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March 28, 2017

UMass Amherst College of Nursing to offer accelerated bachelor's program in Springfield

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Program designed for students with bachelor's degrees in other subjects or those interested in a career change

Beginning in August, the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor’s in nursing will be taught at the UMass Center at Springfield in Tower Square.

The 17-month program, designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in other subjects or for those interested in a career change, will have 80 students enrolled each year.

Courses will be taught by UMass Amherst College of Nursing faculty using state-of-the-art teaching technologies in newly renovated and expanded classrooms to allow for the intensive clinical work that nursing education demands.

“Moving these students, who come to us with prior experiences and education, to an urban campus perfectly poises us to take advantage of all the teaching and service opportunities among diverse communities in the Springfield area," said Maeve Howett, assistant dean of undergraduate nursing education and clinical professor. "This was also an exciting opportunity to expand and renovate our technologies, simulation center and health laboratories to be ahead of a rapidly changing health care environment."

The Springfield location puts students in close proximity to two of the busiest medical facilities in Western Massachusetts, Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center, as well as a wide range of other clinical learning opportunities.

Less than three years old, the 26,000-square-foot space features 10 classrooms and clinical simulation space specifically designed for the needs of the nursing program. In addition, a simulation lab furnished to resemble an apartment gives students the opportunity to practice at-home care. Cameras throughout the space allow student performance to be recorded and played back in any of the classrooms, conference rooms and breakout spaces for review by instructors and peers.

Telehealth facilities will allow students to become leaders in virtual health care. Whether giving patients in remote locations access to top health care experts or allowing elderly patients to remain in their homes during health visits, our nurses will know how to listen to a heartbeat through a stethoscope thousands of miles away and recognize symptoms via high-definition video.

“Incorporating telehealth and other technologies into our nursing students’ education will give them new insights into providing health care for Massachusetts residents and will also help shape the future of health care for our nation and globally,” said Stephen Cavanagh, dean of the College of Nursing.

Students enrolling this summer in the accelerated bachelor of science in nursing option will be awarded a UMass Amherst degree in December 2018.

About UMass Amherst College of Nursing

As a leader in nursing education for over 60 years, the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst prepares students to enter the nursing profession at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels while also developing vital nurse educators and researchers to inform and educate future generations of nursing students. For more information on the College, visit: www.umass.edu/nursing/.

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