Accelerated Master's in Nursing students in simulation lab

Accelerated Master's in Nursing Programs for Non-Nurses

How to Apply to the Accelerated Master's in Nursing Programs (Nurse Practitioner Specialties)

We are excited to help you start your journey as you consider the accelerated nursing programs from the University of Rochester to become a nurse practitioner and earn your bachelor's and master's degree in nursing.

The University of Rochester School of Nursing uses a comprehensive, holistic review process during which each application receives individual consideration. We seek applicants who:

  • clearly understand the differentiated nurse and nurse practitioner roles,
  • are motivated and prepared to pursue both programs of study,
  • and are committed to upholding the values of the school and the profession.

Those admitted to the Accelerated Master's in Nursing Program complete the exact same first year as the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's students, and then a slot is simply saved in one of our Nurse Practitioner programs. Because admission to this program is highly competitive and there are limited slots available, prior health care experience (professional or volunteer) relevant to the chosen specialty is required. As a result, many students choose to apply to the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's program to gain nursing experience before choosing their master's specialty.

Below, learn how to successfully submit an application to the Accelerated Master's in Nursing programs to become a nurse practitioner at the School of Nursing. Please contact the  Admissions Office if you have questions about the application process.

Application Deadlines

Apply to start the Accelerated Master's in Nursing Program in the spring or summer semesters. All supplemental materials must be postmarked by midnight of the deadline.
  • Apply by July 1, 2022 to enroll in the Spring Semester (January, 2023)

  • Apply by November 1, 2022 to enroll in the Summer Semester (May, 2023)

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the Accelerated Master's in Nursing programs, applicants must: 

Application Materials

To complete the application, create an account and complete all sections of the online application, as well as upload or submit the following application materials:

Official transcripts are required from all previously attended institutions in order to evaluate coursework. In some instances, a course syllabus may also be requested to evaluate transfer credit. (If coursework was taken at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, applicants do not need to request an official transcript.)

Transcripts should be sent to the  University of Rochester School of Nursing, NOT the University of Rochester, for both paper and electronic transcripts as described above. It is also helpful to note on the application if transcripts will be under a different last name. Official electronic transcripts must be sent by the registrar’s office at the credit-awarding institution through a student clearinghouse approved agency, such as Parchment. International applicants for all programs must have transcripts evaluated either through WES or ECS.

Please send all official electronic transcripts to:

Official transcripts may also be mailed directly to:

  • University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • 601 Elmwood Ave
  • BOX SON, Admissions Office
  • Rochester, NY 14642

Official letters of recommendation are managed through the online application. Applicants submit references' names and contact information in the online application to generate a request for the letter of recommendation.

We advise applicants to connect with references prior to completing this information to confirm references can supply the letter of recommendation by the deadline.

Please note: References may edit letters of recommendation  before or after submission of the application.

Good candidates for recommendation writers often include:

  • former/current professors
  • professional supervisors
  • and volunteer coordinators.

If you have recent (within last 5 years) academic experience with faculty who are able to speak to your academic ability, we strongly encourage you to request a reference from a former faculty member or advisor. Other highly recommended reference authors include current or previous direct-report professional supervisors. Please do not submit references from professional colleagues.

A current resume or curriculum vitae should be uploaded into the application, including:

  • health care training, licenses, or certificates, if applicable
  • professional experience and employment history
  • community involvement, service, volunteerism
  • non-English language proficiencies
  • awards, grants, and acknowledgements

Submit responses in the application portal to the following questions (limited to 150 words each):

  1. All students can contribute to the creation of a diverse and inclusive environment when diversity is defined most broadly. Whether by personal attribute, characteristic, culture, experience or behavior, please tell us how you believe you will contribute to the diversity of the University of Rochester School of Nursing and nursing profession.
  2. What qualities do you have that you believe will make you a good nurse, health care provider or leader? Provide examples to support your statement.
  3. What do you think is important for us to know about you and why? How has this informed or affected your life trajectory and desire to become a nurse?
  4. What are some goals you have for yourself in the next 1, 5, and 10 years? How do you plan to achieve them?

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants who are non-native English speakers. The TOEFL code for the School of Nursing is 2928. We encourage you to take the TOEFL early so we have time to receive your scores directly from the testing agency. Sorry, photocopies or faxes will not be accepted.

Preferred minimum scores on the TOEFL are 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT). International applicants should also refer to our  international applicants’ webpage for more information.

Once the application is completed, applicants may receive an invite to interview with a faculty member from both the bachelor's- and master's-level review committees.

Start your application

Prerequisite Requirements

We require completion of prerequisite courses before you can begin the Accelerated Master's in Nursing program. A career in nursing requires a strong proficiency in science, biology, and math. Therefore, we require our accelerated nursing program students to complete several general and natural science-based prerequisite courses.

These can be completed 100% online through the Online Nursing Prerequisite Courses ,  which are offered at a discounted tuition rate by the University of Rochester. For details and how to register for our discounted online nursing prerequisite courses, visit Accelerated Nursing Program Prerequisite Courses.

Prerequisite Courses

Requirements for the Accelerated Nursing Programs

Anatomy and Physiology I and II (human specific) with lab

Grade of B- or above with lab.  Lab and course completed within 5 years prior to matriculation.

Microbiology with lab

Grade of C or above with lab. Lab and course completed within 5 years prior to matriculation.

Nutrition (human specific)

Grade of C or above 

Human Growth & Development

Grade of C or above


Grade of C