You’ve envisioned a different future for yourself — and so have we. You’re ready for a career where you can make a positive difference in people’s lives, where you are respected for your professional skill, knowledge and compassion, and where you can continually learn and grow. You’re ready to be a nurse.
The Accelerated Programs for Non-Nurses (APNN) from the University of Rochester School of Nursing were designed for students just like you. You already have a bachelor’s degree, but you’re ready to make a rewarding career change. In just 12 months, you can earn a fully accredited nursing degree through our Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN) and be on your way to a new and exciting health care profession.
The UR 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.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of getting your degree from the UR School of Nursing is our close association with University of Rochester Medical Center. Many graduates are employed with the Medical Center and most clinical experiences are right in the neighborhood. Your cohort will become your professional network, and your classmates and professors may likely become your future colleagues.
Applying to the Accelerated Bachelor's Nursing Program
The UR 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 a rigorous program of study, and committed to upholding the values of the school and the profession.
To complete your application, you will need to create an account and complete all sections of the application. 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.
Bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing from an accredited school
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 from your most recent relevant degree
Anatomy and Physiology I and II (human specific), grade of C or above with lab completed prior to matriculation (Requirements effective beginning with Spring 2022 applicants: grade of B- or above with lab to be completed within the last 5 years and before the application deadline)
Microbiology, grade of C or above with lab completed prior to matriculation
Nutrition (human specific), grade of C or above completed prior to matriculation
Human Growth & Development, grade of C or above completed prior to matriculation
Statistics, grade of C or above completed prior to matriculation
Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
Optional statement to support your admission to the program. For example, if you believe your application materials do not accurately reflect your abilities or potential for success in the program (e.g., GPA is lower than 2.8, breaks in your education or employment history, or achievements that may not be apparent) please submit the optional statement highlighting these attributes or experiences.
For students who have already completed the prerequisite courses, the ABPNN can be completed in 12 months of full-time study over three semesters, including clinical hours. After graduation, students will qualify for the NCLEX exam for professional registered nurse licensure.