New Programs Enable College Grads to Become RNs in Only One Year

Accelerated Master's Program Also Approved to help non-nurses enter the field

January 23, 2002

New York State has approved two important new programs at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, helping non-nurses enter the field in much less time than it would normally take.

The Accelerated Bachelors and Masters Program for Non-Nurses will be open to people who already have a bachelor's degree in any discipline. Before, such people interested in making the jump to nursing would need to start their undergraduate education over to earn their RN degree. But the Accelerated Programs recognize past education and build on it with graduate-level research, systems and health-policy courses combined with clinical training. The clinical training is comparable to other basic nursing education programs.

The University of Rochester School of Nursing joins only three other schools in New York State and only 25 in the country to offer accelerated nursing programs.

If students have taken certain prerequisite courses such as microbiology and physiology, they can earn their degree after only one year of study. Those who haven't taken prerequisite courses can do so and still earn their degree much more quickly than was possible before.

The Accelerated Master's Program includes the first year to earn a bachelor's degree, plus two years of training that includes an intensive classroom component. The training offers students many options, preparing them to become staff-level nurses, nurse practitioners, nursing faculty members, or leaders in health care administration.

Coursework for the Accelerated Programs will begin in May.

The programs came about after repeated inquiries from prospective students, as well as from the understanding that new nurses from outside the field are needed to help solve the national nursing shortage. To encourage more people to enter the nursing and healthcare fields, The School of Nursing and Strong Memorial Hospital are in the process of offering $1.25 million in grants and scholarships to students, employees, and low-income workers who want to train for positions in health care.

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