The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Undergraduate Programs

Nursing Major Program of Study


1. Please select courses listed in bold during the semester indicated

2. Please also refer to University of Massachusetts General Education and graduation requirements. Many of the Gen Ed requirements are part of the Nursing Major Plan of Study.  

Please select one or more of the following courses each semester to complete your General Education requirements and Nursing prerequisites in your first two years:

Gen Ed (HS)

4 cr

Gen Ed (AL/AT)

4 cr

Gen Ed (BS)       

4 cr

Gen Ed (PS)

4 cr

Global and US Diversity (DG/DU)

4 cr (choose courses with HS or AL/AT) in fulfilling this requirement

Statistics (R1/R2)

3 cr (Stats 111, Stats 240, ResEcon 211 or 212 fulfill R1 and R2. Statistics is a Nursing Pre-requisite in your first 2 years. 


3. All of the following prerequisite and nursing courses and at least 63 credits must be completed by the end of the sophomore year:  

Semester 1 (Freshman Fall) 

Prerequisite to KIN 270 (PS or BS) 4 cr         KIN 100 or 110, BIOL 151, CHEM 110 or 111
Psych 100 (SB) 4 cr   Introductory Psychology
Nurse 150 (RAP/non-RAP) 1 cr Faculty Seminar for First-year Nursing Students 
Engl/WP 112 or EnglWP 112H (CW) 3 cr  College Writing (Writing Program)
Gen Ed or Elective or Stats 2-4 cr  
TOTAL:  14-16 cr   


Semester 2 (Freshman Spring)

KIN 270  4 cr         Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab
Nurse 212 (DU) 4 cr   Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness 
Nutrition 130 (4 cr) or 230 (3 cr) 3/4 cr Human Nutrition 
Nurse 210 3 cr Human Development Throughout the Life Cycle
Gen Ed or Elective or Stats 2-4 cr  
TOTAL: 16-19 cr  

Semester 3 (Sophomore Fall)

KIN 272  4 cr       Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab
Nurse 100 3 cr   Perspectives in Nursing
Nurse 202 4 cr Issues of Aging in a Global Society
2 - Gen Ed or Elective or Stats 6-8 cr  
TOTAL: 17-19 cr  


Semester 4 (Sophomore Spring)

Nurse 333 3 cr   Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I
Nurse 315  3 cr  Health and Physical Assessment
Nurse 216 2 cr Principles of Nursing Care I
Nurse 298C 2 cr Principles of Nursing Care I: Practicum
2 - Gen Ed or Elective or Stats 6-8 cr  
TOTAL: 16-18 cr  


Program of Study for last two years in Major (complete at least 57 cr in junior and senior year)

Notes for junior and senior year:

  • Students are assigned when they will take specialty courses (maternity, pediatrics, psychiatric/mental health, adult nursing)
  • Students are required to take two Nursing Special Topics courses that are different  than an elective taken in other departments. They must be taken for a letter grade. Students will have a choice based upon availability.
  • Students will have an opportunity to request preference for their senior internship placement but the decision of where the internship is done is based upon faculty discretion regarding students' learning needs and availability of placements.
  • NCLEX RN licensure preparation assessments (ATI) must be taken throughout the junior and senior years.

 Semester 5 (Junior Fall)

Nurse 316 2 cr   Principles of Nursing Care 
Nurse 334 3 cr  Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II
Nurse 317 3 cr Writing in Nursing Ethics (2nd College Writing req)
Nurse 398E 2 cr Principles of Nursing Care: Practicum
Nurse 420  3 cr Introduction to Nursing Research 
TOTAL 14 cr   


Semester 6 or 7 (Junior Spring or Senior Fall)

Nurse 325 2 cr   Maternal-Newborn Nursing 
Nurse 398I 2 cr  Maternal-Newborn Nursing: Practicum
Nurse 326 2 cr Nursing Care of Children
Nurse 398F 2 cr Nursing Care of Children: Practicum
Nurse 327 2 cr Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
Nurse N398G 2+2 cr Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Practicum
*Nurse Special Topics or Gen Ed  2-4 cr  
TOTAL 14-16 cr  


Semester 6 or 7 (Junior Spring or Senior Fall)

Nurse 432 3 cr  Nursing Care of Adults: Acute
Nurse 433 3 cr  Nursing Care of Adults: Chronic
Nurse 498C 3 cr  Nursing Care of Adults: Practicum
Nurse 321 2 cr Preventive Care and Integrative Therapies 
* Nurse Special Topics or Gen Ed  2-4 cr   
TOTAL:  13-15 cr  


Semester 8 (Senior Spring)

Nurse 438 3 cr Professional Role in Nursing (Integrative Experience - IE)
Nurse 439 3 cr Community Health Nursing 
Nurse 498T 3 cr Community Health Nursing: Practicum
Nurse 498E 4 cr Nursing Internship
Nurse 441 1 cr Decision Making Strategies for Professional Nursing 
* Nurse Special Topics 2 cr  
TOTAL 14-16 cr  
* Nursing Special Topics courses (2 required) can be taken during any of these semesters. Twelve (12) credits are needed each semester for full-time status. 
University General Education requirements effective Fall 2018: 
  • 12 credits is considered full-time; only University (not Nursing) electives and N441 may be taken pass/fail
  • College Writing (CW): 3 credits first 2 yrs (Eng 112); 3 credits junior year (N317)
  • Analytical Reasoning: Basic (R1) (Math); Analytical Reasoning (R2): 3 credits. Statistics is required for Nursing students. 
  • Biological and Physical World: Biological Science (BS) – 4 cr; Physical Science (PS) – 4 cr
  • Social World: Literature or Art (AL/AT) – 4 cr; Historical Studies (HS) – 4 cr; Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) – 4 cr; Social World (AL, AT, SB, I, or SI) – 4 cr
  • Two Diversity courses:  One must be in freshman year (N212): one DU (United States) course, one DG (Global) course
  • Integrative Experience, upper level/last 2 years (Nurse 438) – 3 cr
All prerequisite and Nursing courses require a grade of “C” or higher.