Nursing ADN Program

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About BCC's ADN Program

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. In Berkshire County, nurses are in high demand.


This program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and the Associate Degree nursing program at Berkshire Community College at the 1350 West Street located in Pittsfield, MA is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing(ACEN, formerly NLNAC)

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The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation


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One Stop Enrollment Center: 413-499-4660

ADN College Catalog

BCC's ADN program ranked #6 in the Best Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Programs in Massachusetts for 2021!


  • Admission Requirements

    Admission to the ADN program is based on several factors and is competitive. completion of additional college degrees are considered and do influence the admission decision. Admission specific criteria are as follows:

    • Evidence of secondary school graduation or its equivalent. Submit official transcript(s) from high school or high school equivalency, previous colleges or post-secondary schools attended.
      • Note: International transcripts will only be accepted for consideration if they have been translated and evaluated by a NACES approved foreign credential evaluation service provider. BCC recommends SpanTran or World Education Services
    • Math: ACCUPLACER Next Generation QAS score of 262 or greater OR successful completion of MAT-029, MAT-029C, or MAT-136 (Math for Health Sciences) or higher (with a minimum grade of C). (MAT-123 Statistics recommended for transfer);
    • English: Readiness to take ENG-101 as demonstrated through the ACCUPLACER or completion of a college-level composition course (ENG-101) with a grade of C (73) or better;
    • Completion of BIO 201 (Anatomy and Physiology 1) with a C+ or better completed within seven years of application date.
      • Note: A grade of C is acceptable if taken prior to January 1, 2018 but still within seven years of application date
    • Earn 15 points at a minimum. Points are earned based on the grade attained in the support courses listed below (with the exception of the general education course). Students with higher grades and more courses completed will have higher point calculations.
      • Completion of a college degree will earn a student 1 additional point, regardless of how many degrees or level earned
      • Students who complete honors courses have the opportunity to earn 1 more point per letter grade
      • Students who complete all three science courses (BIO 201, 202 and 207) with a B or better will earn 2 additional points
      • A GPA is created from the non-science support courses and a GPA is created from the science support courses - both GPAs can earn a student more points if average is a B (3.000) or better
      • View the Scoring Rubric
    • Support Courses: Completing a minimum of 10 credits of college-level ADN support courses from the following:
      • English Composition 1 (ENG 101) - 3 cr. - earn a C or better
      • English Composition 2 (ENG 102) - 3 cr. - earn a C or better
      • Introductory Psychology (PSY 107) - 3 cr. - earn a C or better
      • Human Growth and Development (PSY 204) - 3 cr. - earn a C or better
      • Introductory Sociology (SOC 105) - 3 cr. - earn a C or better
      • Communications course (COM) - 3 cr. - earn a C or better
      • General Education course (History or Humanities) - 3 cr. - earn a C or better
      • Anatomy and Physiology 1 (BIO 201) - 4 cr. - earn a C+ or better* taken within 7 years of application date
      • Anatomy and Physiology 2 (BIO 202) - 4 cr. - earn a C+ or better* taken within 7 years of application date
      • Microbiology (BIO 207) - 4 cr. - earn a C+ or better* taken within 7 years of application date
        *NOTE: Science courses with a grade earned of C taken prior to January 1, 2018, but still within seven years, is acceptable. A science refresher class will be offered in the summer for students who have expired A&P or Microbiology classes. The refresher will conclude with a comprehensive exam for that class. A student may take the refresher and if they pass the exam with a C+ or better, will not have to repeat the expired course. This refresher class will be good for three years

    Admissions into the nursing program are based on space availability and follow a competitive process.

    Please refer to the Admission Policy for more details.

  • Step-by-Step Procedure to Apply for ADN Matriculation
    1. Apply to BCC as a pre-Nursing (Associate Degree in Nursing) student, if not already an active BCC student.
      • Note: All students, regardless of eligibility to our nursing programs, must first be accepted to the college itself before applying for matriculation into a nursing program.
    2. Apply for financial aid, if not already completed
    3. Send all official high school/GED/HiSET, AP scores (if applicable), post-secondary and college transcripts (if applicable) to BCC's Admissions Office.
      • Note: Any international transcripts will need to be evaluated and translated by a NACES approved organization such as SpanTran or WES.
    4. Review and complete admission requirements as indicated above
    5. Schedule a meeting with one of the nursing academic counselors to determine eligiblity to apply for matriculation
    6. Request the mandatory matriculation videos for the ADN program
      • Note: Students must submit a completed and signed attestation form, which will be emailed with the videos, along with the matriculation application when applying for matriculation
    7. Complete and sign the ADN matriculation application for the selected entry semester (fall or spring) and submit (along with all required documents, including a signed attestation form) to Nursing Admissions by the established deadline for the ADN program
      View matriculation applications and deadlines

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2024: Sept. 1, 2023 - applications can be submitted between July 1 - Sept 1, 2023
  • Fall 2024: February 2, 2024 - applications can be submitted between Dec 1, 2023 - Feb. 1, 2024


ADN Matriculation Forms
Immunization Forms

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  • ADN Program Outcomes
    • NCLEX-RN Annual Pass Rate: 2022 – 80% for first time test takers
      Annual Program Completion Rate at 150% of Usual Time MABORN: 2020-2023 Cohort - 78%
      Annual Program Completion Rate at 100% of Usual Time ACEN: Fall 2021-2023 - 77% and Spring 2021 - Winter 2022 - 62%
      Number of graduates: Spring 2023 - 51
      Number of graduates: Fall 2022 - 19
    • NCLEX-RN Annual Pass Rate: 2022 – 80% for first time test takers
      (as of 1/1/2023 - 50 out of 52 students who sat for the NCLEX RN from the graduating class of 2022 passed either their first or second attempt = 96%)
      Annual Program Completion Rate at 150% of Usual Time MABORN: 2019-2021 Cohort – 93%
      Annual Program Completion Rate at 100% of Usual Time ACEN: Fall 2020-2022 and Spring 2021 - Winter 2022 – 66%
      Number of graduates: Spring 2022 - 54
      Number of graduates: Fall 2022 - 19

    For transfer credits, please see transfer policy for ADN program.

  • Nursing Meet and Greet Sessions

    For interest in any of our nursing programs, please sign up for a Nursing Meet and Greet Session.

  • Intention to Practice Outside of Massachusetts

    Graduates from BCC's Associate Degree Nursing or Practical Nursing programs are qualified to work in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts upon the successful completion of program and the attainment of the appropriate licensure.

    Not all states have the same state-level requirements for licensure. If you intend to practice outside of Massachusetts and obtain a license in another state you are encouraged to review the NCSBN website for eligibility. As an applicant to the BCC Nursing Programs, you are encouraged to discuss your ability for licensure and work in another state other than Massachusetts with the Dean of Nursing.

  • Apply to the BHS Talent Pipeline Program

    Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) is offering BCC program applicants a Talent Pipeline Program.

    BHS is offering 30 students, who are eligible for admission into the ADN program, free tuition and fees as well as a 40-hour benefitted position as a CNA in which they only have to work 16 hours/week during the ADN program (while receiving 40 hours of pay weekly).

    Students will be expected to work full time during breaks and during the summer. In return, students will be required to work at BHS in one of their facilities as an RN for three years after graduation.

    BHS will be leading this program and determining acceptance to this program.

    Contact Us

    Apply for the BHS Talent Pipeline Program!

    Please send completed applications to Courtney Warren:
    BHS Human Resource Department
    742 North St.
    Pittsfield, MA 01201

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR for Healthcare Providers at BCC

    2023 Schedule

    • Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m.

    All Classes held in H-201.

    New BLS Certification: $85
    BLS Renewal Certification: $45**

    **To be eligible for BLS Renewal class rate, you must prove you have already taken BLS by emailing/texting a copy of your BLS card with a 2023 expiration date to Sharon — absolutely no exceptions.

    ALL students must pass a written test and hands on skill testing to receive their American Heart Association card.

    Email Sharon Leary at to inquire about class registration. You may call Sharon at 413-384-9810 if you have questions.

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I loved living in the Berkshires and wanted to make a good decision on choosing a next career in terms of availability of jobs, cost of living and being satisfied in my next role. That's why I chose the nursing program at BCC.

Once she was accepted into the program, Cristina recalls that study groups with peers were essential: "It was a small group of people and you really were able to gain those peer relationships fast. When I did require extra help, I would go to a teacher and they were always available. The resources are there, you just have to utilize them to be successful. Everybody wants you to be successful, you just have to ask for help."

Cristina Lenfest '12, Associate Degree Nursing, School Nurse at Richmond Consolidated School

Nursing ADN Program