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Nursing RN-BS Online BS

Complete your degree: RN to BSN online

The UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers registered nurses an online baccalaureate program that is individually planned for each student. The program builds on the RN’s nursing experience providing a more in-depth study of the physical and social sciences, leadership and management, community and public health, research, and the humanities. The RN to BS program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

This program is offered as degree completion for those who already hold a valid RN License in the state they reside. Students may transfer non-nursing course credits from other institutions to meet most program requirements. A total of 31 online course credits must be taken at UMass Dartmouth.


RN-BS degree 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 professional nurses.

Career Opportunities

Some healthcare fields are moving toward requiring a baccalaureate degree. Nurses with a BS in Nursing have expanded career options including:

  • Management
  • Education
  • Specialized Care

UMass Dartmouth advanced degrees

  • MS Nursing
  • DNP
  • Nursing PhD

A total of 31 credits, including 28 online nursing credits and 3 elective credits must be taken at UMass Dartmouth.

The RN to BS degree program students learn about:

  • Effective communication
  • Collaboration strategies
  • Outcome evaluation
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Professional development

Sample Course Offerings

Examples of required RN-BS courses include (course offerings subject to change)

  • Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing
  • Selected Mechanisms of Disease and Related Pharmacology
  • Professional Nursing
  • Holistic Health Assessment
  • Population Health Nursing
  • Nursing Care of Persons with Chronic Illness
  • Healthcare Informatics

Course descriptions, schedules and requirements

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UMassD advantages

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

  • UMass Dartmouth ranks in the top 50 in the United States for online Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs according to College Choice.
  • Faculty-directed independent study in clinical community nursing
  • UMassD online bachelor’s degree program ranked #7 in the nation by College Choice for most affordable online colleges
  • Value and affordability of a UMass education
  • Generous transfer policy
  • One-on-one personal advising from enrollment through graduation
  • Military friendly, with leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience
  • Free online and in-person tutoring and writing center
  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills

Learning Style: Online

Online courses are taught by UMass Dartmouth faculty to provide high-quality instruction and personal attention. Students have the flexibility to accommodate work and home responsibilities within the structure of defined assignment due dates.