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If you are a registered nurse who graduated from an accredited associate’s degree program and licensed to practice in Massachusetts, Worcester State University’s RN-to-BS nursing program can help you take your career to the next level. The program is offered in a blended format (in-class and online) so professionals like you can fit school into your busy life. Our students come to campus just one day a week.Advanced education in:
The deadline to apply is May 1, 2017. Applicants must submit the following:
All students applying to the RN-to-BS program must hold a current unencumbered license to practice as an RN in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The RN-to-BS student applying to Worcester State University as a transfer student can receive up to 72 credits transferable from an accredited associate-degree college and a maximum of 90 credits from four-year colleges and universities. Students with a B.A. or B.S. degree in another major only need to complete the all nursing courses and the prerequisite 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 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. 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 2017 with the new outline of nursing 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 program.
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.
Track Two Nursing Courses: (31 Worcester State University Nursing Credits)All courses listed above are blended unless otherwise noted. 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)
Semester II (10 Credits)
Semester III(12 Credits)
Note: Students who have graduated from QCC may be eligible for this program under the following conditions:
Note: Students who have graduated from QCC and are already enrolled at WSU are not eligible for 3+1 Articulation Agreement.
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:
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.
Student Letter for Verified Credentials
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:
Transfer credits are determined by the transfer admission department upon receipt of the student's official transcripts. Students enter as Freshmen (year 1)
Nursing courses must be taken in sequence, but LASC courses can be taken at any time after freshmen year (unless otherwise specified).
The following courses must have a minimum grade requirement of C:
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.