Program Overview

The RN to BS Online and On-site Track meets the needs of registered nurses with other life responsibilities through a curriculum that combines web-based instruction with student-tailored practice. Designed for students with clearly defined career goals, it calls for substantial autonomy in meeting established objectives.

Program faculty helps students explore new areas of practice and lay the foundation for a problem solving approach to nursing practice and research. Students must successfully complete 120 credits to earn their University of Massachusetts Amherst Bachelor of Science degree. Of these credits:

  • 60 non-nursing credits must be completed before beginning the RN to BS Nursing Track
  • 30 additional nursing credits may be awarded for RN licensure
  • 30 credits are earned in the online or onsite nursing program

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: Yes

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    This bachelor completion program requires 120 credits for completion, including transfer and major requirements. 

    • Program curriculum: 30 credits
    • Minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
    • Current RN licensure (new graduates must obtain prior to starting their 2nd semester in the program)
    • Completion of all 60 non-nursing credits, including a grade of C or better in all seven nursing prerequisites (Nutrition, HumanAnatomy, Human Physiology, Medical Microbiology, Abnormal Psychology, Life Span Growth and Development, Statistics)


    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is presently not accepting applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Alabama and Arkansas.

    School Overview

    As a leader in nursing education for over 60 years, the College of Nursing at UMass Amherst prepares candidates to enter the nursing profession at the baccalaureate level, master’s, and doctoral levels while also developing vital nurse educators and researchers to inform and educate future generations of nursing students. An extensive faculty with published nursing research, advanced clinical skills, and innovative approaches to teach, engage and challenge students through various modes of learning including state-of-the-art technology.

    At the College of Nursing at UMass Amherst:

    • Foundation courses in the sciences and humanities form the basis of the nursing major, 
    • The baccalaureate program integrates core knowledge, core competencies, and role development appropriate for the undergraduate level of nursing education.
    • The master’s programs build on baccalaureate competencies to develop clinical specialty roles and
    • The doctoral programs prepare candidates to teach and conduct research in a university setting (PhD) or enter advanced clinical practice (DNP).

    The College of Nursing prepares students to assess and meet the ever-changing needs of individuals, families, and communities through clinical placements in such settings as hospitals, extended care facilities, ambulatory care clinics, schools, senior centers, day programs, and correctional facilities across Massachusetts and throughout New England.


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