Accelerated Master's Program for Non-Nurses

Why Choose the Accelerated Master's Program?

You’ve envisioned a different future for yourself — and so have we. You’re ready for a career where you can make a positive difference in people’s lives, where you are respected for your professional skill and compassion, and where you can continually learn and grow to advance your career.

You’re ready to be a nurse.

The Accelerated Master’s Program for Non-Nurses (AMPNN) was designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree, and are ready to make a rewarding career change.

You know what specialty you’d like to pursue as a nurse practitioner, and have had significant health care experience in that area. In just three to four years you can earn a fully accredited bachelor’s degree in nursing and specialize in a field of nursing by earning your master’s through the Accelerated Master's Program.

In your first year, you’ll prepare for the NCLEX exam to become a registered nurse through the same coursework and alongside students in the Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN).

After earning your bachelor’s degree and passing the NCLEX, we recommend students get some experience as a nurse (see the Academics & Curriculum page for specific clinical requirements) before pursuing the master’s portion of the program. To earn your master’s degree, you will then complete clinically-focused specialty courses with faculty who have expertise in that area of specialization.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of getting your degree from the UR School of Nursing is our close association with University of Rochester Medical Center. Many graduates are employed with the Medical Center and most clinical experiences are right in the neighborhood. Your cohort will become your professional network, and your classmates and professors may likely become your future colleagues.

Program eligibility requirements include:

  • a bachelor’s degree (in a field other than nursing) from an accredited school
  • CPR certification (professional course must be taken with the American Heart Association or American Red Cross)
  • prerequisite courses (with grade of C or above, labs are not required), including:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Human Growth & Development
    • Statistics
(Complete your nursing prerequisite requirements with our online, self-paced courses in as little as four weeks before the program begins)
Please note: We recommend students earn some clinical experience as a practicing nurse after completing the bachelor’s portion of the program. See our Academics & Curriculum page for specific nurse practitioner specialty requirements before you can enter the master’s portion of the program.

To complete your online application you will need the following:

  • official transcripts from all schools attended, including prerequisites (cumulative GPA of 3.0 preferred for the bachelor's degree)
  • two letters of reference
  • professional goal statement
  • resume
  • for international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)
We do not require any standardized test scores as admission criteria for the AMPNN program. Please send all supplemental application materials to:
Admissions Office
University of Rochester School of Nursing
Box SON
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Application Deadlines

Students can enroll in the Accelerated Master's program in January or May. We encourage applicants to submit their applications well before the deadline. All materials must be received by the deadline.
  • For a January start date
    The application deadline is July 1.
  • For a May start date
    The application deadline is November 1.
  • The fee for applying is $50

Program Costs

Tuition for the ABPNN portion (first three semesters of the AMPNN) for the 2018-19 academic calendar year is:

  • $23,200*
    per semester

    Tuition for master's portion of the program is charged per credit hour.
    Tuition for the 2018-19 academic calendar year is:

    $1,510
    per credit hour
  • Other fees may apply.

Program Duration

3-4 Years

For students who have already completed the prerequisite courses, the bachelor's portion of this program can be completed in 12 months of full-time study over three semesters, including clinical hours. Students will then earn a master's degree in two or three years, depending on specialty and clinical requirements.

Salary Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median salary for nurse practitioners in 2017 was:

  • $110,930
    per year

What You Can Do with a Nursing Degree

With a bachelor’s degree from the UR School of Nursing, you’ll enjoy an exciting variety of career options across a broad selection of health care organizations, including:

Private Practices
Public Health Agencies
Primary Care Clinics
Home Health Care
Outpatient Surgi-Centers
Health Maintenance Organizations
Nursing School-Operated Nursing Centers
Insurance and Managed-Care Companies
Nursing Homes
Schools
Mental Health Agencies
Hospices
The Military
Industry