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How to Apply to the Nurse Practitioner Master's Programs

How to apply to the Nurse Practitioner programs at the University of Rochester.

The University of Rochester School of Nursing uses a comprehensive, holistic review process during which each application receives individual consideration. 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.

Application Deadlines

Apply to a Nurse Practitioner master's degree program two times a year. All application materials must be received by midnight of the deadline.

Fall Semester Spring Semester  Summer Semester

April 15

Sept. 15 N/A

Please note: Applications are accepted for the RN to BS to MS or Advanced Certificate programs with a nurse practitioner specialty three times a year. Application requirements may differ.

Program Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the Nurse Practitioner programs:

  • 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 if applying to one of the following specialties:
    • Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: one year RN experience in acute care
    • Pediatric/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: two years NICU experience in the last five years
  • Statistics course with a grade of C or above
  • English language proficiency

Application Requirements

To complete an application for the Nurse Practitioner program, create an account and complete all sections of the application. Submit the following materials by uploading to your application before the deadline:

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Current resume or CV
  • Current RN license
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores for applicants who are non-native English speakers

Learn more about how to complete the application and upload these materials.

Short Answer & Essay Prompts

As part of the application, you must also answer five short answer questions each with a 200-word limit, as well as a 500-word essay. The prompts for short-answer questions and the essay have been listed here for reference.

 Short Answer Questions
  1. Why is this the right degree (track, population), the right time, and the right school based on your strengths and needs? We are particularly interested in:
    • The aspects of your background that have led you to consider seeking this degree;
    • Your practice interests and why you have chosen your MS-Level specialty
  2. Describe a past experience where you demonstrated formal or informal leadership skills using collaboration. The experience may include—but is not limited to—unit/service/practice committees, charge nurse role, unit/service/practice based projects, policies, procedures, or value-added initiatives.
  3. Provide an example of an important endeavor that required you to balance multiple competing responsibilities. If there were barriers to achieving your accomplishment, how did you overcome them?
  4. Share a story about a time in your life where you faced personal or professional adversity, which tested your resolve.
  5. Describe your understanding of diversity, equity, or inclusion. Describe ways you have ensured equity and inclusion happens.
 Essay Prompt

The purpose of this essay is for you to demonstrate your ability to express ideas clearly and logically in a grammatically-correct format. The essay should be written in English, not exceed 500 words in length, and may be uploaded through your portal. Citations and/or references are not required for this essay. Please write a well-organized statement describing:

What is the role of nursing in advancing the health of our communities and how will you contribute to this important work?

Application Review Process

Once you complete your application, you may receive a follow-up email to schedule an interview with members of our Admissions Review Committee. We look forward to reviewing your application!


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Interested in the Nurse Practitioner programs? Learn more about how to pursue a nurse practitioner degree by requesting more information or speaking with an Admissions Counselor.

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