Center for Lifelong Learning

Online Prerequisite Courses

Complete all of the prerequisite courses for your second degree 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 — all you need is an internet connection. Register at any time and complete the course in 4 to 12 weeks!

Why Take Your Prerequisites Here?

Most second degree 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.

Courses Available

These online courses are some of the most common prerequisites for nursing and other health care degree programs (and may be required for entry into our Accelerated Programs for Non-Nurses):

* NSG 315, NSG 322, NSG 323 are lab courses and require purchase of a lab kit.

Course Fees

  • $1,150  
    per course
  • $384  
    per lab course, plus cost of lab kits (eScience or Bookstore)
  • Please note: 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. Federal funding may be available, depending upon other criteria that the student needs to meet. Contact our financial aid counselor to discuss your options.

Program Duration

4-12 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.


Follow the steps below to register for an Online Prerequisite Course:




Register at any time – before or after the course start dates (as long as you complete the course by the completion date below). You must be able to schedule your time accordingly to be able to complete course requirements independently during the semester enrolled in the course. 

Three-Credit Didactic Courses (NSG 305, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313)

Semester Course Start Last Day to Register Last Day to Complete Course
Fall Sept. 10 Dec. 1 Dec. 30
Spring Jan. 10 April 1 April 30
Summer June 10 Aug. 1 Aug. 30

One-Credit Lab Courses (NSG 315, 322, 323)

Semester Course Start Last Day to Register Last Day to Complete Course
Fall Sept. 10 Nov. 1 Dec. 10
Spring Jan. 10 Mar. 1 April 10
Summer June 10 July 1 Aug. 10
If you are using the course to meet graduation requirements at another institution or as a prerequisite to begin another course, it is your responsibility to be aware of any additional deadlines and to complete the course accordingly.

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.

How Online Prerequisite (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. 

How Lab Courses Work

To conduct hands-on labs in your home setting, you will purchase a kit from eScience Labs or the UR Barnes & Noble Bookstore, depending on the course and whether you are receiving financial aid. The lab kit includes all necessary resources, including lab materials, instructional videos, practice questions, a virtual lab manual and worksheets, presentations, and recommended websites.

In addition, your course faculty will provide instructional support and eScience Labs will provide technical support for the virtual program. You will complete the lab at your own pace via the interactive online modules, submitting lab reports, pictures of your progress, and a knowledge quiz for each lab topic. You will be graded by your School of Nursing course faculty.

I liked the layout of the material and the way it was organized. I especially liked how I could complete the assignments at my own pace. I am so happy I decided to enroll!
Gail Ryan, student in the
Microbiology & Application to Health course