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Flexible Learning Opportunities
Worcester State University offers many opportunities for students to expand and enrich their education through real life experiences. Students may also take examinations to earn credits for knowledge gained outside the classroom. For further information, contact the appropriate departments listed below.

Articulation Agreements with Mass. College of
  Pharmacy and Health Sciences

American Antiquarian Society Seminar
• College Academic Program Sharing (CAPS)
• Colleges of Worcester Consortium
Credit by Examination
Internships and Professional Experiences
Next Step Program
Off-Campus Courses
Pre-Law Program
Pre-Medical, Dental, Veterinary and Pharmacy Advisory Program
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
Summer Program
The Washington Center for Internship and Academic Seminars
Workplace ESL (English as a Second Language)



Articulation Agreements with Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)

Worcester State University has signed several formal agreements that enable WSU students to continue their studies at MCPHS. Qualified WSU students earning a B.S. in biology or a related field may transfer into MCPHS-Worcester’s doctor of optometry program, master of physician assistant studies program, or doctor of physical therapy program. Qualified students are also eligible for an accelerated doctor of pharmacy program comprised of three years at WSU and three years at MCPHS. In addition, an articulated transfer program allows WSU students to complete 80 credits of study toward a B.S. in community health-pre nursing and then transfer to MCPHS to complete the requirements of the accepted B.S. in nursing degree (B.S.N.). The dual-degree program can be completed in four years. For more information, contact the Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, or Health Sciences departments.


American Antiquarian Society Seminar

Each year the American Antiquarian Society and five Worcester Colleges—Assumption College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State University—sponsor a research seminar at the Society library. The seminar is conducted by a scholar familiar with the Society’s extensive early American History collection, and the seminar topic is related to his or her field of research. Normally two students are chosen from each of the five schools to participate. The seminar topic and research methods combine several disciplines, and students from a wide variety of majors have participated in this unusual undergraduate opportunity. Further information is available from the Department of History and Political Science.


College Academic Program Sharing (CAPS)

A student enrolled at any of the nine Massachusetts State Universities may enroll for up to 30 credits at any other state University without going through formal registration procedures. Credits are automatically transferred to the student’s home institution, and the student pays no additional tuition or fees. To take part in the program, degree-seeking students must have attained sophomore status and be in good academic standing at Worcester State University. For further information consult the Registrar.


Colleges of Worcester Consortium

Twelve Central Massachusetts Colleges, along with a number of Worcester area organizations, comprise the Worcester Consortium for Higher Education. In addition to cultural activities, interdisciplinary programs, and other opportunities, the Consortium provides a cross-registration service whereby full-time day students of member Universitys may register at no additional cost for one course per semester at another campus. A Consortium shuttle bus provides transportation among campuses throughout the day.

Members of the Consortium, in addition to Worcester State University, are Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Science, Nichols University, Quinsigamond Community University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Among other organizations participating with the Consortium to enrich local University curricula are the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester Craft Center, The International Center, Old Sturbridge Village, radio station WICN, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, Worcester Historical Society, Worcester Horticultural Society, and New England Science Center.

Cross registration opportunities (at no additional cost) exist only for our matriculated undergraduate students taking day classes at one of the member Universitys during the fall and spring semesters. Students must be in good academic standing to take advantage of the one course per semester cross-registration option. Student eligibility and course applicability is determined by the Registrar's Office. Further information is posted on the Consortium website —


Credit by Examination

In addition to the Advanced Placement examinations administered by the College Entrance Examination Board through high schools, the following opportunities to challenge subject areas for credit are available:

University Level Examination Program (CLEP):  These standardized examinations offered on campus through the Educational Testing Service confer University credit in two categories, general examinations, which include English, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and natural sciences; and examinations in specific subjects. Additional information and applications are available through the Counseling and Career Services Center.  American Chemical Society: Students may challenge Chemistry for the Allied Health Professions by contacting the Chemistry Department, New York Board of Regents.  In some cases, credit can be awarded for these examinations.

Department Challenge:  When appropriate and with the sanction of the faculty advisor, students may request and complete a department-developed examination to translate competencies into credit. A limited number of departments offer this as an option, so consult the appropriate department chair. However, in most cases it is recommended that students explore the CLEP option.

National League for Nursing (NLN) Examinations:  For RNs who graduated from a diploma program, up to 21 credits may be transferred after taking and passing the NLN Profile II Mobility Exams. Consult the Nursing Department Chair for further information.


Internships and Professional Experiences

Matriculated students in good academic standing are eligible for internship placement if they meet departmental requirements for such placement. Most internships are arranged within academic departments.

An internship may be undertaken with or without the expectation of academic credit. If credit is to be granted, however, the internship must be monitored and evaluated by the appropriate University department and a grade awarded at its completion. The internship can be constructed according to any of a number of models including professional apprenticeships, work experience, field research, career exploration, socio-political action and service learning.

Because students must be actively involved in the development of an internship placement—by developing a resume, preparing necessary correspondence, or being interviewed—they should contact the faculty sponsor in the semester prior to the proposed internship. The internship contract sets forth the responsibilities of each party so that each understands his or her specific role in the educational field experience. Each program is designed to accommodate and articulate the personal goals of the student, the academic goals of the department, and the needs of the participating off-campus organization. Information about available internships is regularly relayed to, and publicized in, appropriate academic departments.

The following conditions apply to all internships:

· No more than 12 units of internship credit may count toward a
· Students undertaking internships must be in good academic
· Only juniors and seniors may undertake internships. 
· A copy of the student’s internship contract with the sponsoring 
  department must be filed with the Registrar’s Office. 
· Students are responsible for providing their own transportation
  for off-campus learning experiences. 


New England Regional Student Program

The University participates in a regional cooperative program administered by the New England Board of Higher Education. The New England Regional Student Program offers qualified residents the benefits of instate tuition plus 50% in certain programs at any New England state university, University, two-year University, or technical institute. The purpose of the program is to expand higher educational opportunities for New England residents by making available, on an equal basis, those programs not commonly offered at every institution. Information about the program can be obtained from the Admissions Office, from any guidance counselor, or from the New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111.


Next Step Program

The Next Step Program offers nontraditional students the chance to get academic credit for knowledge gained through work, life, and volunteer experiences. It features a portfolio component that allows students to receive up to 18 credits (plus six credits for the portfolio class itself), for a possible total of 24. This provides a significant savings in time and cost to adult students and usually serves to build significant momentum. The program coordinator will provide support throughout your time at WSU. Currently, the program’s credits apply to degrees in community health, sociology, urban studies, computer science, and health education. For information, contact in the Health Science Department.


Off-Campus Courses

Matriculated students may enroll in off-campus courses at regionally accredited institutions in academic disciplines that are compatible with the WSU curriculum. To assure applicability and transferability, matriculated students must have approval in writing from their faculty advisor and the Registrar before enrolling in courses at other accredited institutions. Copies of course descriptions from University catalogs or other publications for each course must be attached. Forms are available at the Registrar's Office.


Pre-Law Program

A program of preparation for law school is available through the Department of History and Political Science.


Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinary and Pre-Pharmacy Advisory Program

The University offers an advisory program for students interested in preparing for medical, dental, veterinary, or pharmacy studies. Students interested in medicine or dentistry may pursue study in any of the academic majors of the University. It is the obligation of the students to check with the professional school(s) to which they intend to apply for exact requirements. Nearly all medical and dental schools require one year each of the following laboratory courses: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology and Physics. In addition, many schools require two years of a modern foreign language, one year of English (including composition), and Mathematics through Calculus. Regardless of major, the student is advised to select CH 120 and CH 121, General Chemistry I and II, and BI 105 and BI 106, Introduction to Biology I and II in their freshman year.

Students interested in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry or osteopathy should consult both the major advisor and the chair of the Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advisory Committee as soon as possible following matriculation. Students are advised to complete their science requirements before the end of their junior year and to take the national pre-professional exam (e.g., MCAT, DAT) during the spring semester of their junior year. During the junior year, students must arrange an interview with the Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advisory Committee. Please contact the Chair of the Chemistry Department for more information.


Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Worcester State University students have the opportunity to participate in ROTC programs leading to being commissioned as an officer in the United Sates Air Force, Army, Navy, or Marine Corps.

The University’s Air Force and Army ROTC programs are offered through Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  For details about the Air Force ROTC program and information about scholarship opportunities, write to the Professor of Aerospace Studies, AFROTC Detachment 340, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609-2280, or call 508-831-5747.

For details about the Army ROTC program and information about scholarship opportunities, contact the Professor of Military Science, Military Science Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609, or call 831-5268.

The Navy ROTC program is offered through the College of the Holy Cross. For details and information about scholarship opportunities, contact the Professor of Naval Science, Naval ROTC Unit, University of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610-2389, or call 508-793-2434.


Summer Program

Worcester State University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses during the summer months. Two six-week sessions, the first beginning in late May and the second beginning in early July, provide intensive enrichment opportunities for students working toward completion of degree requirements or upgrading and enhancing professional skills. The summer schedule is usually available in March. Course listings can be found at,

The Washington Center for Internship and Academic Seminars

Worcester State University participates in this internship program that combines experience in public, private, or non-profit sectors in Washington, D.C., with academic learning. The internship provides a unique opportunity to explore career paths while sampling the intellectual and cultural diversity of our nation's capital. This internship must be taken for credit so it is imperative that a student meets with the faculty sponsor early in the semester prior to the proposed participation.

A student's financial aid may be applied toward program costs. In addition, significant scholarship monies are available through The Washington Center and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education for students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who are residents of Massachusetts. Tuition and fees are also waived for the semester for students who meet both the residency and GPA criteria. It should be noted that scholarship/financial aid monies are awarded based on the most recent policies put forth by OSFA and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and are subject to change.

Each semester The Washington Center Regional Recruiter visits the campus to speak with students about the internship program. These visits are coordinated through Career Services. Interested students can obtain application forms from the Career Services office, located in the Student Center, third floor, or visit the program's website at for more information. The faculty sponsor and Career Services campus liaison's signatures are required before the application can be submitted. For more information, contact


Workplace ESL (English as a Second Language)

For a company or organization to function well, its employees must be able to communicate effectively. At Worcester State University, our Workplace ESL Programs can be tailored to the needs of your organization. Most employees are eager and pleased to be able to increase their English language skills and thus become more valuable in the workplace. Our Workplace ESL programs emphasize the basic skills of listening speaking, reading and writing, with specialization in vocabulary and American expressions (slang and idioms) used every day.

There is often a special need for employees to learn vocabulary used in your workplace, and we work with management to identify and offer that specific terminology. Education in English as a Second Language gives employees a sense of empowerment and a sense that they belong to their new culture. This includes a sense of belonging to the culture of their workplace. These employees often become more aware of the entire corporate atmosphere, and identify more strongly with their workplace, getting more involved and more comfortable being part of a team, giving suggestions and being concerned with safety issues. We also offer a program for managers to learn conversational Spanish that will help them to communicate more effectively with new employees. For more details, contact Division of Graduate & Continuing Education at 508-929-8127.



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