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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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).
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.
See our qualifications for the MS Fast Track.
Please review our transfer policies for registered nurses.
The Solomont School of Nursing is committed to encouraging registered nurses who possess a diploma or an associate degree to return for further study leading to a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing.
Application for admission to the RN-BS degree completion option is made through the Online Continuing Education (OCE) Admissions office. Acceptance of credit for transfer courses is determined by the Transfer Credit section of the Registrar's office, once official transcripts have been received and processed by the OCE Admissions office. Course descriptions may be requested by the appropriate department chairperson to determine if courses meet course equivalency and specific curriculum requirements. The transfer credit history becomes a part of the student's SIS. RN students receive a 30 credit block for having a current encumbered MA RN license.
Note: We no longer have any articulation agreements with individual associate degree programs in nursing.
This program is offered to outstanding students enrolled in the University of Massachusetts Lowell undergraduate RN to BS program enabling them to earn two degrees in five years. While a baccalaureate student, several designated courses (6 credits) can be taken in the master's program. When the B.S. degree is awarded, students can enter the master's degree program if they have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for current UMass Lowell Nursing Undergraduates applying to this program.
For more information, visit the Bachelor's/Master's Program Information page.
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.
- Number of Credits Required Including the Foundations Courses: (120cr)
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.
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.
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.
Nursing majors only
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.
RN Program Only
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.
RN Program Only
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.
NURS.3090 Co- & RN Prog.Only
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.
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.
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.
Nursing (BS): RN's only Pre-re
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.
Nursing (BS): RN's only Pre-re
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.
Nursing (BS): RN's only Pre-re
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.
NURS 3070/308 & Nursing (BS) P
At UMass Lowell, we believe that students should have as much information as possible up front so they can make informed decisions before enrolling in a degree program or signing up for a course.
Tuition for UMass Lowell Online and Continuing Education students is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition is priced per credit. To calculate the tuition for a course, simply multiply the per-credit tuition by the total number of credits per course. Exception: If the total number of course contact hours is greater than the total number of credits, the per-credit tuition is instead multiplied by the total number of contact hours.
|Per credit-contact hr.|
|Undergraduate Face-to-Face Courses and Audit||$340.00|
|Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online courses and Audit)||$380.00|
|Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit||$385.00|
|Graduate Online, On-Campus, and Off-Campus Courses and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Online, MBA in Haverhill, MSIT, Masters in Engineering Management, and Education Courses)||$575.00|
|Graduate Education Courses||$470.00||MSIT and Masters in Engineering Management** Online Courses||$590.00|
|Manning School of Business* Graduate Online Courses||$655.00|
|MBA Graduate Courses in Haverhill||$835.00|
|Registration Fee per Term (non-refundable)||$30.00|
|Late Fee for Non Payment||$50.00|
|Fee for Undergraduate Degree Application||$60.00|
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.
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For more information, please visit our Registration Information Page .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Email OCE_Admissions@uml.edu or call (978) 934-2474.
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!