Nursing Career

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Nursing

Credits required 71

Dean

Lynne Brodeur, lynne.brodeur@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Stephen Alves, Department Chair for Nursing and Assistant Professor, stephen.alves@bristolcc.edu

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.

Program Outcomes

Annual BCC Nursing program 3 year Mean Pass Rate: 87%

Annual National 3 year Mean Pass Rate: 82.7%

Nursing Program completion rate 2016: 78%

Nursing job placement rate 2016: 100% (n=25)

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:
    • Traditional - 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+” (77) in all nursing courses in order to remain in the program and graduate.  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 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

Required Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

NUR 101Fundamentals of Nursing

8 credits

NUR 100Introduction to Professional Nursing

1 credit

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

Quan/Sym Reasoning Elective

3 credits

Required Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

NUR 102Parent-Child Health Nursing

8 credits

PSY 252Child Development

3 credits

BIO 234Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

Required Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

NUR 201Nursing Care of the Adult I

9 credits

BIO 239Elements of Microbiology

4 credits

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

Or

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

Required Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

NUR 202Nursing Care of the Adult II

9 credits

NUR 203Trends in Nursing

1 credit

Humanities Elective

3 credits

General Admission/Nursing

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:

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.

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
  • Applicants must achieve a total composite score of 50% or higher on the ATI TEAS Exam. For more detailed TEAS information, please visit our web site at www.bristolcc.edu/students/testingcenter/teas.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.0 or higher (all college or university level transcripts are submitted to the Admission's Office for calculation of cumulative GPA).  For more information contact the Admission's Office.

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.

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. 

Please be advised that despite Massachusetts law that permits the use of medical marijuana and the possession, use, distribution and cultivation of marijuana in limited amounts, any possession, use, distribution or cultivation of marijuana remains prohibited under College policy pursuant to federal law.  Further, any student who tests positive for marijuana will be ineligible for clinical placement.  Please refer to the College's Student Handbook for the College's complete Marijuana Policy.

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.


Criterion: Analytical and Critical Thinking           

The ability to understand, apply, analyze and evaluate information.

Examples:

  • Comprehend written, verbal, and electronic information in English.
  • Assess the patient’s psychological, physiological, and social status.
  • Interpret cause-effect relationships in clinical situations.
  • Plan and prioritize nursing care.
  • Evaluate patient outcomes.
  • Calculate math for safe medication administration.

Criterion: Communication          

The ability to effectively interact with others using verbal, non-verbal, written, and electronic communication.           

Examples:          

  • Speak, comprehend, read, write, and type in English in a clear and understandable manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with peers, faculty, patients, family and healthcare teams.
  • Respect social, cultural, ethnic, and gender differences.
  • Correctly convey and interpret body language.
  • Observe, assess and recognize facial expression and emotion needed to detect and interpret data.
  • Negotiate interpersonal conflict/s.
  • Teach and convey information in an accurate and effective manner.
  • Convey information to others verbally, in writing and/or electronically in an accurate, timely, professional and comprehensive manner.

Criterion: Emotional Stability

The ability to monitor one’s own emotions and assume responsibility and accountability for one’s own actions.

Examples:

  • Emotional stability/maturity to accept constructive feedback.
  • Support patients during times of stress.
  • Adapt to changing situations and emergency conditions while maintaining emotional control.
  • Cope with strong emotions and physical outbursts of patients while remaining calm.
  • Focus attention on patient needs despite distractions, interruptions and multiple demands.
  • Accept constructive feedback and accept responsibility for one’s own actions.
  • Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions.

Criterion: Physical Ability

The ability to demonstrate physical agility and swiftness of movement, and perform gross and fine motor skills.

The ability to sustain physical endurance necessary to provide safe and effective care.

Examples:

  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Move in confined spaces.
  • Maintain balance in multiple positions.
  • Reach below waist and above shoulders.
  • Mobility of the neck and back to permit sitting and standing and the agility to bend at the waist and squat, using proper body mechanics, to perform a variety of patient care activities.
  • Climb and descend stairs.
  • Provide safe and therapeutic positioning and transferring of patients.
  • Transfer patients who may require physical assistance.
  • Move quickly in emergency situations in patient care setting.
  • Stand/walk for extended periods without rest.
  • Push, pull, lift or support a minimum of 25 pounds without assistance.
  • Use of manual dexterity to provide patient care, manipulate and operate equipment and prepare and administer medications.
  • Grasp, pinch, squeeze, and manipulate fine equipment.

Criterion: Sensory Ability

The ability to accurately perform auditory, visual, tactile, and olfactory assessments necessary to monitor and determine health needs.

Examples:

  • Hear and understand monitoring devices, alarms, and emergency signals.
  • Hear and understand spoken words and faint voices.
  • Hear and understand faint body sounds (e.g., heartbeats, blood pressure, and abdominal sounds).
  • Accurately prepare and administer oral, injectable, and intravenous medications.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to reading fine print on medication labels and equipment.
  • Assess a patient within a distance of 10 feet by way of visual, olfactory, or aural acuity.
  • Use depth perception adequately.
  • Palpate during physical exam (e.g., pulses, temperature, masses, lesions, etc.).
  • Detect body odors.
  • Detect smoke, gases, or noxious smells.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Transition Options

LPN-to-RN Bridge 

For LPNs who have graduated within 3 years from one of the schools who have articulation agreements with BCC.  These include: Diman Regional, Bristol-Plymouth, Upper Cape Cod Regional, Southeastern Regional Practical Nursing Program, or Tri-County RVTHS. (subject to change)

Apply by April 1st

Prospective students are eligible to apply after completing all pre-admission criteria.

Meeting these minimum criteria places the applicant in the selection pool but does not guarantee admission.

Qualified applicants are accepted to the Transition Course (Part II) on a space-available basis.

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:

After successful completion of the LPN-to-RN Bridge Transition Course (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 courses: Nursing Care of the Adult I NUR 201 and NUR 100.

Prior Learning Assessment/LPN Challenge

For Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs):

  • Who have graduated more than 3 years ago from an accredited LPN school
Apply by April 1st

Prospective students are eligible to apply after completing all pre-admission criteria (Part I).

Meeting these minimum criteria places the applicant in the selection pool but does not guarantee admission.

Qualified applicants are accepted to the Transition Course (Part II) on a space-available basis.

Part I:  Complete all pre-admission criteria to be eligible. See 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
Take the Excelsior “Fundamentals of Nursing” challenge exam and pass with a score of “C” or better. For more information: http://www.excelsior.edu/exams/fundamentals-of-nursing

Part II:   Perform and successfully complete the two day LPN competency course. Once a passing score is attained, 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 courses: 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 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 NUR 100 but pass the clinical course may retake NUR 100 in the subsequent semester with Department Chair and faculty permission.
  • 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 and rank ordered based upon the readmission category found in the BCC Nursing Student Handbook.  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.

For nursing transfer credit send a syllabus, catalog description, and an official college transcript for each course to be evaluated to the Nursing Program Director.

 

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