Becker’s registered nursing program ranked #1
Published on: January 12, 2020
Becker College’s Registered Nursing Program has been ranked #1 out of 50 nursing schools in Massachusetts by Nursingprocess.org.
Ranking factors investigate four broad areas: academic quality, NCLEX-RN exam performance, affordability, and the overall reputation of the school, with academic quality and NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate given the maximum weight as indicators of the College’s performance record.
“Our nursing students have consistently posted above-average pass rates for NCLEX in both our associate’s and bachelor’s programs, which is a testament to the academic preparation and depth of knowledge they receive,” said Dr. Robert Caron, interim dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Our School offers Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited undergraduate programs, which includes an Associate of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a fully online RN to BSN program—all of which emphasize hands-on training and mirror the demands of the dynamic healthcare industry. We’re proud to add this new recognition to our program.”
“The nursing program has innovative curricula and dedicated faculty and staff who are scholars, clinicians, and leaders in their fields who contribute to the #1 ranking,” said Dr. Jennifer Litchfield, assistant dean and nurse administrator of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. “Our job placement rates have consistently been 100% for our newly graduated nurses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2016-2026, Registered Nurse (RN) is listed among top occupations in terms of job growth through 2026. The Bureau also projects the need for an additional 203,700 new RNs each year through 2026 to fill newly created positions and to replace retiring nurses.”
The College’s nursing programs have also been recognized by Colleges of Distinction for a strong record of preparing graduates for real-world success. NCLEX is a nationwide exam, administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, for the licensing of nurses in the United States, and is the last hurdle graduates face before becoming registered nurses.
According to Nursingprocess.org, Becker was commended for providing “compassionate, patient-centered care, demonstrated professionalism and leadership qualities, collaboration as a team, practice in patient safety, and effective use of informatics. To hone practical skills, didactic classes are well complemented by clinical experiences and simulation sessions at the College’s lab, which was redesigned and expanded in 2011.”