Frequently Asked Questions About the RN-BS Program

How do I apply?

Applications for the RN-BS Program are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. The application deadlines are June 15 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Please see the Admission Requirements page for further information.

What is the minimum GPA for admission consideration?

As a competitive program, students who have a combined GPA of 2.50 or greater will be given first consideration. Applicants with a GPA less than 2.50 are still encouraged to apply.

Will all of my credits transfer?

UMass Boston will accept up to 70 credits from an accredited two-year academic institution, and up to 90 credits from an accredited four-year academic institution.  Please note that courses must be a minimum of three credits, on a semester system. For more detailed information, please see Transferring Courses.

Are there a certain number of credits that must be taken at UMass Boston?

The university requires students to earn a minimum of 30 credits at UMass Boston in order to obtain a degree from UMass Boston. The 5 six-credit nursing courses in the RN-BS program meet this residency requirement.

I took my science classes 20 years ago. Will those classes still count?

The RN-BS Program does not have a time limit on accepting science courses, or any other courses.

How do I know what courses I’ll need to take?

The RN-BS Advising Sheet outlines the courses students need to complete prior to admission and the additional university requirements. In addition there is an academic advisor who will work with you throughout out your course of study.

How long is the program?

The actual length of the program will vary depending on the number of transfer credits that a student has upon entering the program and when they chose to complete any additional requirements. The required Nursing courses will take five semesters to complete. Completion of the additional university requirements will vary depending on the student.

Are there classes I could be taking while my application is being processed?

Yes. The RN-BS Advising Sheet lists all courses required to complete the program. Please visit the RN-BS Advising Sheet for more information. It may be a good idea to take any outstanding health science or statistics prerequisites. For example, many registered nurses have not completed a 3-credit course in Pharmacology and 3-credit course in Nutrition. Students have the option of taking an online or in-person course in each of those subjects or taking an equivalent NLN examination.

What is the cost of the program?

Please visit the College of Advancing and Professional Studies for the per-credit cost of the program. The cost of books varies with the course. 

Is financial aid available?

YES! Financial aid is available for qualified students, and we encourage you to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Because the core nursing classes entail six credits each semester, RN-BS students will maintain at least half-time status, depending on whether additional courses are taken simultaneously. For additional information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 617.287.6300 or visit the Financial Aid website.

What are the academic standards for progression and graduation once I matriculate in the program?

The minimum passing grade for the nursing courses, statistics, and health science prerequisites (if a student chooses to take a course) is a C+. RN-BS students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to progress each semester. For complete information academic standards and policies, please review the Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook available on the College of Nursing and Health Sciences webpage.

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