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RN to BS Track

The RN to BS Track offers both an online and face-to-face option. This curriculum meets the needs of registered nurses with other life responsibilities through a curriculum that combines web-based instruction with student-tailored practice. Designed for students with clearly defined career goals, it calls for substantial autonomy in meeting established objectives. 

Students take part in clinical practice arranged under faculty direction with the cooperation of community agencies and health care facilities. UMass Amherst nursing faculty help students explore new areas of practice and lay the foundation for a problem-solving approach to nursing practice and research.

RNs can fulfill work and family obligations without giving up advancement potential or a world-class education. Program coursework in the online track is designed to be completed entirely online, with the clinical component of the program at a location convenient to their home.

Our face-to-face courses will be offered at the UMass Center at Springfield, located in Tower Square at 1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA. 

Priority Application Deadline

  • October 1 for January admission (online or face-to-face track)
  • February 1 for June admission (online or face-to-face track)
  • We will continue to accept applications beyond these dates until all spots have been filled

Admission Requirements

Estimated Costs

Before You Apply...

Before applying, all applicants must have their transfer credits evaluated by the Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) Office.

          Elizabeth Leary
          Continuing Education Online Coordinator
          Undergraduate and Professional Admissions
          University of Massachusetts
          Mass Ventures Building, Suite 20
          Hadley, MA 01035
          Tel: 413-577-0746

Current Community College Nursing Students:

We can help you to create a program to transition smoothly from your current coursework to ours.
Contact us early to work with a College of Nursing advisor.

Prerequisite Courses

* - these courses (Microbiology, Nutrition, and Anatomy and Physiology) may be fulfilled through NLN Achievement Tests
+ - this course (Human Growth and Development) may be fulfilled through CLEP

An additional 30 credits may be earned via submission of RN licensure, of which 15 credits will be considered UMass Amherst residence credit.

A grade of C or higher is required in all coursework.

Both a one-year and two-year plan of study are offered for both the online and face-to-face tracks. Your attendance at orientation (in person or online) prior to the start of your program of study is required.

While the one-year and two-year plans of study are the traditional options, you also have the opportunity to individualize your plan of study to suit your lifestyle needs. 

Current community college nursing students: We can help you to create a program to transition smoothly from your current coursework to ours. Contact us early to work with a College of Nursing advisor. 

Online or face-to-face track programs of study:


One + Two + One Seamless Curriculum Associate Degree to RN to BS in Nursing

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst College of Nursing is looking for committed and motivated students for an innovative approach to nursing education. This program offers qualified students a pathway to complete both the Associate Degree in Nursing and the RN-BS degree at UMass within four years. The first year of the One + Two + One Seamless Curriculum begins at your community college. During this first year of fulltime study the student will complete required non-nursing course work. The second and third year in the curriculum, continuing at your community college, provides the student with the course work necessary to complete the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Upon graduating, the student will take the NCLEX exam and begin the final year of course work at UMass.

This example is specific to the 1+2+1 seamless curriculum beginning at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), however, it can be adapted to fit the curriculum at your community college.


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