Center for Lifelong Learning

Online Prerequisite Courses

Complete all of the prerequisite courses for your nursing or other health care degree at a top-ranked nursing school. Our prerequisite courses – offered as online Fast Track courses – are taught 100 percent online by School of Nursing faculty, not graduate students or teaching assistants. Work at your own pace, at home or at work — all you need is an internet connection. 

Why Take Your Prerequisites Here?

Most nursing and other health care degree programs require specific college-level coursework for admission. There are significant benefits to completing your prerequisites through the School of Nursing:

  • Start when you want — even after the semester begins — and work through the material at your own pace.
  • Course materials are engaging and fit a variety of learning styles — video, audio, PowerPoint, readings, and more.
  • Healthy balance of independence and support. If you need help, your professor is there. If you’re comfortable working faster, do it!
  • Timely submission of grades to meet your needs.

How Fast Track Courses Work

Fast Track courses are entirely online. Each course is comprised of 10 to 15 modules. Modules might include video lectures, PowerPoint presentations, readings, or other activities. Once you feel you have mastered the material, you will take a graded quiz at the end of the module and move on to the next one. There are no written papers, midterms or finals. Each course is assigned a School of Nursing professor who is available for questions or if you need additional help. Fast Track courses are asynchronous, which means you can work on your own time and at your own pace. You just need to complete the course before the end of the semester (see dates below).

Courses Available

These online courses are some of the most common prerequisites for nursing and other health care degree programs:


Register at any time – before or after the course start dates (as long as you complete the course by the completion date below):

SemesterCourse StartLast Day to Complete Course
Fall Sept. 10 Dec. 30
Spring Jan. 10 April 30
Summer June 10 Aug. 30

Register as a non-matriculated (non-degree) student

Please note: It takes up to five days after registration to receive your course confirmation and log-in information for Blackboard, our online course management system. Your payment (credit card or check) will be processed before you receive this email. 

Grades and Transcripts

Grades will be submitted automatically at the end of the course, but if you need an earlier submission to meet an application deadline or for any other reason, contact the instructor. After the grade is submitted you can order a transcript sent to your school from the University of Rochester.

Program Requirements

Online courses are delivered via Blackboard. See technical requirements for specific computer requirements to run this program. You will get your login and password through email after you register for a course. If you have trouble logging in to Blackboard, please contact the University Blackboard Helpdesk at or (585) 275-6865.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about Fast Track courses or need further information, please contact the Center for Lifelong Learning at or (585) 275-0446.

If you have not received an email with registration confirmation, you can contact the School of Nursing registrar at (585) 275-8832 or

Program Costs

The tuition for each Fast Track course for 2016-17 is:

  • $1,150
    per course through Spring 2017
  • Please note: You may be able to use financial aid for these courses. Please contact us to discuss. Payment must be received in full before beginning the course. There are no refunds after you register and receive a confirmation email. You may drop the course at any time, but you will not receive a refund or any credit.

Program Duration

4-15 weeks
The length of time to complete each course is different for each student and depends on your learning style, work schedule, and other individual considerations. If you begin a course on the first available start date, you have at least three months to complete the modules, but you can also finish sooner depending on your speed and availability.