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    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:

  • Track I: Traditional
    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).

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    Track II: RN-to-BS
    On-Campus Study Option
    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.
    Worcester State University/UMass Memorial Medical Center Collaborative Program Option
    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.

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    Track III: LPN-to-BS

    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.

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    Graduate Nursing Programs

    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.

    • When you graduate from the Community and Public Health Nursing specialty track, you are eligible to apply for certification as an advanced public health nurse by the American Nurses Credentialing Center after you meet the experiential requirement.
    • When you graduate from the Nurse Educator specialty track, you are eligible to sit for the National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator examination.

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    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.

  • Accreditation
    Our 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.