Aug 20, 2018  
2017-2018 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

You have already earned a bachelor’s degree and now you know your career choice - nursing.  The accelerated  Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABS) is a hybrid program offering online classes complemented by face to face lab and clinical experiences.  The program builds on your prior learning experiences and prepares you to become a nurse.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in any field.
  • Must complete 7 prerequisite courses before enrolling in the program.

Admissions Requirements:

Students interested in the Second Degree Accelerated BS program can have a bachelor’s degree in any field–it does not need to be a science field.  The first Bachelor’s degree must be from an accredited college or university.

  • GPA of 3.0 or better for your original degree.
  • Complete 7 prerequisite courses before enrolling in the program.
  • GPA of 3.2 is required for the prerequisites.
    • Growth & Development Across the Life Span–3 credits
    • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab–4 credits
    • Anatomy & Physiology II with lab–4 credits
    • Chemistry–3 credits
    • Medical Microbiology with lab–4 credits
    • Nutrition–3 credits
    • Introduction/Basic Statistics–3 credits
  • 3 letters of recommendation–all letters must be professional references and at least one must be an academic reference.
  • A statement of purpose in which you outline your reasons for pursuing a career in nursing; your skills and strengths which will help you succeed in this accelerated program; and what challenges you anticipate (maximum 600 words).
  • A professional resume
  • TEAS test scores are required for all students.
  • A TOEFL score is required if you do not hold an undergraduate degree from U.S. higher education institution

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2018 for August 2018 admission

Academic Policies:

The ABSN track follows the academic policies of the Baccalaureate Program with these exceptions:

  1. Students are dismissed for the College of Nursing after 1 course failure (as evidenced by a course grade of C- and below).




Term 1 (August)

Winter-Intersession (December-January)

Term 3 (January-April)

Term 4 (May-August)

Term 5 (September-December)


** This course includes clinical experience


59 total nursing credits

38 classroom credits

21 clinical credits


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