This program prepares interested students for a career in nursing as Registered Nurses. Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Science degree and are eligible to enter the licensure process, which includes successful completion of the National Council Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX RN).
General education courses in English, physical, biological and social sciences provide a foundation that supports nursing theory and promotes intellectual growth. Nursing courses build knowledge of the theoretical base of nursing. Each nursing theory course includes a clinical education experience. During clinical education experiences, students develop nursing skills and apply theory in the care of clients in a variety of local health care agencies.
The program is organized as a competency-based curriculum with modified self-pacing. Students achieve competencies utilizing learning alternatives such as 1) directed self-study, 2) attending lectures, 3) participating in seminars and discussions, 4) participating in nursing skill laboratory demonstrations and practice, and 5) using multimedia and computer educational programs.
Graduates seeking licensure in Massachusetts must meet the licensure requirements outlined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, including being of "good moral character." Individuals with a court record or a criminal conviction should contact the Board(s) of Registration in Nursing in any state in which they plan to work for guidelines in determining "good moral character," prior to program entry.
The curriculum is approved by the Board of Registration in Nursing of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing. Information regarding accredited nurse education programs may be obtained from the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing at 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; (404) 975-5000.
Program Admission Requirements
Graduation from high school or high school equivalency (GED) certificate.
Completion of algebra, biology (may be satisfied by a course in Anatomy and Physiology), and Chemistry at the high school or college level with grades of 'C' or better.
Satisfactory achievement in the TEAS entrance examination for Schools of Nursing. (Test results will be considered valid for three years from the date the exam was taken.)
Completion of the Nurse Education Admissions Questionnaire.
Submission of transcripts from any college previously attended.
A Personal interview may be held at the discretion of the college.
Applicants are required to attend an informational meeting offered throughout the Fall and Spring semesters at scheduled times listed in the application packet.
Prior to the start of classes in the program:
1. Accepted students must present a completed immunization record and documentation of physical health by licensed primary health care provider. Candidates must self verify ability to meet the technical standards: physical, tactile, communication, auditory and mental/cognitive required in professional nursing practice settings.
2. Earn Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification from the American Heart Association at the Health Provider Level.
The program encourages LPN's to seek admission through advanced placement. There are several pathways to admission, which are determined on a case-by-case basis. For example, graduates of a LPN Program accredited by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing may be awarded advanced standing credits without examination. Applications for transfer by students from other schools of nursing are considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should contact Enrollment Services for further information.
Students interested in participating in an academic program that involves working with children, the disabled, or the elderly, or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship, or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider, may be required to undergo criminal background checks, including a national as well as local check (i.e. Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI)). Depending on the contents of these criminal background check(s), a student's participation in an academic program that involves working with children, the disabled, or the elderly or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider may not be allowed, and therefore may impact a student's ability to complete program requirements. Furthermore, please note that eligibility to participate in the program and/or clinical affiliation, internship or field placement as a result of screening requirements, such as criminal background checks, is not a guarantee of eligibility to sit for professional credentialing examination(s) or employment upon graduation.
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