Nurse Practitioner Programs

Why choose the NP Program?

You’re ready to have greater independence in your career and make an even bigger impact in the lives of your patients. As a nurse practitioner, you will bring a level of expertise and professionalism that’s rewarded with a higher salary and a stronger connection with the individuals and families in your care.

The Nurse Practitioner programs (MS and Post-MS) at the UR School of Nursing are some of the best in the nation. It was the groundbreaking work of our founding dean, Loretta Ford, more than 50 years ago which led to the creation of the nurse practitioner role and changed the way health care is provided

Today, our faculty include pioneering researchers and clinicians that set the standard for nurse practitioners specializing in fields like pediatrics and psychiatric/mental health. The University of Rochester Medical Center—an innovative and leading health care network—provides the ideal setting for in-depth clinical experience.

Nurse Practitioner Clinical Specialties

One of the greatest strengths of the Nurse Practitioner programs (MS and Post-MS) is the targeted focus of our six nurse practitioner concentrations. You will learn alongside experienced practitioners in your specific field of practice. Graduate with the unique set of clinical skills and knowledge to thrive in your new health care role. 

Program Requirements and Application Process

Start your online application today. The full list of admission requirements for the Nurse Practitioner Programs (MS and Post-MS) include:

  • a bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing
  • RN licensure within the United States or U.S. territory
  • cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in baccalaureate nursing program preferred
  • statistics course with a grade of C or above
  • resume/CV
  • CPR certification
  • professional statement
  • two letters of reference
  • personal interview with a faculty member (at the discretion of program faculty)
  • clinical experience requirements:
    • AGPCNP, FNP, and PMHNP: one year clinical experience is preferred.
    • AGACNP: one year full-time (or equivalent) RN experience in acute care prior to enrollment in NUR 411
    • PNP: one year full-time (or equivalent) RN experience in a pediatric clinical setting prior to enrollment in NUR 412
  • for international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)

Application Deadlines

Students can enroll in a Nurse Practitioner Program in September, January, or May.
  • For a September start date
    The application deadline is the prior April 1.
  • For a January start date
    The application deadline is the prior September 1.
  • For a May start date
    The application deadline is the prior January 2.
  • The fee for applying is $50

Salary Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for nurse practitioners in 2015 was:

  • $98,190
    per year

Program Costs

Tuition for the Nurse Practitioner Programs for Fall 2016-Spring 2017* is:

  • $1,400
    per credit hour
  • *other fees, such as laboratory fees, may apply. Employees at the University of Rochester may be eligible to receive a substantial tuition benefit (up to 80 to 95 percent tuition waiver).

Program Duration

The Nurse Practitioner Programs may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Depending on which specialty you choose the program can be completed in two to three years.

What You Can Do as a Nurse Practitioner

With a master’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:

Independent 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
Karrah Hurd, RN
My teachers helped me understand what a privilege it is to care for patients. It’s an opportunity to be an intimate part of someone’s life, and I take that role very seriously... If we can learn to work together at the student level, we will be more effective when we care for patients.
Karrah Hurd, RN, student in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Julie Apperson, RN
The faculty here at U of R has not only facilitated learning opportunities for me to meet my objectives but challenged me along the way. I feel as though I am not only a better nurse from this process, but a better person.
Julie Apperson, RN, Class of 2011
Craig Sellers
Locally in Rochester, nurse practitioners are consistently in demand and almost all of our graduates immediately move into a new nurse practitioner role upon graduation.
Craig Sellers, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, director of master's programs