University of Massachusetts Boston (UMassBoston) College of Nursing and Health Sciences | 88% NCLEX Pass Rates

The University of Massachusetts Boston (UMassBoston) is the ninth largest nursing school in the United States. Along with several NP and CNS post-graduate certificates, UMassBoston's academic nursing programs include the BSN, ABSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD degrees.

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  • Accreditation ccne Accredited
  • Programs RN-to-BSN, PhD, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, BSN-to-PhD, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, MSN to PhD, NP, CNS, Other
  • Location Boston, MA
  • Telephone 1-617-287-7500
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The University of Massachusetts Boston (UMassBoston) was founded in 1964 and is a public institution. UMassBoston is proud to be the 9th largest nursing school in the country and is recognized nationally as a model of excellence for urban public universities.

Undergraduate Programs

Accelerated, BS

The accelerated BS degree is a 15-month intensive course of study for students who already hold an accredited baccalaureate degree in another disciple. The program includes adult learning styles and combines online, blended, and face-to-face classes. Additional requirements include the TEAS exam and mandatory accelerated nursing information session prior to the application deadline.


This program is designed for licensed and actively practicing RNs. Part-time and full-time options are available. The program can be completed in 3-5 semesters at a full time enrollment. There are options to participate online or face-to-face. The face-to-face program is available at Cape Cod Community College.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Accredited Associate Degree in Nursing program or a hospital school Diploma program
  • Current, valid RN license within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Current citizen/permanent resident of the US with work authorization and residency in the US

NOTE: Currently, this program is only accepting applications from licensed Massachusetts RNs

Traditional, BS

Designed for students who are entering freshmen or transfer students, the traditional option is a 2.5 to 4 year commitment of academic study. Clinical rotations include placement at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Good Samaritan-Brockton, VA Medical Centers, and many others.

For Freshmen and Transfer admission, the average minimum GPA has been around 3.2 and 3.4, respectively, during the last few cycles.  A waiting list is generally created for a small group of students who are below the minimum GPA. Applicants may be offered acceptance to the secondary option if not accepted to Nursing. Transfer students are required to take the TEAS exam.

Requirements for Clinical Rotation (not all inclusive)

Specific immunizations

CPR training for the health professional

Unblemished criminal and sex offender background check

Graduate Programs

BS-to-DNP Program


MS-DNP (Online)

PhD in Nursing

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Post Master’s Certificate

Nurse Practitioner - Post Master’s Certificate

Master of Science (MS)

The MS program is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) role. There are three tracks from which to choose:

Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGACCNS)

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The focus is towards increasing the appropriate supply, diversity, and distribution of highly trained APRNs to meet emerging health care system needs. 

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

This program is designed to incorporate nursing health policy and population health thus preparing graduates as leaders in analytics, research and education. There are four tracks within the program:

BS-to-PhD Health Policy

MS-to-PhD Health Policy

BS-to-PhD Population Health

MS-to-PhD Population Health

NEW:  Post-Doctoral Fellowship program in Cancer and Health Disparities - jointly sponsored by the college and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center


Full approval status from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing is granted for the pre-licensure program.

Accreditation has been granted to the baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


US News & World Report ranked the University of Massachusetts Boston at #220 in National Universities.

The US News & World Report Best Graduate Schools 2018, ranked the UMass Boston master's program #59 in the country and the DNP program #62.’s 50 Best Accelerated BSN Programs for 2017 list has ranked UMass Boston #28.

The University of Massachusetts Boston received the 2016 "Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization" by NAFSA: Association of International Educators

The University of Massachusetts Boston is a silver award recipient on Victory Media Inc.’s 2017 Military Friendly School® list.

The Princeton Review named UMass Boston as one of its “Best in the Northeast” colleges.

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  1. Anonymous
    Oct 12, '17, 12:03 pm by
    Overall: 4.5 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 4 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus

    My Experience

    Great education at a low cost (if in-state). Innovative and intensive DEU helps student gain clinical experience and network. Clinical placements are top notch. It's academically rigorous and challenging. Graduates are successful in finding jobs and many find jobs in large research hospitals. Classrooms are not the most beautiful, but they're functional. The sim lab is high tech.

    The class is incredibly diverse (ie, racial, gender, age, nationalities, sexual orientation, languages); students overall are friendly. Parking is expensive and difficult (traffic can be bad).

    About The Staff

    Most professors and clinical instructors are great. Staff support is pretty good.

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