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Nursing A.S. Degree

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 in 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).

Get in Touch

Tochi O. Ubani, B.S., D.N.P.
Director of Nursing
tubani@berkshirecc.edu
413-236-4638

Program Accreditation

Accredited by: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League For Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Approved by: The Massachusetts Board Of Registration In Nursing

Program Admission Requirements

To apply for the program
  • Submit a BCC Application for Admission
  • Submit official high school, GED or HiSET transcript(s)
  • Submit official transcripts from previous colleges attended
  • Attend a mandatory info session — Register Now

BCC will review all completed forms by June 1 and students will be notified of decisions by mail. Accepted students may defer one time for a 1 year period.

Students who are currently working to fullfill prerequites for the ADN program should contact Academic Advising at 413-236-1620 to discuss how these changes will impact their enrollment. 

Apply on Time

Students who have met all the admissions requirements must complete an ADN Matriculation Form by June 1 to be considered for the fall semester.

Changes to the ADN program are effective January 1, 2018.

  • Specific Admission Requirements

    * indicates BCC course designations

    • English — Readiness to take ENG-101 as demonstrated through the Accuplacer assessment OR completion of a college-level composition course (ENG-101*) with a grade of C (73) or better;
    • Math — High school graduate within the past two years with a GPA of at least 2.7 and a minimum grade of B (80) in Algebra II or Accuplacer placement into college-level math or successful completion of the Mathematics Challenge Assessment or completion of a college-level math class with a minimum grade of C (MAT-123* Statistics recommended for transfer);

    • IMPORTANT NOTE!
      Students who have not completed BIO-201, BIO-202, BIO-207 and/or CHM-150 or CHM-101 prior to January 1, 2018 will be required to earn a grade of C+ (77) or better to be eligible to apply for admission to the ADN program.

        • Chemistry — Completion of college chemistry (CHM-150* or CHM-101*) with a grade of C (73) or better or one year of high school college preparatory chemistry with a grade of C (73) or better, completed within the last seven years;
        • Support Courses — Complete with a C (73) or better a minimum of 10 credits of college-level ADN support courses including Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO-201*). Anatomy & Physiology I must be completed within seven years of submitting this form.
    • Attend a mandatory Pre-Nursing Information Session — Register online. Information sessions are scheduled as follows: (choose one) 

        • November 8, 2017, 3–4 pm 
        • January 30, 2018, 6–7 pm
        • February 10, 2018, 9–10 am 
        • March 1, 2018, 8:30–9:30 am 
        • March 31, 2018, 9–10 am 
        • May 31, 2018, 10–11 am

    Important Notices

    Acceptance into the ADN program is competitive and while published minimum standards may have been met, it does not guarantee admission. The College reserves the right to make changes at any time with respect to course offerings, degree requirements, services provided, cost of attendance, or any other subject. 

    Students who have met all ADN admission requirements by June 1 will be considered for admission. Admission decisions are made in mid-June for the fall semester and students are notified of their acceptance by mail. Students with two nursing course failures (elsewhere, at BCC, or in combination) will not be admitted to the program. 

    The following criteria are considered in the admissions process: The number of required science courses completed and grades received; the number of ADN program and general education courses completed and grades received; ADN program course GPA; and completion of additional college degrees. All students applying for admission must begin the HepB immunization series by June 1 to meet health requirements. The supporting science courses and chemistry may only be repeated once. 

    Any prior criminal offense could hinder placement in clinical agencies. See CORI/SORI Requirements in the current BCC catalog for details. 

    BCC will not admit students concurrently into any two of the following degree or certificate programs: Physical Therapist Assistant, Respiratory Care, Practical Nursing or Associate Degree Nursing. 

    Students who are currently working to fullfill prerequites for the ADN program should contact Academic Advising at 413-236-1620 to discuss how these changes will impact their enrollment. 

Finishing Strong — What to Expect

  • Essential Functions

    Berkshire Community College seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. Therefore, to the extent practicable, the College will endeavor to make a reasonable academic adjustment for an applicant with a disability who is otherwise qualified. The Essential Functions of a student enrolled in the ADN Program requires that the student, with or without reasonable accommodations, must be able to:

    1. Demonstrate the ability to perform essential functions for a maximum of an 8-hour shift.

    2. Demonstrate the ability to protect a patient when the patient is standing and ambulating on all surfaces with or without the use of assistive devices, including canes, crutches and walkers.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to safely move a patient over 100 pounds from one surface to another using the appropriate level of help.
    4. Demonstrate safe body mechanics in the process of all patient treatments, including lifting and carrying small equipment (under 50 pounds) and moving large equipment(over 50 pounds).
    5. Demonstrate the ability to manipulate dials on equipment.
    6. Demonstrate the ability to coordinate simultaneous motions.
    7. Demonstrate the ability to perform occasional overhead extension.
    8. Demonstrate the ability to hear blood pressure, heart and lung sounds with or without corrective devices.
    9. Demonstrate the ability to palpate soft tissue including pulse, muscle and bones.
    10. Demonstrate the ability to perform nursing interventions such as sterile procedures, dressing changes and administer medications (including dosage calculations when necessary)following infection control procedures.
    11. Display adaptability to change.
    12. Establish effective relationships with others.
    13. Communicate effectively, safely and efficiently in English by:
      • Explaining procedures
      • Receiving information from others
      • Receiving information from written documents
      • Exhibiting appropriate interpersonal skill (refer to ANA Code for Nurses)
      • Analyzing and documenting assessment findings and interventions
    14. Distinguish color changes.
    15. Detect an unsafe environment and carry out appropriate emergency procedures including: Detecting subtle environmental changes and odors including but not limited to the smell of burning electrical equipment, smoke and spills. Detect high and low frequency sounds, including but not limited to alarms,bells, and emergency signals.
  • Expected Outcomes

    Program graduates should be able to:

    • Apply acquired critical thinking skills to provide care that emphasizes health promotion,maintenance and wellness for a diverse group of clients across the lifespan.

    • Communication effectively by maintaining a therapeutic relationship with client, family and/or significant other(s)to provide culturally-competent care.

    • Practice independently and as a member of the health care team in providing and managing nursing care while incorporating state-of-the-art technologies.

    • Demonstrate proficiency in the performance of entry level psychomotor skills based on best current evidence based practice and accepted nursing standards.

    • Analyze and apply professional, legal and ethical standards of nursing practice as a safe entry level nurse with a commitment to life-long learning and professional growth.

    Don't take our word for it...

    Below you can get a glimpse of the graduates' success on the licensure and/or certification examination, students’ completion of the nursing program, and graduates obtaining a job, as well as additional student achievement data.

    Above Average Licensure Rates

    BCC has consistently reported above the national average for graduate success rate on the licensure exam.

    Graduate on Time

    75% of students entering the first nursing course of the ADN program will graduate within 3 years and LPN-RN students entering the third semester will complete within 2 years

     

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Program Completion Requirements

Career Mobility: LPN to ADN

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who apply to BCC's Associate Degree in Nursing program may challenge the first two nursing courses (NUR 101 and NUR 102) through 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.

Steps for Applying:
Career Mobility: LPN to ADN

Notices and disclosures:

  • 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.

The program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: 404-975-5000; Fax: 404-975-5020.