Accelerated Master's in Nursing students in simulation lab

Accelerated Master's in Nursing Programs for Non-Nurses

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 specialties.



The University of Rochester's Accelerated Master's in Nursing Programs for Non-Nurses empower bright and motivated students to become master-prepared nurse practitioners 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 specialize as nurse practitioners 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. 

Clinical Specialties:

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care 

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care


Family Psychiatric Mental Health 


For most students, we recommend first applying to the 12-Month Accelerated 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 programsstudents 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.

Program Highlights

Two start dates a year – in January and May– to accelerate your career change on your timeline
Rich clinical experiences across the street at the University of Rochester Medical Center
A dynamic digital learning environment, as one of only four Apple Distinguished Nursing Schools
Tight-knit, diverse cohorts designed to build upon the different backgrounds and experiences of your non-nursing peers.
Choose from nine concentration/specialization options when pursuing one of the nationally-ranked master's (#21) or DNP programs (#27)
Robust academic and career support to help chart your career as a successful, highly-skilled nurse practitioner

Nursing at the University of Rochester

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is one of the most respected nursing schools in the country. Our nursing programs are distinguished for their strong academics and immersive clinical experiences. Yes, you’ll be challenged, but we offer exceptional support every step of the way to ensure you reach your goals.

Accelerated Nursing Programs
Accelerated MSN student in clinical

Academics & the Accelerated Student Experience

Gain realistic insight to every aspect of nursing — from patient interaction and care, to solving clinical problems, to communicating and collaborating within a health care team. Inside the classroom, experience an immersive education and make lasting relationships. Outside the classroom, experience the history, culture, and nature that makes Rochester unique.

Academics & Curriculum

Student Experience

Accelerated Nursing Program Students with iPads

Prerequisite Requirements & How to Apply

We are excited to support your nursing journey as you apply to the accelerated nursing programs. Complete your prerequisite requirements with our Fast Track Online Courses and start your program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters to begin your nursing career sooner.

Prerequisite Requirements for Accelerated Nursing Programs

How to Apply to the Accelerated Master's in Nursing Programs

Accelerated BSN students in clinical

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Pursuing your second degree in nursing can feel overwhelming and exciting. With the right planning and support, you can be confident in your decision to make a worthwhile investment in your education. We’ve put together a quick guide on how to finance your bachelor’s and master's degrees so you can graduate from one of the most respected nursing schools in the country and successfully launch your nursing career.

Program Costs

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Accelerated Nursing Students group

Careers & Success Stories

Becoming a nurse means joining a strong and respected workforce in the most trusted profession. On average, 97% of accelerated nursing program gradautes were employed within 12 months of graduation in health care settings across the U.S. Most of our students go on to advance their nursing education with a master's or doctoral degree and become leaders in the field.

Careers & Success Stories

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School of Nursing Admissions Office
(585) 275-2375

Syed Mahmud, Accelerated MSN student
"They talk about diversity, but also when it comes to the practice of equity. I wrote to more than 50 colleges, but nobody accepted my credentials in medicine and psychiatry from Bangladesh. The School of Nursing not only welcomed me, but eased my path by providing a diversity scholarship."
Syed Mahmud, RN
Student, Accelerated Master's in Nursing Program