Academics

Prerequisites

These accelerated prerequisite descriptions have been provided for your convenience. Please refer to them to determine if the prerequisite courses you have taken or plan to take will fulfill the prerequisite requirements for the accelerated nursing option.

If you are unsure if your courses will satisfy the prerequisite requirements, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will make the final determination when your completed application is reviewed.

Courses Required Prior to Application to the Accelerated Option

  • Completion of all 7 prerequisite courses before December 1 application deadline
  • 7 prerequisite courses
Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
Microbiology 4 credits
Statistics 3 credits
Growth and Development (through the lifespan) 3 credits
Nutrition 3 credits
Social Behavioral Science Elective 3 credits
  • The prerequisite courses do not need to be completed at UMass Boston
  • You may take the prerequisite courses at an accredited community college or university.
    • Please click course above and compare it to the course description of the course you plan to take to confirm the same topics are covered

Please note: The following 3 courses -- Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, and Microbiology -- must be taken within 10 years and a grade C+ or higher is required for acceptance.

Anatomy & Physiology I (this course must be less than 10 years old and completed with a grade of C+ or higher)

Anatomy and Physiology I with a lab (4 Credits)
A study of the human organism, correlating structure and physiological mechanisms. Emphasis on skin, the special senses, and the skeletal , articular, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

Anatomy & Physiology II (this course must be less than 10 years old and completed with a grade of C+ or higher)

Anatomy and Physiology II with a lab (4 Credits)
Continuation of A&P I.  Emphasis on the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory and reproductive systems.

Microbiology (this course must be less than 10 years old and completed with a grade of C+ or higher. Please note only one microbiology course is required)

Medical Microbiology with a lab (4 Credits)
An introduction to viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa which may be pathogenic to humans and animals; and to immunology, epidemiology, and clinical microbiology. The laboratory introduces sterile techniques, maintenance of pure cultures, isolation, identification, and immunological methods. For nursing majors. Biology majors should take BIOL 334 for microbiology. 

Microbiology with a lab (4 Credits)
The study of viruses, bacteria, algae, fungi, and protozoa, to include their characterization, classification, and relationship to humans and the environment. Lecture topics include microbial biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, taxonomy, pathogenic bacteriology, food and industrial microbiology, and ecology. The laboratory emphasizes aseptic techniques to isolate, culture, observe, and identify bacteria.

Statistics (please note only one statistics course is required)

ECON
Statistical Methods (3 Credits)

A non-calculus introduction to statistical inference aimed at familiarizing students with common statistical concepts so they will be able to make intelligent evaluations of technical reports. Topics include descriptive statistics; probability, including the normal distribution; hypothesis testing, including t-tests; analysis of variance; regression and correlation. Students will also learn and use Microsoft Excel.

SOCIOL
Elements of Social Statistics (3 Credits)

Fundamentals of social statistics; special emphasis on probability, tests of significance, and measures of association.

PSYCH
Statistics (3 Credits)

The applied study of the scientific method in the behavioral sciences. Fundamental statistical concepts and techniques are surveyed and used, with primary emphasis on the logic underlying the use of descriptive and inferential tools in scientific inquiry. Topics include parametric and non-parametric statistics, e.g., correlation and analysis of variance.

MATH
Introductory Statistics (3 Credits)

Topics include introductory statistics, covering descriptive statistics; introductory probability sufficient to enable the development of inferential statistics; and inferential statistics.

MSIS
Managerial Statistics (3 Credits)

Provides the student with basic statistical techniques needed for business decision making in areas such as operations management, quality improvement, marketing research, finance, and general management. The course examines collection and presentation of data, frequency distribution, basic probability, statistical inference, and regression. Students use statistical software for data presentation and analysis.

EHS
Statistics for Health Professionals (3 Credits)

This course focuses on basic concepts of statistics such as measures of central tendency and variability; concepts of test validity, reliability, and objectivity and on basic techniques used in inferential statistics. Emphasis will be placed on interpreting scientific peer-reviewed research in the field of exercise and health sciences.

Growth and Development (through the lifespan)

Life Span Growth and Development (3 Credits)
This course is designed to examine theories and concepts of normal growth and development. Ranges in human growth, development and behavior for each stage throughout the life cycle, birth through death, are emphasized. The course explores the influence of family, society and culture on health maintenance behaviors and perceived health needs for each developmental stage.

Nutrition(please note only one nutrition course is required)

Intro to Nutrition (3 Credits) 
Introduction to the elements of nutrition with emphasis on nutrition for humans; examination of food stuffs and nutritional quality, physiology of food utilization, food quality regulations, and the global ecology of food production. No background in the natural sciences is required.

EHS Introduction to Nutrition (3 credits)
This course examines ways in which nutrition promotes health, influences disease, and affects exercise and sports performance. A major goal is to have students better understand the role nutrition plays in their own health. Participants evaluate popular diets and dietary supplements, examine current nutrition recommendations, and acquire confidence in making sensible nutrition recommendations.

Social Behavioral Science Elective (please note only one social behavioral science course is required)

Intro to Psychology (3 Credits)
A general survey of selected content areas in psychology, including personality and human development; physiological psychology; learning; learning; intelligence; heredity and environment; and motivation and emotion.

Intro to Sociology (3 Credits)
The structure of society, cultural patterns, and group life. The individual and socialization, groups, institutions, social systems and social change

If you would like additional information on the accelerated nursing option, please contact Enrollment Information Services at 617.287.6000 or by email.