Academic Programs

Our top-ranked programs include a wide range of degree, post-degree, and certificate options in online and hybrid formats to meet the needs of a diverse and broad spectrum of nursing and health care professionals.

Why UR Nursing?


A degree from the University of Rochester School of Nursing prepares you as a different kind of nurse — one who has completed a rigorous and cutting-edge program that leaves you well-equipped for what health care is today, and what it will be tomorrow. Whichever program you choose, our flexible, student-centered approach helps you do it on your terms, with all the support you need to succeed.


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1. A clinical experience like no other.

We are a proud and integral part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, the largest and strongest health care system in the region. Our students have access to world-class clinical facilities and abundant exposure to research opportunities exploring the latest in evidence-based practice. We also work with a network of nearly 600 preceptors at clinical sites across New York state.

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2. Access to a transformative education.

The school offers a number of substantial scholarships to bolster the strength of the nursing and health care workforce. For select programs, we offer the 50% Finger Lakes Regional Scholarship, the 55% Affiliate Professional Development Grant, and, for University of Rochester employees, the School of Nursing Tuition Grant, covering the full cost of tuition.

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3. A student-first approach to academics.

We believe that every student benefits from a strong support network of peers and faculty and our small, close-knit class size reflects that. We are committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environment with the resources you need to succeed in the classroom, in clinical settings, and in your career, including the Center for Academic and Professional Success and Clinical and Educational Resource Center.

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4. An emphasis on diversity & inclusion.

As a repeat winner of the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, we recognize that diversity and inclusion are issues that are key to the education of future health care providers. We welcome students of varying ages, backgrounds, and talents, exposing them to different viewpoints and life experiences to create a better educated, more culturally sensitive and attentive workforce that will be well prepared to meet the needs of patients. Overall, 29 percent of the school’s full-time students are from groups underrepresented in nursing, and 22 percent are male.

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5. An education for today and tomorrow.

The UR School of Nursing brings together evidence-based practices, new technologies, a state-of-the-art simulation and skills lab, and interprofessional learning experiences to provide a high quality education. Our graduates are widely recognized as leaders who are well prepared to function in a health care team and excel in today’s changing health care environment. 100% of graduate-level students are employed in the nursing field within a year of graduation.

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6. Real-world knowledge from experts in the field.

More than 40 years ago, we pioneered the unification model, integrating research with clinical practice and nursing education. Thanks to this approach, you will learn from faculty who are nationally-recognized leaders, scientists, and teachers in health care and nursing. More than 80 percent of our faculty actively practice in a clinical setting.

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Each of our programs is built with the latest innovations in clinical
practice, research, and education to prepare you to take health care to the next level.

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What UR Nursing Students Are Saying

Martez Smith
“I want my work to have a global impact and I knew the University of Rochester had the resources and connections to support that. I wanted to give myself a sandbox."
Martez Smith, LMSW, student in the PhD in Nursing & Health Science program
Research focus: HIV prevention within the House Ball Community
Keri Johnson
“The University of Rochester has a fantastic reputation. To me it was a no-brainer to be a part of this. I didn't think I needed a bachelor's - I had been doing this for so long - but it really made me think more broad in my practice. [After graduating] I'm going to take time to figure out if I want to pursue my NP or if I'll be happy at the bedside or staying in management. I can choose what I want to do now."
Keri Johnson, RN, 2018 graduate of the RN to BS program
Critical Care Nurse at Bassett Healthcare Network
Ann Cott
“The resources and flexibility at the School made it easy to pursue my master's as an older student with a full-time job and family. I felt confident in a classroom setting, learning about changes in health care alongside professionals from other disciplines. It was exciting to learn other perspectives, while gaining leadership skills to help me in my current role as a nurse leader."
Ann Cott, graduate of the Health Care Management program
Director of Nursing at Hillside Family of Agencies
Lloyd Stephen
“It was an a-ha moment, a calling. This is what I’m meant to do – be a bedside nurse and care for others. Best decision of my life so far."
Lloyd Stephen, '14N, graduate of the Accelerated Bachelor's for Non-Nurses program