The UMass Amherst College of Nursing recently hosted an Open House for its newest Accelerated BS in Nursing students. During their visit to the UMass Center at Springfield, the incoming students were able to meet with Nursing faculty and staff, and tour the high-tech simulation laboratories.
“This was an extremely competitive application process with double the applicants compared to previous years,” said Dr. Maeve Howett, Associate Dean for the UMass Amherst College of Nursing. “The Class of 2020 is our most diverse class so far.” Howett said the class diversity is reflected in the number of males students, veterans, and variety in languages spoken by the students. “This is the largest class ever admitted into the program,” added Howett.
Over 90 students are expected to participate in Orientation and pre-semester courses in August. In September they begin the 17-month journey to becoming the next group of nursing professionals. This will be the second class of students taking courses exclusively in downtown Springfield at the UMass Center.
“Each new class expands the number of highly qualified nursing professionals in the region,” said Daniel Montagna, Director of Operations at the UMass Center in Springfield. “These students will meet a critical need as the healthcare requirements of the U.S. population grows, as well as becomes increasingly diverse.”
Over 80 students are currently enrolled in the program and are expected to complete courses in December and participate in commencement exercises in February 2019.