more about what you need for a successful application.

Application Deadlines

Students can apply to start the 12-month program in the spring, summer, or fall semesters. All supplemental materials must be postmarked by midnight of the deadline. Students applying to the new 24-month program must apply by Jan. 2 for the Summer Semester (May, 2023)

  • Apply by Nov. 1, 2022 to start in the Summer Semester (May, 2023)

  • Apply by March 1, 2023 to start in the Fall Semester (September, 2023)

  • Apply by July 1, 2023 to start in the Spring Semester (January, 2024)


Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the 12-Month or 24-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Programs, applicants must:


Application Materials

To submit a complete application, applicants need to create an account and complete all sections of the online application, as well as upload or submit the following application materials:

Official transcripts are required from all previously attended institutions in order to evaluate coursework. In some instances, a course syllabus may also be requested to evaluate transfer credit. (If coursework was taken at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, applicants do not need to request an official transcript.) 

Note: International applicants for all programs must have transcripts evaluated either through WES, ECS, or IEE. Please visit International Applicants webpage for more information.

Transcripts should be sent to the University of Rochester School of Nursing, NOT the University of Rochester, for both paper and electronic transcripts as described above. It is also helpful to note on the application if transcripts will be under a different last name. Official electronic transcripts must be sent by the registrar’s office at the credit-awarding institution through a student clearinghouse-approved agency, such as Parchment.

Please send all official electronic transcripts to: sontranscripts@urmc.rochester.edu. Official transcripts may also be mailed directly to:

  • University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • 601 Elmwood Ave
  • BOX SON, Admissions Office
  • Rochester, NY 14642

Official letters of recommendation are managed through the online application. Applicants submit references' names and contact information in the online application to generate a request for the letter of recommendation.

We advise applicants to connect with references prior to completing this information to confirm references can supply the letter of recommendation by the deadline.  Please note: References may edit letters of recommendation  before or after submission of the application.

A current resume or curriculum vitae should be uploaded into the application, including:

  • health care training, licenses, or certificates, if applicable
  • professional experience and employment history
  • community involvement, service, volunteerism
  • non-English language proficiencies
  • awards, grants, and acknowledgements

Submit responses in the application portal to the following questions (limited to 150 words each):

  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?

TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores are required for international applicants who are non-native English speakers. Refer to our international applicants’ webpage for more information on minimum score requirements.

Once the application is completed, applicants 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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Prerequisite Requirements

Students must complete several prerequisite courses before beginning the accelerated nursing programs. A career in nursing requires a strong proficiency in science, biology, and math. Therefore, we require accelerated students to complete several general and natural science-based prerequisite courses.


Requirements to start the Accelerated Nursing Programs

Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab

Grade of B- or above. Lab and course completed within 5 years prior to matriculation (preferred).

Microbiology with lab

Grade of C or above. Lab and course completed within 5 years prior to matriculation (preferred).

Nutrition (human specific)

Grade of C or above

Human Growth & Development

Grade of C or above


Grade of C or above

Coursework can be completed 100% online through the Online Nursing Prerequisite Courses, which are offered at a discounted tuition rate by the University of Rochester. For details and how to register for our discounted online nursing prerequisite courses, visit:

Accelerated Nursing Program Prerequisite Courses

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