NP Students in Classroom

Nurse Practitioner Programs

Why Choose the NP Program?

You’re ready to have greater independence in your career and make an even bigger impact in the lives of your patients. As a nurse practitioner, you will bring a level of expertise and professionalism that’s rewarded with a higher salary and a stronger connection with the individuals and families in your care.

The Nurse Practitioner programs (MS and Post-MS) at the UR School of Nursing are some of the best in the nation. It was the groundbreaking work of our founding dean, Loretta Ford, more than 50 years ago which led to the creation of the nurse practitioner role and changed the way health care is provided.

Today, our faculty include pioneering researchers and clinicians that set the standard for nurse practitioners specializing in fields like pediatrics and psychiatric/mental health. The University of Rochester Medical Center — an innovative and leading health care network — provides the ideal setting for in-depth clinical experience.


Clinical Specialties

One of the greatest strengths of the Nurse Practitioner programs is the targeted focus of our six concentrations. Learn alongside experienced practitioners in your specific field of practice. Nurse practitioner students, regardless of their clinical specialty, are also able to take a portion of their required coursework online. 

Applying to the Nurse Practitioner Programs

The UR School of Nursing uses a comprehensive, holistic review process during which each application receives individual consideration. For this program, we seek applicants who clearly understand the nurse practitioner specialty role to which they are seeking admission, are highly motivated and prepared to pursue the rigorous program of study, demonstrate intellectual curiosity, and are committed to upholding the values of the school and advanced practice role.  

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 a master’s level interview with members of our Admissions Review Committee. We look forward to reviewing your application.

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited school or equivalent master’s RN license-qualifying degree in nursing (e.g., direct master’s entry [DME])
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from your most recent relevant degree
  • RN licensure from New York State
  • Clinical experience for the following specialties:
    • AGACNP: one year RN experience in acute care
    • PNP/NNP: two years NICU experience in the last five years
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Current resume or CV
  • Current RN license
  • Short answer responses and 500-word essay (submitted through the online application)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores: if English is not your first language

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

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Application Deadlines

Students can enroll in a Nurse Practitioner Program for the Fall or Spring semesters.

Program Duration

2-3 years

Depending on which specialty you choose, the program can be completed in six semesters (full-time) or nine semesters (part-time).

Salary Potential

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

Related Programs

You can also earn your master's or doctoral degree with these related programs:

Craig Sellers
Locally in Rochester, nurse practitioners are consistently in demand and almost all of our graduates immediately move into a new nurse practitioner role upon graduation.
Craig Sellers, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, director of master's programs
Karrah Hurd, RN
My teachers helped me understand what a privilege it is to care for patients. It’s an opportunity to be an intimate part of someone’s life, and I take that role very seriously... If we can learn to work together at the student level, we will be more effective when we care for patients.
Karrah Hurd, RN, student in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Julie Apperson, RN
The faculty here at U of R has not only facilitated learning opportunities for me to meet my objectives but challenged me along the way. I feel as though I am not only a better nurse from this process, but a better person.
Julie Apperson, RN, Class of 2011