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Accelerated Master's Program for Non-Nurses

Discover your Road to a Career in Nursing

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.

Our Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses preps students who already have a bachelor’s degree for a career in nursing in 12 months. But earning your bachelor’s and RN licensure in the Accelerated Bachelor's program is just the beginning. We expect our graduates to enter the nursing workforce ready to learn and gain experience: caring for patients, working in a health care team, and deepening their understanding of what it means to be a nurse.

We also expect our graduates to go on and complete a master’s or doctoral degree and become leaders in the field. For the vast majority, this means gaining experience as an RN before pursuing a graduate degree. But for those who know what specialty they’d like to pursue as a nurse practitioner, and have had significant health care experience in that area, they may be eligible to apply for the Accelerated Master’s Program for Non-Nurses.

Through the Accelerated Master’s, in just three years of full-time effort you can earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and specialize in the field of nursing, including:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) — offered as a distance program
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

Learn more about how you can become a nurse or nurse practitioner by requesting more information or scheduling a visit with an admissions counselor.

Applying to the Accelerated Master's Program

The UR 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. Because admission to this program is highly competitive, prior health care experience (professional or volunteer) relevant to the chosen specialty is required.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you will need to create an account and complete all sections of the application. Once you complete your application, you may receive a follow-up email to schedule an interview with members of our Admissions Review Committee.

Your application will be reviewed first at the bachelor’s (ABPNN) level, then at the master’s level. You may receive follow-up emails to schedule separate interviews at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. If you are not accepted to the master's level program, you may be considered for admission to the bachelor's level.

For details on how to submit these materials, reference How to Complete an Application and the directions in the online application system. We look forward to reviewing your application.

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended. International transcripts require a transcript translation.
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Current resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores: if English is not your first language

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Application Deadlines

Students can enroll in the Accelerated Master's program in the spring or summer semesters. All supplemental materials must be received by the deadline.

Program Costs

Tuition for the 2021-22 academic calendar year is:

Program Duration

3 Years

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 commit full-time to complete their master's degree over 2-3 years, depending on specialty and clinical requirements.

Salary Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for nurse practitioners in 2019 was:
  • $109,820 
    per year