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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.

How to Apply

Review the eligibility and application requirements for the Accelerated Master's program before starting your online application

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)
  • prerequisite courses (with grade of C or above, labs are not required), including:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition (needs to be Human, not plant or animal/vet)
    • 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.

Admission to matriculated programs, and transfer credit approval, requires previously earned coursework to have been earned from an institution accredited by a USDE (U.S. Department of Education) or CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) approved accrediting agency. Transfer credit from institutions meeting accreditation requirements shall be approved upon review of course content and alignment with learning outcomes. Nursing degrees must also be accredited through an approved professional agency, such as Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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, refer to the International Applicants webpage for additional requirements
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
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.

Program Costs

Tuition for the 2020-21 academic calendar year is:

  • $24,730*
    per semester for the ABPNN portion (first three semesters of the program)

    per credit hour for the master's portion of the program

    *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