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Admission ProcessAll 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 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. Prerequisite, corequisite courses, and Nursing courses may not be taken pass/fail.
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
Sample RN-to-BS Curriculum (Part Time 3 years)Year One Intersession Spring Summer IFallNU 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 Perspectivesor in Chronic Illness*NU 525 Nursing (Clinical component: 6 Leadership for days)Evidence-Based PracticeLASC/Elective (3 cr)Year 3NU 452 (3 cr) NU 472 (9 cr)Professional Nursing Community NursingLeadership Capstoneor (Clinical Component : 4*NU 551 Nursing days plus clinical project)Leadership &AdministrationLASC/Elective (3 cr) -A minimum of 120 credits are required to graduate from WSU with a baccalaureate degree.
*RN to MS Fast Track ProgramThe 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:
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 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 researchto 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: