The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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

The application deadline is January 13 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.


As an Accelerated Nursing student, you will:

  • Benefit from the expertise of the Elaine Marieb 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:  AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MO, NC, NH, NJ,  NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI. 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 Undergraduate Academic Advisor Reggie Lamothe, 

Location and Parking:
UMass Center at Springfield, Tower Square, 1500 Main St, Springfield, MA 01115

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 413-577-4059 between 9 am and 3:30 pm. 


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