Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses

Why Choose the ABPNN 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, knowledge and compassion, and where you can continually learn and grow. 

You’re ready to be a nurse.

The Accelerated Programs for Non-Nurses (APNN) from the University of Rochester School of Nursing were designed for students just like you. You already have a bachelor’s degree, but you’re ready to make a rewarding career change. In just 12 months, you can earn a fully accredited nursing degree through our Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN) and be on your way to a new and exciting health care profession.

If you’re looking to specialize in a specific field of nursing or take on nursing leadership roles, and have significant health care experience we also offer the Accelerated Master’s Program for Non-Nurses (AMPNN), a three-year program.

The UR School of Nursing is one of the largest and most respected nursing schools in the country. Our nursing programs are distinguished for their strong academics and immersive clinical experiences. Yes, you’ll be challenged, but we offer exceptional support every step of the way to ensure that you reach your goals.

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.

Program Requirements & Application Process

Start your online application today. The ABPNN is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. The full list of admission requirements include:

  • a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field from an accredited school
  • cumulative GPA of 3.0 preferred for the non-nursing bachelor's degree
  • two favorable references, which address academic ability and nursing potential
  • typewritten professional statement with career goals
  • resume
  • personal interview with faculty member (we will schedule this interview after you have completed your application. Interview can be in person or over the phone).
  • prerequisite courses with grade of C or above, (labs are not required).
    • Courses: Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Human Growth & Development (also called Developmental Psychology), Statistics
  • for international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)
  • CPR certification 

We do not require any standardized test scores as admission criteria for the ABPNN program. You may send supplemental application materials to:

Admissions Office
University of Rochester School of Nursing
Box SON
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Application Deadlines

Students can enroll in the ABPNN in September, January, or May. We encourage applicants to submit their applications well before the deadline. All materials must be received by the SON by the deadline.
  • For a September start date
    The application deadline is March 1.
  • For a January start date
    The application deadline is July 1.
  • For a May start date
    The application deadline is November 1.
  • The fee for applying is $50

Salary Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median salary for registered nurses in 2015 was:

  • $67,490
    per year

Program Costs

Tuition for the ABPNN in 2016-17* is:

  • $23,000
    per semester
  • *other fees may apply. The ABPNN is a three-semester program.

Program Duration

12 Months
of full-time study

For students who have already completed the prerequisite courses, the ABPNN can be completed in 12 months of full-time study over three semesters, including clinical hours. After graduation, students will qualify for the NCLEX exam for professional registered nurse licensure.

What You Can Do with a Nursing Degree

With a bachelor’s degree from the UR School of Nursing, you’ll enjoy an exciting variety of career options across a broad selection of health care organizations, including:

Private Practices
Public Health Agencies
Primary Care Clinics
Home Health Care
Outpatient Surgi-Centers
Health Maintenance Organizations
Nursing School-Operated Nursing Centers
Insurance and Managed-Care Companies
Nursing Homes
Schools
Mental Health Agencies
Hospices
The Military
Industry
Ma Melita Hebert, RN
The faculty and administration gave us all the tools we needed to succeed in nursing school. I feel prepared to face the next chapter in my life.
Ma Melita Hebert, RN, graduate of the
Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN)