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Accelerated 2nd Bachelor's Degree Track

The Accelerated 2nd Bachelor's Degree track is a course of study designed for individuals with a non-nursing bachelor's degree who are interested in pursuing professional nursing. This is an outstanding full-time, fast-paced program that requires significant dedication and commitment. Students spend 4-5 days per week in the classroom and in clinical sites. Preparation is critical to succeed in this program. Outside employment is discouraged.

This program builds on students' previous education, experience, and required prerequisites. Lectures, case studies, group projects, seminars, clinical practice, simulated laboratory, independent study, multi-media, web-enhanced courses and self-paced modules provide the foundation for an approach to nursing that is humanistic and scientific. Clinical practice is arranged under faculty direction with the cooperation of community agencies and health care facilities.

Completion of the program prepares the graduate for entry level professional practice, to take the NCLEX licensure exam, and to gain the academic foundation for graduate study in nursing. Students who satisfactorily complete the 57 residence credits will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. This 17-month track begins each August.


Application Deadline

  • January 15 for August admission

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a field other than nursing
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two professional reference letters
  • Resume
  • Application form, fee, and essay
  • C or better in the following prerequisite courses (with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better), must be completed by January 15
    •   Human Nutrition *
    •   Medical Microbiology with Lab, or General Microbiology with Lab *
    •   Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs (can also be taken separately, as long as there are two semesters of coursework in anatomy and physiology) *
    •   Statistics
    •   Human Growth and Development throughout the Lifespan +
    • (* - these courses may be fulfilled through NLN Achievement Tests; + - this course may be fulfilled through CLEP)

  • Non-native speakers of English: An internet-based TOEFL (iBT) score of 80 or higher, a computer-based TOEFL score of 213 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher (students who earned a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college/university may qualify for a TOEFL waiver)
  • International students: To verify finances for visa processing, sponsor statement, and bank statement see:
  • CORI check (upon admission)

Estimated Costs

This track starts with a Summer semester beginning in August. There are at least two days per week of clinical experience in each of the first three semesters that can occur on weekends and on day, evening, and night shifts. The Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor's track is 57 credits.

Summer: Semester I
N100 Perspectives in Nursing

Fall: Semester II
N315 Health & Physical Assessment
N390S Pathophysiology/Pharmacology in Nursing Pt. I
N390T Pathophysiology/Pharmacology in Nursing Pt. II
N406 Nursing Process: Clients w/ Common Health Disruptions
N407 Clinical Practice I

Spring: Semester III
N420 Intro to Nursing Research
N436 Comprehensive Nursing I
N437 Clinical Practice III
N439 Community Health Nursing IV: Community
N498P Clinical Practicum: Community

Summer: Semester IV
N325 Maternal-Newborn Nursing
N398I Maternal-Newborn Nursing: Practicum
N326 Nursing Care of Children
N398F Nursing Care of Children: Practicum
N327 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
N398G Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Practicum

Fall: Semester V
N438 Professional Role
N498 Internship


Attend an Information Session to learn more about the College of Nursing's Accelerated BS in Nursing. Learn about the curriculum, pre-requisite courses, application procedures and campus resources, including online programs. Information Sessions are scheduled in advance of the application deadline for admission to the program.

To reserve a seat at a session email no later than noon on the Friday before your preferred session.

Upcoming Sessions

Wednesday, 10/26/16, 4-5 pm, Skinner Hall Room 12

Directions to the UMass Amherst Campus and Skinner Hall

Directions to the Campus Center Parking Garage

Campus Map

Walking from the Campus Center Parking Garage to Skinner Hall

Take the stairs to the garage concourse level, where you will find a hallway connecting directly to the Campus Center Building. Walk through the Campus Center to the back door (the Blue Wall restaurant will be on your right). Exit the building and turn left, going up the hill to North Pleasant Street. The College of Nursing (brick building) is across the street to the right.
**Please note: there is no free parking on campus.**


Prospective students who already hold a bachelor's degree usually have a number of questions about preparing for and applying to this program.

+ When do I apply? What is required?
All application materials must be submitted to Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) Admissions Office, 100 Venture Way, Hadley, MA 01035 by January 15 for the class that begins in August.


+ How will I know that my application is received and complete?
The applicant is responsible for submitting a complete application for admission to the Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) Admissions Office by the deadline date. It is required that you submit your application form, application fee, application essay, resume, and sponsor and bank statements (international applicants only) together in one packet. Reference letters may be submitted along with your application in unopened and sealed envelopes with a signature across the back part of the envelope. They may also be sent directly from the recommender to the CPE Admissions Office. Official transcripts must be sent directly from all colleges attended to the CPE Admissions Office; unofficial copies or photocopies are not acceptable. TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native speakers of English only) must be sent directly from the testing agency to the CPE Admissions Office. Students will be notified by mail of their admission status approximately six weeks after the deadline date.


+ Does it matter how long ago I received my previous bachelor's degree?
There is no time limit; however, you will need to have working knowledge of the course material from all of your prerequisite courses. If a long period of time has elapsed since you completed key prerequisites, you may want to consider retaking them prior to beginning your studies in the Second Bachelor’s program.


+ Is financial aid available?
Second Bachelor’s students are eligible for loans through the University of Massachusetts Financial Aid Office. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office or visit In addition, Second Bachelor’s students may apply for selected scholarships specifically for nursing students. For more information, go to:


+ Can I work and do the program at the same time?
This is a full-time, intensive program with courses regularly scheduled on weekdays and also involving full-day practicums which may include evenings and weekends. Although some students will need to work part-time, they should plan to devote semesters entirely to study in order to sustain satisfactory academic progress. If possible, it is recommended that you not work during your time of study.


+ What degree will I earn?
You will receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, entitling you to attend both the university graduation ceremony and the College of Nursing Pinning celebration. Students are eligible to sit for the RN licensure exam (NCLEX [R]) immediately upon graduation.

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