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

    All students applying to the RN-BS program must hold a current unencumbered license to practice as an RN in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The RN-BS student applying to Worcester State University as a transfer student can receive up to 72 credits transferrable from an accredited associate degree college and a maximum of 90 credits from four year colleges and universities. Students with a BA or BS degree in another major only need to complete the all nursing courses and the pre-requisite courses for the nursing major. Admission requirements include official high school and college transcripts and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Associate degree graduates and diploma graduates earn 29 nursing credits for NCLEX-RN licensure.

    The three semester nursing sequence starts in the Fall semester. All applicants must complete the required components of the admission process prior to March 1st for consideration of admittance for September. Students who wish to matriculate into the program and begin taking prerequisites or corequisites early may be admitted as an early admission by completing the application process. However, students may not enter the nursing sequence of courses without first having completed all prerequisites (including statistics) with a grade of C or higher.

    Track II traditional WSU students will begin in the fall of 2016 with the new outline of nursing courses. The Track II RN to BS program at UMass is a 3 year program and will continue with the previous nursing Track II sequence of courses.

    Students in the Quinsigamond Community College/Worcester State University 3+1 program will adhere to the articulation agreement as outlined in the agreement. Students must complete the first six semesters at QCC prior to admission to the RN to BS Track II program.

    Prerequisites

    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. Prerequisite, corequisite courses, and Nursing 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: Research Seminar OR NU 525: Research for Evidence-Based Practice)
      (A passing grade for the WSU Accuplacer is required by for this course)
    • SO 100 Introduction to Sociology
    • PS 101 General Psychology
    • BI 161 & 162 Anatomy & Physiology I & II
    • BI 204 or 206 Microbiology or Medical Microbiology
    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

    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 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 551 Nursing Leadership and Administration
    • 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 ALL Nursing Tracks:

    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. Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of MA.
    2. CPR: American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Provider or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer are the only accepted certifications
    3. Health Information Disclosure Form: Available via Certified Credentials
    4. Proof of Health Insurance
    5. Physical Exam: Form available via Certified Credentials
    6. Hepatitis B Immunization Series & positive titer
    7. MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Documentation of 2 doses or positive titers for each
    8. Varicella (documentation of 2 doses or positive titer, history of disease is not accepted
    9. Tuberculosis
    10. 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)
    11. 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
    12. Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) vaccine, if it has been 5 years or more since the last dose of Td
    13. 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 complete:

    • A minimum of 120 credits
    • Each nursing course (and each component) with a minimum grade of 80 and clinical Pass
    • All Nursing Department and Worcester State University requirements
    • "Intent to Graduate" form

    Transfer credits are determined by the transfer admission department upon receipt of the student's official transcripts.
     
    Students enter as Freshmen (year 1)

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

    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

    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. To receive a baccalaureate degree from Worcester State University (WSU), students must complete 30 of last 40 credits at WSU. Worcester State University will transfer a maximum of 72 credits from an accredited associates degree college.
     
    Once LASC requirements are satisfied, students may select general requirements. Students are required to meet with their department advisor during the Fall and Spring pre-registration periods to review their upcoming semester choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.

    RN-to-MS Fast Track Program
    The RN-to-MS Fast Track Program allows 6 graduate credits (500 Level) to be taken during the program 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. The RN-to-MS Fast-Track application process for the Worcester State On Campus program must be completed in the fall semester of the RN-to-BS studies. (to the Graduate Nursing Program through the Graduate School). Students in the WSU/UMMMC collaborative RN-to-BS program: application must be submitted in the spring semester of your 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. Only course grades of B- or above will be counted towards the MS degree.

    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.