ABPNN Simulation

Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses

Why Choose the Accelerated Bachelor's Nursing Program?

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 the 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.


Our Program Directors 
Patrick Hopkins, co-director of the accelerated nursing programs
Patrick Hopkins, DNP, APRN, C-PNP, NNP
Co-Director, Accelerated Nursing Programs
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
Specialty Director of Neonatal NP Program

In addition to co-directing the Accelerated Nursing Programs, Patrick Hopkins teaches pathophysiology and is a pediatric/neonatal advanced practice nurse at Golisano Children's Hospital. See full bio >
Lisa Brophy, co-director of the accelerated nursing programs
Luis A. Rosario-McCabe, DNP, RN, CNE, CNL, WHNP-BC
Interim Co-Director, Accelerated Nursing Programs
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
Luis Rosario-McCabe has more than 30 years of experience in nursing with a focus on women’s health and improving access to health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.  See full bio >

Our Accelerated Nursing Students

"The fact that we all bring different things to the table, in a program like this, that just really sold me on it."
— Willow Olivares,
RN at Seattle Children's Hospital,
on the Accelerated Nursing Experience

Learn among a close-knit cohort of second-degree nursing students with diverse backgrounds and talents from all over the U.S. and the world. About 25 percent of graduating students are male, with students coming to the school from as far away as Oregon, Ethiopia and the Philippines. Many grads already hold advanced degrees, and some had established successful careers in other fields, including public health, the arts, and the military. 

In your cohort, conduct clinical rotations in med-surg, obstetrics, pediatrics and psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, a four-time Magnet-designated hospital, and learn from supportive faculty who provide innovative learning experiences.

Prepare to pass the NCLEX-RN by honing your critical thinking and clinical judgment skills in an inclusive environment with like-minded peers who value equality of opportunity, diversity, inclusivity, and honest, respectful examination of ideas. Learn more:

Academics & Curriculum  Student ExperienceAccelerated Nursing Program FAQs


Applying to the Accelerated Bachelor's Nursing Program

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 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.

How to Apply

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.

For details on how to submit your application, reference How to Complete an Application and the directions in the online application system.

  • 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
  • Prerequisite courses from an accredited school completed prior to matriculation (start of the first semester). For details, visit ABPNN Prerequisite Requirements. This includes:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab (grade of B- or above)
    • Microbiology with lab (grade of C or above)
    • Nutrition (grade of C or above)
    • Human Growth & Development (grade of C or above)
    • Statistics (grade of C or above)
  • English language proficiency

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended. International transcripts require a transcript translation.
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Short Answer Responses
  • Current resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores: if English is not your first language


Start your application

Application Deadlines

Students can enroll in the ABPNN in September, January, or May. We encourage applicants to submit their applications well before the deadline. All materials must be postmarked by the deadline.
  • For a September start date
    The application deadline is March 1.
  • For a January start date
    The application deadline is July 1.
  • For a May start date
    The application deadline is November 1.

Program Costs

Tuition for the Accelerated Bachelor's Nursing Program for the 2021-22 academic calendar year is:
  • $25,380*
    per semester

    *The Accelerated Bachelor's program is a three-semester program. See a full cost estimate and other fees that may apply. Admitted students will also be required to submit a $1,000 non-refundable admissions deposit to secure their seat, which will be applied to their tuition. 
  • Financing Your Accelerated Nursing Program

    A quick guide on how to finance your second degree nursing program so you can graduate from one of the most respected nursing schools in the country and successfully launch your nursing career.

    How to Finance Your Accelerated Nursing Education

Program Duration

12 Months
of full-time study

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.

Salary Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median salary for registered nurses in 2019 was:
  • $73,300
    per year
Ma Melita Hebert, RN
The faculty and administration gave us all the tools we needed to succeed in nursing school. I feel prepared to face the next chapter in my life.
Ma Melita Hebert, RN, graduate of the
Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN)
Loyd Stephen
It was an a-ha moment, a calling. This is what I’m meant to do – be a bedside nurse and care for others. Best decision of my life so far.
Loyd Stephen ‘14N
Alexander Lee
I came here and I was really drawn in by the facilities. I love that Strong Hospital is so intertwined with the nursing school.
Alexander Lee, current ABPNN student