The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Undergraduate Program

Accelerated BS in Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where will I do my clinicals?

A: Clinical practice takes place under the guidance of faculty and preceptors in area health care facilities such as Baystate Medical Center, community agencies, and our simulation lab.

Q:  What is the deadline for completion of my prerequisites? 

A:  All prerequisites must be completed before the application deadline of January 15. Note about Winter Session: you will have until Feb 1 to send in the final transcript for any Winter Session classes.  Prerequisites must have been completed no more than 5 years prior to your application. NOTE: if any prerequisite was taken as credits towards a degree that you completed, they do not expire and are not subject to the 5 year expiration.

Q:  Are online classes and labs accepted as prerequisites?

A: Yes, if they are from an accredited institution.

Q:  If I re-take a prerequisite course, will you average the grades?

A:  No, we will take the higher grade. 


Q: Can I submit more than one reference with my application?

A: No, it is not necessary to send more than one reference. The admissions committee will review only one reference.

Q: Can I write more than 500 words in my application essay?

A: No, the maximum length is 500 words.

Q:  When will I be notified about admission? 

A:  Admissions  notifications will be made by March 1. 

Q: Will I have an advisor?

A: Yes, you will be assigned a faculty advisor and you will also have access to the College of Nursing Undergraduate Advisor, Reggie Lamothe. 

Q: Is the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam required for admission to this program?

A: No, the TEAS exam is NOT required for entry into this program. 

Q: How will I find out about background checks and other requirements?

A: You will receive information about clinical credentialing after admission to the program. We use an external vendor called CastleBranch. You will receive directions about how to set up a CastleBranch account.

Q: Is there a difference in fees for in-state and out-of-state students? 

A: No, the fee is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students.