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  • Nurse Education (NSG)
    Program Description

    Career, Degree (AS)

    This Nurse Education Program prepares interested students for a career in nursing as a Registered Nurse. Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Science degree and are eligible to enter the registered nurse 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 clinical judgement to care for 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, simulations and practice, and 5) using multimedia and computer educational resources.
    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 Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education Nursing (ACEN). Information regarding accredited nurse education programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing at 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; 800-669-1656.

    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. (Current version of the exam)
    Completion of the Nurse Education Admissions Questionnaire.
    Submission of transcripts from any college previously attended.
    An informational interview is required for candidates interested in transferring in nursing course credit to clarify transfer eligibility.
    Applications for transfer by students from other schools of nursing are considered on a case-by-case basis.
    Applicants are required to attend an informational meeting offered throughout the Fall and Spring semesters at scheduled times listed in the application packet.
    Complete information for Program Admissions is located on the academic program page at www.northshore.edu/academics/programs/nsg.

    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.
    Immunization Requirements:
    1. Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis: (TdaP) vaccination required within the past 10 years, then a Td booster every 10 years
    2. Measles- evidence of two live vaccinations or immune titer results required
    3. Mumps- evidence of two live vaccinations or immune titer results required
    4. Rubella- evidence of two live vaccinations or immune titer results required
    5. Hepatitis B- Evidence of a positive titer or Evidence of a completed two or three part series followed by titer with positive results
    6. Varicella (chickenpox) - evidence of two vaccinations or immune titer results required
    7. Meningitis - Menveo or Menactra dose required after 16th birthday for all newly enrolled students between 16-21 years old (these vaccines are known as MenACWY, formerly listed as MCV4) or a waiver.
    8. Two Step Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) upon admission or IGRA - serology (T-SPOT or Quantiferon GOLD). One step annual TST test for subsequent years of enrollment.
    9. A Health Provider symptom screening with chest x-ray report in the last 5 years is required for individuals with positive TST results. The College will provide a screening form.
    10. Annual flu vaccine or signed waiver
    A completed Health Immunization Form must be completed and signed by a Health Care Provider and submitted to the Health Compliance Nurse in the month of July for Fall admission and in December for January admission.


    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 the advanced placement option. 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.
    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 federal, national as well as a 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.

    Drug screening and fingerprinting may also be required to participate in clinical affiliation experiences, internships or field placements.


    Individuals may contact the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 1 617-973-0800 or at www.mass.gov/org/board-of-registration-in-nursing for more information including nursing education statues, rules and regulations, licensing and compliant resolution.

    For more information email us at: Nursing@northshore.edu or call 978-762-4160

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