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RN to BS Nursing Degree

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. 

 

General Education, Electives  and Nursing Prerequisite Courses

+        RN 
 License

+                Online UMass/
   Amherst Nursing Courses

60 Credits

30 Credits

30 Credits     

Nutrition

3

                                

N290B

Introduction to Healthcare Informatics

3

Anatomy and Physiology

8

 

N312

Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness

4

Microbiology

4

 

N315

Health and Physical Assessment of Individuals and Families

3

English Composition

3

 

N317

Writing in Nursing

3

Literature or Fine Arts

3

 

N415

Community Focus in Nursing

3

History

3

 

N418

Nurse Process: Families

3

Statistics

3

 

N420

Introduction to Research in Nursing

3

Growth and Development/ Life Span

3

 

N438

Professional Role

3

Abnormal Psychology

3

 

N440

Vulnerable and Under-served Populations

3

Social World

3

 

N498S

Practicum: Special Populations

2

Physical Science

3

 

 

 

 

Electives

21

 

 

 

 

       

   

University of Massachusetts/Amherst

RN/BS Program of Study  - 30 Credits

ONE YEAR PLAN

Course #

Course Title

Credits

SUMMER

N312

Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness

4

N317

Writing in Nursing

3

N415

Community Focus in Nursing

3

 

 

 

FALL

N315

Health/Physical Assessment of Individuals and Families

3

N440

Vulnerable and Underserved Population

3

N498S

Practicum - Special Populations

2

 

 

 

WINTER

 

 

N290B

Introduction to Healthcare Informatics

3

 

 

 

SPRING

N420

Intro to Research in Nursing

3

N438

Professional Role

3

N418

Nursing Process – Families

3

 

 

 

TWO YEAR PLAN

Course #

Course Title

Credits

SUMMER I

N317

Writing in Nursing

3

N415

Community Focus in Nursing

3

 

 

 

FALL I

N440

Vulnerable and Underserved Populations

3

N498S

Practicum - Special Populations

2

 

 

 

WINTER

(Take either Winter I or Winter II)

 

N290B

Introduction to Healthcare Informatics

3

 

 

 

SPRING I

N418

Nursing Process – Families

3

 

 

 

SUMMER II  

N312

Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness

4

 

 

 

FALL II 

N315

Health/Physical Assessment of Individuals and Families

3

 

 

 

WINTER II                                      (Take either Winter I or Winter II)  

N290B

Introduction to Healthcare Informatics

3

 

 

 

SPRING II  

N420

Intro to Research in Nursing

3

 

 

 

N438

Professional Role

3

Revised 02/14