University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is a public university with both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is also part of the University of Massachusetts System, along with five other campuses. The university was founded in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College. By 1867, the college had still not admitted any students. The university now serves over 19,000 students annually. It is a major research university and the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts System. The campus is on 1,450 acres spread through the town of Amherst, with some buildings in neighboring Hadley, Massachusetts.
Depending on their past education, nursing students can choose from seven different nursing programs at the UMass-Amherst College of Nursing. Incoming freshman may apply for the traditional BSN program or the ADN program. There is also an accelerated BSN for those with a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field and an RN to BSN program for registered nurses. The graduate-level programs include a BSN to PhD program, DNP program, and a PhD program. All programs are accredited by the CCNE. Students have access to a state-of-the-art simulation lab and gain clinical experience working in area health care facilities and clinics under the guidance of school faculty.
|Campus LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Student to Faculty Ratio18:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Offered
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - research/scholarship||1||4|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||8||45|
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education|
01/01/1932 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
09/22/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
09/22/2000 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1180 to 1360|
|ACT||26 to 31|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Required|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$682/credit|
|In State Students||$682/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,484/credit|
|In District Students||$882/credit|
|In State Students||$882/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,694/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 89% of University of Massachusetts-Amherst's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||18%||$470|
|State Grant & Scholarships||23%||$1,557|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||80%||$7,142|
|Federal Student Loans||56%||$5,755|
$21,281Average Net Price/year
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$11,878|
|$30,001 to $48,000$12,508|
|$48,001 to $75,000$16,930|
|$75,001 to $110,000$23,131|
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Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Applicants must be Massachusetts or Rhode Island residents and have lived in Massachusetts or Rhode Island for at least four years before having entered that practical nursing program. They must ...
Applicant must work in a nursing home or assisted living residence in Massachusetts and must have worked there for at least one year.
Applicant must be the child or grandchild of a Department of Massachusetts Legion member in good standing. One award is for nursing only.
Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing.