How to Get Your Nursing Degree at Rochester

One degree, two degrees, three degrees, FOUR?!

As you have probably heard, the University of Rochester has Combined Admission Programs and Dual Degree Programs available for prospective students to apply to. These programs are designed to allow students to pursue their undergraduate passions while being dually accepted into post-graduate or second degree programs. There are endless academic opportunities.

One of the newest programs is the Dual-Degree Nursing program (DDN), which is a ten-semester program. Here’s how the process works:

  1. If you’re a high school senior, you can apply to this program.
  2. If you’re accepted, you’ll come to Rochester and complete your undergraduate degree on the main campus in seven semesters instead of eight. Your undergrad degree can be in anything as long as the nursing prerequisite courses are fulfilled (anatomy, statstics, nutrition, etc.). Our flexible curriculum encourages you to major in anything, even if it has nothing to do with nursing!
  3. Then, during the spring of your senior year in college, you will begin the Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses at the School of Nursing across the street from the University of Rochester Medical Center.
  4. After a total of three semesters at the School of Nursing, you will have two degrees!

I have recently finished my degree in brain and cognitive sciences, with minors in Spanish and psychology at the main River Campus. I applied in the summer of 2012 to the School of Nursing and was accepted for a January start. So, I am currently enrolled full time at the School of Nursing.

My coursework includes pathophysiology and pharmacology, genetics, health assessment, nursing science, and therapeutic interventions, which is my clinical course. For that, we spend a couple of days a week working and observing various clinical sites in Rochester.

It is a rigorous program, but it’s an amazing opportunity for anyone applying to Rochester who wants a career in nursing. Ultimately, I hope to get my masters in nursing, and eventually my doctorate in nursing practice. The University of Rochester offers all of these education programs.

Read for more updates of my senior year and of nursing!

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