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RN to BS Nursing Degree
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Accredited by: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Program Advisor: Ann Tierney, MS, RN, 413-236-4716

A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing, awarded by the University of Massachusetts, designed for working registered nurses with a diploma or an associate degree is offered in collaboration with Berkshire Community College. This program is in response to the demand for more nurses with advanced levels of education to meet the needs of today’s health care delivery system.

Course work for the program may be scheduled over a number of semesters depending on individual student needs. General education and nursing foundation courses must be completed before admission to the nursing major. Many courses taken at BCC will transfer to UMass/Amherst. CLEP and other challenge examinations may be accepted for credit in some areas. Course work completed at colleges or universities other than Berkshire Community College will be reviewed for transfer to the University.

The UMass/Amherst program of study, taught by University faculty, is a learner-centered program combining Internet/Web-based instruction and clinical practice to meet the needs of registered nurses with other life responsibilities. A full time, one year option or a two year part time option is available.   

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete the program. (see footnote 1)

BCC General Education, Electives
and Nursing Prerequisite Courses
(see footnote 2)

+

RN License

+

   Online UMass/Amherst Nursing Courses
    (click here for Full Time and Part Time plans)

60 Credits

 

30 Credits

AHS

Nutrition

3

 

N290

Introduction to Healthcare Informatics

3

BIO

Anatomy and Physiology

8

 

N312

Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness

3

BIO

Microbiology

4

 

N315

Health and Physical Assessment of Individuals and Families

3

ENG

English Composition

3

 

N317

Writing in Nursing

3

ENG

Literature or Fine Arts

3

 

N415

Community Focus in Nursing

 

HIS

History

3

 

N418

Nurse Process: Families

3

MAT

Statistics

3

 

N420

Introduction to Research in Nursing

3

PSY

Growth and Development/ Life Span

3

 

N438

Professional Role

3

PSY

Abnormal Psychology
Social World
Physical Science
Electives

3
3
3
21

 

N440
N49BR
N49BS

Vulnerable and Under-served Populations
Practicum: Families
Practicum: Special Populations

3
3
3

 

Footnotes:  

1.  The 120 credits for graduation are derived as follows:
·Nursing prerequisite, general education and electives - 60 credits
·RN licensure - 30 credits
·Online program   30 credits

2.  A world/global diversity course is also required.  This course may be integrated with a gen. ed. or elective course

3.  There are two admission cycles: Spring (January) and Summer (June)                                                                                       2013-2014