Available as a mix of on-campus and online courses!

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BS Degree Completion Option

Designed for licensed RNs, this bachelor's degree program for nurses offers busy professionals a perfect solution for building upon their current nursing credentials with a combination of on campus, blended and online courses.

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Earn Your Bachelors as a Licensed RN

UMass Lowell's part-time Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BS Degree Completion Option is available on campus, online, and in a "blended" online / on-campus format - making it more convenient than ever for licensed RN's to earn their Bachelor's Degree part-time.

This Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion Option has been developed specifically for licensed RNs by the University's Solomont School of Nursing which is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and it is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN).

Affordable Tuition:

  • Face-to-face courses are $340 per credit
  • Blended courses are $340 per credit
  • Online courses are $380 per credit

Students completing their degree will be able to take many of their non-nursing electives in a totally online format, or on campus if preferred.

Fast Track MS for Licensed RN Baccalaureate Students

See our qualifications for the MS Fast Track.

Transfer Courses

Please review our transfer policies for registered nurses.

Please note, because the blended nursing courses combine both online and face-to-face class sessions, this program is not recommended for individuals living outside of a 60 mile radius of Lowell, MA.


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education logo The Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE Standards, 2013).

UMass Lowell's Solomont School of Nursing is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN).

Curriculum Outline

- Number of Credits Required Including the Foundations Courses: (120cr)

Course Descriptions

NURS.1030 Academic Strategies Portfolio Seminar

Nursing students with a diploma in nursing, associate degree in nursing, or second baccalaureate degree will submit a portfolio to demonstrate how they have met the course objectives. The portfolio will show evidence of goal setting and time management, UML library orientation for literature searches, understanding of academic integrity and writing and referencing using APA style. Students will participate in seminar(s) on communication, cultural sensitivity , and conflict resolution. 1 credits.


NURS.3010 Research in Nursing and Health Care

This course provides an overview of the research process. Health care research interests and the methodology of various disciplines are examined. Through a review of research studies, students examine the basic steps in the process of research. Ethical problems in the world of research are explored and students learn how research influences health care practice and policy. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Information Literacy (IL). 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

Nursing majors only


NURS.3060 Health Assessment

This combined didactic and laboratory course builds on the students' professional nursing education and experiences through the inclusion of health assessment information as applied to the professional nursing role in the community setting. Emphasis is on systematic data collection including thorough history taking, physical examination, screening and risk-factor recognition. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

RN Program Only


NURS.3070 Concepts for Baccalaureate Nursing

This course is designated as a transition course for registered nurse students pursuing a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing. This course aims to refine critical thinking skills and analyze nursing's unique contribution to health care. Consideration is given to the interrelationships of theory, research, and practice. Special emphasis is placed on the concepts of health promotion and risk reduction as they relate to individuals and families who are at risk for or experiencing health problems. This course includes a practicum component that focuses on the development of interventions to promote the health of individuals and families at risk. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

RN Program Only


NURS.3080 Health Promotion in Nursing

This course is designed as a transition course for registered nurse students pursuing a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing. It introduces the theory and research related to the concepts of health/ promotion and risk reduction. These concepts are presented as essential components of professional nursing practice. This course includes a clinical practicum which focuses on the development of interventions to promote the health of individuals and families. This course aims to refine critical thinking skills and analyze nursing's unique contribution to health care. Consideration is given to the interrelationships of theory, research and practice. 2 credits.

Prerequisites:

NURS.3090 Co- & RN Prog.Only


NURS.3090 Health Promotion in Nursing Practice Practicum

This course is a clinical practicum which focuses on the development of interventions to promote the health of individuals and families. This course aims to refine critical thinking skills and analyze nursing's unique contribution to health care. Consideration is given to the interrelationships of theory, research and practice. 3 credits. Tuition for this course is calculated at a rate based on 9 contact hours due to the highly individualized, self-paced clinical nature of the course.

Prerequisites:

NURS 1030,301,306,307pre,&308


NURS.3200 Community-Focused Health and Policy

This course provides a foundation to community health nursing with the community, family and individual as Client. This course presents an overview of the US health care delivery system with an emphasis on the role of government in healthcare, Medicaid, and current efforts at healthcare reform. 3 credits.


NURS.3240 Community-Focused Project Implementation

This course focuses on improving the health of one aspect of the community. Students analyze health problems in identified communities. Interventions for community as client are developed and implemented and the effectiveness of applied interventions in evaluated. 2 credits.

Prerequisites:

Nursing (BS): RN's only Pre-re


NURS.3250 Community-Focused Project Dissemination

This one credit course focuses on the dissemination of the results of a community based program. Students develop presentations which describe methods used to identify, intervene and evaluate the health problems of a community. Students are required to present their findings at a formal dissemination venue identified by faculty. 1 credits.

Prerequisites:

Nursing (BS): RN's only Pre-re


NURS.4200 Leadership in Nursing

This course focuses on leadership roles, responsibilities, and opportunities for the professional nurse. Course content includes professional issues, trends, and leadership and managerial principles pertinent to healthcare and nursing practice. Students explore professional perspectives, norms, and ethical standards essential in values-driven management and leadership. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

Nursing (BS): RN's only Pre-re


NURS.4210 Selected Topics in Nursing

Selected Topics in Nursing is a course for advanced undergraduates in the RN-BS option. The content will vary from semester to semester depending on the research interest of the faculty member(s) teaching the course. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

NURS 3070/308 & Nursing (BS) P


Program Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA), to present a minimum of 120 semester hours, to fulfill the residency requirements, to conform to the general regulations and requirements of the University, to satisfy the regulations and academic standards of the colleges which exercise jurisdiction over the degrees for which they are matriculating, to satisfy the curriculum requirements established by the departments or programs in their major, and to complete the University's Core Curriculum requirements, which are listed within the program's curriculum outline. For additional information regarding the University's general policies and procedures, transfer credit information and residency requirements; please refer to our Academic Policies & Procedures.

Registration

The Division of Online & Continuing Education offers courses during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Approximately two months prior to the start of each semester, we post the upcoming semester course schedule on our website. Once you know which course(s) you would like to take, current students can register using SIS Self-Service, while new students, who have not already applied and been accepted into a program, must use the Non-Degree Registration Form.

You may take courses without being officially enrolled in a certificate or degree program, but you must meet the particular course prerequisites. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited. We recommend that you register early to reserve your place in class.

If you would like to be notified by email when we post our next semester's course schedule, click here.

For more information, please visit our Registration Information Page .

Tuition

Please refer to our tuition and fees page for up-to-date pricing information or refer to the Online & Continuing Education Course Bulletin that is published each semester.

Transfer Credits / Credit for Prior Learning

Have you taken credit courses at another accredited college or university in the past? You may be able to count those courses towards your degree at UMass Lowell. Please review our transfer credit policy and email our advisors at Continuing_Education@uml.edu for additional details.

New Students

If you have not already applied and been accepted to a program.
Register with Non-Degree Reg. Form

Current Students

If you have applied, been accepted and are currently enrolled in a program.
Register with SIS Self-Service

Questions:

Nursing (BS) Program Support:
Contact: Stephanie Lane
Email: Stephanie_Lane@uml.eduu
Phone: (978) 934-4776
Online & Continuing Ed Support:
Email our Student Support Center for assistance, or call 800-480-3190 and press 1 to speak with an advisor.

Restrictions

RESIDENTS OF Arkansas, Kansas and Minnesota: State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. Due to these regulations, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is unable to accept applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Arkansas, Kansas or Minnesota. Current UML students that move their residence to one of these states should contact Catherine_Hamilton@uml.edu in Online & Continuing Education to determine their eligibility to continue their program of study.

Please Note: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented within this website, the Division of Online & Continuing Education reserves the right to implement new rules and regulations and to make changes of any nature in its program, calendar, locations, tuition and fees. Whenever possible, appropriate notice of such changes will be given before they become effective. In registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations, and procedures for the University as set forth in our Academic Policies & Procedures and on the main UMass Lowell website.

Applying into an Undergraduate Degree Program

Complete the Online Undergraduate Degree Application Form (preferred), or print, complete and submit the Undergraduate Degree Application .pdf form. Please note: Your application will be processed once we have received your $60 application fee. Return your completed application along with your application fee to:

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Division of Online & Continuing Education
OCE Admissions - Southwick Hall, Rm 203
1 University Avenue
Lowell, MA, 01854

Questions? See our helpful Step-by-Step Guide to the Application Process.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for acceptance into a bachelor's degree program offered through the Division of Online and Continuing Education, students must hold a high school diploma or have passed either the GED® or HiSET®. Online and Continuing Education operates on a rolling admissions basis and each application is reviewed when the student's file is complete. Students must be admitted to a degree or certificate program in order to be eligible for most financial aid.

Nursing Requirements

Admission to this degree completion option is open to Massachusetts licensed RNs, providing their license has not been revoked, suspended, or made probationary as result of a disciplinary action. Registered nurses transferring their prior college-level Nursing courses must have received a minimum 2.7 GPA in their prior nursing courses, science courses, and for their cumulative average.

Note: A maximum of 60 credits may be transfered from another institution of higher education to this program (60 credits for those who have completed a prior bachelor's degree). 30 credits are awarded for having a current MA nursing license. At least 30 credits towards this program must be completed at UMass Lowell.

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Questions Regarding Your Undergraduate Application?

Email OCE_Admissions@uml.edu or call (978) 934-2474.

For General Assistance:

Call the Online and Continuing Education Student Support Center at (978) 934-2474 or (800) 480-3190. Our team of Student Support Specialists are here to help!

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Fees

There is a $60 application fee when you apply into this undergraduate degree program.

Restrictions

RESIDENTS OF Arkansas, Kansas and Minnesota: State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. Due to these regulations, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is unable to accept applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Arkansas, Kansas or Minnesota. Current UML students that move their residence to one of these states should contact Catherine_Hamilton@uml.edu in Online & Continuing Education to determine their eligibility to continue their program of study.