ACADEMICS

  • Nursing - Track I

    Accreditation

    • Full approval status from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing located at 239 Causeway St. Boston, MA 02114
    • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036
    • Member of the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing (MACN).

    General Information

    Admissions

    The nursing program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree.
     
    The program offers three tracks in the undergraduate major in nursing: Track One is for the student who is seeking initial baccalaureate education in the nursing profession Track Two is for the student who has obtained licensure as a registered nurse who has graduated from an Associate Degree or Diploma accredited program and is pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Track Three is for the student who has obtained licensure as a licensed practical nurse and graduated from an accredited LPN program and is pursuing a baccalaureate degree.

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Department of Nursing is in keeping with the Worcester State University mission with the emphasis on developing the professional nurse who values lifelong intellectual growth and global awareness. The Department of Nursing fosters the professional growth of faculty and students through excellence in teaching and learning, rooted in scholarship and community service related to the discipline of nursing.

    Undergraduate Program Outcomes
    The Department of Nursing prepares individuals for the roles and responsibilities of professional nursing through an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The program outcomes of the undergraduate program are as follows:

    1. Provide comprehensive, holistic care that is grounded in the biological sciences, the arts and humanities.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of organizational structures, missions, visions, philosophies and values.
    3. Utilize current theoretical, scientific and research knowledge toward evidence based professional practice.
    4. Demonstrate competence in utilizing information technology resources to advance professional practice
    5. Comply with the Standards of Professional Nursing Practice.
    6. Implement effective inter-professional communication when working with the healthcare team.
    7. Implement evidence based practice to guide the nursing process toward culturally sensitive, individual and population focused care.
    8. Apply the professional standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct to practice.
    9. Demonstrate clinical competency, accountability and ethical decision making as an entry level, novice professional nurse.

    The nursing department has department-specific policies which are found in the Department of Nursing Undergraduate and Graduate Student Policy Handbooks. These policies include, but are not limited to, the following: progression and retention, classroom and clinical behavior, academic honesty, professional behavior, and CORI/drug screening/health requirements. The department reserves the right to modify policies and the curriculum during the students' enrollment. Sufficient notice of any change will be provided to students.

    Progression in the program requires successful grade of C or above completion of all pre and corequisite courses (grade of 80 or above), sequential nursing courses and all clinical placements offered in each course with a grade of Pass.

    Good Moral Character Required for Licensure
    In compliance with policy of the Massachusetts State Board of Nursing, all applicants/students are informed that completion of the BS degree does not guarantee admittance to the registered nurse licensure examination. According to Board Licensure Policy 00-01, any individual convicted of a felony or misdemeanor conviction, and/or who has been disciplined by a licensure/certification body must be evaluated by the Board to determine a licensure applicant's compliance with the "good moral character" licensure requirement established at Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 112 , section 74 and 74A. Any individual who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor conviction, and/or who has been disciplined by a licensure/certification body, or whose ability to practice professional nursing is adversely affected by a physical or mental disability/illness that may endanger the health and/or safety of a person, should seek special advising prior to enrolling in any professional nursing program in Massachusetts. Individuals convicted of certain criminal convictions are permanently excluded from nurse licensure in Massachusetts.

    All students in the nursing program will be required to have periodic CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) checks requested by the department and/or clinical agencies. This background check is a computerized search to determine if an individual has any convictions, outstanding warrants or pending complaints. The information from these records is confidential and is destroyed when a student graduates. Progression and mandatory clinical placements in the nursing program are contingent on a "no report" CORI check result. Clinical agencies may independently perform CORI checks on students and do not have to accept a student with a CORI report indicating that an offense exists. The department is not responsible for alternate clinical placements for students who cannot be placed in an agency related to a CORI offense report. Students have an obligation to inform the department chair if any legal issues arise, while in the program, that are reportable on a CORI. www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/dhpl/nursing/licensing/good-moral-character-requirements-for-licensure.html

    Health Care Agency Requirements: Health, Drug Screening and Other Nursing students will be placed in a variety of health care settings. Each agency has requirements which the student must fulfill before they are allowed placement. This list may include, but is not limited to, the following; physical exam, immunizations, agency specific orientation, CORI, SORI and drug screening. Progression and mandatory clinical placements in the nursing program are contingent on meeting all agency requirements. If a student is denied placement by the agency for any reason, including a positive drug or CORI report, the nursing department is not responsible for providing alternate clinical placements.

    Track One (Undergraduate)

    Track One Courses

    Prerequisite courses to be successfully completed with a C or above by the end of Spring (May 30th) semester first-year:

    • *BI 161 & BI 162 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • *CH 112 Survey of Chemistry
    • *EN 101 & EN 102 English Composition I and II
    • *BI 206 Medical Microbiology

    Corequisite courses to be successfully completed with a C or above by the end of Spring (May 30th) semester sophomore year:

    • *HE 120 Health and Nutrition
    • *MA 150 Statistics
    • *CS 124 Health Informatics

    Corequisite courses to be successfully completed with a C or above by the end of Fall (December 31st) semester sophomore year:

    • *PS 101 General Psychology
    • *SO 100 Introduction to Sociology

    *Students must achieve a grade of a C or better in each of these prerequisite and corequisite courses. Each course may be repeated only ONCE to obtain minimum required
    grade. A student not meeting the minimum grade requirement will not be considered for transfer acceptance into or allowed continued progression in the nursing program.

    A student who fails to complete any prerequisite and/or corequisite course on time will remain as a nursing major; however, progression in the nursing program will depend on satisfactory completion of these courses and space availability. Failure of any 2 pre or co-requisite nursing courses will require a chance of major from a nursing major.

    Required Nursing Courses: 60 credits – All Nursing courses must be taken in sequence.

    • NU 200 Introduction to Professional Nursing I (5 credits)
    • NU 205 Pathophysiology (3 credits)
    • NU 210 Introduction to Professional Nursing II 5 credits)
    • NU 215 Pharmacology (3 credits)
    • NU 310 Nursing Science I (9 credits)
    • NU 315 Group Communication Seminar I (1 credit)
    • NU 340 Nursing Science II (9 credits)
    • NU 415 Group Communication Seminar II (1 credit)
    • NU 430 Research Seminar (3 credits)
    • NU 440 Nursing Science III (8 credits)
    • NU 450 Leadership in Nursing (3 credits)
    • NU 460 Nursing Science IV (3 credits)
    • NU 470 Capstone (7 credits)

    Students must achieve a minimum grade of 80 in each nursing course and each section of the course when a course has two distinct class/clinical components (NU 310, NU 340, NU 440). The Department of Nursing has additional policies and procedures which are binding for nursing majors. Included in these policies are standards for progression in the nursing major. They are found in the Nursing Department’s Student Handbook.

    Nursing courses, prerequisite and corequisite courses may not be taken pass/fail and must meet the grade listed above in order to progress in program.

    Transfer Students: Students taking general education courses in another college or university are required to contact the Worcester State University Admissions Office regarding matriculation and transfer of credits. Transfer students are accepted to the nursing major on a very limited space available only basis. Students are admitted into the freshmen or sophomore class level only depending on pre-requisites taken.

    All transfer student applicants for Track One who have previously been enrolled in a nursing program in another college/university must submit, as part of their application, a letter from the dean or director of the nursing program indicating that they left in good standing and were eligible for readmission to that program. Transfer students may only apply two (2) times for admission into the nursing major

    Clinical Course Requirements for both Track One, Track Two and Track Three:
    All newly admitted students will be required to participate in an online documentation tracking system, Verified Credentials, and provide the documentation listed below. Students are required to maintain compliance (updated documentation) for the entirety of the program. Information for accessing Verified Credentials will be provided to you
    by our clinical resource coordinator. Requirements (below) must be electronically submitted include:

    1. CPR: American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Provider or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer are the only accepted certifications
    2. Health Information Disclosure Form: Available via Certified Credentials
    3. Proof of Health Insurance
    4. Physical Exam: Form available via Certified Credentials
    5. Hepatitis B Immunization Series & positive titer
    6. MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Documentation of 2 doses or positive titers for each
    7. Varicella (documentation of 2 doses or positive titer, history of disease is not accepted
    8. Tuberculosis
    9. All students with no past history of a positive Tuberculosis (TB) screening test must provide documentation of annual TB screening. Any student with a TB screening that is greater than 12 months old must provide baseline TB screening through IRGA (Interferon Gamma Release Assay) or a 2 -step TST (tuberculin Skin Test)
    10. Those who have been vaccinated with BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) and are accustomed to obtaining chest x-rays are required to have a baseline TB screening. BCG is no longer considered to be a protective measure against TB or a contradiction to TB screening. Should the result be positive, a chest x-ray and a doctor's note is required to rule out active disease
    11. Tdap (Teatnus/Diphteria/Pertussis) vaccine, if it has been 5 years or more since the last dose of Td
    12. Flu Vaccine for current flu season or signed declaration (medical exclusion only)

    Please note that Clinical facilities may stipulate additional requirements for which documentation must be provided. Also, many other of these requirements needed to be updated annually or biannually. It is your responsibility to submit updated records.

    1. Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) is required for all students
    2. Sexual Offender Record Investigation (SORI) and/or drug screening may be required by health care agencies
    3. Professional liability insurance is renewed annually provided by Worcester State University

    Student Organizations:

    National Student Nurses' Association
    : Student led organization that is actively involved in outreach leadership development. Membership is mandatory for matriculated students in Track I and Track III programs.

    Sigma Theta Tau International: Iota Phi Chapter-at-Large: the International Honor Society for Nurses provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research
    to enhance the health of all people. Students are selected for membership into the local chapter of the Iota Phi Chapter-at-Large based on academic and personal criteria.

    IHI Open School: The mission of the IHI Open Schools to advance health care improvement and patient safety competencies in the next generation of health professionals worldwide. The IHI Open House School provides inter-professional opportunities for students of medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, health administration, dentistry, and other allied health professions with the opportunity to learn about quality improvement and patient safety. IHI is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide.

    Requirements for Graduation
    : For the Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Nursing students must have:

    • Completed a minimum of 120 credits
    • Completed each nursing course (and each component) with a minimum grade of 80
    • Completed all Nursing Department and Worcester State University requirements

    Students enter as Freshmen (year 1)

    • Must complete all courses listed in Year One in order to move to Sophomore level.

    Sophomore year (year 2)

    • Students take some courses with sophomores (Patho and Pharm)
    • Students take one course with juniors (Research)
    • Students take 2 LPN courses (Transition and Health Assessment)
    • Students must complete CS 124 and HE 120 before moving forward to Summer Bridge courses of NU 341 and NU 343.

    Junior year is during the summer between sophomore and senior level

    • Summer Session: Med/Surg Bridge Course
    • Summer Session: Maternity/PEDI Bridge Course

    Senior year: students are integrated with senior students and follow the same schedule as traditional undergraduate students.

    Nursing courses must be taken in sequence, but LASC courses can be taken at any time after freshmen year (unless otherwise specified).

    • All nursing courses must have a minimum grade of 80 (B-)
    • All prerequisites have a minimum grade C (see below)

    The following courses must have a minimum grade requirement of C:

    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II with lab
    • Survey of Chemistry with lab
    • Medical Microbiology with lab
    • English Composition I and II
    • General Psychology
    • Statistics I
    • Health and Nutrition
    • Intro to Sociology
    • Health Informatics

    Transfer of Previously Completed College Courses:

    • Worcester State University has articulation agreements with Massachusetts colleges for transfer or credits.
    • Some students may be eligible for Mass. Transfer Block.
    • Students with second degree will only need to take the prerequisites for nursing (if not already taken at a previous university; see above) and the required nursing courses.
    • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - some courses may be fulfilled through testing. (See Academic Success Center).
    • Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted by the Registrar after admission to the University.

    Once LASC requirements are satisfied, students may select general requirements. Students are required to meet with their department advisor during the fall and spring preregistration periods to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.