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Nursing A.S. Degree

Accredited by:  Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League For Nursing Accrediting Commission, and APPROVED by the Massachusetts Board Of Registration In Nursing

Program Advisor: Elizabeth A. Kassel, RN, MSN, (413)236-4638

Nursing combines science and the art of working with people. Nurses are integrally involved in the lives of their clients, helping them to maximize their health and cope with illness. Nurses perform multiple roles in the care of their clients. Not only do they provide hands-on care, they also act as educators, counselors, coordinators and conciliators. Using scientific knowledge and technical skills, nurses continually assess the physical, emotional, and social status of their clients. Nurses work with clients and their families to devise plans of care for each situation. As they continually monitor clients' progress, they make important decisions about appropriate methods to deal with problems.

Nursing offers diversity in roles and settings, a wide range of career paths and employment opportunities, and competitive salaries. People are attracted to nursing by the focus on caring, flexibility of working schedules, and challenges to excel within the profession. RNs are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, home care, clinics, health centers, physicians' offices, and the military. BCC's nursing program is a sequence of lecture, laboratory, and clinical courses.

Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination to become registered nurses (RNs).

The program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: 404-975-5000; Fax: 404-975-5020; Web: www.acenursing.org.

Admission Requirements

Students who have met all the admissions requirements must apply by March 1st to be considered for the fall semester. Students must submit an application and a Nursing Program Matriculation form. Application review is completed by April 15 and all students are notified of decisions by mail. Accepted students may defer one time for a 1 year period. The student's overall GPA, success in science courses, number of additional required courses completed, repeats or failures in required courses on transcripts and the completion of additional college degrees are considered in the admission decision.

Specific admission requirements include:

  • a) reading and writing competency at a college level as shown by completion of a college English composition class (ENG 101) or through the Learning Skills Assessment;
  • b) completion of MAT 102 or MAT 136 or MAT 102C (Math 800 series) with a grade of C (73) or better;
  • c) completion of college chemistry (CHM 150) with a grade of "C" (73) or better; or one year of college prep chemistry with a grade of C (73) or better within the past seven years;
  • d) graduation from a high school college preparatory program within the last two years with a B (80%) average, or ranked in the upper third of the graduating class; and complete with a C or better in high school biology or anatomy and physiology; OR completion, with a C (73) or better, of a minimum of 10 credits of college-level ADN support courses including Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 201) completed within the past seven years;
  • e) students with two nursing course failures (elsewhere, at BCC, or in combination) will not be admitted into the program.

Students entering the Associate Degree Nursing program must be immunized for Hepatitis B (or be in the process) by March 1st prior to the academic year for which they are seeking admission.

Students must have a grade of C (73) or better in all required science and co-requisites for the associate degree in nursing (ENG 101, ENG 102, PSY 107, PSY 204, BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 207, SOC 105, COM course, and a general education course). All sciences must be completed within seven years of entry into the program (BIO 201, 202 and 207). 

Career Mobility: LPN to ADN

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's) who apply to BCC's Associate Degree in Nursing program may challenge the first two nursing courses (NUR 101 and NUR 102) through a standardized theoretical tests. Applicants who pass the challenge examinations will receive 17 credits for NUR 101 and NUR 102 upon admission.

In addition to meeting all other nursing admission standards, applicants must have licensure as a practical nurse in the state of Massachusetts through successful completion of the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) prior to admission.

Students must enroll in NUR 201 within three years of taking the challenge exams.

Upon completion of all admission requirements, students wishing to enter the program must complete a LPN to ADN Mobility Matriculation Form (available by clicking on this link and printing a blank form, or by obtaining a  printed form from the Admissions Office).

Health Requirements

The following health requirements must be maintained throughout the nursing program:

  • MMR - laboratory proof of immunity or vaccines: two measles (one month apart)/two mumps & rubella
  • Varicella - titer, vaccine or disease
  • Td - booster within last 10 years
  • Hepatitis B - series, initial, one month and six months or titer
  • Health and Physical Exam (completed on BCC Health and Physical Exam Form and within six months of entry into program)
  • TB - negative test or titer yearly (must be kept current throughout program) or negative chest x-ray within 5-7 years

Requirements must be submitted to Donna Connors in the Immunization Record Office located in Student Development Center. You can reach Donna Connors by phone at 413-236-1614.

Consequences of failure to comply:

Students who do not meet all health requirements will be removed from the program and will need to apply for readmission.

A student will not be allowed to participate in the clinical experience without all health requirements fully completed.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • integrate knowledge of human adaptation from the humanities and the bio-psycho-social sciences in the provision of safe, culturally-sensitive nursing care;
  • apply critical thinking skills, utilizing the nursing process to provide therapeutic nursing interventions to clients with unique human needs, throughout the life span focusing on health promotion, wellness, and maintenance;
  • communicate effectively and/or therapeutically with clients, families, and/or significant other(s) and colleagues incorporating state of the art technologies;
  • independently manage small groups of clients in a variety of health care settings through prioritizing, collaborating, and delegating;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the performance of entry level psychomotor skills based on scientific rationale and accepted nursing standards;
  • practice independently and as a member of the healthcare
    team with a professional, ethical, and legal framework;
  • practice a philosophy of nursing which reflects accountability, advocacy, and commitment to life-long learning.       

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 69 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

Program

50 Credits

BIO 201

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 202

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

NUR 101

Physical and Mental Health I (see footnote 1)

9

NUR 102

Physical and Mental Health II

8

NUR 201

Physical and Mental Health III

9

NUR 202

Physical and Mental Health IV

9

NUR 206

Nursing in Transition

1

PSY 107

Introductory Psychology

3

PSY 204

Human Growth and Development

3


General Education

19 Credits

BIO 207

Microbiology

4

COM

Communication (see footnote 2)

3

ENG

English Composition/Writing(see footnote 3)

6

MAT

Mathematics (see footnote 4)

 

SOC 105

Introductory Sociology

3

 

General Education Elective (see footnote 5)

3

Additional As Shown*

 

Core Competencies Portfolio

6 Items

Forum

12 Units

Health/Fitness (see footnote 6)

30 hours

Minimum Cumulative Average

2.000

Minimum Numeric Grade in Each NUR Course

75

Minimum Numeric Grade in All Other Courses

73

*Service Learning

Concurrent with each
NUR Course

Suggested block for program completion

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester

19 Credits

BIO 201

Anatomy and Physiology l

4

NUR 101

Physical and Mental Health l (see footnote 1)

9

PSY 107

Introductory Psychology

3

ENG

English Composition/Writing (see footnote 3)

3

Second Semester

19 Credits

BIO 202

Anatomy and Physiology ll

4

BIO 207

Microbiology

4

NUR 102

Physical and Mental Health ll

8

PSY 204

Human Growth and Development

3

Summer Session

 

EXL 225

Preceptor Program (optional)

1-3

NUR 106

Bridge Course - LPN to RN(for LPN's only) (see footnote 7)

2

Third Semester

15-16 Credits

NUR 201

Physical and Mental Health lll

9

COM

Communication (see footnote 2)

3

SOC 105

Introductory Sociology

3

Fourth Semester

16 Credits

NUR 202

Physical and Mental Health lV

9

NUR 206

Nursing in Transition

1

ENG

English Composition/Writing (see footnote 3)

3

 

General Education Elective (see footnote 5)

3

Footnotes:

  1. All incoming students are required to have completed CPR certificate for healthcare providers through the American Heart Association: Basic Life Support (BLS)for Health Care Providers (2-year certification) or the American Red Cross: CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers (2-year certification)prior to their first clinical experience and maintain certification through their Nursing program enrollment.
  2. COM chosen from COM 104, COM 105, COM 106, or COM 107.
  3. English Composition/Writing chosen from ENG 101, ENG 102, ENG 103, or ENG 104.
  4. Mathematics: Students must demonstrate competency at a level of MAT 102 or MAT 102C or MAT 136
    or higher level prior to matriculation in the Nursing Program.
  5. General Education Elective chosen from History or Humanities and Fine Arts. If a student wishes to take a
    course that is not listed,
    she/he must first consult with the nursing program advisor.
  6. Fulfilled by successful completion of NUR 101.
  7. NUR 106, Bridge Course - LPN to RN, is a prerequisite for NUR 201 for all LPN Mobility students.

Note:

  • All nursing faculty hold, as a minimum, professional Registered Nurse licensure in Massachusetts.
  •  In the event that an applicant has ever been convicted by a court of law, or is convicted during his or her tenure in the Nursing program, she/he should be aware that she/he may be denied the right by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) which leads to RN licensure upon graduation.
  • Any prior criminal offense could hinder placement in clinical agencies. See Criminal Offender Record Information Checks for details.    

 
Health Requirements for Associate Degree Nursing Program  

Requirements: According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Chapter 76, Section 15C, General Laws of

Massachusetts) and the BCC policy:

  • One dose Tdap if it has been longer than 5 years since the last Td
  • Two doses of MMR or laboratory titer proof of immunity
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B, (timeframe: initial, 1 month later, at 6 months) or a laboratory titer proof of immunity
  • Two doses of varicella (chicken pox), medical proof of disease or laboratory titer proof of immunity
  • Tuberculosis negative test within the year or a negative chest x-ray within the last 5 years. This must be kept current throughout the program
  • History and Physical exam completed and recorded on BCC form and given within 6 months prior to entry into the program

Timeline:

Requirements must be submitted to Donna Connors in the Immunization Record Office at BCC, Room A-100, located in SBA. You can reach her by telephone at 413-236-1614. You may also fax records to 413-499-4576.

  • August 1st - for all students admitted to program prior to July 1st.
  • August 31st - for students admitted to program between July 1st and August 15th
  • After August 15th admittance - please see the Director of Nursing for assistance in meeting this requirement in sufficient time to attend clinical experiences.

Consequences of  failure to comply:

Students who do not meet all health requirements by the required dates will be removed from the program and will need to apply for readmission.

A student will not be allowed to participate in the clinical experience without all health requirements fully completed.

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