The University of Massachusetts Amherst

RN to BS in Nursing

Complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing with the UMass Amherst Online RN to BS 

For licensed RNs who wish to complete a Bachelor’s degree  

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 RN to BS student, you will:

  • Start in either Spring or Summer
  • Graduate in as little as one year, even while working full time
  • Learn from the same renowned faculty as our on-campus students
  • Have the opportunity to attend the university's graduation ceremony upon completion of degree requirements

Online Learning

UMass Amherst offers online students all of the resources of a leading, accredited university with the benefit of:

  • 24-hour access to your classroom and 24/7 technical support 
  • The opportunity to participate in your course according to your own schedule
  • A lively, interactive environment that fosters networking and idea-sharing with professional colleagues
  • Outstanding UMass Amherst instructors skilled at accommodating the diverse learning styles and needs of distance learners
  • Access to the university’s vast electronic research holdings and libraries
  • Comprehensive training and support for the Blackboard Learn system that is used to deliver online courses. After you are accepted to the program, you will be able to use your ID to log in for training (click HERE for more information about Blackboard Learn).    


If you have questions about the RN to BS option, please complete an information request form or contact:

Liz Theroux, Program Assistant   
022 Skinner Hall