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College of Nursing Facts

  • Founded in 1953, the College of Nursing accepted its first students in 1954 into the first baccalaureate nursing program in public higher education in Massachusetts.
  • The first MS program was offered in 1967.
  • The state’s first publicly supported PhD program in Nursing was first offered, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Worcester Graduate School of Nursing, in 1994. This collaboration ended in 2005, with both institutions continuing their own programs.
  • The College’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program was the first to be offered in the Commonwealth and produced its first graduates in 2009.
  • The College of Nursing is one of nine schools and colleges of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, founded in 1863 and now conducting sponsored research of $152 million annually, with an increasing emphasis on the life sciences and biotechnology applications.
  • Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Teaching facilities in Skinner Hall include the Clinical Simulation Lab with five state-of-the-art clinical simulation rooms, a 16-hospital bed/exam lab area, two clinical exam rooms and related simulation equipment including models and manikins.