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Accelerated Master's Program for Non-Nurses

Why Choose the Accelerated Master's 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 who already have a bachelor’s degree, and are 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 Accelerated Master's Program.

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). To earn your master’s degree, you will then complete clinically-focused specialty courses with faculty who have expertise in that area of specialization.

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.

Applying to the Accelerated Master's Program

The UR School of Nursing uses a comprehensive, holistic review process during which each application receives individual consideration. We seek applicants who clearly understand the differentiated nurse and nurse practitioner roles, are motivated and prepared to pursue both programs of study, and are committed to upholding the values of the school and the profession. Because admission to this program is highly competitive, prior health care experience (professional or volunteer) relevant to the chosen specialty is required.

To complete your application, you will need to create an account and complete all sections of the application. Once you complete your application, you may receive a follow-up email to schedule an interview with members of our Admissions Review Committee.

Your application will be reviewed first at the bachelor’s (ABPNN) level, then at the master’s level. You may receive follow-up emails to schedule separate interviews at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. If you are not accepted to the master's level program, you may be considered for admission to the bachelor's level. We look forward to reviewing your application.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing from an accredited school
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from your most recent relevant degree
  • Prior health care experience relevant to chosen specialty
  • Prerequisite courses from an accredited school, including:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (human specific), grade of C or above with lab completed prior to matriculation (Requirements effective beginning with Spring 2022 applicants: grade of B- or above with lab to be completed within the last 5 years and before the application deadline)
    • Microbiology, grade of C or above with lab completed prior to matriculation
    • Nutrition (human specific), grade of C or above completed prior to matriculation
    • Human Growth & Development, grade of C or above completed prior to matriculation
    • Statistics, grade of C or above completed prior to matriculation
  • English language proficiency
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended. International transcripts require a transcript translation.
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Professional statement
  • Current resume
  • Optional statement to support your admission to the program. For example, if you believe your application materials do not accurately reflect your abilities or potential for success in the program (e.g., GPA is lower than 3.0, breaks in your education or employment history, or achievements that may not be apparent) please submit the optional statement highlighting these attributes or experiences.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores: if English is not your first language

For details on how to submit these materials, reference How to Complete an Application and the directions in the online application system.

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Application Deadlines

Students can enroll in the Accelerated Master's program in January or May. We encourage applicants to submit their applications well before the deadline. All materials must be received by the deadline.

Program Costs

Tuition for the 2020-21 academic calendar year is:

  • $24,730*
    per semester for the ABPNN portion (first three semesters of the program)


    $1,610 
    per credit hour for the master's portion of the program

    *Other fees may apply

Program Duration

3-4 Years

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

Salary Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for nurse practitioners in 2019 was:
  • $109,820 
    per year