FAQs: Nursing (RN to BSN) and Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

» What are the admission requirements for your nursing program?
» How do I apply for the 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 their nursing program?
» After I am accepted for the nursing program, what is my next step?
» If I don't meet the admission requirements for the 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)?
» What are the hours of your 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 this program?
» After I graduate with an associate degree in Nursing, am I a registered nurse?
» What is the cost to attend Becker College?
» Can I study in the nursing program part-time?
» How many people do you accept for your 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?

Q: What are the admission requirements for your 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, Precalculus), 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 Admission Assessment Exam.  Information about the TEAS exam can be found at www.atitesting.com

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 over five years old needs to be retaken.

All students applying to the nursing program are required to take the TEAS Admission Assessment Exam.  Information about the TEAS exam can be found at www.atitesting.com

Any student who is currently enrolled in a prelicensure registered nursing program at another college and would like to transfer into the Becker College ASN program 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 our program.  The nursing program will only consider reviewing nursing courses that are equivalent to the first semester nursing courses (NURS1104/Fundamentals of Nursing and NURS1103/Essentials of Health Assessment and Promotion).  Official transcripts and course descriptions will be reviewed.  In addition, students may be required to validate prior knowledge by taking the ATI RN Fundamentals of Nursing exam and achieve a Level 2 or higher score or equivalent testing. Interviews will be arranged only after students have officially applied to the college.  Students who have not taken an equivalent required first semester nursing course within the last year will not be considered for advanced standing.  Transfer nursing students need to take the required second, third and fourth semester nursing courses here at Becker College and must earn at least 39 credits from Becker College in order to graduate with an associate of science in nursing.

The nursing program ASN curriculum plan can be viewed here.

The nursing program course descriptions can be found in the Becker College Course Catalog.

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 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 five years of applying, either at the high school level or at the college level. Any prerequisite class taken over five years ago must be retaken. In addition, minimum overall college GPA for consideration to the program is 2.5.

Notes to all students:

All nursing applicants will be required to complete a TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam. Information about the TEAS exam can be found at www.atitesting.com.  Results of the TEAS exam and final grades of the prerequisite courses are required in order to be considered for admission to the nursing program.

Completion of the prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better does not guarantee admission to the 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 nursing program?

Students must complete an application for the program, which may be submitted electronically. Along with an 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 their 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 for the 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 have additional requirements, including CPR certification, health and immunization requirements, CORI and SORI checks, and drug screening. The specific nursing program requirements can be found here. Accepted students who have submitted the initial deposit will be mailed CORI/SORI forms, health forms, and uniform information.

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

High School Seniors

High school students who don’t meet the requirements for the nursing program may be accepted as an undecided student to begin working on nursing program 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 nursing program prerequisite classes within the last five 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 Office of Admissions.

Note: Completion of the prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better does not guarantee admission to the 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 his/her academic and work history after officially applying to the college. Upon the director of nursing approval, LPNs may test out of Fundamentals of Nursing class by taking the ATI RN Fundamentals of Nursing exam and scoring Level 2 or higher.  After meeting with the admissions counselor and the Director of Nursing, LPN candidates for advanced standing can schedule the ATI RN Fundamentals of Nursing exam by contacting the Nursing department office at 508.373.9755.  Upon applying for the nursing program, LPN’s must also submit a copy of their LPN license.

Q: What are the hours of your nursing program?

Class hours for the nursing labs and lectures scheduled weekdays, anytime from 8 am through 6 pm.  Clinical hours are discussed in the next question.  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. Co-requisite general education and science courses time 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 during the first semester of the first semester of the nursing program and typically meet once a week for several hours. Beginning with the second semester, clinical rotations typically meet twice a week for seven to eight hours each.  Clinical rotations are scheduled on any day of the week, except Sunday.  Clinical hours can be anytime form 6 am until 11 pm.

Clinical rotations take place in the greater Worcester/Central Massachusetts area, typically within a 25 mile radius of the College.  In some semesters of the nursing program, It is possible to have a clinical rotation at a site that is greater than 25-miles from the College.  You will be required to provide your own transportation to and from the clinical assignments. Depending upon the nursing course clinical placements will be in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospitals and community health settings. Clinical sites are assigned by the nursing department according to site 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.

Q: I work full-time during the day.  Is it possible to still work and do this 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 with an Associate Degree in Nursing, am I a registered nurse?

Becker College ASN program graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).  Upon successfully passing the NCLEX-RN graduates will achieve Registered Nurse status.  Graduates of the Becker College ASN program have a history of success on the nursing licensure exam.  The last 6 graduating classes have exceeded the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing minimum first time pass rate.  The 2010 annual first time pass rate was 96%.

Q: What is the cost to attend Becker College?

Click here to view the cost to attend Becker College. 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 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 have successfully transferred credits for required co-requisite courses from a previous college. The nursing curriculum is set up in such a way that the courses and clinical work must be done in a prescribed sequence.  Students are required to adhere to the published curriculum plan. (Nursing Associates Curriculum) Students may enter the program in the fall or spring.

Q: How many people do you accept for your program and what are your class sizes?

It is our goal to have no more than 60 students enrolled in the first semester of the nursing program. The individual lab size 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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