Accelerated Master's Program for Non-Nurses

Why Choose the AMPNN 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 and compassion, and where you can continually learn and grow to advance your career.

You’re ready to be a nurse.

The Accelerated Master’s Program for Non-Nurses (AMPNN) was designed for students just like you.

You already have a bachelor’s degree, but you’re ready to make a rewarding career change. You know what specialty you’d like to pursue as a nurse practitioner, and have had significant health care experience in that area. In just three to four years you can earn a fully accredited bachelor’s degree in nursing and specialize in a field of nursing by earning your master’s through the AMPNN.

In your first year, you’ll prepare for the NCLEX exam to become a registered nurse through the same coursework and alongside students in the Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN). After earning your bachelor’s degree and passing the NCLEX, you will complete clinically-focused specialty courses with faculty who have expertise in that area of specialization to earn your master’s degree.

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 eligibility requirements include:

  • a bachelor’s degree (in a field other than nursing) from an accredited school
  • clinical experience (required after you have completed the accelerated bachelor’s portion of the program) for the following nurse practitioner specialties:
    • AGPCNP, FNP, PNP, and FPMHNP programs: one year clinical experience is preferred
    • AGACNP program: one year full–time (or equivalent) RN experience in acute care prior to clinical enrollment is required
  • CPR certification (professional course must be taken with the American Heart Association or American Red Cross)
  • prerequisite courses (with grade of C or above, labs are not required), including:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Human Growth & Development
    • Statistics

(Complete your nursing prerequisite requirements with our online, self-paced courses in as little as four weeks before the program begins)

To complete your online application you will need the following:

  • official transcripts from all schools attended, including prerequisites (cumulative GPA of 3.0 preferred for the bachelor's degree)
  • two letters of reference
  • professional goal statement
  • resume
  • for international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)
We do not require any standardized test scores as admission criteria for the AMPNN program. Please send all supplemental application materials to:
Admissions Office
University of Rochester School of Nursing
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Application Deadlines

Students can enroll in the AMPNN in January or May. We encourage applicants to submit their applications well before the deadline. All materials must be received by SON by the deadline.
  • 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

Program Costs

Tuition for the ABPNN portion (first three semesters of the AMPNN) for the 2018-19 academic calendar year is:

  • $23,200*
    per semester

    Tuition for master's portion of the program is charged per credit hour.
    Tuition for the 2018-19 academic calendar year is:

    per credit hour
  • Other fees may apply. Summer 2018 charges may vary.

Program Duration

3-4 Years

For students who have already completed the prerequisite courses, the AMPNN can be completed in 12 months of full-time study over three semesters, including clinical hours. Students can then earn a master's degree in two or three years, depending on specialty.

Salary Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median salary for nurse practitioners in 2017 was:

  • $110,930
    per year

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
Mental Health Agencies
The Military