University of Massachusetts Boston (UMassBoston) College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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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.


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


  • BS to DNP Program
  • MS to 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

Approval and Accreditation

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

The University of Massachusetts Boston is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Accreditation has been granted to the baccalaureate, master's, post-graduate APRN Certificate, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


US News & World Report (2019)

  • #83 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #72 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #191 (tie) in National Universities
  • #104 (tie) in Top Public Schools
  • #49 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs

NICHE (2019)

  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #3
  • Most Liberal Colleges in America #128
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #134
  • Best College Locations in America #151
  • Top Public Universities in America #171
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #445
  • Best Colleges in America #459
  • Safest College Campuses in America #599
  • Best Value Colleges in America #643
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts #1
  • Top Public Universities in Massachusetts #3
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in Massachusetts #5
  • Most Liberal Colleges in Massachusetts #12
  • Best College Locations in Massachusetts #16
  • Best Colleges in Massachusetts #25
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in Massachusetts #25
  • Safest College Campuses in Massachusetts #25
  • Best Value Colleges in Massachusetts #38
  • Best Colleges in Boston Area #17
  • Best Value Colleges in Boston Area #23

Forbes (2018)

  • #573 Top Colleges
  • #207 in Public Colleges
  • #225 in Research Universities
  • #191 in the Northeast
  • #297 America's Best Value Colleges

Victory Media Inc. named the University of Massachusetts Boston to the 2018-2019 Military Friendly Schools® list.

The Princeton Review named UMass Boston as one of its "Best in the Northeast" colleges (2017).'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.

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