The undergraduate nursing curriculum provides the knowledge, skills, and professional values you will need for successful practice as a nurse in the new century. The curriculum draws on basic and behavioral sciences, the arts and humanities, and the art and science of nursing to help you understand the complexities of health and illness across the life span.
Your introduction to nursing courses begins in your sophomore year. The skills and procedures you learn in the nursing courses prepare you for the clinical courses to come. You will build confidence as you put your nursing skills into practice caring for patients during academic and co-op experiences.
Options for Nurses Seeking Additional Degrees
Many of our nursing specializations are offered at the advanced level for registered nurses who wish to combine a BSN with the MS, PhD, or DNP degree.
Options for Non-Nurses with Undergraduate Degrees
For students already possessing a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing, the Direct Entry Nursing program offers the opportunity to become a masters-prepared nurse in the specialization of your choice. Sixteen months of nursing-specific classes (including practica) prepare students to sit for the national licensing examination (NCLEX). After passing the NCLEX and working as a registered nurse for six to nine months in a full-time cooperative experience, students continue in the masters’ program.
Curriculum subject to change
The co-op periods are 6 months in length. Spring/Summer I co-op schedule is from January to June and the Summer II/Fall co-op schedule is from July to December. This is the same co-op schedule that most undergraduate programs in the university follow.
The undergraduate nursing program is, either, 4 years with 2, six month co-ops or 5 years with 3, six month co-ops. Students have the option to select either program.
Students have until September 1st of the third year of study to make the decision regarding whether they will graduate in 4 or 5 years. Students also have the option to make that decision earlier in the program, if they would prefer.
Yes, all nursing students take the same courses, regardless of which option they select. Students who complete the 4 year option may need to either use advanced placement credit or take courses on co-op to complete credit requirements for some electives.
If the student lives in a residence hall and accepts a local position, then he or she may continue living in the residence hall. If the student accepts a position outside the Boston area, the housing deposit can be transferred to another semester.
Yes, nursing students will have access to international co-op opportunities and Dialogues of Civilization programs, as do all students in the university.
Transfer students are required to have earned a minimum of 12 semester hours of transferable credits appropriate to the curriculum. To be accepted into the program, transfer students must also have an overall QPA of 3.0 and have successfully completed the following courses: Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with lab), Chemistry I (with lab), English I, College Algebra, and Psychology; Microbiology is recommended. Additional non-nursing courses applicable to the curriculum may be transferred into the school.
The School of Nursing has over 40 years’ experience providing cooperative education for nursing students. Beginning in your second year, you will alternate semesters of academic study and semesters of paid employment. You may work in some of the best teaching medical centers in the nation as well as in community hospitals, visiting nurse associations, and neighborhood health centers.
Through the Honors Program, undergraduate students interested in research can work directly with a faculty member. Graduate students can work as research assistants and complete required course assignments through participation in research studies.
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