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Bachelor of Science in Nursing — Postbaccalaureate ​

Location: Boston, Worcester, Manchester
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Spring Application Deadline: Extended to December 1
Fall Application Deadline: August 1

As a registered nurse, you will work directly with patients, providing expert care, support and compassion. This program builds on your previous bachelor’s degree and gives you the knowledge, skills, competencies, and values required to practice as a professional nurse. 

Over the course of 16 consecutive months, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts through clinical experiences in our onsite simulation and patient assessment laboratories, and through rotations in prestigious Boston, Worcester, or Manchester, NH medical facilities. The year-round program gives you the benefit of an immersive education and prepares you for your career faster. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). And you’ll be fully prepared to transition your career and succeed in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

We prioritize the review and admission of applications submitted earlier in our rolling admission process, so it is to your advantage to submit your application as soon as possible.

All applicants are automatically considered for scholarship with their application. We have a rolling admission process, and the sooner you submit your application, the more favorably you will be considered both for admission and scholarship.

For consideration for admission, the following application materials must be submitted:

  • Completed MCPHS Application or NursingCAS Application
  • Official college transcripts from every college attended
  • Personal Statement (included in application)
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university

Prerequisite Courses:

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies.

Prerequisite courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a final grade of C+ or higher. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted. Official exam results from CLEP examinations can be used for up to 18 credits of prerequisite courses.

Final transcripts and test scores can be emailed or mailed directly from your college/university or testing agency. If mailed, the transcript must be in a sealed, signed envelope sent directly to the Admissions Office.

MCPHS University
Admission Office
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Email: admissions@mcphs.edu

Facilities

MCPHS provides facilities specially designed for skill-building and patient assessment in nursing that mirror real-world nursing settings and contribute to the overall learning experience. The Manchester patient assessment laboratory provides an optimal environment for student experiences in outpatient and other ambulatory clinic environments. The lab features twelve individualized bays and a life-size adult manikin that enables students to practice wound care and learn technical procedures, including endotracheal intubation, nasogastric tube insertion, venipuncture, and urinary catheterization. The clinical simulation and patient assessment laboratories in Worcester provide learning opportunities for students to deliver simulated emergent care and hands-on routine patient assessments and head-to-toe physical examinations.

Clinical Rotations

Because clinical experience is such a vital part of the nursing program, students are assigned to clinical rotations in some of the world's finest healthcare institutions and clinical settings, such as skilled nursing facilities, mental health hospitals and community agencies, schools, public health departments, and hospice and home health agencies. Rotations are supervised by University faculty, clinical faculty, and practice preceptors.

Course

Title

S.H.

Semester 1

 

 

NUR 201

Professional Practice I

3

NUR 204

Health and Wellness I

9

NUR 245

Healthcare Participant I

3

NUR 220

Nursing Seminar I

1

Total    16

Semester 2

 

 

NUR 301

Professional Practice II

3

NUR 304

Health and Wellness II

9

NUR 322

Healthcare Participant II

3

NUR 320

Nursing Seminar II

1

Total    16

Semester 3

 

 

NUR 401

Professional Practice III

3

NUR 404

Health and Wellness III

9

NUR 422

Healthcare Participant III

3

NUR 420

Nursing Seminar III

1

Total
  16

Semester 4

 

 

NUR 501

Professional Practice IV

3

NUR 504

Health and Wellness IV

9

NUR 522

Healthcare Participant IV

3

NUR 520

Nursing Seminar IV

1

Total
   16

Total Professional Major: 64 s.h.
Total for BSN 120 s.h.

Our students learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields and are committed to the success of each student. Discover our full list of Nursing faculty

NCLEX RN First-Time Test Success Outcomes by Campus

Year

Boston

Worcester

Manchester

2021  75.64%  91.6%  90.54%
2020  85%  97%  98.80%
2019  91%  91%  98.81%
2018  97%  94%  95%
2017  99%  92%  85.45%
2016  68%  91%  92.5%
2015  73%  93%  88.89%

2021-Aggregate NCLEX-RN First-time pass rate for all three campuses-85.82%

2020- Aggregate NCLEX-RN First-time pass rate for all three campuses-83.80%

A pre-licensure candidate for the BSN degree must have abilities and skills in four areas: communication, observation, motor function and endurance, and behavioral maturity. Rea­sonable accommodations may be made for some disabilities. However, pre-licensure BSN students must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner, with or without accommodations.

Communication

  • Must be able to communicate effectively with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team through oral, written, and interpersonal means.
  • Must be able to obtain information, describe patient situations, and perceive both oral and non-verbal communication (including ability to understand normal speech with­out seeing the speaker's face).
  • Must be able to speak, comprehend, read, and write in English at a level that meets the need for accurate, clear and effective communication; examples include but are not limited to: giving clear oral reports, reading watches or clocks with second hands, read­ing graphs, reading and understanding documents printed in English, writing legibly in English, and discriminating subtle differences in medical terminology.

Observation

  • Must be able to observe a patient accurately; examples include but are not limited to:
  • listening to heart and breath sounds; visualizing the appearance of a surgical wound; detecting bleeding, unresponsiveness, or other changes in patient status; detecting the presence of foul odor; and palpating an abdomen.
  • Must be able to detect and respond to emergency situations, including audible alarms (e.g., monitors, call bells, fire alarms).

Motor Function and Endurance

  • Must have sufficient strength and mobility to work effectively and safely with patients and carry out nursing care activities; examples include but are not limited to: lifting and positioning patients (lifting up to 50 pounds, carrying up to 25 pounds), transferring patients in and out of bed, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (AHA Healthcare Provider), preparation and administration of medications (oral, injection, intravenous, includ­ing hanging IV bags at shoulder height), reading and emptying body fluid collection devices below bed level, application of pressure to stop bleeding, clearing/opening an obstructed airway, and provision of daily hygiene care.
  • Must be able to complete assigned periods of clinical practice, including up to twelve-hour shifts (including days, evenings, nights, weekends).
  • Must be able to respond at a speed and in a manner sufficient to carry out patient as­signments within the allotted time.

Behavioral

  • Must possess mental and emotional health required for total utilization of intellectual abilities.
  • Must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads.
  • Must be able to respond and function effectively during stressful situations.
  • Must be capable of adapting to rapidly-changing environments, and respond with flex­ibility in uncertain situations.
  • Must be able to interact appropriately with others (e.g. patients, families, members of healthcare team) in various healthcare contexts.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education: http://www.ccneaccreditation.org.

 

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