An Accelerated Path to a Career as a Nurse Practitioner
The Accelerated Master's in Nursing programs are designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing and significant health care experience. Students earn a bachelor’s in nursing in 12 months and then pursue a master's degree in one of the nationally-ranked nurse practitioner specialities.
The University of Rochester's Accelerated Master's in Nursing Programs for Non-Nurses empower bright and motivated students to become a nurse practitioner at a nationally-ranked university in upstate New York. The Accelerated Master's in Nursing programs support students who have worked or volunteered in health care to become a nurse practitioner on a much shorter timeline.
Upon acceptance to the program, Accelerated Master's in Nursing students gain admission to both the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's Nursing program and the Master's Nurse Practitioner program in their chosen clinical specialty. Students will first earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 12 months through the Accelerated Bachelor's program. Upon completion, they will sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to obtain RN licensure and continue their studies in their chosen nurse practitioner specialty.
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
Family Psychiatric Mental Health
For most students, we recommend first applying to the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's Nursing Program to earn a bachelor's degree with a major in nursing in 12 months. This allows students to gain insight into each clinical specialty before deciding which specialty to pursue at the master's level. It also offers students a deep dive into the nursing profession and the health care industry through rigorous clinical experiences at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
For admission to the Accelerated Master's in Nursing programs, students must have earned a previous bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing with a minimum 3.0 GPA. 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 nurse practitioner specialty is required. Students may apply to begin the program in the spring or summer semesters with successful completion of prerequisite course requirements (21-24 credits).
If you're unsure of which program or specialty you should pursue, we encourage you to contact an Admissions Counselor to schedule a 1:1 virtual visit to discuss your options.