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Graduate Entry Pathway to 
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Enter the nursing field


before beginning studies to earn a Doctor of Nursing (DNP)



NCLEX Pass Rate and RN Job Placement



in Acute Cute, Family, Primary Care, and Psychiatric Mental Health

The Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP) is a direct entry program for non-nurses with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing, leading first to Registered Nurse (RN) licensure, then to a doctorate program.

What Makes The Graduate Entry Pathway Stand Out?

  • RN preparation is located in a state of the art learning and simulation community within an academic health science center and top-ranked medical school campus. Take a tour of the Interporfessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS) HERE
  • Our faculty are committed to student learning and actively practice in acute and community care settings and health care organizations. 
  • RN NCLEX Pass Rates: MA/GEP Pass Rates. Every member of our Graduate Entry Pathway Class of 2023 passed their licensure exam!

The application for fall 2024 has closed. We invite you to visit NursingCAS in August 2024 for the next opportunity to apply for admission.

Applicants must submit a completed application to NursingCAS by the deadline date to be considered for admission. Application status emails will be sent to the email provided on the application via NursingCAS. See application deadline dates below. 




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Graduate Entry Pathway Program Requirements

  • Prerequisite requirements
    • Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (taken within five years; grade B or higher recommended)
    • Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (taken within five years; grade B or higher recommended)
    • Microbiology with Lab (taken within five years; grade B or higher recommended)
    • Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan Course (taken within five years; grade B or higher recommended)
    • Nutrition Course (taken within 5 years; grade B or higher recommended)
    • College Level Statistics Course (grade B or higher recommended)
    • If any prerequisite courses are in progress at the time of application, provide a plan for completion and include college/university, course, expected date of completion.
  • Undergraduate 3.0 GPA preferred
  • Two letters of recommendation(at least one should be an academic reference from a former faculty member)
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume/CV


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The UMass Chan Medical School, Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing pre-licensure program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, Nursing Registration in Massachusetts, 239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, Boston, M A 02114.

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