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Online RN-to-BS Nursing Program

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The College of Nursing offers registered nurses a dynamic, interactive online baccalaureate program that is individually planned for each RN student. The faculty members continually provide support, guidance, and individualized academic planning to students as they progress through the program.


  • Individualized plan for program progression each semester
  • Online format provides contact with classmates and faculty
  • Nursing courses may be completed in 4 semesters
  • Program begins with an optional 3-hour orientation prior to the start of class
  • Nursing courses build on RN prior knowledge and support professional development

A clinical community nursing course allows students to apply new knowledge concepts through faculty directed independent study.

Students may transfer non-nursing course credits from other institutions to meet most program requirements. A total of 45-credits, including 28 online nursing credits, must be taken at UMass Dartmouth. The other 17 non-nursing credits may be satisfied with online, blended or traditional classroom courses offered through University Extension.

Eligibility: RN-BS applicants must show proof of a valid unencumbered United States RN license and possess the functional capabilities to perform the skills and behaviors required of a professional nurse. Students are responsible to fulfill all of the regulatory requirements of the clinical agency that they will be enrolled in the community health clinical course.

View the UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Why Go Back for a Baccalaureate Degree? (article from American Nurse Today)

Online programs and courses are offered by the Departments and Colleges of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth through UMass Dartmouth University Extension.