Accelerated 2nd Bachelor's Degree Track
The Accelerated 2nd Bachelor's Degree track is a course of study designed for individuals with a non-nursing bachelor's degree who are interested in pursuing professional nursing. This is an outstanding full-time, fast-paced program that requires significant dedication and commitment. Students spend 4-5 days per week in the classroom and in clinical sites. Preparation is critical to succeed in this program. Outside employment is discouraged.
This program builds on students' previous education, experience, and required prerequisites. Lectures, case studies, group projects, seminars, clinical practice, simulated laboratory, independent study, multi-media, web-enhanced courses and self-paced modules provide the foundation for an approach to nursing that is humanistic and scientific. Clinical practice is arranged under faculty direction with the cooperation of community agencies and health care facilities.
Completion of the program prepares the graduate for entry level professional practice, to take the NCLEX licensure exam, and to gain the academic foundation for graduate study in nursing. Students who satisfactorily complete the 57 residence credits will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. This 17-month track begins each August.
- February 1 for August admission
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a field other than nursing
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- Two professional reference letters
- Application form, fee, and essay
- C or better in the following prerequisite courses (with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better), must be completed by February 1
- Human Nutrition
- Medical Microbiology with Lab, or General Microbiology with Lab
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs (can also be taken separately, as long as there are two semesters of coursework in anatomy and physiology)
- Human Growth and Development throughout the Lifespan
- Non-native speakers of English: An internet-based TOEFL (iBT) score of 80 or higher, a computer-based TOEFL score of 213 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher (students who earned a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college/university may qualify for a TOEFL waiver)
- International students: To verify finances for visa processing, sponsor statement, and bank statement see: www.umass.edu/ipo/iss/nsf.php
- CORI check (upon admission)
This track starts with a Summer semester beginning in August. There are at least two days per week of clinical experience in each of the first three semesters that can occur on weekends and on day, evening, and night shifts. The Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor's track is 57 credits.
Attend an Information Session to learn more about the College of Nursing's Second Bachelor's Degree Track. Learn about the curriculum, pre-requisite courses, application procedures and campus resources, including online programs. Information Sessions are scheduled in advance of the application deadline for admission to the program.
To reserve a seat at a session email Cynthia Mendoza at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon on the Friday before your preferred session.
Wed. 12/18/2013, 4:00-5:00pm, Skinner Hall - Room 106
Wed. 01/15/2014 4:00-5:00pm, Skinner Hall - Room 112
Wed. 02/12/2014 4:00-5:00pm, Skinner Hall - Room 112
Wed. 03/12/2014 4:00-5:00pm, Skinner Hall - Room 112
Wed. 04/09/2014 4:00-5:00pm, Skinner Hall - Room 112
Wed. 05/07/2014 4:00-5:00pm, Skinner Hall - Room 112
Directions to the UMass Amherst Campus and Skinner Hall
Walking from the Campus Center Parking Garage to Skinner Hall
Take the stairs to the garage concourse level, where you will find a hallway connecting directly to the Campus Center Building. Walk through the Campus Center to the back door (the Blue Wall restaurant will be on your right). Exit the building and turn left, going up the hill to North Pleasant Street. The College of Nursing (brick building) is across the street to the right.
**Please note there is no free parking on campus.**
Prospective students who already hold a bachelor's degree usually have a number of questions about preparing for and applying to this program.