About the College of Nursing

The College of Nursing offers a nationally recognized comprehensive nursing program where you will develop nursing values, skills and competencies foundational to your future nursing career. From our modern nursing labs  to our outstanding faculty and local clinical partners, you will be prepared to begin your nursing career as well as graduate study.

Our curriculum guides you starting with your first year of foundational courses in sciences and  professional concepts for nursing practice and theory. You will begin your clinical courses in your sophomore year and continue building on foundational skills during your junior and senior years. At the end of your senior year, you will select a clinical site for your mentorship and be partnered with a professional nurse in that setting that will further prepare you for the national licensing exam (NCLEX) and entry into your nursing career. Your mentorship placement often leads to your first job as a licensed registered nurse.

UMass Dartmouth nursing graduates will be proficient in the following competencies:

  • caring/therapeutic  alliance
  • communication
  • knowledge
  • collaboration
  • outcome  evaluation
  • leadership/advocacy
  • therapeutic interventions
  • professional development
  • quality

The Baccalaureate, Masters, and Doctorate in Nursing Practice programs are accredited by the Council on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Board of Registration in Nursing, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Academic programs

Honors Program

Students have the opportunity to participate in the University Honors Program. The mission of the University Honors Program is to promote a lifetime love of learning and creative activity; to encourage the spirit of community responsibility; and to enable students to undertake original research or creative work in their chosen field, so that they will be well prepared for graduate study and/or professional employment.

As part of the statewide Commonwealth Honors Program, students who fulfill the requirements of the Honors Program graduate as Commonwealth Scholars. The Commonwealth Scholar honor is bestowed upon graduating seniors at the annual Honors Convocation ceremony in May, and is inscribed on the student's diploma and transcript.

University Honors Program


Nursing students can select from variety of on campus housing options from living-learning communities to dedicated housing for freshmen. 

Living on campus