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Curriculum & Objectives


Students must remain continuously registered from the time of matriculation until the completion of the degree. This process cannot exceed six years, unless an exclusion to this policy is granted. Continuous registration means: ongoing course registration at UMD, or an approved Leave of Absence (LOA).

Nursing Credit Requirements:

  • Nursing porfolio credits: 38 Nursing credits transferred based on submission and approval of a professional portfolio.
  • Earned nursing credits at UMD: 28
  • Total credits for Nursing RN-BS: 122

Non-nursing credits: 42

Non-Nursing Distribution Credits: Credits may be transferred or challenged. Students may opt to take challenge examinations through Excelsior College and the College Level Equivalency Program (CLEP).

CourseTotal Credits
English 6
Statistics 3
Anatomy & Physiology 8
Microbiology 4
Social Sciences 12
Humanities 9
Electives 14

Non-nursing course requirements include:

  • Social Sciences: Must include 3 credits of psychology & 3 credits of sociology
  • Humanities: Must include 3 credits of philosophy
  • Statistics: Must include 3 credits of statistics

University Requirement: RN students must earn a minimum of 45 UMD credits to be eligible for graduation. This represents 28 required nursing credits plus 17 additional non-nursing credits taken at UMD.

Required Nursing Courses:

NUR 214 (Pre-requisite for RN clinical course)
Scholarly Inquiry in Nursing

NUR 301 (Required semester one)
Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing

NUR 302 (Pre-requisite for RN clinical course)
Selected Mechanisms of Disease and Related Pharmacology

NUR 306 (Pre-requisite for RN clinical course)
Professional Nursing

NUR 322 (Pre-requisite for RN clinical course)
Holistic Health Assessment

NUR 330
Community Health Nursing

NUR 331 (clinical course)
Experiential Learning: Community Health Nursing

NUR 409
Leadership in Nursing

NUR 452
Nursing Care of Persons with Chronic Illness

View Curriculum Guidelines

Grade Requirements

  • The minimum passing grade for all nursing courses, along with the five (5) required science courses (eg. Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Chemistry I & II, and Medical Microbiology), is C (73 or better). This also applies to all courses for transfer into the major.
  • Courses with grades of C- may be applied to the elective or other distribution requirements in the humanities or social sciences. Grades of D+ or D will not be accepted in any category, including the elective.
  • At the end of each program year, the student must have an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0. Failure to meet these criteria will result in academic probation according to the university policy. See the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth General Catalogue.
  • A student has the right to appeal a final course grade. Refer to the grade appeal policy in the academic regulations section of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth General Catalogue.

Repeating Courses

  •  A student may repeat a course only once, only as space is available, and with consent of the department chairperson and the student’s academic advisor.

Note: When the repeated course has been retaken, the student will progress in the College of Nursing program only as space is available. Selection of students eligible for progression may be limited by the availability of faculty and/or clinical placements. In the event that the number of eligible students exceeds available resources, students will be selected on the basis of academic standing.


Graduates of the RN-BS Degree Program will acquire the following learning objectives:

  • Caring/therapeutic alliance: Integrate caring behaviors and therapeutic alliances with persons into professional nursing care.
  • Communication: Integrate effective communication processes into professional nursing.
  • Knowledge: Synthesize knowledge as the foundation for providing nursing care that promotes health, shapes the environment, and guides persons and their families through the health care experience.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with others to promote health for a diverse society.
  • Outcome Evaluation: Evaluate the outcomes of nursing interventions.
  • Leadership/advocacy: Participate in leadership activities to effect needed change and improvement of health care systems and advocating to promote the health of the population.
  • Therapeutic interventions: Provide competent and evidence-based therapeutic nursing interventions.
  • Professional Development: Demonstrate behaviors that incorporate the dimensions of a professional essential to fulfill nursing’s social contract.


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