Earn a second degree with our Accelerated BS in Nursing at UMassD

The UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing offers an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing for students already holding a bachelor’s degree in another discipline from a regionally accredited institution. The program offers online classes complemented by face-to-face lab and clinical experiences. This is a full-time program and prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

The second-degree accelerated BS in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is in good standing with the Massachusetts Board of Registered Nursing.

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Curriculum

UMass Dartmouth second-degree accelerated BS in Nursing students must complete 7 prerequisite courses and then 59 credits to graduate. This is a full-time program and can be completed in 17 months. Prerequisite courses may be completed either at UMass Dartmouth or another accredited institution before enrolling in the program and students must have a minimum 3.2 overall GPA in these courses.

The accelerated second-degree BS in Nursing program combines online course work and hands-on experience, including face-to-face lab and clinical experiences to prepare students for a career in today’s healthcare environment. Clinical and lab rotations are offered in various healthcare institutions around Massachusetts.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

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Sample Second-Degree Nursing Courses

  • Intro to Professional Nursing
  • Pathophysiology & Pharmacology
  • Care of Adults with Acute and Chronic Illness
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Family Health
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health

UMass Dartmouth advanced degrees

  • MS Nursing
  • DNP
  • Nursing PhD

UMass Dartmouth Advantages

Customize your education and receive the help and guidance to finish as planned:

  • UMassD rated #4 in Massachusetts for online bachelor’s programs, #6 in New England, and #70 nationwide, by U.S. News & World Report
  • UMassD online RN to BS in Nursing ranks in the Top 50 in the nation by College Choice
  • Value and affordability of a UMass education
  • Generous transfer policy
  • One-on-one personal advising from enrollment through graduation
  • Faculty-directed independent study in clinical community nursing
  • Free online and in person tutoring and writing center

Contact

Online & Continuing Education

508.999.9202
online@umassd.edu


Contact

Online & Continuing Education
Foster Administration, 121
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300

508.999.9202
508.910.9060
online@umassd.edu


CCNE Accredited

The bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at UMass Dartmouth are accredited by the Commission on College Nursing Education.

UMass Dartmouth is Military Friendly

A 2018-2019 Military Friendly School, that focuses on recruitment and retention of students with military experience. Learn more