Undergraduate Program

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Classes are held at the UMass Center at Springfield

APPLY NOW! Applications accepted NOW through January 15 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 current 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 58 residence credits will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing

The Accelerated BS in Nursing begins each August.

Tours of the Springfield Center:  Tours of the Springfield Center are offered every Monday and Wednesday from 3-4 pm except on University holidays and on days when staff is out of the office. Please click here to register for a tour at least one week in advance. 
No confirmation will be sent. If for some reason a tour will not be available on the date you have chosen, you will receive an email asking you to submit another request for a different date.
Note: Tours are for prospective students who are thinking about applying to the Accelerated BS in Nursing program. Accepted students will have an opportunity to see the facility at their welcome reception and/or their new student orientation.
Parking: On the day of your tour, you may park in the Tower Square parking garage or in a metered spot on the street. The UMass Center is located on the second floor of Tower Square. In the elevator, select floor “UL” which stands for “upper Level”.
Please always come prepared with your questions as the tour itself will take only about 10 minutes.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Jackie Montgomery at 413-545-5133 or montgomery@umass.edu



If you have specific questions about the Accelerated BS in Nursing, please complete an information request form or contact:

Jackie Montgomery, Program Assistant 

Note:   Please direct questions about the admissions process to the Online Education Admissions Office:  admissions@oe.umass.edu.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.