Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) FAQ's

» What are the admission requirements for the Becker College associate of science nursing program?
» How do I apply for the Becker College nursing program?
» What is the application deadline for applying to the nursing program?
» When must I let Becker College know if I plan on enrolling in the nursing program?
» After I am accepted into the Becker College nursing program, what is my next step?
» If I don’t meet the admission requirements for the Becker College nursing program, what are my options?
» Can I apply without having met the requirements?
» Can I test out of the prerequisite classes?
» Do you offer advanced standing for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)?
» I have already taken many general education courses at other colleges.  Will I receive transfer credit for these courses?
» What are the hours of the Becker College nursing program?
» When and where do students do their clinical rotation work?
» I work full-time during the day.  Is it possible to still work and do the Becker College nursing program?
» After I graduate from Becker College with an associate degree in nursing, am I a registered nurse?
» What is the cost to attend Becker College?
» Can I study in the Becker College nursing program part-time?
» How many students do you accept for the Becker College nursing program, and what are your class sizes?
» I have been out of school for many years.  Will I be the oldest one in my class?
» Can I remain a full-time student for insurance purposes with transfer credits?

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Q: What are the admission requirements for the Becker College associate of science nursing program?

High School Seniors

Students currently in high school must have taken the following courses: biology, at least two years of math (algebra I, algebra II, geometry, pre-calculus), and at least three years of English and must have earned at least a C+ grade in each course. The overall GPA from high school must be at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale upon graduating from high school for consideration to the program. All students applying to the nursing program are required to take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Admission Assessment Exam.

Transfer Students

Students who are currently at another college and would like to transfer to Becker College's nursing program should have taken the following courses: 4-credit biology or anatomy and physiology class with a lab and a 3-credit algebra (100 level or higher) course. Each class should have been completed with at least a C grade. These courses need to have been taken within the last five years, either at the high school level or at the college level. In addition, the minimum overall college GPA for consideration to the program is 2.5. Any prerequisite class taken over seven years ago must be retaken.

All students applying to the nursing program are required to take the TEAS Admission Assessment Exam.

Any student who is currently taking core nursing courses (such as nursing I) at another college will need to schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor and the director of nursing to review course work already completed and to determine where they would be placed in the Becker College nursing program. In most cases a student will begin with nursing I. Interviews will be arranged only after students have officially applied to Becker College.  Students who have not taken a core nursing class within the last two years will not be considered for advanced standing.  Nursing students need to take the majority of their core lab/lecture courses at Becker College and must earn at least 39 credits from Becker College in order to graduate with an associate of science in nursing.

Non-Traditional Students (students returning for another degree)

Students who have been out of school for several years and would like to enroll in Becker College's nursing program should have taken the following courses: 4-credit biology or anatomy and physiology class with a lab and a 3-credit algebra course (at least level 100) at an accredited college. Each class must have been completed with at least a C grade. These courses should have been taken within the last seven years of applying, either at the high school or college level. Any prerequisite class taken over seven years ago must be retaken. Minimum overall college GPA for consideration to the program is 2.5.

Notes to all students:

  • Beginning in 2006, all nursing applicants are required to complete a TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam. Results of the exam and final grades of the prerequisite courses are required in order to be considered for the nursing program.
  • Completion of the prerequisite courses with a grade of C+ or better does not guarantee admission to the Becker College nursing program. Due to the limited number of seats available in the program, the College selects the most qualified applicants.

Q: How do I apply for the Becker College nursing program?

Students must complete an application for the program, which may be submitted electronically. Along with a $30 application fee, you must submit an official high school transcript or GED, college transcripts if applying as a transfer student, and a recommendation from a teacher/professor or an employer. SAT or ACT results are required for high school applicants as well as first-quarter senior grades.  Applications will not be reviewed until all of these items are received.

Q: What is the application deadline for applying to the nursing program?

Becker College offers two entrance dates for the nursing program: January and September.  The January and September sessions are full-semester programs and do not run through the summer. Please refer to the following application deadlines for each entry point:

Entrance Date

Priority Application Deadline

Secondary Application Deadline

January

August 1

September 1

September

February 1

March 1

Completed applications and all necessary transcripts must be received by the indicated dates in order to be considered for the program.  Applications received after the priority deadline and before the secondary deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Students may or may not be selected from this pool, depending on space availability.

Complete applications received after the secondary deadline will be reviewed and students admitted only if space becomes available in the program. 

Q: When must I let Becker College know if I plan on enrolling in the nursing program?

You should submit your deposit to Becker College as soon as possible, as the program fills up very quickly. Since we cannot complete your schedule and final paperwork until we receive a $300 deposit, it is in your best interest to reserve a spot as soon as possible. Deposits for the September entrance date are refundable until May 1.

Q: After I am accepted into the Becker College nursing program, what is my next step?

You should send Becker College a $300 deposit, which will save your spot in our entering class. Schedules, housing information (if applicable), and insurance information cannot be generated until the deposit is received.

Nursing students need to be CPR-certified with the American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) for Healthcare Providers CPR and AED (cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator) Certification. Red Cross CPR will not be accepted.

CORI forms, along with uniform information and health forms, will be mailed to students who have submitted the initial deposit.

Q: If I don’t meet the admission requirements for the Becker College nursing program, what are my options?

High School Seniors

High school students who don’t meet the requirements for the Becker College nursing program may be accepted as an undecided student to begin working on prerequisites. This program is for students who do not meet the requirements for our science-related majors and includes the math and science classes as well as several graduation-requirement classes.

Transfer Students and Non-Traditional Students

Any transfer student or non-traditional student who has either not taken the prerequisite classes within the last seven years or did not receive at least a C grade in a prerequisite class needs to retake the class at any accredited college. Admission to the program will not be granted until an official transcript, showing that the course was completed with at least a C grade, is received by the Becker College Office of Admissions.

Note: Completion of the prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better does not guarantee admission to the Becker College nursing program. Due to the limited number of seats available in the program, the College selects the most qualified applicants.

Q: Can I apply without having met the requirements?

You may apply to the Becker College nursing program at any time, but you will not be considered for acceptance until the Office of Admissions has received official transcripts showing the prerequisite classes have been completed with the appropriate grades. Students must adhere to the application deadlines for consideration to the program.

Q: Can I test out of the prerequisite classes?

The math prerequisite may be challenged with the CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) after receiving approval from the Office of Admissions. Students must score above the 50th percentile in order to receive credit for the algebra requirement. CLEP information is available at www.collegeboard.com/clep or at 800.257.9558.

Q: Do you offer advanced standing for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)?

LPNs are held to the same admission requirements as any other applicant, which include biology/anatomy and physiology with a lab, and a 100-level algebra class with at least a C grade in each class. These classes must have been completed within the last five years. LPNs will need to schedule an interview with an admissions counselor and the director of nursing to go over the student’s academic and work history after officially applying to Becker College.

Nursing I is comprised of two classes: health assessment and fundamentals of nursing. Upon the approval of the director of nursing, LPNs may test out of the fundamentals of nursing class by taking the Excelsior College Fundamentals of Nursing exam and scoring at least a 45. It is the student’s responsibility to register for the test and have the results sent to the Becker College Office of Admissions in order to receive credit for this course. To register for the exam or learn more about it, you can visit www.excelsior.edu or call Prometric Registration at 800.479.5606.  Upon applying for the nursing program, LPNs must also submit a copy of their LPN license.

Q: I have already taken many general education courses at other colleges.  Will I receive transfer credit for these courses?

Transfer credits will be awarded for any non-math/science class; however, the course description must match the course content taught at Becker College. At least a C is required for non-math/science courses to be awarded transfer credit. For math/science transfer credits, the course must have been completed within the last seven years with at least a C grade. At most, students may receive 30 transfer credits. Students must earn at least 39 credits from Becker College in order to graduate with an associate of science in nursing degree.

Q: What are the hours of the Becker College nursing program?

Class hours for the nursing labs and lectures are usually the first part of the day, Monday through Friday. Along with the nursing lectures, labs, and clinical, students must complete the general education courses, which include English I and II, psychology, growth and development, sociology, anatomy and physiology I and II, microbiology, and technology and society, unless students are transferring previous college credits.

Times for courses in other disciplines may vary. Click here for a link to course schedules on InSite. 

Q: When and where do students do their clinical rotation work?

Clinical rotations begin toward the middle of the first semester of nursing I and meet once a week for several hours.  Beginning with the second semester, clinical rotations meet twice a week for seven to eight hours each.  Clinical rotations are on any day of the week, except Sunday.

The rotations are done in the Worcester area at local nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and community health settings. Students are exposed to many different nursing settings throughout their rotations. Depending on the number of students in the nursing program, clinical sites may be moved outside of Worcester and clinical hours are subject to change. Clinical sites are assigned by the nursing department according to availability.

You will not be paid for clinical work; it is part of your class work and you will be graded on your performance as part of the course requirements. You will be required to provide your own transportation to and from the clinical assignments.

Q: I work full-time during the day.  Is it possible to still work and do the Becker College nursing program?

Generally students who work more than 15 hours per week do not succeed in our nursing program because of the number of hours students must be present for lectures and laboratory and clinical course work. In addition, many hours preparing and studying for class will be required outside of school. Many students choose to join study groups with their classmates to enhance their learning.

Q: After I graduate from Becker College with an associate degree in nursing, am I a registered nurse?

After graduating from Becker College, whether with an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree in nursing, students must take and pass the state licensing exam (NCLEX.)  Only after passing this state exam do students become registered nurses. In 2010, 96 percent of our nursing graduates passed the state exam on the first try.  

Q: What is the cost to attend Becker College?

The cost to attend Becker College for the 2011-2012 academic year is $27,050, not including room and board. Financial aid is available by applying with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form, online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  The Becker College school code for the FAFSA form is 002123.   Nursing students will have to buy uniforms and other accessories, along with books and supplies.

Q: Can I study in the Becker College nursing program part-time?

Students taking less than 12 credits per semester are considered part-time. You may study part-time in the nursing program if you are transferring credits from a previous college. The nursing curriculum is designed so that the courses and clinical work must be done in a logical sequence. Students may enter the program in the fall or spring.

Q: How many students do you accept for the Becker College nursing program, and what are your class sizes?

It is our goal to have no more than 60 students enrolled in nursing I. The individual lab sizes for nursing is approximately 10 students. The lecture classes for nursing will be larger. Clinical groups average 6 to 8 students per instructor. Classes such as English and psychology may have 20 to 30 students, which will include students from different majors.

Q: I have been out of school for many years.  Will I be the oldest one in my class?

The Becker College nursing program includes a diverse group of students, representing people of all ages. Students will be exposed to many different backgrounds and experiences among their classmates.

Q: Can I remain a full-time student for insurance purposes with transfer credits?

Even if a student brings the maximum number of transfer credits (30), he or she can remain at full-time status. Students can take as many electives as they want in a given semester in order to reach the 12 credits per semester necessary to be considered full-time. These additional electives will not be used toward your nursing degree; instead, they will be used for the purpose of remaining a full-time student and can be placed toward a second degree at Becker College after the nursing program is completed.

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