Nursing Program Requirements

» Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program – Freshman Nursing Applicants
» Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (PL-BSN) Program Freshman Nursing Applicants
» Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Applicants
» Transfer Admissions to Nursing Program
» Additional Requirements for all Nursing Programs

The Becker College Nursing Department has three separate nursing education programs; Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), prelicensure BSN, and RN to BSN.  The ASN and prelicensure BSN programs educate nurses for entry into nursing practice and success on the nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN).  The RN to BSN program is for registered nurses seeking a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  There are academic, clinical, and physical/health requirements for entry into each program.  Entry requirements for the specific programs may vary.

Admission to nursing (ASN, prelicensure BSN, and RN to BSN) in the nursing program is competitive, and the requirements listed below are minimums.

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

Applicants must apply to the specific nursing program/track they desire to enter.  Students seeking transfer from one Becker College prelicensure nursing program to another must petition the Chief Nurse Administrator.  Transfer admissions are not guaranteed.

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program – Freshman Nursing Applicants Academic Requirements:

In addition to the requirements listed under Freshman Applicants, all Nursing applicants must:

  • Earn high school cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or better.
  • Complete one year of college preparatory secondary level science with a lab. This course must be completed within five years, with a minimum grade of C. A four-credit college course in science with a lab, with a grade of C or better with only one allowed retake, will also satisfy the prerequisite science requirement.  It is strongly recommended that the nursing program science courses be completed prior to admission.
  • Complete 2 years of college preparatory level secondary school mathematics including Algebra I and II or Algebra I and Geometry. Both courses must be completed within 5 years with a minimum grade of C. A three-credit college course in College Algebra within 5 years with a grade of C or better will also satisfy the prerequisite math requirement.
  • Complete 3 years of secondary school English with a grade of C or better.
  • One letter of recommendation of an academic nature.
  • Achieve an overall score of Proficient or higher on the ATI Version VI – Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS® VI).  Only two attempts to achieve the minimum benchmark score will be allowed.  The TEAS requirement applies to all applicants to the ASN nursing program (including internal and external student transfers).

The TEAS test is administered at Becker College (fee required).  Contact the Admissions’ Office for more testing information.  Information about the test content and resources to prepare for the exam can be found at https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/PreNursingSchool/TEAS.aspx.  A study guide is available in the College bookstores:  VERSION VI – ATI TEST OF ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC SKILLS (TEAS VI) STUDY MANUAL.

Students who have taken the TEAS® VI at another institution should contact ATI at 1-800-667-7531 to have their official score transcript sent to the Becker College Admission Department.

Refer to Clinical and Health Requirements

Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (PL-BSN) Program Freshman Nursing Applicants Academic Requirements:

In addition to the College admission requirements listed under Freshman Applicants, all prelicensure BSN applicants must:

  • Complete one year of college preparatory secondary level science with a lab. This course must be completed within five years, with a minimum grade of C. A four-credit college course in science with a lab, with a grade of C or better with only one allowed retake, will also satisfy the prerequisite science requirement.  It is strongly recommended that the nursing program science courses be completed prior to admission.
  • Complete 2 years of college preparatory level secondary school mathematics including Algebra I and II or Algebra I and Geometry. Both courses must be completed within 5 years with a minimum grade of C. A three-credit college course in College Algebra within 5 years with a grade of C or better will also satisfy the prerequisite math requirement.
  • Complete 3 years of secondary school English with a grade of C or better.
  • One letter of recommendation of an academic nature may be required.

Effective for incoming Fall 2015 Prelicensure BSN Nursing Students

  • All nursing applicants (freshmen, transfer or current students looking to change their major to nursing) must successfully complete either the ACT/SAT exam or the TEAS exam.  Students who have an ACT Composite score below  19 or a 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.
  • Pre-licensure BSN students are admitted to the fall semester.  Students admitted in the spring or transferred into the nursing program may need to take additional courses or semesters to comply with the published curriculum plan.
  • Due to the competitive application process only the most academically qualified students will be selected.  Students who would like to prepare for the TEAS exam should utilize the TEAS resources cited below.
  • Students taking the TEAS exam must achieve an overall score of Proficient or higher on the ATI Version VI – Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS® VI).
  • Students may take the TEAS Exam three times during a twelve (12) month period, starting with the first attempt.
  • After the first attempt, students must wait 30 days before they can retake the exam. If a student does not pass on the first attempt, then remediation is required. An individualized remediation plan will be created for the student with an advisor. After remediation has been completed and confirmed by the advisor, the student will be allowed to re-test.
  • TEAS scores are valid for a period of two years. Scores older than two years will not be accepted.
  • Note: The attempt restrictions apply even if the test is taken at a location other than Becker College.
  • If needed, the TEAS requirement applies to all applicants to the nursing program (including internal and external transfers). The TEAS test is administered at Becker (fee required).  Contact the Admission’s Office for more testing information. Information about the test content and resources to prepare for the exam can be found at            https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/PreNursingSchool/TEAS.aspx.  A study guide is available in the College bookstores: VERSION VI – ATI TEST OF ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC SKILLS (TEAS VI) STUDY MANUAL.

Prelicensure BSN Admission into Year Three, First Semester Nursing Admission/Course Work Requirements: 

  • Successful criteria to progress to the third year (first semester of year 3/Fall semester) includes: 
    • An earned College cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. 
    • Successful completion of prelicensure BSN curriculum plan science courses, with a final of C (2.0) or better for each science course, with only one allowed retake of each science course.
    • MATH2200 Statistics must be successfully completed with a grade of C or higher prior to the scheduled NURS3100 Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing course.
    • Achievement of a final course grade of C+ or higher in NURS1200 (The Nurse as Scholar and Clinician) and NURS3002 (Complementary Integrative Health Approaches). 
    • Successful completion of all courses (66 credits in the first 2 years of the published prelicensure BSN nursing program curriculum). 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Applicants

Students seeking admission to the Becker College RN to BSN program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a RN to BSN application form
  • Have graduated from a state approved  college and nationally accredited Associate Degree nursing program [e.g., Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), or diploma registered nurse preparation program.
  • Graduated from a regional accredited college (e.g. NEASC).
  • Earned a 2.0 GPA from a Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) accredited prelicensure registered nurse preparation program.
  • Hold a current Massachusetts registered nurse license.
  • Provide proof of current employment or work history as a Registered Nurse, if graduated more than 3 years ago.

Transfer Evaluation Criteria (RN-BSN)

  • Meet all Becker College associate degree nursing curriculum requirements, through graduation from the Becker College ASN program; e.g., 69 credits (39 nursing and 30 general education) (See Becker College ASN curriculum plan and Becker College RN to BSN program pre-requisites).
  • Graduates from nursing programs other than Becker College may receive nursing credits for previous coursework in nursing toward their maximum of thirty-nine (39) preadmission nontransferable nursing credits. Upon review and evaluation by the Nursing Department, nursing credits awarded will be applied to the preadmission requirements.
    • In order for previous nursing course work to be awarded credits, the applicant must have:
      • Graduated from a state-approved ACEN accredited prelicensure nursing program within the past three (3) years, or have work experience as an RN equivalent to 1000 hours within the past three (3) years which is documented by a letter from their employer.
      • Their prelicensure nursing program official transcripts reviewed for comparability and relevance to the Becker College ASN required nursing courses.
    • Graduates who do not meet the criterion listed above, who have less than 39 preadmission nursing credits, can earn the required credits through successful completion of:
      • NLN Accelerated Challenge Exams (ACE) II, or
      • By completing approved Becker College nursing courses; e.g., NURS3200 Technology and Nursing Informatics
    • All preadmission nursing credits must be earned prior to being allowed to enroll as an accepted student in the RN to BSN program.
    • General education credits in the Becker College ASN curriculum plan may be transferred following review of the courses per Becker College transfer policy. In order to be accepted into the RN to BSN program all of the general education credits in the Becker College ASN curriculum plan must have been completed and evaluated as transferable to Becker College.

*Recent ASN or diploma program graduates, providing they meet all other admission criteria, maybe conditionally accepted and allowed to enroll into the courses offered in the first semester of the RN to BSN program. However, a current MA licensure is necessary to be accepted into the RN to BSN program and in order to progress into the second semester.

Students who step out of sequence from the program will be withdrawn from the nursing program. Students who desire readmission to the program may reapply. All applications for readmission will be reviewed by the nursing program director and/or designee.

 

Transfer Admissions to Nursing Program

Transfers into a Prelicensure nursing program (ASN or PL-BSN) for consideration are graduates of approved licensed practical nursing programs, students that have attended another nursing program, or students who have attended other regionally accredited institutions.  Applicants for transfer into the Becker College nursing program must meet the general requirements for admission to Health and Science programs, as well as the specific nursing program admission requirements.

1A. Transfer Admission from other Nursing Programs into the Associate Degree in Nursing (ASN):

In addition to the Health and Science programs and nursing program general admission requirements, candidates applying for transfer into the Associate Degree in Nursing program from another nursing program must submit to the Chief Nurse Administrator for review:

  • A letter of recommendation from the Chief Nurse Administrator where prior nursing courses were completed.
  • An official transcript from the previous nursing program.  Only first semester nursing courses equivalent to Becker College nursing courses (NURS1103/ Essentials of Health Assessment and Promotion and NURS1104/Fundamentals of Nursing with a clinical experience) in which the candidate has achieved a grade of C+ or higher will be considered for transfer review.
  • An official transcript indicating successful completion of the following first semester corequisite college courses:

a)  BIOL2503 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
b)  ENGL1001 English Composition I (3 credits)

Nursing students are required to complete a minimum of 32 nursing credits at Becker College for the Associate Degree in Nursing.

B. Transfer Admission from other Nursing Programs into the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (Prelicensure BSN):

In addition to the Health and Science programs and nursing program general admission requirements, candidates applying for transfer into the Prelicensure Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (PL- BSN) program from another nursing program must submit to the Chief Nurse Administrator for review:

  • A letter of recommendation from the Chief Nurse Administrator where prior nursing courses were completed.
  • An official transcript from the previous nursing program indicating successful completion of the first two year PL-BSN curriculum.
  • Only Junior year first semester nursing courses equivalent to Becker College nursing courses (NURS2103: Health Assessment & Promotion Across the Lifespan, NURS2400: Principles of Nursing Care with a clinical experience, and NURS3000: Introduction to Pharmacokinetics in) in which the candidate has achieved a grade of C+ or higher will be considered for transfer review.

Nursing students are required to complete a minimum of 46 nursing credits at Becker College for the Prelicensure Bachelor in Science (PL-BSN) Degree in Nursing.

Additional Requirements for ALL Nursing Programs

Clinical and Physical/Health Requirements for all nursing program applicants (ASN, Prelicensure BSN, RN to BSN, LPNs seeking admission with advanced standing, and transfers from other nursing programs).

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

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

CORI/SORI Check

In view of the licensure eligibility requirements for Massachusetts, all students in the Becker College nursing programs must submit to a Criminal Offenders Record Investigation (CORI) and Sex Offender Registry Information Act (SORI) check upon admission to the program.  The CORI/SORI may be repeated at intervals during the program, as clinical agency contracts require.

Any student whose CORI/SORI reflects conviction of certain offenses will be ineligible for placement at a clinical agency and, furthermore, may be excluded from eligibility for nurse licensure in Massachusetts, in accordance with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing Licensure Policy. Therefore, if there is a finding of an offense when the CORI/SORI is completed, the student may be unable to participate in a clinical assignment.  However, participation in planned clinical experiences throughout the nursing curriculum is required so withdrawal from the nursing program may result.  Acceptance into the course or program does not guarantee clearance for a clinical agency placement.

MA BORN Good Moral Character

Misdemeanor and felony convictions, and discipline by a licensure/certification body are evaluated by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) to determine licensure applicant compliance with the “good moral character” licensure requirement established in the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 112, section 74 and 74A.

» Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing

Drug Testing

As a result of clinical affiliation requirements, clinical students 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 work. 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 including medical marijuana, even if legally prescribed, 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 and an unauthorized drug screening will prevent a student from attending clinical and completion of the course, resulting in dismissal from the nursing program.

Medical/Health Requirements

Clinical facilities may stipulate additional requirements for which medical documentation must be provided.

Clinical sites require proof of student health and immunization status.  This information is provided to affiliation offices before clinical clearance is granted.  If this information is not disclosed, the student would be dismissed from the nursing program.

The Federal Center for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health define college health and immunization requirements.

Students are not eligible for participation in the nursing program without documentation of required health and immunization requirements (see below).  The Student Health Record must be completed and submitted through the Health Portal prior to entry to the college.  No record = No clearance for classes or clinical.

  • Massachusetts State Law requires that all health science students have a completed health record signed by the healthcare provider in the student health portal prior to the start of classes.
  • Any change in medical/health status must be reported to Student Health Services.  Medical documentation must be provided that clearly identifies student limitations/restrictions and their ability to participate in all program activities.  Examples of change in health status may include, but is not limited to:  any physical injury that requires splint/brace/cast/sling, major illness, psychiatric instability, communicable disease, and pregnancy/delivery.  Please notify Student Health Services for an individual consultation.
  • Significant changes in health status may affect the student’s ability to perform clinical functions.  If determined that student or patient safety may be compromised, the student will be excluded from the clinical area until cleared by their healthcare provider.  Clinical agencies will be consulted, as needed, to determine if student can participate in clinical assignments.  The ability to participate in clinical assignments may result in withdrawal from the nursing program.
  • A physical exam less than one year before entering the college.  Information submitted through the Health Portal must include a medical clearance statement that allows participation in nursing program without restriction.
  • 2 shot series Measles, Mumps, Rubella (given at least 1 month apart) OR (+) lab titer report to verify immunity.
  • 2 short series Varicella (given at least 1 month apart) OR (+) lab titer report to verify immunity.
  • A Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is REQUIRED for all nursing students with boosters every 10 years thereafter.
  • Hepatitis B series of 3 inoculations (Initial first dose, second dose 1 month from first dose, third dose 5 months from second dose) and proof of a positive (+) Hepatitis B Surface Antibody Test Lab Report.
  • 2-step PPD Test: 2 separate TB skin tests completed 1-4 weeks apart no earlier than 6 months before beginning of the nursing program.  PPD will be valid for 1 year, then 1 PPD test will be required annually throughout the duration of the nursing program.  If PPD is positive (+), submit a negative chest x-ray report completed within the past 5 years to the Health Portal.
  • A seasonal flu vaccine is required EVERY fall annually throughout duration of the nursing program.  Students with past history of flu vaccine allergy must provide medical documentation through the Health Portal.
  • Meningococcal Vaccine (1 dose after age 16) OR signed Meningitis Waiver Form.

Documents must be submitted through the Health Portal at the following link: https://becker.medicatconnect.com/

Students are required to maintain his/her own copy of the Student Health Record and other requirements for their nursing portfolio.  Clinical sites require proof of student health and immunization status.  This information is provided to affiliation offices before clinical clearance is granted.

If at any time the nursing faculty determines that a student’s physical or mental ability may interfere with safe clinical performance, the student will not be allowed to remain in the clinical area.  The Chief Nurse Administrator  will be notified and the future status of the student will be administratively determined.

Essential Functions of a Nursing Student

The Massachusetts Nurse Practice Act describes the practice of nursing as involving cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements.  These requirements, therefore, are necessary for participation in a nursing program.  The Becker College Nursing Program, Essential Functions of a Nursing Student are published in the Becker College Nursing Program Student Handbook.

Please refer to the specific admission requirements for all nursing programs in the Admission section of the academic catalog, under the Nursing Applicants section.

 

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