The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Undergraduate Program

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

All Accelerated Classes are taught at the UMass Center at Springfield Tower Square. See directions and parking information below. 

The application deadline is January 8 for August admission.
NOTE: UMass Amherst is NOT able to offer immigration sponsorship for applicants to this program who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


The Accelerated BS in Nursing is a full-time program that allows students to earn a BS in Nursing in 17 months. This option is open to students who have completed bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines.


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 Accelerated Nursing student, 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 nursing skills and technology in the UMass Center's state-of-the-art simulation lab
  • Gain valuable clinical experience in area healthcare facilities and community agencies under the guidance of faculty advisors
  • Prepare for a career that offers job security and the opportunity for geographic mobility
  • Students who satisfactorily complete the Accelerated program will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing

The Accelerated BS in Nursing begins each August.

Note about curriculum: 

Our Accelerated BS in Nursing 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,

Directions and Parking:

UMass Center at Springfield
Tower Square
1500 Main St, Springfield, MA 01115
Phone: 413.781.0847

Public parking is located on the street or at the Tower Square Garage located at 2 Boland Way, Springfield, MA, US, 01115 . Parking validation is available at the Reception Desk. The Springfield Center is on the Upper Level (UL). 

To request a tour of the Springfield Center, contact Dee Jones at or call 413-270-36534 between 9 am and 3:30 pm. 


Note:   Please direct questions about the admissions process to the University Without Walls Admissions Office: .


Map of UMass Center at Springfield Location

UMass Center at Springfield

The College of Nursing makes classes more accessible through the UMass Center at Springfield,

Undergraduate Clinical Experience

Need More Information?

Click here to request information about the Accelerated BS in Nursing. 

Advisor with student

Make an Undergraduate Advising Appointment

Current undergraduate nursing students: Please click here and then select the "UMass Amherst Student Success Collaborative -- Campus Platform" link to log in and make an advising appointment.  

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