Nurses’ many duties include: performing physical exams, taking health histories, administering medications, coordinating care within a collaborative health team, providing health counseling and education, and conducting research in support of improved practice and patient outcomes. They may provide primary care or specialize, pursue academic or research careers, or serve in leadership positions within hospital administration. (Learn more from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing).

There are numerous career paths into nursing. Princeton graduates will often pursue accelerated bachelor’s or master’s degree programs designed for non-nursing college graduates.


Vary greatly for accelerated nursing programs, but may include course work in

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

Search for programs of interest: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Accelerated Nursing Programs Information

Application logistics

  • Apply in the late summer/fall, about 12 months before intended entry.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required by some programs. The GRE comprises three sections: Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Reasoning; and Analytical Writing.
  • Apply individually to programs of interest. Some programs participate in the Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS). NursingCAS opens in August.
  • Nursing programs do not require a committee letter of recommendation. HPA provides a Letter Collection Service for students applying to nursing school.

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Princeton University does not have a nursing program. We share this information for Princeton students and alumni who may be interested in nursing careers.