Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree 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, who can work with diverse populations in multiple practice settings.  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.  Graduates of the program are eligible to take the nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN).

Accreditations and Approvals
The PL-BSN Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). Contact information:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone:  1.404.975.5000

The PL-BSN Program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN). Contact information:
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN)
239 Causeway Street
5th Floor, Suite 200
Boston, MA 02114
Phone:  1.800.414.0168
http://www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn

Admission Requirements
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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 the achievement of the BSN expected student outcomes.

BSN Student Learning Outcomes:
The BSN student learning outcomes are based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008)

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program the graduate is prepared to:

  1. Synthesize theories and concepts from the arts, sciences, and humanities in professional nursing practice.
  2. Apply leadership strategies to effect change and provide safe and effective nursing care.
  3. Apply critical reasoning and best current evidence to support safe and effective patient care.
  4. Integrate informatics and technology into nursing practice to manage information, minimize error, and support decision making to achieve healthcare outcomes.
  5. Employ knowledge of the healthcare, financial, and regulatory systems to improve healthcare outcomes and professional nursing practice.
  6. Demonstrate effective inter-professional communication and collaboration to provide quality, patient-centered care.
  7. Apply principles of prevention and health promotion in providing care to diverse individuals, families, and communities.
  8. Practice with integrity, legal accountability, ethical responsibility, advocacy, caring and a commitment to lifelong learning.
  9. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for baccalaureate generalist nursing practice.

Pre-Licensure BSN Curriculum Plan

 Freshman Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIOL2503 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 EXSC3105 Nutrition 3
PSYC1001 Introduction to Psychology 3 MATH2200 Statistics 3
MATH1200 College Algebra 3 BIOL2502 Microbiology 4
CORE1001 Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm 3 CORE-ENGL The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems 3
SOCI1001 Introduction to Sociology 3 History Elective 3
16 16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
PSYC1107 Human Growth and Development 3 NURS3002 Complementary Integrative Health Approaches 3
ENGL1003 Writing about Literature 3 HUMN3100 Intercultural Communication 3
BIOL2504 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 NURS3105 Pathophysiology 4
CORE2003 Needfinding: Uncovering Opportunity in Human Need 3 NURS1200 The Nurse as Scholar and Clinician 3
PHIL3300 Medical Ethics 3 CORE3004 Entrepreneurial Mindset: Creating and Capturing Value 3
16 16

Junior Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
NURS2103 Health Assessment & Promotion Across the Lifespan
–  Theory/Class 2.5 credits
– Lab Practice 0.5 credits:
22.5 total hours
3 NURS3350 Adult and Family Health 12
NURS3000 Introduction to Pharmacokinetics in Nursing 3 NURS4515 Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3
NURS4505 Nursing Informatics and Patient Care Technology 3
NURS2400 Principles of Nursing Care
– Theory/Class 3 credits
– Lab/Clinical Practice 3 credits:
135 total hours
6
15 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
NURS3305 Medical Surgical Nursing II

– Theory/Class 4 credits
– Lab/Clinical Practice 2 credits:
90 total hours

6 NURS4200 Care of Patients with Complex Physiological and Psychological Health Issues

– Theory/Class 3 credits
– Lab/Clinical Practice 3 credits:
135 total hours

6
NURS3600 Community Health Nursing 

– Theory/Class 3 credits
– Clinical 1 credit:
45 total hours

4 NURS4210 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 3
NURS4403 Professional Nurse as Educator 3 Open Elective 3
CORE4005 Agile Mindset Capstone 3
16 12
Total Credits: 122

 

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