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 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

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The PL-BSN Program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN). Contact information:

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.

BSN Program Student Learning Outcomes and Role Competencies at Graduation

  1. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing program the graduate is prepared to:
  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. Integrate advanced technology, analyze as well as synthesize information and collaborate in order to make critical decisions that optimize patient outcomes. (Informatics and Technology)
  6. Interact effectively with patients, families, and colleagues, fostering mutual respect and shared decision making, to enhance patient satisfaction and health outcomes. (Communication)
  7. 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)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. 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

Course NumberCourse NameCreditsCourse NumberCourse NameCredits
Freshman Year
Semester ISemester II
BIOL2503Anatomy & Psychology I4CORE-ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3MATH2200Statistics3
Math Elective
(MATH1200 or higher)
3BIOL2504Anatomy & Physiology II4
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3PSYC1107Human Growth and Development3
SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology3Open Elective3
Semester Total:16Semester Total: 16
Sophomore Year
Semester IIICreditsSemester IVCredits
EXSC3105Nutrition3Open Elective3
ENGL1003Writing about Literature3HUMN3100Intercultural Communication3
CORE3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset 3NURS1200The Nurse as Scholar and Clinician3
PHIL3300Medical Ethics3
Semester Total: 16Semester Total:12
Junior Year
Semester VCreditsSemester VICredits
NURS2103Health Assessment & Promotion Across the Lifespan
(Theory/Class 2.5cr. / 2.5 hrs.)
(Lab 0.5 cr. / 1.5 hrs.)
3NURS3350Adult and Family Health
(Theory / Class 8 cr. / 8 hrs.)
( Lab 0.5 cr. / 1.5 hrs.)
(Clinical Practice 3.5 cr. / 10.5 hrs)
NURS3002Complementary Integrated Health Approaches3NURS3000Introduction to Pharmacokinetics in Nursing 3
NURS2400Principles of Nursing Care
(Theory/Class 3 cr./ 3 hrs)
(Lab 1.5 cr. / 3 hrs. )
(Clinical Practice 2 cr. / 3 hrs)
Open Elective3
Semester Total: 15Semester Total:15
Senior Year
Semester VIICreditsSemester VIIICredits
NURS3305Medical Surgical Nursing II
(Theory / Class 3 cr. / 3 hrs)
(Lab 0.5 cr./ 1.5 hrs. )
(Clinical Practice 2.5 cr. / 7.5 hrs.)
6NURS4200Care of Patients with Complex Physiological and Psychological Health Issues
(Theory / Class 3 cr. / 3 hrs.)
(Lab 0.5 cr. / 1.5 hrs)
(Clinical Practice 2.5 cr. / 7.5 hrs)
NURS3600Community Health Nursing
(Theory / Class 3 cr./ 3 hrs.)
(Clinical Practice 1 cr. /3 hrs)
4NURS4210Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice3
NURS4403Professional Nurse as Educator3NURS4505Nursing Informatics and Patient Care Technology3
NURS4515Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing3Open Elective3
Semester Total:16Semester Total: 15
Total Credits: 121