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Graduate Entry Pathway


Earn your RN License and your DNP or PhD with our accelerated 
direct-entry nursing program for non-nurses
in Worcester, Massachusetts

The Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP)
 is for individuals with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing, leading first to Registered Nurse (RN) licensure, then to either a Doctor of Nursing Practice (nurse practitioner),
PhD in Nursing (nurse scientist).

Our GEP pathway 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 exams!

NursingCAS application process is open for the Fall 2024 Admissions Cycle

  • Priority Admission Deadline: Completed App. Deadline: 11/5/23
  • Regular Admission Deadline: Completed App. Deadline: 12/17/23
  • Rolling Admission Deadline: Completed App. Deadline: 2/18/24 

Additional applications to the GEP to DNP program will be accepted on a rolling case-by-case basis. Please contact or schedule a counseling meeting to see you if you are eligible to apply.

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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DNP Program Tracks: Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP; Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP;
Family NP and Psychiatric Mental Health NP

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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.

Learn more about the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing