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

Prerequisite Requirements for the Accelerated Nursing Programs

How to complete prerequisites before starting UR Nursing's accelerated nursing program. 

A career in nursing requires a strong proficiency in science, biology, and math. Therefore, we require completion of 21-24 credits of general and natural science-based prerequisite courses before beginning an accelerated nursing program. These can be completed 100% online through the Online Nursing Prerequisite Courses, which are offered at a discounted tuition rate by the University of Rochester. 

Some students may have already completed one or several of the required courses as a part of their non-nursing bachelor's degree. If you have questions about whether a course meets our requirements please schedule a call with an Admissions Counselor to review transcript(s). 

 

Prerequisite Requirements


We require successful completion of the following courses prior to matriculation in any of the accelerated nursing programs. Complete courses before or during the application process, as long as the coursework is complete three weeks before the start of the first semester.

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab, grade of B- or above and preferred completion within five years prior to matriculation (must be human specific)
  • Microbiology with lab, grade of C or above and preferred completion within five years prior to matriculation 
  • Nutrition, human specific, grade of C or above 
  • Human Growth & Development, grade of C or above 
  • Statistics, grade of C or above 

Please note: Students do not need to have all prerequisites complete at the time of application, and the status of completion does not factor into application decisions. However, students may want to finish several courses before applying to allow enough time to complete the remaining required courses before their program start date.

If a student has outstanding prerequisite courses to complete upon acceptance into accelerated nursing program, their acceptance offer will be contingent on whether they successfully complete the remaining courses. Typically, we require transcripts or proof of completion three weeks before the intended first semester of the accelerated nursing program.

 

University of Rochester Online Prerequisite Courses 


Complete prerequisite courses for the accelerated nursing programs with the University of Rochester's Online Nursing Prerequisite Courses. Our self-paced courses provide a strong foundation for nursing education. 

Benefits:

  • Self-paced, 100% online courses: complete coursework independently during the course session. Depending on workload, courses typically take 6 to 12 weeks to complete.

  • Satisfy all prerequisites: Complete one or all of the listed required courses by registering as a non-matriculated student at a discounted rate. 

  • Preparing for the Accelerated Nursing Program. Courses are delivered by expert School of Nursing faculty with the University of Rochester's online learning platform, Blackboard, helping students prepare for the fast-paced accelerated nursing programs.

 

How Online Prerequisite Courses Work

 

3-Credit Didactic Courses

Online Prerequisite Courses are entirely online. Each course is comprised of 10 to 15 modules. Modules might include video lectures, PowerPoint presentations, readings, or other activities. Once students feel they have mastered the material, they take a graded quiz at the end of the module and move on to the next one. There are no written papers, midterms or finals.

Each course is assigned a School of Nursing professor who is available for questions. Online Prerequisite Courses are asynchronous, which means students work on their own time and at their own pace. 

1-Credit Lab Courses

To conduct hands-on labs in your home setting, you will purchase a kit from eScience Labs or the UR Barnes & Noble Bookstore, depending on the course and whether you are receiving financial aid. The lab kit includes all necessary resources, including lab materials, instructional videos, practice questions, a virtual lab manual and worksheets, presentations, and recommended websites.

In addition, your course faculty will provide instructional support and eScience Labs will provide technical support for the virtual program. You will complete the lab at your own pace via the interactive online modules, submitting lab reports, pictures of your progress, and a knowledge quiz for each lab topic. You will be graded by your School of Nursing course faculty.

Available Courses

Anatomy & Physiology Requirement

NSG 312

Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Application to Health (3 Credits)

NSG 313

Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Application to Health (3 Credits)

NSG 322

Anatomy and Physiology Lab I for the Health Sciences (1 Credit)*

NSG 323

Anatomy and Physiology Lab II for the Health Sciences (1 Credit)*

Microbiology Requirement

NSG 309

Microbiology and Application to Health (3 credits)

NSG 315

Microbiology Lab for the Health Sciences (1 credit)*

Nutrition Requirement

NSG 310

Nutrition and Health (3 Credits)

Human Growth and Development Requirement

NSG 305

Growth and Development Through the Lifespan (3 credits)

Statistics Requirement

NSG 311

Statistics for Evidence Based Practice in the Health Sciences (3 Credits)

* NSG 315, NSG 322, NSG 323 are lab courses and require purchase of a lab kit.

 

Course Fees

Discounted Course Fees & Financial Aid Eligibility


  • $3,600
       $1,150
    discounted cost per 3-credit didactic course



  • $1,200
          $384
     
    discounted cost per 1-credit lab course


                                                                                      * plus cost of lab kits (eScience or Bookstore)


  • Financial Aid Eligibility:
    Federal funding may be available, depending upon other criteria that the student needs to meet and if the student is enrolled in at least six credits of courses. Contact our financial aid counselor to discuss options. 

    Please note: Payment must be received in full upon registration. There are no refunds on these courses once registration is complete.

 

Registration

Students who need to complete prerequisite courses should plan ahead. Depending on the number of outstanding courses, students may need to allot one to two semesters prior to the intended semester start date of their accelerated nursing program. 

Typically, students can complete courses in 6 to 12 weeks. The amount of time required to complete a required course varies. On average, a 3-credit course will require 135 hours of work. Lab courses also require purchase of a lab kit and may take additional time for observation and analysis.

Register for Prerequisite Courses

 

Register for 3-Credit Courses

We recommend registering and beginning as soon as possible to ensure you can complete at the most comfortable pace, or by the optional early deadline, if desired. Refer to the chart below for the course registration and completion windows for 3-credit courses. 

Course Sessions
(3-Credit Didatic Courses)

Course Completion Deadlines

Spring Session
Jan. 15 to April 20

Registration for spring session opens Dec. 1

Early: March 20 

Final: April 20

Grades submitted the following day

Summer Session
May 15 to Aug. 20

Registration for summer session opens May 1

Early: July 20 

Final: Aug. 20

Grades submitted the following day

Fall Session
Sept. 15 to Dec. 20

Registration for fall session opens Aug. 1

Early: Nov. 20

Final: Dec. 20

Grades submitted the following day

 

Register for 1-Credit Lab Courses

While registration remains open past the lab start date, we recommend registering and beginning by the start date as some labs require several weeks for observation and analysis. Refer to the chart below for the course registration and completion windows for 1-credit courses each session.

Course Sessions
(1-Credit Lab Courses)

Course Completion Deadlines

Spring Session
Jan. 15 to April 1

Registration for spring session opens Dec. 1

Early: March 1

Final: April 1

Grades submitted 20 days later 

Summer Session
May 15 to Aug. 1

Registration for summer session opens May 1

Early: July 1

Final: Aug. 1

Grades submitted 20 days later

Fall Session
Sept. 15 to Dec. 1

Registration for fall session opens Aug. 1

Early: Nov. 1

Final: Dec. 1

Grades submitted 20 days later

 

For additional information about our Online Prerequisite Courses, please visit our FAQ webpage.

Register for Prerequisite Courses