Program Description

The Dual Degree in Nursing (DDN) program at the University of Rochester is a four-and-a-half year, ten-semester program in which you would complete both a Bachelor of Arts or Science at the College, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the School of Nursing (SON).

Semesters 1–7
Complete all graduation requirements for the College and pre-requisite* coursework for the School of Nursing.

Semesters 8–10
Transition to the Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN) at the SON, where you’ll complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the following winter, summer, and fall semesters.

*You are required to achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete the following pre-requisite courses prior to enrolling in the SON. These pre-requisites can be completed through the SON FastTrack online courses, the College, and/or outside the University, as approved by the Undergraduate DDN Program Advisor:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Microbiology
  • Developmental Psychology (also called Growth & Development)
  • Nutrition
  • Statistics

Program Advantages

The DDN program combines the resources of the College and the SON at Rochester. It allows incoming first years to combine their interests in nursing with a specific academic discipline offered at the College. In addition, the DDN program offers the following advantages to admitted students:

  • Guaranteed admission to the SON in the eighth semester, provided all requirements are successfully met
  • Tuition-free access to FastTrack online pre-requisite nursing courses in the first seven semesters (no additional fees charged if taken in the fall or spring semesters)
  • Ability to select a major in any discipline
  • Flexibility to study abroad before the seventh semester
  • Personalized academic and career advising to support educational and experiential development
  • Mentoring support from current DDN students and alumni
  • Eligibility for on-campus housing through the eighth semester
  • Access to premier clinical and research facilities*
  • Access to SON faculty, at least 75% of whom maintain a clinical practice, bringing current, real-life experience to the classroom
  • An 8:1 student-faculty ratio at the SON, allowing for small clinical group instruction and individualized attention
  • Simulated learning experiences as a component of each clinical course
  • Enhanced clinical and community health learning opportunities among underserved populations, culminating in a 100-hour individualized clinical capstone course

*Students benefit from the extraordinary resources of our two teaching magnet hospitals, Strong Memorial Hospital (and its Golisano Children’s Hospital) and Highland Hospital. The University also has a broad range of longstanding affiliations with other hospitals, health systems, and community-based organizations throughout the Greater Rochester Region. Many graduates of the School of Nursing go on to work for our own University-affiliated hospitals and become leaders on their units.

Ideal Candidates

You’re more likely to be a successful applicant if you:

  • Exemplify diverse and passionate commitments to both nursing and a specific academic discipline offered at the College.
  • Take challenging classes (honors, AP, IB, college-level classes, etc.).
  • Do well academically. (Strong applicants typically have a 3.7 unweighted GPA and rank in the top 15 percent of their graduating class.)
  • Perform well on SAT Reasoning or ACT exams.
  • Score 650 or higher on math- and science-based SAT Subject Tests (recommended).
  • Participate in extracurricular activities related to nursing (e.g., community or volunteer service, educational experiences, personal or family experience with health care).


Want to apply?

  1. Indicate your interest in DDN through the Common Application or Universal College Application.
  2. Complete your personal statement, describing your motivation to pursue a career in nursing and how the DDN program will help with your goals.
  3. Complete your application to the University of Rochester by January 5.

Not a finalist?

You will be notified in late March about your decision. You will become a Regular Decision applicant and will be considered for admission to the College alone. You will receive a decision by April 1.

Chosen as a finalist?

You will be notified in late March about your decision. Included in your admit letter will be details of the program, including information on requirements, financial aid, and program contacts. You will be encouraged to visit campus during admitted student days, or at your convenience. If you visit campus, you can request to meet with the DDN and financial aid advisors, and to tour the River Campus and nursing school campus.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Semesters 1–7
You’ll be charged tuition as a student of the College and will receive financial aid information from the College.

Semesters 8–10
You’ll be charged SON tuition and receive financial aid information from SON for the twelve-month ABPNN program (spring, summer, and fall).

Speak with your financial aid counselor (see “Program Contacts” tab) once you’re admitted to discuss financing your education both at the College and the SON.

Program Contacts

AS&E Admissions Officer
Caterina M. Caiazza

Undergraduate DDN Program Advisor
Caterina Caiazza

SON Admissions Officer
Nancy Kita

Nursing Program Advisor
Elaine Andolina

Financial Aid Counselor
Patrick Hennessey