The School of Nursing & Behavioral Sciences equips nursing, exercise science, psychology, early childhood education, and criminal justice students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to enter the professional workforce and emerge as advocates for issues that support optimal physical, emotional, and behavioral health and safety. The curricula focus on advances in science and technology related to health, wellness, education, and safety. Students learn from faculty and staff who are role models, social advocates and thought leaders in the health sciences, education, and criminal justice fields. Becker offers both undergraduate and graduate options for nursing and psychology students, and each program utilizes a combination of face-to-face, online, and blended learning courses in order to meet the needs of today’s multi-generational learners.
The two-year Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program prepares you for entry-level nursing practice and the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The Associate of Science in Nursing program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
The four-year pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (PL-BSN) combines nursing and liberal arts curricula for a progressive, quality education. The graduate prepares to assume the role of a registered nurse in direct care with patients in acute-care, long-term care, and community or ambulatory-care settings, as well as for entry into graduate-level programs. The pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (PL-BSN) is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Practicing registered nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing can get credit for past work and get a head start toward earning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control reports that 75% of healthcare dollars goes to the treatment of chronic diseases (Center for Disease Control, 2013). There is great demand for skilled practitioners who can help reduce the cost of treating chronic diseases by creating and implementing programs to promote health and wellness. Students learn the foundational knowledge to assess, promote, and create healthy lifestyles.
The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to begin a career in the human services field. Students may customize their course selections to particular interests related to young children, adolescents and families, and the legal system. At graduation, students are prepared for entry-level positions in community agencies and educational settings.
Learn to work successfully with individuals who have mental and emotional problems. The broad-based core curriculum includes applied behavior analysis (ABA), counseling theory, forensic psychology, child development, and drug and alcohol addiction. You will learn how people relate to each other and how to help improve those relationships.
Internship opportunities in human service organizations are available, as are degree concentrations in early childhood education, applied behavior analysis, forensic psychology, and addictions counseling.
Exercise Science majors study the science of human movement. They serve as important partners in improving the health and wellness of people of all ages. A Becker College degree in exercise science provides the skills you need to work in a variety of organizations and settings—or to prepare for graduate school.
Americans are more fitness conscious than ever, leading to growth in the fitness industry. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a projected 29 percent increase in exercise science employment is expected by 2018—a rate of employment that is faster than the national average for all occupations. Exercise science majors play a strong role in helping people live healthier lives. The aging population that seeks a quality of life and good health will increase the demand for qualified health and fitness professionals.
Becker College exercise science program graduates prepare for careers in athletics, health care, exercise physiology, fitness training, and more. Exercise science students benefit from a combination of coursework in liberal arts, scientific theory, a capstone course, and a variety of projects of their interest. In their study of exercise science, students examine the effects of exercise and physical activity and how to promote healthy living through exercise and other behaviors. You will gain hands-on experience during your senior year practicum experience, and will be eligible for certification as an advanced personal trainer, health and fitness instructor, weight management consultant, and strength and conditioning specialist.
Concerns about personal and public safety—homeland security, technology-related crimes, immigration, and more—have led to an increased demand for well-trained criminal justice professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities are expected to grow between 10 and 22 percent through 2018. Criminal justice is fast-paced, dynamic, and constantly evolving, at local, regional, and national levels.
The broad curriculum includes courses covering criminal justice, psychology, sociology, law, public administration, and government. Advanced course work is designed to teach those who wish to major in criminal justice how to process and apply information reliably and develop skills in research methodology. A criminal justice internship and a senior year capstone project round out the criminal justice program.
The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Youth Education at Becker College aligns with the expectations for educators of children from birth to age 14 put forth by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and the National Child Care Information Center. With an Agile Mindset and a deep understanding of the growth and development of children and youth; health, safety, and nutrition; and the roles of families and communities, graduates of this program are qualified for a range of opportunities inside and outside of the classroom that will change the lives of new generations and their own lives as well.
As our population ages, there is a growing demand for graduates who can think divergently, manage multisystem needs and provide empathetic care in each of these fields. The School of Nursing & Behavioral Sciences offers a variety of accredited graduate and undergraduate program options that will prepare you to fulfill this demand in the dynamic health care industry. Students have the ability to work and care for clients in urban or rural settings, honing excellent professional competencies and developing the uniquely human skills needed for success in the workforce, now and in the future. Our nursing graduates have consistently maintained one of the highest pass-rates on the licensing board examination during the past five years, and one hundred percent of Becker College nursing graduates are employed in the nursing field within six months of graduation. No matter which program you choose, Becker will prepare you to be a socially responsible leader in your profession who is capable of finding solutions in a world that is rapidly changing.