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Registered Nursing Program: Day/Evening/Alternative Options

Associate in Science -  Nurse Education Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Prerequisite Courses
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Anatomy/Physiology/Lab I BIO203 4 BIO105 or BIO108 or BIO195
Chemistry*
PROGRAM CURRICULUM
Semester 1***
Fundamentals of Patient-Centered Care NUR120 Semester I 10 BIO203 and ENG111
Anatomy/Physiology II and Lab BIO204 Semester I 4 BIO203
Principles of Psychology PSY101-see note** Semester I 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Semester 2****
Patient- Centered Care of the Adult and Mental Health Concepts NUR150 Semester II 10 BIO204 & NUR120
Microbiology and Lab BIO205 Semester II 4 BIO195 or BIO 203
Human Growth and Development PSY213-see note** Semester II 3 PSY101
Semester 3
Patient –Centered Care of Adults and Families NUR220 Semester III 10 BIO205, PSY213, and NUR150
Principles of Sociology SOC101 Semester III 3 ESL098 or RDG095
College Writing II ENG112 Semester III 3 ENG111
Semester 4*****
Patient – Centered Care of Adults with Multisystem Disorders and Transition to Practice NUR250 Semester IV 9 NUR220
Quantitative Thought Area 4 Semester IV 3 MAT097 or placement
Total Credits 69
Last Modified Date: April 23, 2018

The Associate in Science in the Registered Nursing program is “accredited with warning” by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

The Associate in Science in the Registered Nursing degree program is approved under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing approves pre-licensure programs in Nursing. 

*One year of high school chemistry with lab or one semester of college chemistry with lab with a grade of C or better.

** Students must successfully complete the following courses within 5 years of entering the Registered Nursing Program:

  • Anatomy/Physiology I and Lab (BIO203)
  • Anatomy/Physiology II and Lab II (BIO204)
  • Microbiology/Lab (BIO205)

***Please note that Principles of Psychology (PSY101) and Anatomy/ Physiology/Lab II (BIO204) are prerequisites for semester 2 of the Registered Nursing Program.
****Please note that Human Growth/Development (PSY213) and Microbiology/Lab (BIO205)are prerequisites for semester 3 of the Registered Nursing Program.
***** If you are planning to enter an RN-BSN program, it is recommended that you fulfill the Quantitative Thought requirement for General Education by taking Statistics I (MAT181).

Option Overview

This program includes 39 credits of nursing theory and clinical practice in health care facilities. Each nursing course requires clinical practice. Clinical practice requirements can vary from 90 to 157.5 hours per semester.  Students must earn a grade of 78 or higher in all NUR courses. Students who fail to meet either the clinical objective or the grade requirement of an NUR course fail that course. To ensure currency, credits for BIO203, 204 and 205 earned more than five years prior to enrollment in the nursing clinical sequence are not accepted. Note that there are many requirements that must be met for acceptance to the nursing programs. These requirements are spelled out in detail in the Associate in Science Degree: Nursing Program description.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Nursing program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P. For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Office.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this option qualify for employment in hospitals, long-term care facilities, HMOs, clinics, doctors’ offices, and other community health agencies.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate nursing care provided to patients and families from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings to ensure that it is compassionate, age and culturally appropriate and based on a patient's preferences, values and needs.
  • Collaborate with members of the interprofessional health care team to manage and coordinate the provision of safe, quality care for patients and families.
  • Use current evidence from scientific, peer reviewed sources and clinical expertise when making clinical decisions in the provision of patient-centered care.
  • Use evidence-based quality improvement processes to effect change in the delivery of patient-centered care.
  • Analyze effective use of strategies to mitigate errors and reduce the risk of harm to patients, self and others in a variety of settings.
  • Use evidence-based information and patient care technology to communicate relevant patient information, manage care and mitigate error in the provision of safe, quality patient-centered care.
  • Integrate integrity and accountability into practices that uphold established regulatory, legal, and ethical principles while providing patient-centered, standard-based nursing care.
  • Use leadership, management and priority-setting skills in the provision and management of safe, quality patient-centered care.