Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Prelicensure) Curriculum

Successful completion of the four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) provides student eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam.

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The BSN program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

Contact Information:

Accredition Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Phone: 1.404.975.5000

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN)
239 Causeway Street
5th Floor, Suite 200
Boston, MA 02114

Phone:  1.800.414.0168

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Prelicensure)

This curriculum plan reflects changes implemented in the 2016-17 catalog year

 Freshman Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIOL2503 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 EXSC3105 Nutrition 3
PSYC1001 Introduction to Psychology 3 MATH2200 Statistics 3
MATH1200 College Algebra 3 BIOL2502 Microbiology 4
CORE1001 Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm 3 CORE-ENGL The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems 3
SOCI1001 Introduction to Sociology 3 History Elective 3
16 16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
PSYC1107 Human Growth and Development 3 NURS3002 Complementary Integrative Health Approaches 3
ENGL1003 Writing about Literature 3 HUMN3100 Intercultural Communication 3
BIOL2504 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 NURS3105 Pathophysiology 4
CORE2003 Needfinding: Uncovering Opportunity in Human Need 3 NURS1200 The Nurse as Scholar and Clinician 3
PHIL3300 Medical Ethics 3 CORE3004 Entrepreneurial Mindset: Creating and Capturing Value 3
16 16

Junior Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
NURS2103 Health Assessment & Promotion Across the Lifespan
–  Theory/Class 2.5 credits
– Lab Practice 0.5 credits:
22.5 total hours
3 NURS3350 Adult and Family Health 12
NURS3000 Introduction to Pharmacokinetics in Nursing 3 NURS3100 Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3
NURS3200 Nursing Informatics and Patient Care Technology 3
NURS2400 Principles of Nursing Care
– Theory/Class 3 credits
– Lab/Clinical Practice 3 credits:
135 total hours
15 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
NURS3305 Medical Surgical Nursing II

– Theory/Class 4 credits
– Lab/Clinical Practice 2 credits:
90 total hours

6 NURS4200 Care of Patients with Complex Physiological and Psychological Health Issues

– Theory/Class 3 credits
– Lab/Clinical Practice 3 credits:
135 total hours

NURS3600 Community Health Nursing 

– Theory/Class 3 credits
– Clinical 1 credit:
45 total hours

4 NURS4210 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 3
NURS4403 Professional Nurse as Educator 3 Open Elective 3
CORE4005 Agile Mindset Capstone 3
16 12
Total Credits: 122



Nursing course credit hours/clock hours are equated as follows:

Theory/classroom:  1:1 (one credit hour = one classroom hour)
College Lab/Clinical practice:  1:3 (one credit hour = three hours in the college lab or clinical practice setting).

Students must pass the theory, college lab, and clinical practice components of each nursing course in order to pass the course.  All co-requisite courses must be taken as scheduled in the Becker College prelicensure BSN program curriculum plan.  Progression in nursing courses is denied when prerequisites and/or co-requisites have not been completed.

Students enrolled in nursing courses with a clinical component are required to pass a math/dosage calculation competency test before being allowed to administer medications in a clinical setting and will be withdrawn from the nursing course, if they are unable to pass after three attempts.

A standardized test, e.g., ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) Comprehensive Assessment and Review Program is utilized within the nursing program to assist in student learning.   For details, refer to the Nursing Student Handbook

Nursing program policy requires a minimum grade of C in science courses (Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, Microbiology), only one allowed retake of each science course is permitted.   The minimum grade of C+ (77) must be achieved in all nursing courses.

Students who do not achieve the minimum passing grade within the respective course will be required to apply for reinstatement, which may involve meeting additional requirements,  and a successful score on a readmission exam.  Readmission will be granted on a space available basis. Students are allowed to repeat only ONE nursing course.  Students must complete a remediation program and successfully pass a readmission exam before reinstatement into the Nursing Program is granted.  Withdrawal from a nursing course at any time is considered a separation from the nursing program.  If the course grade at the time of withdrawal is below the passing standard, the grade recorded will be a WF and it counts as a separation or a repeat of a nursing course.  Only one reentry into the nursing program after course failure or separation is allowed.

Students are required to maintain his/her own copy of the student health record and other requirements for their portfolio.

Clinical sites require proof of student health and immunization status.  This information is provided to affiliation offices before clinical clearance is granted.  If this information in not disclosed to the clinical site, the student would be dismissed from the nursing program.

If at any time, the nursing faculty determines that a student's physical or mental ability may interfere with safe clinical performance, the student will not be allowed to remain in the clinical area.  The Nursing Program Director will be notified and the future status of the student will be administratively determined.

Nursing students are required to complete a nursing program scheduled on-site NCLEX-RN review course prior to taking the licensing exam.

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