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Track Two

For more information please contact:
RN - BS Coordinator, Judy Tuori:

Admission Process

An individual interested in applying to the RN-to-BS prorgam at Worcester State University as a transfer student can receive a maximum of 65 credits from one or more accredited two-year college anda maximum of 90 credits from one or more four-year colleges or universities. Worcester State University has articulation agreements with many area colleges that offer an opportunity to receive up to 29 nursing transfer credits.

Applicants must have an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing or a Diploma of Nursing with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA).

The RN student, who graduated from a nursing diploma program, must take the NLN NACEII exams as a prerequisite, which allows students to obtain up to 29 nursing transfer credits.All RN students must hold a current license to practice nursing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The three semester nursing course sequence begins in the fall semester. All applications must be complete and submitted to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by the April 1st deadline for fall semester admission consideration. Students who wish to matriculate into the program in order to begin taking prerequisites or corequisites early may be admitted as an early admission by completing the application process for any semester. The nursing course sequence begins each fall; however, RN students may begin full-time or part-time study during any semester in order to fulfill general education requirements. All degree requirements must be completed before participation in the pinning or graduation ceremonies.

- Clinical Course Requirements

Track Two Prerequisite Courses

These courses may be transferred if the student has previously taken the course (per college transfer policy) or may be taken at Worcester State University. Foundation courses, nursing courses, prerequisite and corequisite courses may not be taken pass/fail.

• EN 101 & EN 102

English Composition 1 & II (*EN 101 may be waived)

• MA 150

Introduction to Statistics (*pre requisite for NU 430-A: Research Seminar OR NU 925: Research for Evidence- Based Practice)

(An Accuplacer math test may be required by Worcester State University prior to registering for courses)

• SO 100

Introduction to Sociology

• PS 101

General Psychology

• PS 210

Developmental Psychology

• BI 161 & 162

Anatomy & Physiology I & II

• BI 204 or 206

Microbiology or BI 206 Medical Microbiology

Track Two Nursing Courses: (31 Worcester State University Nursing Credits)

All nursing courses must be taken in sequence. Students must achieve a minimum grade of 80 in each nursing course. Only one nursing course may be repeated to obtain the minimum grade or required GPA and must be repeated within the 2 years.

Semester One



   NU 332

Transition to Professional Nursing

(3 credits)

   NU 342

Health Assessment

(4 credits)




Semester Two



   NU 430-A  

Research Seminar

(3 credits)




NU 525

Research for Evidence-Based Practice

(3 credits)


*RN-to-MS Fast Track Program


   NU 432

Advancing Nursing Perspectives in Chronic Illness

(9 credits)




Semester Three



   NU 452

Professional Nursing Leadership in Organizations

(3 credits)




NU 551

Nursing Leadership and Administration
RN-to-MS Fast Track Program

(3 credits)

   NU 472

Community Nursing Capstone Course

(9 credits)

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