ACADEMICS

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

    Admission Process
    All students applying to the RN-BS program must be currently licensed 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 pre-requisites for the nursing major. Admission requirements include official high school and college transcripts and a 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 corequisites early may be admitted as an early admission by completing the application process. Students must achieve a grade of C or higher in these courses. Students in the Quinsigamond Community College/Worcester State University Three Plus One program must submit application by May 1st. Admission requirements for the 3+1 are; Associates of Science degree with a major in Nurse Education conferred by QCC, a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, a current, unencumbered MA RN license and all required prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to starting WSU nursing classes.

    Track Two 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. Prerequisite, corerequisite 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

    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 One

    • NU 332 Transition to Professional Nursing (3 credits)
    • NU 342 Health Assessment (4 credits)

    Semester Two

    • NU 430 Research Seminar (3 credits)
      OR
      NU 525 Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
      For RN-to-MS Fast Track Program Please see below*
    • NU 432 Advancing Nursing Perspectives in Chronic Illness (9 credits)

    Semester Three

    • NU 452 Professional Nursing Leadership in Organizations (3 credits)
      OR
      NU 551 Nursing Leadership and Administration (3 credits)
      For RN-to-MS Fast Track Program Please see below*
    • NU 472 Community Nursing Capstone Course (9 credits)


    Sample RN-to-BS Curriculum (Part Time 3 years)

    Year One                                   Intersession                              Spring                          Summer I
    Fall
    NU 332 (3 cr)                             LASC/Elective (3 cr)                    NU 432 (4 cr)                LASC/Elective (3 cr)
    Transition to                                                                                   Health Assessment
    Professional Nursing                                                                     LASC/Elective (3 cr)
    LASC/Elective (3 cr)                            

    Year 2                                        
    NU 430 (3 cr)                             LASC/Elective (3 cr)                   NU 432 (9 cr)                    LASC/Electives (3 cr)
    Nursing Research                                                                         Advancing Perspectives
    or                                                                                                     in Chronic Illness
    *NU 525 Nursing                                                                           (Clinical component: 6     
    Leadership for                                                                                days)
    Evidence-Based Practice
    LASC/Elective (3 cr)

    Year 3
    NU 452 (3 cr)                                                                                   NU 472 (9 cr)
    Professional Nursing                                                                     Community Nursing
    Leadership                                                                                      Capstone
    or                                                                                                      (Clinical Component : 4
    *NU 551 Nursing                                                                           days plus clinical project)
    Leadership &
    Administration
    LASC/Elective (3 cr) 
     
    -A minimum of 120 credits are required to graduate from WSU with a baccalaureate degree.     

    *RN to MS Fast Track Program
    The RN-to-MS Fast Track Program allows 6 graduate credits (500 Level) taken while completing the senior year to count toward both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science in Nursing degrees only when the RN meets the criteria for the Fast-Track Program, 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 second semester of the RN-to BS Program. Only course grades of B- or above can be counted toward the

    Master of Science in Nursing Degree. 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.

    RN-to-MS Fast-Track Program*

    The RN-to-MS Fast Track Program allows 6 graduate credits (500 Level) taken while completing the senior year 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. 

    Clinical Course Requirements for both Track One, Track Two and Track Three
    :
    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. CPR: American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Provider or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer are the only accepted certifications
    2. Health Information Disclosure Form: Available via Certified Credentials
    3. Proof of Health Insurance
    4. Physical Exam: Form available via Certified Credentials
    5. Hepatitis B Immunization Series & positive titer
    6. MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Documentation of 2 doses or positive titers for each
    7. Varicella (documentation of 2 doses or positive titer, history of disease is not accepted
    8. Tuberculosis
    9. 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)
    10. 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
    11. Tdap (Teatnus/Diphteria/Pertussis) vaccine, if it has been 5 years or more since the last dose of Td
    12. 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 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 requirements