URMC announces tuition-free 12 month nursing program to address shortages

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — If you want to be a nurse, the University of Rochester Medical Center is launching the first of its kind program where your tuition would be free.

The program is to help address the nursing shortage. It’s specifically for people with a Bachelor’s degree who might want to take on a second career path and become a nurse.

URMC says the 12 month program will be for about 33 students a year and accepted students will be given 700 hours of clinical training.

URMC says a program like this helps get rid of barriers that might prevent people from pursuing a nursing career.

“As we’re looking at a very critical nursing shortage we can have practice-ready nurses in 12 months time that are graduating from a nationally ranked program,” said Lisa Kitko, U of R Dean of the School of Nursing. “So for us and in partnership with nursing practice, this was a great way for us to help make an impact in the shortest time frame way we could having a registered nurse entering the workforce.”

Applications are being accepted now for the fall semester.