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FAQ: Academic Programs

We have outlined common questions about our academic programs, application process, scholarship opportunities, and financial aid. If you have further questions, please connect with us by emailing or calling (585) 275-2375.

Academic Programs FAQ

Yes, there is the possibility to live on campus. Students have also found rental housing in close proximity to the School of Nursing in the City of Rochester, and surrounding area. For more information please visit Residential Life.

Since the University of Rochester is a private institution, tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. For tuition information, please visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Yes, we offer programs in a variety of formats to meet the needs of busy working professionals and distance students. Program formats include online with occasional on-campus intensives, hybrid online with a mix of face-to-face and online activities, and traditional face-to-face instruction. Regardless of the format, all programs and courses are designed to provide rich a meaningful interaction between students and faculty.

Fully online programs include:

Unfortunately, no. The School of Nursing requires that students have an associates degree in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in another area, at minimum, to apply to one of our undergraduate programs. The one exception is that we have a Dual Degree in Nursing program for high school seniors who wish to pursue a non-nursing bachelor’s degree in addition to a nursing degree.

Matriculated: By submitting a matriculated student application, you are seeking admission to the University of Rochester School of Nursing to complete courses toward a degree or post-master's certificate program.

  • Baccalaureate
  • Master's
  • Post-Master's/Advanced Certificate
  • Doctoral


  • RN First Assistant Course
  • Legal Nurse Consultant Course

Other Non-Matriculated courses include: Care Management Education Program, Fast Track Online Prerequisite courses, and Non-Matriculated Course registration. To register for these courses, please visit our Center for Lifelong Learning.

By registering for a non-matriculated course, you are not seeking admission into a program or certificate program, although you may choose to do so in the future. Courses taken as a non-matriculated student may be applied to a degree or matriculated program at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. (The number of non-matriculated credits able to be transferred into a matriculated program is limited.)

Yes, most of our programs are tailored to working professionals and are designed for students to work full-time if they wish (part time, hybrid programs offer a flexible format with some online coursework).

However, the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses features a full-time courseload that may require a more flexible workload. 

Yes. The School of Nursing provides all preceptors to students for clinical practice, except for students in the RN First Assistant course.

No, we do not offer an LPN program.

Some programs offered through our Center for Lifelong Learning may be appropriate for some LPN’s. Visit the Center for Lifelong Learning webpage for more information on health care career development courses.

The School of Nursing’s Center for Lifelong Learning provides a variety of opportunities for nurses and other health care professionals to learn new skills and explore new career roles and responsibilities, including: online prerequisite courses, the RN First Assistant course, Legal Nurse Consultant course, and Care Management Education program. Explore these and other continuing education opportunities at the Center for Lifelong Learning webpage.

Yes. We offer:

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