Center for Lifelong Learning

Online Prerequisite (Fast Track) FAQ's

Have questions about completing your prerequisites with Fast Track? You’ll 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

How does a Fast Track class work?

Each class is made up of a number of modules. These modules may include readings from a textbook or articles, PowerPoint presentations and/or video instruction. At the end of each module, you will take an online test covering that material. The nature of the learning and testing varies from knowledge-based learning to applied learning. There are also optional assignments designed to help you learn the material. These assignments generally do not need to be turned in to the instructor unless you would like faculty assistance or feedback. See additional information about online learning.

Do I need to come to Rochester to take the tests?

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

Is there a cumulative final?

No, there is a test after each module covering only the material from that module.

Is there a lab component?

We offer lab components for Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology I & II. Please check with your college or university to check what is required.

Will this course transfer to my college or university?

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).

How many hours should I plan on spending on my Fast Track course?

The amount of time required for a Fast Track course varies from person to person. On average, a 3 credit course will require 125 hours of work. You can choose to complete your course in the normal 14-week period, or you can condense this time period and spend more hours per week on your course.

Is there faculty or an instructor I can contact if I have trouble or need additional help?

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.

When can I register for my course? When can I start? How long do I have to complete the course?

Register at any time – before or after the course start dates (as long as you complete the course by the completion date below). You must be able to schedule your time accordingly to be able to complete course requirements independently during the semester enrolled in the course. 

Three Credit Didactic Courses (NSG 305, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313)

Semester Course Start Last Day to Register Last Day to Complete Course
Fall Sept. 10 Dec. 1 Dec. 30
Spring Jan. 10 April 1 April 30
Summer June 10 Aug. 1 Aug. 30

One Credit Lab Courses (NSG 315, 322, 323)

Semester Course Start Last Day to Register Last Day to Complete Course
Fall Sept. 10 Nov. 1 Dec. 10
Spring Jan. 10 Mar. 1 April 10
Summer June 10 July 1 Aug. 10

Are there specific computer services or software I need to take this course?

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

How will I get the log-in information I need to start the course?

You will receive an email from us which will provide a link to create your username and password, and the web address for Blackboard, our online learning software. We will send these a few days before the course is scheduled to begin.  If you register during the semester, it will take up to five days to receive your log-in information. 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 5 days, please check your spam folder. 

What if I cannot log in to Blackboard or haven't received my email?

If you have trouble logging in to Blackboard, please contact the University Blackboard Helpdesk at or (585) 275-6865. 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 School of Nursing registrar at (585) 275-8832 or

How do I find out my test grades and final grade?

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 upon completion of the course.

When will my official transcript be available?

Grades are processed twice per semester. Official Transcripts will be available two to three days after the grades are processed. Please see the table below for specific dates. For example, if you complete the course on or before Nov. 30, your grade will be available for transcript requests by Dec. 2. If this date falls on a Saturday or Sunday the transcript will be available the following Monday.  If there is an unusual need that is not met by the existing grade submission time table, please contact your course instructor or faculty member. Please note that if you do not complete the course by the course deadline, the grade earned to date will be submitted.

Fall Spring Summer

Course Complete

Grade Available

Course Complete

Grade Available

Course Complete

Grade Available

Nov. 30

Dec. 2

Mar. 30

Apr. 2

July 30

Aug. 2

Dec. 30

Jan. 2

Apr. 30

May 2

Aug. 30

Sept. 2

How can I get a transcript?

After grades are submitted, you can request an official or unofficial transcript from the Office of the University Registrar. You may want to confirm that a grade has been submitted before ordering the transcript.