Program Overview

The College of Nursing offers registered nurses an online baccalaureate completion program that is individually planned for each student. Students are prepared for success in using online technology and digital skills in the introductory nursing courses. Customized planning continues as students are supported and guided as they progress through the program by faculty and student mentors.

Students may transfer non-nursing course credits from other institutions to meet most program requirements. A total of 31 credits, must be taken at UMD.
Program Highlights
  • A curriculum focused on community health nursing.
  • Individualized plan for program progression each semester.
  • Online format provides contact with classmates and faculty.
  • Nursing courses may be completed in 4 semesters.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

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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 122 credits for completion, including transfer and major requirements. A total of 31 credits must be completed at UMass Dartmouth.

    • Proof of a valid, unencumbered United States RN license
    • 24 or more transfer credits
    • Official transcripts from all previous college or university courses for which you enrolled
    • Photocopies of catalog pages with course descriptions for the work you have completed


    Due to regulations resulting from state legislation pertaining to the clinical experience requirement for this program, UMass Dartmouth RN-BS Degree applicants with a permanent residence in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia are not being considered.

    School Overview

    The College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth offers a nationally recognized comprehensive nursing program where you will develop nursing values, skills and competencies foundational to your future nursing career. It is accredited by the Council on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Board of Registration in Nursing, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  From our modern nursing labs to our outstanding faculty and local clinical partners, you will be prepared to begin your nursing career as well as graduate study. 

    Our curriculum guides you starting with your:

    • Freshmen year of foundational courses in sciences and professional concepts for nursing practice and theory. 
    • Second year , you will begin your clinical courses and
    • Junior and senior years you will continue building on foundational skills 
    • At the end of your senior year, you will select a clinical site for your mentorship and be partnered with a professional nurse in that setting to ready you the national licensing exam (NCLEX) and entry into your nursing career. 
    • Your mentorship placement often leads to your first job as a licensed registered nurse.


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