Academics and Curriculum
The Accelerated Master's in Nursing Programs for Non-Nurses begin with an immersive year-long experience to earn a second bachelor's degree in nursing. After becoming an RN, students pursue a clinical specialty in one of the nationally-ranked master’s nurse practitioner programs.
The University of Rochester School of Nursing has long been a leader in the nurse practitioner role. Ranked as No. 21 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, our master's programs are among the best in the nation. They include six nurse practitioner specialties and concentrations in leadership in health care systems, clinical nurse leadership, and nursing education.
It was our founding dean, Loretta Ford, who co-developed the the nurse practitioner model in the 1960s. When she became dean in 1972, the nurse practitioner model flourished at the University of Rochester due to the collaborative and progressive environment at the Medical Center and in the community.
Year 1: Earn a Second Bachelor's and Become an RN
In the first year, earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing through the full-time Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing program and become eligible for the professional registered nurse licensing examination. To see the degree plan for Year 1, visit Accelerated Nursing (ABSN) Academics & Curriculum . Over three semesters, students complete:
- more than 700 clinical hours
- 90 skills and simulation lab hours
- 49 general nursing credits
Years 2 to 4: Earn a Master's in Nursing in a Nurse Practitioner specialty
After graduating from the Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing program and passing the NCLEX, you will begin the master's portion of the program. Depending on specialty, the master’s program requires two to three years of coursework on a part-time to full-time basis.
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
Nurse practitioner students who pursue the adult-gerontology acute care specialty will be prepared to diagnose and treat adult and older adult patients who are acutely or critically ill, including those who have conditions requiring complex chronic specialty care. This master's program requires 47 credits and 672 clinical hours.
See Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty for courses and degree plan.
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
Nurse practitioner students who pursue the adult gerontology primary care specialty learn to diagnose and manage common acute and chronic primary health care problems for adults and older adults. This master's program requires 45 credits and 672 clinical hours.
See Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty for courses and degree plan.
Nurse practitioner students who pursue the family specialty will provide primary health care for patients from infancy through older adulthood, and also provide women’s health care. This master's program requires 55 credits and 672 clinical hours.
See Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty for courses and degree plan.
Family Psychiatric Mental Health
Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners provide mental health care to individuals of all ages in a variety of settings. Students develop expertise in assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology management of mental health challenges and psychiatric disorders. This master's program requires 54 credits and 616 clinical hours.
See Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty for courses and degree plan.
Nurse practitioner students who pursue the pediatric specialty will provide high-quality health care to children across the health continuum (birth to age 21), from healthy children to those with acute and chronic health problems. This master's program requires 45 credits and 616 clinical hours.
See Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty for courses and degree plan.