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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 CoursesThese 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.
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 MajorStudents who have a previous B.S. degree will only need to complete the prerequisites as outlined above to enter the nursing program.
Clinical Course Requirements for All TracksPrior to registering for a clinical practicum course, students must submit written verification of:
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.
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 GraduationFor the Bachelor of Science in Nursing students must have: