The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Degree Program provides the student with the knowledge and skills essential for entry into nursing practice and success on the NCLEX-RN examination. As an entry level nurse, the graduate is prepared to provide safe and effective care that promotes the health and well-being of patients and families, across the life span in contemporary health care environments. This nursing care is given in collaboration with members of the healthcare team in a variety of settings according to established standards of practice. Graduates of the ASN program have acquired the foundation for nursing education and continued professional development.
Accreditations and Approvals
The ASN Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). Contact information:
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
The ASN Program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN). Contact information:
- Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN)
239 Causeway Street, 5th Floor, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114
There are academic, clinical, and physical/health requirements for entry into the ASN program.
Admission to ASN program is competitive, and the requirements listed below are minimums. Due to the competitive application process only the most academically qualified students will be selected.
Nursing Program Promotion and Progression criteria and specific nursing program policies are detailed in the Becker College Nursing Student Handbook.
Applicants must apply to the specific nursing program they desire to enter. Students seeking transfer from one Becker College Pre-licensure nursing program to another must petition the Center for Career Education and Advising for presentation to the Nursing Faculty Association for a decision. Transfer admissions are not guaranteed.
Transfer admission from other nursing programs: Prerequisite courses are assessed by the college for transfer ability: Nursing courses do not transfer.
- G.P.A of 2.5 or better.
- It is required that the nursing program science courses be completed within 5 years prior to admission with a grade of C or better.
- Complete a three-credit college course in College Algebra and Statisitcs within 5 years with a grade of C or better.
- Complete ATI Test of Academic Skills (TEAS) exam earning a proficient score. Only two attempts to achieve the minimum benchmark scores will be allowed within a calendar year. The School of Nursing accepts original TEAS documents only.
ASN Program Curriculum
The ASN curriculum is built upon a foundation that incorporates the College’s mission and vision, professional nursing standards and guidelines, and the nursing faculty’s experiences and beliefs concerning person, health, environment, nursing, and nursing education. The primary goal of the ASN program is to educate nurses for safe practice in contemporary health care environments. This goal is met through fostering a student centered learning environment to promote the student learning and program outcomes.
ASN Student Learning Outcomes and Role Competencies at Graduation
Upon completion of the Associate Degree Nursing program the graduate is prepared to:
- Provide holistic care that recognizes an individual’s preferences, values, and needs and respects the patient or designee as a full partner in providing compassionate, coordinated, age and culturally appropriate, safe and effective care. (Patient-Centered Care)
- Demonstrate professional nursing behaviors aligned with accountability for the delivery of standard-based nursing care that is consistent with moral, altruistic, legal, ethical, regulatory, and humanistic principles. (Professionalism)
- Use leadership principles to Influence the behavior of individuals or groups of individuals within their environment in a way that will facilitate the establishment and acquisition/achievement of shared goals. (Leadership)
- Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context of the health care system, and demonstrate the ability to effectively call on work unit resources to provide care that is of optimal quality and value. (Systems-Based Practice)
- Use advanced technology, analyze as well as synthesize information, and collaborate in order to make critical decisions that optimize patient outcomes. (Informatics and Technology)
- Employ effective communication strategies with patients, families, and colleagues, fostering mutual respect and shared decision making, to enhance patient satisfaction and health outcomes. (Communication)
- Function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision making, team learning, and development. (Teamwork and Collaboration)
- Demonstrate an ability to minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance. (Safety)
- Apply data to monitor the outcomes of care processes, and uses improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems. (Quality Improvement)
- Identify, evaluate, and use the best current evidence coupled with clinical expertise and consideration of patients’ preferences, experience and values to make practice decisions. (Evidence-Based Practice)
ASN Curriculum Plan
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits||Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|Semester I||Semester II||Credits|
|BIOL2503||Anatomy & Physiology I||4||PSYC1107||Human Growth and Development||3|
|CORE1001||Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm||3||BIOL2504||Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|NURS1103||Essentials of Health Assessment and Promotion|
(Theory/Class 2.5 cr./2.5 hrs.)
(Lab 0.5 cr./ 1.5 hrs.)
(Theory/Class 5 cr./5 hrs.)
(Lab 1.0 cr./3 hrs.)
(Clinical Practice 4 cr. / 12 hrs.)
|NURS1104||Fundamentals of Nursing|
(Theory/Class 2.5 / 2.5 hrs.)
(Lab 0.5 cr. / 1.5 hrs.)
(Clinical Practice 1.0 cr. / 3 hrs. )
|PSYC1001||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|Semester Total:||17||Semester Total:||17|
|Semester I||Credits||Semester II||Credits|
|CORE-ENGL||The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems||3||MATH2200||Statistics||3|
(Theory/Class 5 cr. / 5 hrs.)
(Lab 1.0 cr. / 3 hrs.)
(Clinical 4 cr. / 12 hrs.)
(Theory / Class 5 cr. / 5 hrs.)
(Lab 1.0 cr. / 3 hrs.)
(Clinical 4 cr. / 12 hrs.)
|BIOL2502||Microbiology||4||NURS2205||Seminar in Nursing||2|
|ENGL1003||Writing about Literature||3|
|Semester Total:||17||Semester Total:||18|