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The baccalaureate nursing graduates of Worcester State University class of 2020 are celebrated in the traditional pinning ceremony held virtually this year:
2020 Nursing Pinning Ceremony: Watch Now
For more than 38 years, the Dr.
Lillian R. Goodman Nursing Department at Worcester State University has been educating students and professional nurses to improve the health of individuals, families, and
communities throughout Massachusetts and around the world. Our rigorous
academic programs prepare you for evidence-based nursing practice with a
growing focus on multidisciplinary care and the nurse’s role as leader and
manager of the client’s health care.
To enhance your learning experience, we consistently link theory with practice by connecting you to hands-on opportunities like researching alongside world-class faculty, practicing in our state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab, and working in clinical practice at prestigious health-care organizations. We host a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society for outstanding nursing majors, and a chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. We offer 3 undergraduate nursing tracks, each culminating in a bachelor’s degree in nursing:
For traditional undergraduate students, this track includes clinical practice at a wide variety of health-care organizations. When you graduate from this track, you’re eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
This option is designed for licensed registered nurses who have graduated from a diploma or associate degree program. Contact Kimberly Silver Dunker for more information on the WSU day program. For application process and deadlines please visit the Transfer Students page.
This option is for licensed registered nurses who have graduated from a diploma or associate degree program. This program features a flexible, part-time schedule for working adults and is offered in a blended learning format that combines the best of online study and on-site learning at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Contact Sara Grady for more information on the UMass part-time evening program. Download and view the application.
This track is designed for licensed practical nurses who’ve graduated from an accredited practical nurse program. When you graduate from this track, you’re eligible to take the NCLEX-RN.
Contact Sarah Croft for more information on the WSU day program. For application process and deadlines please visit the Transfer Students page.
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If you are looking to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree, we offer a convenient, high-quality graduate program taught by world-class faculty from diverse disciplines. This engaging, affordable program features convenient and flexible scheduling, blended learning (face-to-face classes and online study), and 3 routes of entry.
We offer 2 specialty tracks within this program—Community/Public Health Nursing and Nursing Education.
Note: When you graduate from the Nurse Educator specialty track, you are eligible to sit for the National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator examination.
If you already have a master’s degree, a doctoral degree, or are matriculated in a doctoral program in nursing and are want to gain in-demand population health skills, we offer a Post-Master's Certificate in Community/Public Health Nursing.
If you already have a master’s degree, a doctoral degree, or are matriculated in a doctoral program in nursing and are interested in becoming a nurse educator, we offer a Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education.
baccalaureate and master's nursing programs are accredited by the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202-887-6791 (phone), 202-887-8476 (fax). Our programs also
have full approval status from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board
of Registration in Nursing located at 239 Causeway St., Boston, MA,
02114. Our department is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Worcester State University Nursing-Dr. Lillian R. Goodman
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