Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Program Overview

The four year Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (PL-BSN) combines nursing and liberal arts curricula to provide the student with a well delineated and broad knowledge base for practice as an entry-level generalist professional nurse, and success on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam.  Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to assume the role of a registered nurse in patients in acute-care, long-term care, and community or ambulatory-care settings, as well as for entry into graduate level nursing programs.

Accreditations and Approvals

The PL-BSN Program is accredited on conditions by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

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The PL Bachelor of Science (BSN) program is approval with warning by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and is accredited with conditions by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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Admission Requirements

There are academic, clinical, and physical/health requirements for the Pre-licensure BSN program.

Admission to the Pre-licensure BSN 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.

Academic Requirements:

  • 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 Statistics within 5 years with a grade of C or better.
  • All nursing applicants (freshman, transfer, or current Becker students) must successfully complete either the ACT/SAT exam or the TEAS exam. Students who have an ACT composite score below 19 or SAT score below 900 on the SAT Critical Reading and Math sections, must take and score proficient or higher on the TEAS exam as part of their application. Note: scores are subject to change.

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PL-BSN Program Curriculum

The Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing  (PL-BSN) 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 PL-BSN 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. The student to faculty ratios for didactic, clinical, and lab are as follows:

Didactic: 35 students: 1 faculty
Clinical: 8 students: 1 faculty
Lab: 10 students: 1 faculty

BSN Program Student Learning Outcomes and Role Competencies at Graduation

  • Manage 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)
  • Practice with integrity and accountability for the delivery of standard-based nursing care that is consistent with moral, altruistic, legal, ethical, regulatory, and humanistic principles. (Professionalism)
  • Apply leadership principles to effect changes in the behavior of individuals or groups of individuals within their environment that results in the establishment and acquisition/achievement of shared goals. (Leadership)
  • Evidence an understanding 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)
  • Integrate advanced technology, analyze as well as synthesize information and collaborate in order to make critical decisions that optimize patient outcomes. (Informatics and Technology)
  • Interact effectively 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, developing and improving systems for open communication, mutual respect, shared decision making, team learning, and development. (Teamwork and Collaboration)
  • Implement solutions to minimize risk of harm for the individual patient, within specific patient populations, and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance. (Safety)
  • Uses 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)
  • Integrate current research findings and nursing theory coupled with clinical expertise and consideration of patients’ preferences, experience and values to make practice decisions. (Evidence-Based Practice)

Pre-licensure BSN Curriculum Plan

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
Introduction to Sociology SOCI1001 3
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3
Math Elective (MATH1200 or higher) MATH1200 or Higher 3
Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL2503 4

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Human Growth and Development PSYC1107 3
Statistics MATH2200 3
Anatomy & Physiology II BIOL2504 4
Open Elective Open Elective 3
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems CORE-ENGL 3

Credits Total: 32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Writing about Literature ENGL1003 3
Microbiology BIOL2502 4
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Nutrition EXSC3105 3
Medical Ethics PHIL3300 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
The Nurse as Scholar and Clinician NURS1200 3
Intercultural Communication HUMN3100 3
Pathophysiology BIOL3115 3
Open Elective Open Elective 3

Credits Total: 28

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Health Assessment & Promotion Across the Lifespan (37.5 hrs. didactic, 22 hrs. lab) NURS2103 3
Principles of Nursing Care (45 hrs. didactic, 22.5 hrs. lab, 112 hrs. clinical) NURS2400 6
Complementary Integrated Health Approaches NURS3002 3
Open Elective Open Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Introduction to Pharmacokinetics in Nursing NURS3004 3
Adult and Family Health (120 hrs. didactic, 12 hrs. lab, 80 hrs. clinical, 44 hrs. simulation) NURS3103 12

Credits Total: 30

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Medical Surgical Nursing II (60 hrs. didactic, 12 hrs. lab, 78 hrs. clinical) NURS3305 6
Community Health Nursing (45 hrs. didactic, 45 hrs. clinical) NURS3600 4
Professional Nurse as Educator NURS4004 3
Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing NURS4005 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Care of Patients with Complex Physiological and Psychological Health Issues (45 hrs. didactic, 10 hrs. lab, 125 hrs. clinical) NURS4200 6
Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice NURS4210 3
Nursing Informatics and Patient Care Technology NURS4505 3
Open Elective Open Elective 3

Credits Total: 31

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 clinical/lab hours)

Students must pass the theory, college lab, and clinical practice components of each nursing course in order to pass the course.

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