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Become a Nurse in 12-Months — Tuition Free

Kickstart a rewarding career at one of the best nursing schools in the country

  • 100% tuition coverage*
  • Guaranteed employment
  • 1:1 career support

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The University of Rochester School of Nursing offers an inclusive, innovative, and inspiring place to achieve your dreams and make a difference in the lives of others. Now, college graduates can earn full tuition coverage for the 12-Month Accelerated Nursing Program at University of Rochester with a three-year work commitment at select UR Medicine hospitals.*

Applications are now open for the Fall 2023 cohort. Apply by March 1.

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Change your Career. Make an Impact.

Sarah Cox Contact Information

Sarah Cox

Accelerated Student, Class of May 2023
Previous Degree: Spanish

As a professional birth doula and a cancer survivor, Sarah's admiration for the nurses in her life soon turned into a career goal of her own.

Sarah's Nursing Story
Christina Mather '18N Contact Information

Christina Mather '18N

Project Nurse, UR Medicine Employee Wellness
Previous Degree: Microbiology

From neuro-virology researcher to neuromedicine nurse, Christina discovered her passion for healing others right here at the University of Rochester.

Christina's Nursing Story
Joshua Billings Contact Information

Joshua Billings

Accelerated Student, Class of May 2023
Previous Degree: Psychology

A former case manager who helped survivors of human trafficking, Joshua is pursuing his bachelor's as the first step toward a career in psychiatric and mental health nursing.

Joshua's Nursing Story

UR Nursing Scholars Program

There is a critical need for skilled nurses — especially in acute care settings. The UR Nursing Scholars program seeks to combat the nursing shortage by providing an affordable nursing education for the next generation of nurses. 

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • 12-month, full-time program for students with a previous bachelor's degree

  • Career support from nursing leaders at the University of Rochester Medical Center

  • 100% tuition covered with three-year work committment at Strong Memorial or Highland Hospital

About the 12-Month Accelerated Nursing Program

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CREDITS OVER 3 FULL SEMESTERS

Become practice-ready in a high-impact learning environment, recognized by Apple for excellence in innovation, teaching, and learning.

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Career Support

Connect with a network of peers and faculty at every stage of your journey. Each program cohort features students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

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HOURS OF CLINICAL TRAINING

Learn to solve complex problems and make safe decisions for your future patients with clinical rotations at the University of Rochester Medical Center and immersive simulation experiences.

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The School of Nursing has been such a supportive community. After graduating, I had five job offers. And I ended up getting the job that seemed the most impressive of all my med-surg opportunities. I had a leg up in knowing the climate and culture of each of the University's units — to recognize what would be the best fit for me.

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Stephanie Murphy, '17N

Asst. Nurse Manager, URMC Undergraduate Degree: Health Science

How to Apply

The UR Nursing Scholars Program provides three-semesters of tuition coverage (in the form of a scholarship and forgivable loan) in Rochester, New York, in exchange for a three-year work commitment at Strong Memorial or Highland Hospital upon graduation and passing the NCLEX.

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New students can apply for the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing program at the University of Rochester three times per year. Applications are now open for the Fall 2023 semester, with an application deadline of March 1.

To be eligible for admission to the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Program, students must have earned a previous bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing with a minimum 2.8 GPA. Students may apply to begin the program in the spring, summer, or fall semesters with successful completion of prerequisite courses.

Learn more about how to apply to the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing Program.

To be eligible for the UR Nursing Scholars Program and full tuition coverage, you meet all of the following requirements:

  • Application, acceptance, and commitment to the University of Rochester School of Nursing's 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing program in Rochester, NY. 
  • Must complete UR Nursing's 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's program within 12 months* of start session. Drops, withdrawals, or failing grades may negatively impact ability to continue to participate in the UR Nursing Scholars program.
  • Must complete UR Nursing Scholars Program Description & Recipient Agreement and commit to working in a full-time registered nurse position at Strong Memorial or Highland Hospital for at least three years after graduation. 
  • Must be a new UR Nursing student starting with the Fall 2023 cohort. 

Once you submit your application for the 12-Month Accelerated Bachelor's program, you will be provided an option to complete an additional form for the UR Nursing Scholars application. The application features two short answer questions as well as a prompt to indicate your interest in working at Strong or Highland Hospital.

You will be notified if you are accepted to the UR Nursing Scholars program with your decision letter for the program.

Upon being admitted to the UR Nursing Scholars program, students will receive a scholarship from the University of Rochester School of Nursing covering 15 percent of tuition. The remaining 85 percent of tuition will be covered by a loan provided by the School of Nursing.

After completion of the three-year service agreement, the loan will be fully forgiven (30 percent will be forgiven after completing one-year of service, 30 percent for the second year, and 40 percent for the third year). If students do not meet the condition of the scholars program as outlined in the service agreement, they will be required to repay loan funds. 

Additional fees such as mobile device, technology, and lab fees, still apply. See Tuition & Fees for more information.

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Request Info

Interested in learning more about the UR Nursing Scholars program? Complete the form and we will send you details. Or attend a virtual info session at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30. Register here.

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*The condition of UR Nursing Scholars Program is that recipients will work full time in an eligible position at an eligible health care facility for up to three years. If students do not meet the condition of the scholars program, they will be required to repay loan funds as set forth in the Program Description & Recipient Agreement. The students exclusively attend classes at the University of Rochester School of Nursing on-site in Rochester, New York. 

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