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Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program

Program Overview

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:

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

ASN Admissions Requirements

The Pre-Licensure Associates of Science in nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN).

Academic Requirements:

  • 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 science courses be completed within five years prior to admission with a grade of C or better.
  • Complete a three-credit college course in College Algebra or Statistics within five years with a grade of C or better.
  • Algebra I, II and Geometry are required for freshman applicants.
  • The ATI Test of Academic Skills (TEAS) is required for all ASN applicants, earning a proficient score. Only two attempts to achieve the minimum benchmark score will be allowed within a calendar year. The School of Nursing accepts original TEAS documents only. **Please note due to the temporary disruption of COVID-19 and closure of testing sites, the Nursing Department will offer the TEAS exam one day per month. Please contact the Admissions Office or Nursing Department to obtain the dates.

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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. 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

ASN Student Learning Outcomes and Role Competencies at Graduation

  • 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 use 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 Day Program


Freshman Year (Semester I & Semester II)

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Managing Change CORE1001 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Essentials of Health Assessment and Promotion NURS1103 3
37.5 hours didactic (1:1)
22.5 hours lab (1:3)
Fundamentals of Nursing NURS1104 4
37.5 hours didactic (1:1)
19.5 hours lab (1:3)
48 hours clinical (1:3)
Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL2503 4
45 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Nursing II NURS1105 10
75 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab (1:3)
195 hours clinical (1:3)
Human Growth and Development PSYC1107 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Anatomy & Physiology II BIOL2504 4
45 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab

Credits Total: 34

Sophmore Year (Semester III & Semester IV)

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
CORE ENGL Composition and the Agile Mindset CORE-ENGL 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Nursing III NURS2201 10
75 hours didactic (1:1)
18 hours lab (1:3)
180 hours clinical (1:3)
Microbiology BIOL2502 4
45 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Writing about Literature ENGL1003 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Statistics MATH2200 3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Nursing IV NURS2202 10
75 hours didactic (1:1)
9 hours lab (1:3)
180 hours clinical (1:3)
Seminar in Nursing NURS2205 2
30 hours didactic (1:1)

Credits Total: 35

     

ASN Evening Weekend Program

Freshman Year

Semester I

Course NameNumberCredits
Managing ChangeCORE15003
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Introduction to PsychologyPSYC10013
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Essentials of Health Assessment and PromotionNURS11033
37.5 hours didactic (1:1)
22.5 hours lab (1:3)
Fundamentals of NursingNURS11044
37.5 hours didactic (1:1)
19.5 hours lab (1:3)
48 hours clinical (1:3)
Anatomy & Physiology IBIOL25034
45 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab

Semester II

Course NameNumberCredits
Nursing IINURS110510
75 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab (1:3)
195 hours clinical (1:3)
Human Growth and DevelopmentPSYC11073
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Anatomy & Physiology IIBIOL25044
45 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab

Credits Total: 34


Sophmore Year

Semester III

Course NameNumberCredits
CORE ENGL Composition and the Agile MindsetCORE-ENGL3
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Nursing III NURS220110
75 hours didactic (1:1)
18 hours lab (1:3)
180 hours clinical (1:3)
MicrobiologyBIOL25024
45 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab
Total Credits- 7

Semester IV

Course NameNumberCredits
Writing about LiteratureENGL10033
45 hours didactic (1:1)
StatisticsMATH22003
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Nursing IVNURS220210
75 hours didactic (1:1)
9 hours lab (1:3)
180 hours clinical (1:3)
Seminar in NursingNURS22052
30 hours didactic (1:1)
Credits Total: 35

Credits Total: 35


ASN Day and Evening Weekend LPN Advanced Placement Options

The Nursing Department offers three LPN Advanced Placement options for Licensed Practical Nurses.

Licensed Practical Nurses will be considered for advanced placement in the undergraduate Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program provided they:

  • Complete the application process through the Office of Admissions.
  • Hold an unencumbered Massachusetts license as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
  • Have graduated from another regionally accredited, post-secondary institution, pre-licensure program recognized by the Department of Higher Education and fully approved by the Board of Nursing.
  • Complete the ATI Test of Academic Skills (TEAS) exam earning a proficient score.

Option 1: Pre-admission standardized tests are required for the program. Admission is competitive, the scores listed below are the minimum scores considered.

  • The ASN program requires an overall score of 75% on the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam ACE (NACE) I PN-RN: Foundations of Nursing Test. Only two attempts to achieve the minimum benchmark scores will be allowed within a calendar year. More information regarding the NACE exam can be found at https://www.mometrix.com/academy/nursing-ace-practice-test/.
  • The ASN program requires an overall score of Proficiency Level II on the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) Adult Medical Surgical Proctored Exam. Only two attempts to achieve the minimum benchmark scores will be allowed within a calendar year. More information regarding the ATI Adult Medical Surgical Proctored Exam can be found at www.atitesting.com.

After completing the above requirements, the student would transfer into NURS 2201 Nursing III.

Option 2A pre-admission standardized test is required for the program. Admission is competitive, the scores listed below are the minimum scores considered.

  • The ASN program requires an overall score of 75% on the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam ACE (NACE) I PN-RN: Foundations of Nursing Test. Only two attempts to achieve the minimum benchmark scores will be allowed within a calendar year. More information regarding the NACE exam can be found at https://www.mometrix.com/academy/nursing-ace-practice-test/.

After completing the above requirements, the student would transfer into NURS 1105 Nursing II.

Option 3:  A pre-admission standardized test is required for the program. Admission is competitive, the scores listed below are the minimum scores considered.

  • Complete the 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.

Candidates determined eligible for option 3 are required to take all nursing courses as detailed in the Becker College’s School of Nursing Associate Degree Curriculum.


ASN Part-Time Evening Weekend Option

Fall

Course NameNumberCredits
Writing about LiteratureENGL10033
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Managing ChangeCORE15003
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Anatomy & Physiology IBIOL25034
45 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab

Credits Total: 10

Spring

Course NameNumberCredits
Introduction to PsychologyPSYC10013
45 hours didactic (1:1)
Anatomy & Physiology IIBIOL25044
45 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab

Credits Total: 7


Summer

Course NameNumber Credit
StatisticsNURS22003
45 hours didactic (1:1)
MicrobiologyBIOL25024
45 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab

Credits Total: 7

Fall

Course NameNumberCredit
Essentials of Health Assessment and PromotionNURS11033
37.5 hours didactic (1:1)
22.5 hours lab (1:3)
Fundamentals of NursingNURS11044
37.5 hours didactic (1:1)
19.5 hours lab (1:3)
48 hours clinical (1:3)

Credits Total: 7

Spring

Course NameNumberCredits
Nursing IINURS110510
75 hours didactic (1:1)
30 hours lab (1:3)
195 hours clinical (1:3)

Credits Total: 10

Summer

Course NameNumberCredits
Human Growth and DevelopmentPSYC11073
45 hours didactic (1:1)
CORE ENGL Composition and the Agile MindsetCORE-ENGL3
45 hours didactic (1:1)

Credits Total: 6

Fall

Course NameNumberCredits
Nursing IIINURS220110
75 hours didactic (1:1)
45 hours lab (1:3)
180 hours clinical (1:3)

Credits Total: 10

Spring

Course NameNumberCredits
Nursing IVNURS220210
75 hours didactic (1:1)
45 hours lab (1:3)
180 hours clinical (1:3)
Seminar in NursingNURS22052
30 hours didactic (1:1)
Total Credits- 12

Total Program Credits- 69

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