Get the skills to start your career
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how important public health strategists and nursing professionals are. The Public Health – Pre-Nursing Program will give you the skills to start your career path in this field. In this dual-degree program, you will prepare for the roles and responsibilities of professional nursing and examine the social, behavioral, and environmental determinants associated with pressing health problems and learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate appropriate health promotion programs and preventive services to improve population health.
The program is based on a formal affiliation agreement that admits a limited number of students into an articulated program that begins with 83 credits at Worcester State in the Public Health/Pre-Nursing program and continues with the accelerated Bachelor of Nursing program at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University (“MCPHS University”) Worcester or Manchester, N.H., campus. At the completion of the appropriate 37 credits (of the 63 required) at MCPHS University, you will transfer those credits back to Worcester State and earn a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. You will then complete the additional number of appropriate credits (26) at MCPHS University to earn the B.S. in Nursing. Students should see the advisor in the Health Sciences department assigned to the program.
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health requires the following 83 credits at Worcester State followed by the 63 credits in Nursing which will be taken at the MCPHS University campus in either Worcester or Manchester, N.H.
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
- Acquire knowledge and practical skills that prepare you to pursue a career in a public health–related profession
- Understand the importance of prevention strategies in improving health and well-being
- Develop a data analysis plan for evaluation and research related to health promotion
- Complete a semester-long fieldwork practicum at a community organization in Worcester or beyond
- Develop practical nursing skills