Nursing Career

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Nursing

Credits required 70/71

Dean

Patricia Dent

Program contact

Donna Ayala, Department Chair for Nursing and Associate Professor, ext. 2535

Program Code: NC

Program Goal Statement

This program prepares students for practice as entry-level staff nurses in a variety of healthcare settings. Students learn to apply the nursing process to assist patients in maintaining or regaining homeostasis when threatened with common health problems. Graduates take the National Council Licensure Examination for licensing as a Registered Nurse.

Program Accreditation

Approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. 239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, 5th Floor, Boston, MA, 02114.

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (formerly NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326; 404-975-5000.

The 2014 BCC NCLEX pass rate is 90%, Massachusetts is 81%, and the national pass rate is 82%.

Student Learning Outcomes

See Learning Outcomes

Applicants with completed applications meeting minimum criteria by January 5 will be given priority consideration for admission.

Program Information

  • One program with 2 curriculum delivery options:
    • Day - the traditional experience with face to face classroom learning.
    • EHealth - a hybrid model with online classroom learning.
    • Both options include clinical assignments at a variety of healthcare settings in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Clinical hours may include day, evenings or weekends.
  • Computer technology is integrated into Nursing courses.  Computer access is required and available at both campuses.
  • Students must achieve a minimum “C” (74) in all nursing courses in order to remain in the program and graduate.  This is under review and subject to change. Students must pass all co-requisites and electives to remain in the program and graduate.

After BCC

  • Graduates take the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensing as a Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).
  • Graduates have secured a variety of positions in healthcare settings.
  • BCC participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements which guarantee admission and credit transfer to the College. Many graduates transfer to complete the baccalaureate degree. Graduates have transferred to UMass Dartmouth, Fitchburg State, UMass Boston, Framingham State, and Laboure College.
  • For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current BCC articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs website at www.BristolCC.edu/transfer

Infused General Education Competencies

Ethical Dimensions, Multicultural Perspective

Oral Communication, Technical Literacy

Degree Requirements

General Courses

BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

BIO 234Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

BIO 239Elements of Microbiology

4 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

PSY 252Child Development

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:25

Choose one of the following

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Elective Courses

Humanities Elective

3 credits

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Elective

3-4 credits

Humanities: Select a course that meets the Humanities competency

See General Education Competency Courses for course listings

Program Courses

NUR 100Introduction to Professional Nursing

1 credit

NUR 101Fundamentals of Nursing

8 credits

NUR 102Parent-Child Health Nursing

8 credits

NUR 201Nursing Care of the Adult I

9 credits

NUR 202Nursing Care of the Adult II

9 credits

NUR 203Trends in Nursing

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:36

Preadmission

BIO 233, CSS 101, ENG 101, PSY 101, High School Chemistry, Algebra (see below for details)
BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

High School Chemistry, Algebra

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

ENG 102, NUR 100, NUR 101, Quan/Sym Reasoning Elective

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

BIO 234, NUR 102, PSY 252

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

BIO 239, NUR 201, HST 111 or HST 112

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

NUR 202, NUR 203, Humanities Elective

Admission to the Nursing Program

The Nursing Program is a competitive program with selective admission requirements. A limited number of students are admitted to the Nursing program. The college catalog describes the minimum requirements for admission to the program, as follows.

Applicants must have completed the following criteria (all coursework with a grade of B- or greater) to be considered for admission to the Nursing program: 

  • High school diploma or a state-approved high school equivalency credential
  • High school Algebra I, equivalent or higher
  • High school Chemistry with lab, equivalent or higher
  • BIO 233 (Anatomy & Physiology 1) or  equivalent
  • ENG 101 (English Composition 1), ENG 102 or degree in the discipline
  • PSY 101 (General Psychology) or higher
  • CSS 101 College Success Seminar
  • Earn a composite score of 50 or higher on the TEAS Exam. For more detailed TEAS information, please visit our web site at www.bristolcc.edu/students/testingcenter/teas/
  • Overall college/university Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.0 or higher 

Students applying to BCC with a state approved high school equivalency credential rather than with a high school diploma will need to take the required courses (listed above) at BCC. 

Meeting these minimum criteria places the applicant in the selection pool but does not guarantee admission to the Nursing program. Qualified applicants are rank ordered based upon GPA and course grades.

Completed applications received by January 5 will be considered in the initial admissions review.  Applications received after this date will be considered if spaces have not been filled.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAM

Requirements Upon Admission

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Nursing program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.  These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience.  Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement.  The College is authorized by the Commonwealth's Department of Criminal Justice to access CORI records.  Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College's CORI/SORI check process, please contact the Human Resource Department at (508) 678-2811, ext. 2194.

A ten-panel random drug screen is required upon entrance, yearly, and/or randomly. The fee is paid by the student. 

Accepted applicants must comply with the BCC health services requirements. This includes a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations or titres results (blood test to prove immune status). A TB test and flu vaccine are required each year. Additional health requirements may be required by clinical agencies.

All students must be Basic Life Support (BLS) certified by the American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers). All students upon entry to the program must show evidence of CPR certification which is valid through the completion of the program. 


Additional Costs

Students are responsible for the cost of uniforms, professional liability insurance, standardized achievement testing, their graduate nursing pin, and the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Students must carry health insurance throughout their enrollment in the program.

Licensing Information

To be eligible for licensure in Massachusetts, graduates must complete all program requirements for graduation, present satisfactory evidence of “good moral character” as defined by the Board of Registration in Nursing, and pay the required licensure fees. Eligibility for licensure is decided by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/dhpl/nursing/education/faculty-resources/

Functional Abilities Essential for Nursing Practice

Students enrolled in the nursing program should be prepared to meet the standards established by the following physical and mental criteria.

Nursing is a practice discipline, with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements.  The functional eligibility requirements for participation in the nursing program are essential for the delivery of optimal and safe patient care and are consistent with the Massachusetts 244 CMR 3.02 Nurse Practice Act found at http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/regs/244cmr003.pdf

  • Have the ability to physically lift and pull in order to assist in moving or transferring a patient from one surface to another.
  • Have the ability to physically provide patient care in a standing position approximately 90% of the time.
  • Demonstrate sufficient physical agility and swiftness of movement to ensure patient safety.
  • Have the physical ability to manipulate and properly lift equipment of various sizes and shapes.
  • Have the physical ability to detect and differentiate odors.
  • Possess sufficient visual acuity, with or without correction, to observe and assess a patient within a distance of 10 feet.
  • Possess auditory acuity, with or without correction, sufficient to respond swiftly to a patient within a distance of 10 feet.
  • Communicate effectively in English through speech and writing with faculty, patients, families and health care workers.
  • Have the ability to collect data on patient’s medical condition and integrate it in relation to current plan of care.
  • Have the ability to deal effectively with patient in various psychosocial situations and/or conflict conditions.

Advanced Standing 

LPN-to-RN Bridge Program

For Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)

Who have graduated within 3 years from one of the 5 LPN schools: Diman Regional, Bristol-Plymouth, Upper Cape Cod Regional, Southeastern Regional Practical Nursing Program, or Tri-County RVTHS.

Prospective students are eligible to apply after completing all criteria in Part I.  Apply by April 1st.

Part I:     Complete all pre-admission and pre and co-requisite courses to be eligible. See courses below.  

Pre admission courses with a B- or better:


  • High school Algebra I, equivalent or higher
  • High school Chemistry with lab, equivalent or higher
  • BIO 233 (Anatomy & Physiology 1) or  equivalent
  • ENG 101 (English Composition 1), ENG 102 or degree in the discipline
  • PSY 101 (General Psychology) or higher
  • CSS 101 College Success Seminar
Pre and Co-requisite Courses

  • BIO 234 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II) or equivalent
  • PSY 252 (Child Development) or equivalent                                                         

Part II:

If admitted and after successful completion of the LPN-to-RN Bridge Program (approximately 3 weeks), the applicant will be awarded 16 credits for NUR 101 and NUR 102 and is eligible for entrance into the third semester of the nursing program, and the nursing course: Nursing Care of the Adult I (NUR 201) and NUR 100 on a space available basis.  

For Nursing Transfer Credit send a syllabus and catalog for each course to be evaluated to the Nursing department.

 

LPN Challenge of Fundamentals of Nursing

For Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs):

  1. Who have graduated more than 3 years ago from one of the 5 LPN schools who have articulation agreements with the BCC nursing program: Diman Regional, Bristol-Plymouth, Upper Cape Cod Regional, Southeastern Regional Practical Nursing Program or Tri-County RVTHS
  2. Who have graduated from other LPN schools not listed above (see #1)
  3. Meet the LPN-to-RN Bridge Program requirements described above.

Prospective students are eligible to apply after completing all criteria in Part I and II.  Apply by April 1st.

Part I:  Complete all pre-admission and pre and co-requisite courses to be eligible. See courses below.

Pre admission courses with a B- or better:

  • High school Algebra I, equivalent or higher
  • High school Chemistry with lab, equivalent or higher
  • BIO 233 (Anatomy & Physiology 1) or  equivalent
  • ENG 101 (English Composition 1), ENG 102 or degree in the discipline
  • PSY 101 (General Psychology) or higher
  • CSS 101 College Success Seminar
Part II:     The applicants under the LPN Challenge of Fundamentals of Nursing who meet #1 and #2 requirements must take the Excelsior “Fundamentals of Nursing” challenge exam and pass with a score of “C” or better.  For more information: 

http://www.excelsior.edu/exam/foundations-in-nursing-practice

 

Part III:   Perform and pass a lab demonstration to determine skill competency (approximately 2 days). Once a passing score is attained (Part III), the applicant will be awarded 8 credits for NUR 101 and is eligible for entrance into the second semester of the nursing program, and the nursing course: Parent and Child Health (NUR 102) and NUR 100 on a space available basis.

Applicants who meet the LPN Bridge Program criteria may be considered for the LPN Challenge of Fundamentals program if there are no seats available in the Bridge Program. These students do not need to take the excelsior exam.

 

Applying for Readmission

Only one readmission is allowed to the Nursing program within 3 years of withdrawing, failing or not completing nursing courses or required co-requisites.

  • Students who fail, withdraw or do not complete NUR 100 or NUR 101, may reapply to the program through the general admission process by January 5th, and are considered based upon nursing admission criteria and on a space-available basis.
  • Students who fail, withdraw or do not complete NUR 102, NUR 201, NUR 202 or NUR 203 or co-requisite courses may be readmitted to the Nursing program on a space-available basis.  Applicants seeking readmission should apply through the Admissions office by April 1 of the semester prior to desired admission.

Transfer Information

Opportunities are available for those applicants with previous nursing credits who meet established criteria. Students are responsible for special testing fees and pre- and co-requisite courses.

 

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