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Online Prerequisite Courses FAQs

Have questions about completing Online Prerequisite courses? You will find many of the answers you need right here.

We’re also happy to help by phone or email. Call us at (585) 275-0446, or send an email to

Frequently asked questions

No, all the tests are administered online and can be taken anywhere with internet access.

To conduct hands-on labs in your home setting, you will purchase a kit from Science Interactive. These kits include all necessary resources, including lab materials, instructional videos, practice questions, a virtual lab manual, presentations, and recommended websites. In addition, your course faculty will provide instructional support and Science Interactive 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.

We encourage you to check with your college or university before taking any course to be sure the course credit will transfer. UR School of Nursing courses are generally transferable; however each individual school makes the final decision whether or not to accept the course.

The University of Rochester is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition, the School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Yes, each course has a faculty member or an instructor who is available to facilitate your learning. If you are having difficulty understanding a concept or would like to learn more, you should email your faculty member or instructor using the contact information listed in Blackboard.

For up-to-date information on technical requirements needed, please visit Technical Requirements.

There are no prerequisites for any of these courses; you do not need to send us your transcript to register for the prerequisite courses. However, when you finish these courses, you can send a transcript to the school you are applying to.

The amount of classes you can take will depend on each person's schedule and how much time they can devote to these courses. We recommend taking about 6 credits per semester, but if your schedule allows you can take more.

You will receive an email from us 3-5 days after registration which will provide a link to create your username and password, and the web address for Blackboard, our online learning software. Please add University of Rochester School of Nursing to your address book to avoid the confirmation being sent to your SPAM folder. If it has been over five days, please check your spam folder.

We recommend you purchasing the materials as soon as you register for the course to give it time to ship and deliver to your address if you order online. The materials are listed on the syllabus found on each course information page.

If you have trouble logging in to Blackboard, contact or (585) 275-7500.

If you have not received an email, first check your spam/junk folder and/or add to your list of accepted senders. If you still are having issues finding the email, you can contact the SON Registrar's Office at (585) 273-1402 or

If you find yourself worrying about finishing on time, please contact your instructor as soon as possible. We will work with you so you can complete the course without feeling rushed.

You may drop the course by contacting the Center for Lifelong Learning at Because of rolling admissions, we would evaluate each case individual to see if a drop or a withdraw is appropriate. There are NO REFUNDS for Fast Track classes after you have gained access to the course modules. If you are using tuition benefits or other sources of funding to pay for the course, you will recieve a bill for the tuition that remains unpaid as the funding course is withdrawn.

You can view your test score immediately after completing a test by accessing your grade book on Blackboard. Your final numerical grade will also appear in the grade book within two weeks of  completion of the course.

If you are using the course to meet an application deadline, as a prerequisite to begin another course, or to meet graduation requirements at another institution, please be aware of your course’s completion deadlines and grade submission timeline. If you need an earlier submission for any reason, contact the instructor.

Final grades are posted to URStudent at the times during the semester listed in your syllabus. If you are using the course to meet an application deadline, as a prerequisite to begin another course, or to meet graduation requirements at another institution, please be aware of your course's completion deadlines and grade submission timeline as detailed in your course syllabus. If you need an earlier submission for any reason, plese contact the instructor. Lab courses will have earlier completion deadlines to allow for additional time needed to give feedback on lab reports.

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