ACADEMICS

  • Nursing - Track II - RN-to-BS Program

    Worcester State University’s RN-to-BS in Nursing program is designed to transition registered nurses licensed to practice in Massachusetts to the role of a baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse.

  • Admission Process

    The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. Applicants must submit the following:

    • Official high school and college transcripts
    • Successful Completion of an RN program of study with minimum GPA of 2.5
    • Must be currently licensed to practice as an RN in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    Prerequisites
    • BI 161 & BI 162 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
    • EN 101 & EN 102
    • PS 101 General Psychology
    • SO 100 Introduction to Sociology
    • BI 204 Microbiology or BI 206 Medical Microbiology
    • NU 120 Health and Nutrition
    • MA 150 Statistics
    Additional University Requirements

    Content Areas:

    • Constitutions (CON) (3 credits)
    • Creative Arts (CA) (3 credits)
    • Global Perspectives (GP) (3 credits)
    • Individual & Community Well-Being (ICW) (3 credits)
    • Human Behavior & Social Processes (HBS) (3 credits)
    • Quantitative Reasoning (QR) (6 credits)
    • Natural Systems and Processes (NSP) [must complete one lab science) (7 credits)
    • United States & Its Role in the World (USW )(3 credits)
    • Thought, Language & Culture (TLC) (3 credits)

    Across-the-Curriculum Courses

    • Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) (3 credits)
    • Diversity Across the Curriculum (DAC) (3 credits)
    • Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum (QAC) (3 credits)
    Track II Program of Study

    31 WSU 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 required grade of 80. Continuation in the nursing program is outlined in the RN to BS student handbook.

    Semester I
    (9 Credits)

    • NU 332: Transition to Professional Nursing (3 credits)
    • NU 333: Health Informatics (3 credits)
    • NU 334: Selected Mechanisms of Disease and Related Pharmacology (3 Credits)

    Semester II
    (10 Credits)

    • NU 342: Health Assessment/Health Promotion (4 Credits)
    • NU 430: Nursing Research or *NU 525 Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 Credits)
    • NU 432: Nursing Care of Persons with Chronic Illness (3 Credits)

    Semester III
    (12 Credits)

    • NU 452: Leadership in Nursing: A Capstone Experience or *NU 551 Nursing Leadership and Administration (3 Credits)
    • NU 472: Community/Public Health Nursing (includes experiential learning) (6 Credits)
    • NU 473: Health-care Policy
    3+1 QCC/WSU RN TO BS Articulation Agreement
    • Only students who attended Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) who have completed all the requirements for the 3+1 Articulation Agreement are eligible for this transfer option.
    • Students must have completed 6 semesters of coursework at QCC.
    • Once students have completed the 6 required semesters of course work at QCC (with the required grades and GPA as established by QCC), they will be eligible to apply directly into the WSU nursing program
    • Semester 7 begins at WSU every fall.
    • All courses must be taken in sequence.
    • Only 1 required LASC course (of the student’s choice) is required.
    • Students must take 5 additional required courses to be eligible for the 3+1 Articulation Agreement
      • Statistics
      • Introduction to Public Health
      • Introduction to Global Health
      • 2 Additional Humanities Electives

    Note: Students who have graduated from QCC may be eligible for this program under the following conditions:

    • Contact Henry Ritter, Career and Academic Planning Advisor at 508-854-2796 or at the Advising Center.
    • Complete the 5 additional courses as outlined above
    • These must be completed prior to applying to WSU

    Note: Students who have graduated from QCC and are already enrolled at WSU are not eligible for 3+1 Articulation Agreement.

    Clinical Requirements

    Clinical Course Requirements for Track II - RN-to-BS Students

    • 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:
        • Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) is required for all students
        • Sexual Offender Record Investigation (SORI) and/or drug screening may be required by health care agencies
        • Professional liability insurance is renewed annually provided by Worcester State University
        • CPR: American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Provider or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer are the only accepted certifications
        • Health Information Disclosure Form: Available via Certified Credentials
        • Proof of Health Insurance
        • Physical Exam: Form available via Certified Credentials
        • Hepatitis B Immunization Series & positive titer
        • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Documentation of 2 doses or positive titers for each
        • Varicella (documentation of 2 doses or positive titer, history of disease is not accepted
        • Tuberculosis
        • Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) vaccine, if it has been 5 years or more since the last dose of Td
        • 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.
     
    Tuberculosis

    • 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)
    • 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
    Student Organizations
    • 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.
    RN-to-MS Fast Track Program

    The RN-to-MS Fast Track Program allows 6 graduate credits (500 Level) taken to count toward both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science in Nursing degrees. This may be done when the RN meets the criteria for the Fast-Track program, and completes an application for admission to the RN-to-MS Fast-Track Program to the Graduate Nursing Program through the Graduate School. The RN-to-MS Fast-Track application process must be completed in the first semester of the RN-to-BS Program. Students in the WSU/UMMMC collaborative program apply to the on-campus RN-to-MS Program in the first semester of their first year of studies.

    Fast-track students must take courses in the M.S. program the semester after completing the B.S. degree. Otherwise 500 Level courses taken in the senior year will count only towards the RN-to-BS degree unless they are in excess of the credits required for the B.S. degree. All undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before students are permitted to take MS level courses beyond NU 525 and NU 551.

    Core Nursing Courses: 31

    Associate degree and diploma graduates: 29  (nursing credits for NCLEX-RN licensure)

    Other WSU required courses: 60

    Total Credits: 120