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

Become a Nurse in 12-Months with UR Nursing's ABSN Program

The Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Program is a second bachelor's degree program. Build upon your current bachelor's degree with a fast-paced immersion into the exciting profession of nursing. Complete the 12-month accelerated nursing program on-site in Rochester, New York to earn a fully-accredited nursing degree and practice as an RN.



The University of Rochester's Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Program (ABSN) for Non-Nurses empowers bright and motivated students to become a nurse at a nationally-ranked university in upstate New York.

Students 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. After three semesters of full-time coursework, students will earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing from the University of Rochester (ABSN). Graduates will then sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to obtain RN licensure. 

To be eligible for admission to the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Program, students must have earned a previous bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing with a minimum 2.8 GPA. Students may apply to begin the program in the spring, summer, or fall semesters with successful completion of prerequisite courses (21-24 credits).

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

Join Us!

Learn more about the accelerated nursing programs at the University of Rochester.

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Contact Us

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