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The mission of the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing is to prepare nurses who embrace diversity and promote health equity to improve the quality of life and human health in the Commonwealth and beyond by leading and innovating in education, research, health care delivery and public service.

The vision of the Tan ChingfenGraduate School of Nursing is to create an inclusive community of health, discovery and human dignity.

The Goals of the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing are to:

  • Prepare advanced practice nurses, leaders, educators, and scientists to shape nursing & promote health through the integration of education, research, practice, policy & service.
  • Create a dynamic research environment to conduct multi-method research where findings are translated into practice.
  • Respond to the health needs of the community and Commonwealth and beyond through innovative education, practice, public service and research.

Accreditation: The Master's Degree in Nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree, and the Post Graduate Certificate at UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


The University of Massachusetts (UMass) is made up of the five campuses of the UMass System (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester).  The University of Massachusetts Worcester (UMW), is one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country and is home to the School of Medicine (SOM) – the Commonwealth’s only medical school – the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), and the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing; and a thriving biomedical research enterprise. The UMW campus is shared with its clinical partner UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) – University Campus and the Memorial Campus in downtown Worcester.  UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC) also includes the affiliate hospitals: Wing, Health Alliance, Marlborough and Clinton. 

The Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing, was established in 1970 under Massachusetts General Laws with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) as the founding school.  The GSN is distinctive as the only publicly funded nursing school in the Commonwealth with a sole focus on graduate nursing education. It is also one of the few nursing schools in New England based at an academic health sciences center, sharing campus resources and facilities with its clinical partner, UMass Memorial Medical Center, part of UMass Memorial Health Care. The Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing offers Master’s degrees, Post Graduate Certificates and Doctoral degrees, preparing registered professional and advanced practice nurses within nurse practitioner, nurse educator tracks and for faculty, research and other nursing leadership positions.


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