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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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BSN Approval with Warning FAQ’s

Admissions Requirements

The Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in nursing program is accredited with conditions by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and on approval with warning Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN).

BSN Approval with Warning FAQ’s

Pre-Licensure BSN Applicants:

  • Applicants are required to provide satisfactory evidence of secondary school graduation (official high school transcript), or its equivalent (official GED or HiSET with scores included).
  • 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 or Statistics within 5 years with a grade of C or better. Algebra I, II and Geometry are required for freshman applicants.
  • 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. SAT or ACT scores are required for freshman applicants. **We recognize the changes in SAT/ACT administration since spring 2020 due to COVID-19 have created challenges for students who wish to take or retake these examinations as part of their application process for fall 2021. For first year (freshmen) students applying for fall 2021 admission into the BSN nursing program during the 2020-2021 admission cycle, we have adopted an SAT/ACT optional policy. Students may submit scores, but they are not required.

Nursing Program Promotion and Progression criteria and specific nursing program policies are detailed in the Becker College Nursing Student Handbook.

All of the additional Nursing Requirements

FAQ’s for the Nursing Programs


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
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Introduction to Sociology SOCI1001 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Math Elective (MATH1200 or higher) MATH1200 or Higher 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL2503 4
45 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Human Growth and Development PSYC1107 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Statistics MATH2200 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Anatomy & Physiology II BIOL2504 4
45 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab
Open Elective Open Elective 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
CORE ENGL Composition and the Agile Mindset CORE-ENGL 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)

Credits Total: 32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Writing about Literature ENGL1003 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Microbiology BIOL2502 4
45 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Nutrition EXSC3105 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Medical Ethics PHIL3300 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
The Nurse as Scholar and Clinician NURS1200 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Intercultural Communication HUMN3100 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Pathophysiology BIOL3120 4
45 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab
Open Elective Open Elective 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)

Credits Total: 29

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Health Assessment & Promotion Across the Lifespan NURS2103 3
37.5 hours didactic (1:1)
22.5 hours lab (1:3)
Principles of Nursing Care NURS2400 6
45 hours didactic (1:1)
22.5 hours lab (1:3)
112.5 hours clinical (1:3)
Complementary Integrated Health Approaches NURS3002 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Open Elective Open Elective 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Introduction to Pharmacokinetics in Nursing NURS3004 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Adult and Family Health NURS3103 12
120 hours didactic (1:1)
20 hours lab (1:3)
160 hours clinical (1:3)

Credits Total: 30

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Medical Surgical Nursing II NURS3305 6
60 hours didactic (1:3)
12 hours lab (1:3)
78 hours clinical (1:3)
Community Health Nursing NURS3600 4
45 hours didactic (1:1)
45 hours clinical (1:3)
Professional Nurse as Educator NURS4004 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing NURS4005 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Care of Patients with Complex Physiological and Psychological Health Issues NURS4200 6
45 hours didactic (1:1)
10 hours lab (1:3)
125 clinical (1:3)
Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice NURS4210 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Nursing Informatics and Patient Care Technology NURS4505 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Open Elective Open Elective 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)

Credits Total: 31

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

Didactic:  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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