Undergraduate Program

Program Director: Jacqueline Dowling,

About the Program

The undergraduate nursing program prepares a professional nurse who is a competent, beginning practitioner and has a foundation for graduate study. The goal of the undergraduate program in nursing at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is to prepare professional nurses who have the ability to think critically, to utilize knowledge of relevant theories, and to apply the nursing process when caring for clients of all ages in a variety of settings. The bachelor's degree program combines a general education with preparation in professional nursing.

The clinical aspects of the nursing program are developed, coordinated, and supervised by the nursing faculty. More than 250 clinical agencies are used to enhance learning for graduate and undergraduate students. The participating clinical agencies include:

  • Acute care hospitals (major teaching, community-based, medical centers).
  • Long-term care settings.
  • Assisted living facilities.
  • Primary care practices.
  • School health settings.
  • Visiting nurse and home care agencies.
  • Occupational health setting.
  • Child care and adult day health settings.

Student-to-faculty ratios for undergraduate clinical placement do not exceed 10:1 (per Board of Registration in Nursing requirements).

Admissions and Degree Requirements

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the University of Massachusetts Lowell undergraduate program in nursing, graduates are prepared as a generalist for beginning professional nursing roles.

Graduates of the nursing program work in a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, long term care facilities and nursing homes, visiting nurse associations, clients' homes, community and mental health agencies, and work environments. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

Baccalauareate (Undergraduate) Handbook