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Additional Nursing Requirements for All Nursing Programs

Clinical and health requirements must be met prior to the first nursing course. Refer to the Student Health Services for details.

Physical requirements please refer to the essential functions of a nursing student section in the Nursing Student Handbook. For questions, please see the Disability Specialist in the Collaborative Learning Center.

All applicants for admission or transfer into any of the Becker College nursing programs must meet the following requirements:

  • CPR:

American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Certification.

  •  CORI and SORI Check:

All students in Becker College’s ASN and Pre-licensure BSN nursing programs must submit to a national Criminal Offenders Record Investigation (CORI) and Sex Offender Registry Information Act (SORI) check upon admission to the program, prior to the start of the first nursing course. The CORI and SORI will be repeated every Fall during the program. Any student whose CORI or SORI reflects conviction of certain offenses will be NOT  be eligible for placement at a clinical agency and may be excluded from eligibility for nurse licensure in Massachusetts, in accordance with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) Licensure Policy. Participation in planned clinical experiences throughout the nursing curriculum is required, therefore inability to participate in clinical will result in withdrawal from the nursing program. Acceptance into the course or program does not guarantee clearance for a clinical agency placement.

  • MA BORN Good Moral Character (GMC):

Misdemeanor and felony convictions, and discipline by a licensure/certification body are evaluated by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing to determine licensure applicant compliance with the “good moral character” licensure requirement established in the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 112, section 74 and 74A. The Becker College nursing programs evaluate GMC in accordance with MA BORN regulations. 

  • Drug Testing:

As a result of clinical affiliation requirements, nursing students in the ASN program and Pre-licensure BSN program are required to have a comprehensive “10 Panel” urine drug screen with results provided to the Student Health Services Office prior to the beginning of their clinical course. Permission for release of results must be authorized to the Director of Student Health. If the student’s drug screen is positive, the student must submit written proof of a prescription for the appropriate medication prior to beginning clinical. Students who test positive for any street drug will not be allowed admission into the program or continued program progression. This policy is aligned with the policies of our clinical partners. There may be additional restrictions based upon each individual clinical facility’s policy and regulations. Failure to disclose any of this information or a positive drug screening will prevent students from attending clinical and the completion of the course, which will result in dismissal from the nursing program. Drug screenings must be completed prior to the first nursing clinical course and annually thereafter.

Transfer Admissions to Nursing Program

Transfer Admission from other nursing programs: Prerequisite courses are assessed by the college for transfer ability. Registered nursing courses from other college’s do not transfer in.


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