Bachelor's Programs

Undergraduate Degree Options for High School Students

You are a high school student interesting in a career in nursing and thinking about pursuing an education at the University of Rochester.

Though the School of Nursing does not offer a traditional undergraduate nursing degree program, we have a number of pathways for high school students to earn a bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Rochester.

We encourage students to explore a rewarding career in nursing, learn more about our programs, or contact an admissions counselor for more information ( or (585) 275-2375).

3+1 program

Begin your nursing education at a Rochester area community college and complete your bachelor’s degree at the School of Nursing. Complete the first three years of your bachelor’s degree at MCC, GCC, or FLCC, and complete your final year through our RN to BS program.

Dual Degree program

Consider our Dual Degree in Nursing offered in tandem with the University of Rochester. This program allows incoming UR freshmen to combine their interests in nursing with a specific academic discipline offered at the University of Rochester. Students can earn a BA or BS degree and a BSN degree in four-and-a-half years.

Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses

Earn a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. Then apply to our Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses to earn your bachelor’s in nursing in just 12 months.

For students completing a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Wells College, or Spelman College, we also offer an early acceptance option into our Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses.

Other available courses

For high school students interested in a health care or science career, we offer the following online courses:


If interested, schedule a visit to the School of Nursing or schedule a campus tour of the River Campus. (The School of Nursing is located across from the Medical Center, which is not a part of the River Campus tour.)


What You Can Do with a Nursing Degree

With a bachelor’s degree from the UR School of Nursing, you’ll enjoy an exciting variety of career options across a broad selection of health care organizations, including:

Private Practices
Public Health Agencies
Primary Care Clinics
Home Health Care
Outpatient Surgi-Centers
Health Maintenance Organizations
Nursing School-Operated Nursing Centers
Insurance and Managed-Care Companies
Nursing Homes
Mental Health Agencies
The Military
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“Every course I’m taking is so applicable. I love learning the ‘why’ behind everything now. It’s one thing to give a diuretic and know how it affects the patient, but it’s another to take a pathophysiology course and understand what’s happening in the body.”
Ann Zimmerman, BS, RN, ’16 graduate of the RN to BS program
Golisano Children’s Hospital Nurse Leader, Center for Nursing Professional Development