Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN)

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Overview/Curriculum apply

Subspecialty Programs and Options

Admission Criteria

What to Expect

APNN application deadlines (please read the FAQs for prerequisite course completion deadlines):

For a January start date, application deadline is the prior July 1
For a May start date – application deadline is the prior November 1
For a September start date – application deadline is the prior March 1
All  items must be postmarked by these dates.


This program is specifically designed for candidates with bachelor’s (BA or BS) or higher degrees in other fields who are interested in going into the nursing profession. The program builds upon the pre-existing degree by providing generalist nursing studies.

The Program of Study awards the Bachelor of Science degree that allows students to qualify for NCLEX-RN® examination (National Council Licensure Examination) and professional Registered Nursing (RN) licensure. Our NCLEX-RN® first-time pass rate is consistently higher than the national average.

* Those who have taken prerequisite courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Human Growth and Development and Statistics can earn their degree in one year of full-time study.

  • 79 Credits will be transferred in from previous baccalaureate degree.

  • 49 Credits generalist nursing courses which include 90 laboratory hours and 660 hours of clinical training.


  • Non-nursing bachelor's degree
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Growth & Development (also called Developmental Psychology)
  • Nutrition
  • Statistics



Comprehensive Health Assessment of the Individual

3 credits


Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

6 credits


Therapeutic Interventions I

4 credits


Nursing Science

2 credits



2 credits


Principles and Application of Evidence for Nursing Practice

3 credits


Women's Health, Neonatal, and Pediatric Nursing

7 credits


Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

3.5 credits


Therapeutic Interventions II

2.5 credits


Management of Care

4 credits


Adult and Home Nursing

8 credits


Nursing Integration and Transition into Professional Practice

4 credits

Total course hours: 49

TOTAL : 49 credits

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Subspecialty Programs and Options

After successful completion of the baccalaureate year and the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing examination, students may choose to go on to any of our masters programs.

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Admission Criteria

  • Completion of a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from an accredited school.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 preferred from 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 generalist faculty member.
  • Prerequisite courses with grade of C or above, (labs are not required):
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Human growth & Development (also called Developmental Psychology)
    • Statistics
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language-for International Students) scores >560 for paper-based test , >230 for computer-based test for international students or >88 for the new “i-based” test. TOEFL is required for international students, but highly recommended for students for whom English is a second language.

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What to Expect

All courses in the accelerated program are developed specifically for individuals who hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in another field. Students in this program come from many walks of life with different backgrounds and experiences—there is no one right background. The diversity of backgrounds and talents, coupled with their common desire and passion creates an incredible learning environment.

The Program of Study is modified on the University of Rochester School of Medicine’s double helix Program of Study that integrates basic science with clinical science. Clinical specialty experiences are based on an “immersion” principle where students focus on one clinical specialty area at a time (classes plus 16 to 24 hours of clinical each week). Our undergraduate research course teaches students to develop clinical questions, search and critique evidence, and implement findings to improve care. Our management of care course focuses on improving care of populations and groups, clinical management, and professional issues through performance improvement projects, clinical guideline critiques, and professional presentations. Our students complete 750 hours of clinical that includes 660 hours of direct patient care.

Students can expect state of the art education technology through clinical simulation using advanced technology patient simulators, hand held point of care electronic digital assistants, digitalized videos for iPod use and Internet viewing. More information.

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