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  • University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMassMed) - Worcester Graduate School of Nursing

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School - Worcester Graduate School of Nursing prepares their nursing graduates for the clinical world with researched-based learning. Nurses are ready to take their research findings and translate it into their practice.

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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 97
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
    • Location Worcester, Massachusetts
    • Programs DNP, MSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN-to-DNP, MSN to PhD, NP, PhD, BSN-to-PhD, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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    The Graduate School of Nursing was established in 1970 under Massachusetts General Laws with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) as the founding school. UMass is partnered with UMass Memorial Medical Center, part of the larger UMass Memorial Health Care.

    Academic Graduate Programs


    Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP)

    This program is for students who have completed their Bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. UMass will help guide the learner through the nursing program, preparing them for the RN NCLEX exam and state RN licensure.

    Admission (not all inclusive)

    • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher
    • Acceptable Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • Completed Application

    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    This program is for the nurse who has passed the NCLEX, obtained their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and is ready to use their knowledge from the biological, psychological, social and nursing sciences. The focus in this program is on the vulnerable populations.

    Admission Criteria BSN to AGRN (not all inclusive)

    • BSN
    • Unencumbered Massachusetts RN license
    • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher
    • CPR Certification for Health Providers (BLS) by the American Heart Association
    • Acceptable Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

    Admission Criteria for Pre-Graduate Option (PGO) to AGRN (not all inclusive)

    • Associate's degree or diploma in nursing and a bachelor's degree or higher in another non-nursing discipline
    • Unencumbered Massachusetts RN license
    • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher
    • CPR Certification for Health Providers (BLS) by the American Heart Association
    • Acceptable Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

    Admission BSN to AGRN and PGO to AGRN (not all inclusive)

    • Completed Application submitted to Nursing CAS
    • Notarized proof of residency for all applicants

    Post Graduate Certificate

    Nurses who have completed their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), not necessarily from UMass but from the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education accredited entity, can sit for an extra certification exam. The post graduate certifications offered include:

    Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP)

    Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)

    Nurse Educator

    Pre-Graduate Option (PGO) to DNP Pathway

    This program is for those who hold a Nursing diploma or an Associate of Science (ASN/ADN) and a Bachelor's degree in another field. This program is for nurses who want to become nurse practitioners and then advance to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

    Admission (not all inclusive)

    • Associate's degree or diploma in nursing and a bachelor's degree or higher in another non- nursing discipline
    • Unencumbered Massachusetts RN license
    • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher
    • CPR Certification for Health Providers (BLS) by the American Heart Association
    • Acceptable Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

    Post Master's to DNP

    This program is for nurses who have accomplished their Master of Science in Nursing degree, are a nurse administrator or have become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), or Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    For the graduate level nurse who is ready to go even further and advance his or her nursing practice to leadership and practice with diverse populations, utilizing leadership skills within a myriad of health-care systems and organizations as well as clinical nursing education, this is a logical choice at the Doctorate level.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

    This program is directed towards nurses who are researchers and serves to prepare the nurse for clinical and translational research. This program is also for nurses who have an interest in teaching and research; joining as faculty at the University level.

    Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Philosophy

    A streamlining program from the MSN to PhD is available for nurses who have a Master's degree in nursing or another health-related field. Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP) to PhD and Bachelor's to PhD programs are also available.

    Accreditation

    The Master's Degree in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

    The University of Massachusetts campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester) are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

    Rankings and Accolades

    US News & World Report (2019)

    • #91 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
    • #121 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice

    The Graduate School of Nursing at UMass Medical School was named one of the top nursing schools in the country in the inaugural rankings of Nursing Schools Almanac. The online nursing education resource ranked the GSN first overall in New England, 18th in the United States and eighth among public nursing schools in its analysis (2016).

    Edited by Joe V


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