The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Undergraduate Programs

Nursing Major

Become a Nursing Major at the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts

Why Choose the UMass Amherst College of Nursing?

The UMass Amherst College of Nursing offers the benefits and resources of a large, prestigious research university along with the College’s small classes, sense of community, caring faculty and staff, and state-of-the-art classrooms and labs. The Nursing faculty includes renowned professors whose widely published research puts them at the forefront of their fields and enriches the quality of their teaching. 

Objectives of the Bachelor of Science Program

The undergraduate program provides the knowledge and skills fundamental to professional nursing. Students emerge from this community-based program prepared for graduate study and able to:

  • Advocate for culturally relevant care for vulnerable and underserved populations to reduce health care disparities and promote social justice
  • Collaborate to shape environments and systems that promote health and well-being, ensure safe, quality care for all, and maximize the unique contribution of nursing
  • Enact the nursing role in a manner that consistently reflects caring, professional values, ethical principles, accountability, integrity, a commitment to lifelong learning, self-care, and an awareness of how personal values influence one’s actions
  • Exhibit a spirit of inquiry and creativity to identify gaps in nursing knowledge, critique new science, and use evidence as a basis of practice
  • Provide safe, quality, patient- and family-centered holistic care across the lifespan to promote health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities
  • Engage others to envision, influence, and implement practice and policy changes in healthcare to achieve a preferred future locally, nationally, and globally
  • Collaborate with individuals, families, communities and interdisciplinary teams using professional communication to design, manage, and evaluate care, facilitate transitions of care and maximize outcomes
  • Integrate emerging technologies and information management tools to enhance communication and healthcare access, support safe processes of care, and evaluate impact on health outcomes

As an undergraduate Nursing major at UMass Amherst, you will:

  • Benefit from the expertise of the College of Nursing’s distinguished, caring faculty
  • Collaborate with fellow students in team learning environments
  • Become proficient in current technology in the College’s state-of-the-art simulation lab
  • Gain valuable clinical experience in area healthcare facilities and community agencies under the guidance of faculty advisors

For more information about the Nursing Major, contact UMass Amherst Undergraduate Admissions or Liz Theroux, Program Assistant. 

Note about curriculum: 

Our Nursing Major curriculum prepares students for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Our curriculum meets the requirements for Massachusetts licensure. In addition, graduates of our undergraduate nursing program have been licensed in the following states within the last three years, which indicates that our curriculum is compliant with these states’ regulations:  CA, CO, CT, DC, GA, IN, MD, ME, MO, NC, NH, NJ,  NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA. The state of Maryland requires that we report on our compliance annually. 

We are undergoing a thorough review of all states’ licensure requirements and will confirm compliance with all states as soon as possible.  Access to your state’s licensing agency is available on the Directory of Nursing Licensing Agencies.

 For further assistance, prospective and current students from states other than Massachusetts can contact Dr. Cynthia Jacelon, Executive Associate Dean,