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

    Admission Process

    All students applying to the RN-to-BS program must be currently licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The RN-to-BS student applying to Worcester State University's Lillian R. Goodman Nursing Department as a transfer student can receive up to 65 credits transferrable from an accredited associate degree college and a maximum of 90 credits from 4-year colleges and universities. Admission requirements include official high school and college transcripts and a 2.5 GPA. Associate degree and diploma graduates will now earn 29 credits for their RN license. The 3-semester nursing sequence starts in the fall semester. All applicants must complete the required components of the admission process prior to April 1 for consideration of admittance for September. Students who wish to matriculate into the program and begin taking prerequisites or co-requisites early may be admitted as an early admission by completing the application process.

    Track II 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 co-requisite 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 placement test may be required by Worcester State University prior to registering for courses)
    • SO 100 Introduction to Sociology
    • PS 101 General Psychology
    • BI 161 & 162 Anatomy & Physiology I & II
    • BI 204 or 206 Microbiology or BI 206 Medical Microbiology

    Track II Nursing Courses (31 credits)
    All nursing courses must be taken in sequence. Students must achieve a minimum grade of 80 in each nursing course. Only 1 nursing course may be repeated to obtain the minimum grade or required GPA and must be repeated within the 2 years.  

    Students with a B.S. in Another Major
    Students who have a previous B.S. degree will only need to complete the prerequisites as outlined above to enter the nursing program.

    Semester 1
    • NU 332 Transition to Professional Nursing (3 credits)
    • NU 342 Health Assessment (4 credits)
    Semester 2
    • NU 430-A Research Seminar (3 credits)
      NU 525 Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits) (RN-to-MS Fast Track)  
    • NU 432 Advancing Nursing Perspectives in Chronic Illness (9 credits)
    Semester 3
    • NU 452 Professional Nursing Leadership in Organizations (3 credits)
      NU 551 Nursing Leadership and Administration (3 credits) (RN-to-MS Fast Track)
    • NU 472 Community Nursing Capstone Course (9 credits)

    Clinical Course Requirements for All Tracks
    Prior to registering for a clinical practicum course, students must submit written verification of:

    • Complete physical examination — updated annually — form available from Nursing Department Secretary (508-929-8129), for Tracks II and III. Track I students should access forms from
    • Documentation of an initial 2-step tuberculin skin test (TST) is required first year, then an annual TST. A TST may be available through the Worcester State University Student Health Services — follow up X-rays may be required
    • Positive varicella titre level or 2 doses of Varicella vaccine
    • Two (2) MMR (measles [rubeola], mumps and rubella) vaccines, or titre levels for each (measles, mumps, and rubella) which indicate immunity
    • One dose of tetanus-diptheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine if it has been 5 or more years since the last does of the tetanus-diptheria (T-D) vaccine administered. Evidence of Tdap and/or T-D must be submitted
    • Series of 3 vaccinations for Hepatitis B and positive titre level
    • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) (Adult and Child) for the health-care provider/professional rescuer certification must be maintained throughout the program; no online courses are allowed
    • CORI is required for all students
    • SORI and/or drug screening may be required by health care agencies
    • Seasonal flu immunizations is required

    In addition to the above requirements, RN students must submit a photocopy of an unencumbered Massachusetts nursing license.

    Professional liability insurance is renewed annually and provided by Worcester State University.

    Student Organizations

    National Student Nurses' Association: A student-led organization that is actively involved in outreach leadership development. Membership is mandatory for matriculated students.
    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 School is 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 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 requirement