UMass Boston

Nursing RN to BSN

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An online program for registered nurses to complete a bachelor's degree in as little as one year.

UMass Boston equips you to boost your salary and your job prospects with one of the best RN to BSN online program in Massachusetts, as ranked by You can earn your degree in as few as three semesters—a total of five nursing classes, at six credits each—with 42 credits transferred for your existing RN licensure.

No clinical required—instead complete a service learning project in your community of your choice. The program is 100% online with optional synchronized classes ,where you can meet virtually with your faculty and classmates. UMass Boston's RN to BSN is fully accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. We accept applications from all US states.

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Career Possibilities

Work as a registered nurse in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and community health centers. Find opportunities as a clinical research coordinator, working with healthcare teams to coordinate and manage clinical trials and research studies. Or, educate the next generation of healthcare providers as a nurse educator. These are just a few of the possibilities.

Become a(n):

  • Registered Nurse
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Nurse Educator
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Hospital Administrator

Application Deadlines

For fall semester admission, applications submitted by the "priority deadline" of March 1 are given priority and will be notified of a decision by the end of April. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis through July 1.

For spring semester admission, the application deadline is December 1. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis through December.

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Admission Criteria

  • Completion of an accredited associate degree in nursing program or a hospital school diploma program.
  • A GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Current citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America

Admission & Degree Requirements

Information Sessions

Interested in learning more about the program? Join us for an information session. All sessions are held virtually through Zoom. During each information session you will learn about the program curriculum, prerequisite requirements, application processes, and have the opportunity to participate in a Q & A with program staff and admissions.

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How to Apply

Students New to UMass Boston

If you have never been admitted or matriculated into a degree program at UMass Boston, you may apply to the RN-BS Program using this Apply link.

Note: If you have taken classes as a continuing education or non-degree student at UMass Boston, you are still considered a "new" student and should apply through Undergraduate Admissions.

The following application materials must be submitted:
  • Completed Undergraduate Admissions Application
  • Application fee: $60.00
  • Official, sealed transcripts from all colleges and schools attended AFTER the completion of high school/GED (even if the coursework completed does not pertain to nursing).

Note: Applicants DO NOT need to supply their high school transcripts.

Application materials should be mailed to:

University of Massachusetts Boston
c/o Office of Undergraduate Admissions
100 William T Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125

After you apply to the program, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will mail you a letter containing an ID Number and pin code. You can use the ID Number and pin code online to review your Application Status.  If you have any questions about your application or the application process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Former UMass Boston Students

If you were previously admitted to a degree program at UMass Boston, your application process is different than what is listed above.

Please select whichever of the following options applies to you and follow the instructions below.

  1. Formerly matriculated students who did not receive a degree
    If you were admitted to a degree program at UMass Boston but did not receive a degree, please complete the Undergraduate Readmission form available from the Office of the Registrar.
  2. Students who received a previous Bachelor's degree from UMass Boston
    If you have earned a previous Bachelor’s degree from UMass Boston, you may apply by submitting a Second Degree Application form available from the Office of the Registrar.
The following application materials must be submitted:
  • Completed Readmission Application Form or Second Degree Application
  • Official, sealed transcripts from any colleges attended after graduating from UMass Boston

Degree Requirements

Completion of the RN-BS Degree requires successful completion of the following requirements:

All coursework completed after the date of matriculation into the program must be taken at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Cost & Aid
Please refer to the the undergraduate financial aid pages for more information.

For additional information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s Office or send an email to


The nursing core classes must be taken in order at UMass Boston.

Each nursing course is 6 credits.

  • NU360- Professional Issues in Nursing
  • NU 361- Health Assessment and Promotion
  • NU 362- Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • NU 461- Community Health Nursing
  • NU 462- Capstone- Legal, Ethical, and Health Policy 

Graduation Criteria

  • Successful completion of all nursing courses (five classes totaling 30 credits)
  • Successful completion of the Writing Proficiency Requirement
  • Successful completion of all University general education and elective requirements. ▪ 120 overall credits 

Additional Requirements

If students do not transfer in credit for Pharmacology, Anatomy & Physiology, and/or Microbiology we offer National League of Nursing Examinations. All NLN exams are offered online through the National League for Nursing. 

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