FAQs: Pre-licensure Nursing Programs

Q: What are the admission requirements?

There are general college admission requirements and specific nursing program admission requirements.

  • Both the ASN and BSN programs require the applicant to be a high school graduate or have earned a GED. Please note the specific collegiate preparatory course requirements and expected level of academic achievement.
  • Transfer requirements are detailed at:
  • A pre-admission standardized test is required for the ASN and BSN program. Admission is competitive, the scores listed below are the minimum scores considered.
    • ASN program requires an overall score of proficient on the TEAS exam. Only two attempts to achieve the minimum score are allowed.
    • BSN program requires one of the following:
      • 900 SAT combined score based on the critical reading and math components of the exam.
      • ACT Composite score of 19.
      • TEAS exam overall score of proficient. Only two attempts to achieve the minimum score are allowed.
    • LPN advanced placement requirements can be found here.

Q: Where can I obtain information about the SAT, ACT and TEAS exams?

  • SAT
  • ACT
  • TEAS
    • The TEAS exam is administered at Becker College. To schedule your exam please contact Patricia Lamothe at the Department of Nursing Administrative Assistant at 508.373.9756 or by email at patricia.lamothe@becker.edu

Q: What other requirements are there for admission?

  • There are non-academic, health, and good moral character requirements for admission to the nursing program. This includes documentation of health through a physical exam, required immunizations, a criminal background check (CORI/SORI), and a 10 panel drug screen.
  • The health requirements are detailed here.
  • All students enrolled in clinical nursing courses must have valid/current American Heart Association, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider certification.

Q: How often are students admitted?

  • ASN program admits two classes per year, fall and spring (August and January start dates).
  • BSN program admits one class per year, each fall (August start date).
  • RN to BSN program admits two classes per year, fall and spring (August and January start dates).

Q: What does it cost to attend Becker College?

The Becker College tuition and fees can be found here.

There are additional costs associated with the nursing major; this would include uniform, books, equipment for clinical practice (e.g. stethoscope and blood pressure cuff), transportation costs, and parking fees. The uniform and clinical equipment requirements can be found in the Becker College Nursing Student Handbook.

Q: Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available by applying with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form, online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Becker College school code for the FAFSA form is 002123.

To explore scholarship opportunities for nursing students, visit the Becker College Financial Aid and Discover Nursing. Additional scholarship opportunities may be available to students enrolled in the nursing program who have completed at least one semester of the nursing program.

Q: How much time do I need to spend in class and studying?

The Becker College nursing programs are academically demanding. It is strongly suggested that you view the nursing major as a full time job, in which you will need to spend at least 40 hours per week in the classroom, clinical practice sites, and skills, as well as numerous hours for coursework and reading.

Q: Can I work full-time and attend the nursing program?

Success in a Pre-licensure nursing program (ASN and BSN) requires that students manage their time to meet the program obligations for coursework, clinical practice, and studying. Students working greater than 16 hours per week significantly increase their risk for nursing course failure. It is the expectation of the nursing department that class and clinical obligations take precedence over other commitments.

Q: When are classes and clinicals scheduled?

Typically class and skills lab are scheduled on weekdays during day time hours, however in certain courses some late afternoon or early evening classes may be scheduled. Clinical can take place any day of the week, any time between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Clinical assignments are scheduled by the nursing department; students do not request days, hours, or clinical sites. Clinical site locations typically are within a 30 mile driving distance from the Worcester campus, but it is possible to have a clinical experience scheduled at a greater distance. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical sites, carpooling is encouraged.

Q: What are the ratios for didactic, lab, and clinical?

The ratios are as follows:

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

 Q: How do I apply for the nursing program?

Students must complete an application for the program, which may be submitted electronically. Along with an application fee, you must submit an official high school transcript or GED, college transcripts if applying as a transfer student, and a recommendation from a teacher / professor or an employer. The required SAT, ACT, and / or TEAS results must be submitted. High School applicants must also submit their first quarter senior grades. Applications will not be reviewed until all of these items are received.

Q: What is the application deadline for applying to the nursing program?

The Becker College admission deadlines can be found here. It is highly recommended that students submit their application well in advance of the deadline.

Q: After I am accepted for the nursing program, what is my next step?

You should send Becker College your deposit. This will save your spot in our entering class for which you were accepted. Schedules, housing information (if applicable), and insurance information cannot be generated until the deposit is received. The ASN and Pre-licensure Nursing students have additional requirements, including CPR certification, health and immunization requirements, CORI/SORI checks, and a drug screening. Accepted nursing students who have submitted the initial deposit will be mailed any required CORI/SORI forms, health forms, and other information.

Q: Where can I go for more information about the pre-licensure nursing programs?

We invite you to explore Becker College’s nursing programs by calling 508.373.9400 or emailing admissions@becker.edu