Accelerated Second Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Earn an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UMass Dartmouth in just 17 months.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing | UMass Dartmouth

You’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree and now you know your career choice - nursing. You want a program that will get you into the job market as soon as possible. UMass Dartmouth’s College of Nursing offers an outstanding option for you to fulfill your dreams. This 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

Program Highlights

  • This hybrid program offers online classes complemented by face-to-face lab and clinical experiences
  • Clinical rotation relationships with healthcare facilities throughout Massachusetts

For more information about this program, submit an inquiry through the form at the right.

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Visit the UMass Dartmouth website to learn more about starting your Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, NEW MEXICO, MARYLAND, and MINNESOTA RESIDENTS: UMass Dartmouth does not presently consider applications for online degree or certificate programs from applicants whose permanent residence is in Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Maryland or Minnesota because of the regulations resulting from legislation in these states. For details about regulations in your state that may affect your enrollment in an online program offered by another state, you may wish to consult your state's Department of Education and/or learn about efforts of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements at If you are a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Maryland, or Minnesota, UMass Dartmouth welcomes your application to a face-to-face program only.


Registration is administered through University Extension at UMass Dartmouth. Students will be invoiced. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Tuition $1,893
College Fee $102
Library Fee $18
Campus Center Fee $15
Registration Fee (per semester) $30
Total for a three credit course* $2,058

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* Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course

The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Our nursing program is accredited by the Commission on College Nursing Education (CCNE) and is in good standing with the Massachusetts Board of Registered Nursing.

Did you know?

University of Massachusetts has earned several awards for its distance learning programs, faculty and technology including:

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell’s B.S. in Information Technology Ranked Among Top Affordable Online IT Degrees by Get Educated in 2011
  • UMass Ranked Among Top 10 Best Colleges in Online Education in Communication & Public Relations Degrees, 2011 by The Best Colleges
  • UMass ranks 19th highest-rated university in the world by the Times of London.
  • UMass ranked 56th in the Times of London's Top 200
  • UMassOnline, UMass Boston President's Special Achievement Award, Valerie C. Haven, Sloan-C 2010 Awards
  • University of Massachusetts Ranked Among Top 28 Best Value in Online Education for Human Services & Psychology Professionals, 2009 by Get Educated
  • Ranked Top 10 Online Degrees Colleges- September 2009 (Online Degree
  • UMassOnline Awarded Public Sector of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council , 2008
  • Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program, UMass Lowell's Online Graduate Behavioral Intervention in Autism Program, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 'Excellence in Online Teaching' Award, Dr. Jeannette E. Riley, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Program of Excellence, University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)-Journalism Certificate
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • UMass Amherst Isenberg MBA, Top 10 national rankings, #4 Best Professors (2005, 2006, 2007 Princeton Review: Best Business Schools rankings)
  • 4th in Primary Care Education, U.S. World Reports
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education - United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

Students 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. (One course may be outstanding at time of application.)
  • 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, 2019 for August 2019 (Fall Term) admission

Financial Aid: 
Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid.
Students who are admitted to the program should review our Financial Aid Checklist:
  • Fill out the FAFSA form at It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth school code number 002210.
  • Please renew your FAFSA form every year.
  • When you register for classes, please contact the Professional and Continuing Education at UMass Dartmouth at (508) 999-9202 to let them know you that you have applied/are applying for financial aid.

For more information or if you have further questions, please contact UMass Dartmouth Financial Aid Office at (508) 999-8632 or at

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