How do I apply?

Potential freshman and transfer applicants that never attended UMass Boston as a matriculated student may apply online by visiting Undergraduate Admissions. If you are current or previous UMass Student, you may apply by submitting an Inter College Transfer (ICT). If you have earned a previous Bachelor’s degree from UMass Boston, you may apply by submitting a University of Massachusetts Second Degree Application. Both ICT and Second Degree Applications must be submitted to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Applications for our Nursing undergraduate program are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. The application deadlines are as follows:

  • December 1 for the fall semester
  • December 1 for the spring semester

Students applying to program through the Undergraduate Admissions Office need to submit an application, the application fee, and official transcripts from all schools attended since high school (even if the coursework does not relate to nursing), essay, high school transcripts and letters of recommendation.

Are there any pre-requisite courses I need to take before applying?

Undergraduate applicants are not required to complete college level courses prior to applying. However, applicants might consider taking the following courses while applying.

  1. Eng I, II – at UMass Boston or transfer courses allowed
  2. Chemistry - 4 credits at UMass Boston or transfer courses allowed
  3. General Bio – 4 credits at UMass Boston or transfer courses allowed
  4. Statistics – at UMass Boston or transfer courses allowed
  5. Intro to Sociology or Psychology – at UMass Boston or transfer courses allowed
  6. A & P, I and II – 4 credits at UMass Boston or transfer courses allowed
  7. Microbiology - at UMass Boston or transfer courses allowed
  8. Human Growth & Development - you may take this course from other universities, a course such as Developmental Psychology MUST cover the life span in order to transfer and meet the requirements of NU230 at UMass Boston. Please note - you cannot register for course NU230 at UMass Boston prior to being admitted to the CNHS Nursing BS program.
  9. Nutrition - at UMass Boston or transfer courses allowed.

I’m already a student at UMass Boston. What courses can I take in the College of Liberal Arts and/or the College of Sciences and Mathematics that will apply to the Nursing major?

English 101,102; CHEM 130 or CHEM115 and CHEM 117; BIO 207, 208, 209 (current nursing and Exercise and Health Sciences students have preferred registration); SOC 101 or PSYCH 100; Statistics (Math 125, SOC 270, ECON 205, PSYCH Z270, EHS 280 or MS 210); and EHS 150 or an equivalent nutrition course such as BIOL 108. The only acceptable Intermediate Seminar course is NURSNG 212, so you should wait until you are admitted to the nursing major before fulfilling this Gen Ed requirement. You may also need to take the Math and English Placement exams if you have not completed English 101 and Statistics.

You may also enroll in World Culture, Arts & Humanities and Social Science distribution courses. In the list below, look at the column titled "New Dist" or "Dist". This column will list courses coded as AR, HU, WL and WC; only those courses will meet the CNHS elective requirements.

List of Distribution Courses

What is the minimum GPA for admission consideration?

Applicants need a 3.00 GPA to be considered for the Traditional Nursing pool. If you do not meet this minimum GPA requirement, please contact Undergraduate Admissions to discuss possible options.   

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available for qualified students. For additional information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (617) 287-6300 or visit Financial Aid

Are there any other requirements for admission and/or graduation that I should be aware of?

Nursing students must earn a C+ for nursing and required science courses. In addition, we have policies on the number of times that you may re-take or withdraw from courses as well as other progression and graduation requirements.

All nursing students must be in compliance with Health Clearance Requirements prior to enrolling in clinical courses. The most time sensitive of the requirements is the Hepatitis B series. It takes over six months to complete the three injection Hepatitis B series; therefore, if you are considering the nursing major, you should begin this series as soon as possible.

To comply with the requirements placed on the clinical sites with whom we work students are required to give permission for a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) investigation. You can be disqualified from attending clinical, and therefore unable to successfully complete required nursing courses, if you have criminal convictions that prohibit you from being placed in health care agencies. (review website)

Required courses are to be taken in a set sequence. Once clinical courses begin, nursing becomes a full time program of study. The nursing program is very time intensive due to clinical and class assignments. Students are strongly advised to limit employment to fewer than 20 hours per week. Working more than 20 hours per week may result in academic jeopardy.

Due to the limited availability of clinical placements, satisfactory completion of admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the nursing major or clinical nursing courses.