The Baccalaureate, Master's and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in Nursing at University of Massachusetts Lowell Solomont School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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Become a Nurse Practitioner

The online Nursing Master's program at UMass Lowell prepares the advanced practice nurse to:

  • Provide health care to diverse populations
  • Demonstrate professional leadership roles

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the master's program are prepared to:

  • Practice in the advanced nursing role of the specialty
  • Collaborate with individuals, families, peers and other professionals
  • Effectively demonstrate leadership in the profession

Two Specialty Tracks

We offer two specialty tracks in the Master's Program:

Our practica and courses prepare nurse practitioner students to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam and the Adult-Gerontological Nurse primary care exam with AANP or ANCC. We do not prepare NPs to sit for acute care, women’s health or pediatric certification exam.

For further information about nurse practitioner licensure, accreditation, certification and education, please read the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education.

Online Program + 4 On-Campus Days

Built into the online Nursing Master's program are four days of on-campus learning activities that allow you to interact face-to-face with peers and faculty in UMass Lowell's state-of-the-art nursing facility. You will conduct lab work and simulated clinical exams of mock patients to prepare you for the real world. 
These four on-campus days are integrated into the curriculum as part of the following courses: NURS.6510 (two 4-hour on-campus sessions), NURS.6511 (one 4-hour on-campus session) and NURS.6512 (one 4-hour on-campus session). Students complete 750 hours of direct patient care during their clinical requirement.
Please note: F1 student visas are not issued for this program since it's offered exclusively online.

Admission & Degree Requirements

The Nursing Master's program priority deadlines: 

  • April 30 for Fall or Summer admission
  • November 1 for Spring admission

Admission is competitive and only completed applications will be reviewed. To be considered for admission, all required documents including transcripts & letters of recommendation must be received by the priority deadline. Applications received after the deadline, if there are openings, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The program accepts applicants for full-time or part-time study. Part-time students will meet with their assigned advisor and plan a schedule for their program of studies.

For the complete admission and degree requirements, please visit the Graduate Academic Catalog.

Bachelor's to Master's Program

Outstanding UMass Lowell students in the Bachelor of Science nursing program may apply for admission to the bachelor's to master's degree in nursing. Students with a minimum 3.500 cumulative grade point average can apply no earlier than second semester junior year.

Application deadline: April 30 for Fall or Summer admission, November 1 for Spring admission. The program accepts students for full-time or part-time study. Part-time students will meet with their assigned advisor and plan a schedule for their program of studies.

A course can be applied to both the BS (as an elective) and the MS program (as an elective or required course). When the B.S. degree is awarded, accepted Fast Track students can enter the master's degree program if they have maintained a minimum 3.500 cumulative grade point average.

Undergraduate nursing students from the Solomont School of Nursing usually complete 3 to 6 credits of graduate courses prior to completion of their BS degree. Pre-enrollment advising will be done by a graduate faculty member to facilitate course enrollment.

Meredith Ritze, a registered nurse, pictured at Lowell General Hospital with a patient.
Meredith Ritze '20
Family Health Nursing (NP)

After 12 years working as a registered nurse at Lowell General Hospital, Meredith Ritze developed specialized skills caring for people who struggle with urology issues. She applied to UMass Lowell to become a nurse practitioner to further her career.

I think science and art fuse in nursing because you need compassion, care and the desire to make improvements to the problems you confront.
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For more information, please contact:
Lisa Marchand, DNP, FNP-C, FNAP
DNP/MS NP Coordinator, 
Clinical Assistant Professor