Nursing Selective Program Application Instructions

Nursing Program: Day/Alternative

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.

Please note: Evening admission is suspended.

Applying to BHCC: Registered Nursing Program

This program prepares students to become nurses at the associate’s degree level and prepares students to become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

In order to provide a sound theoretical base for the practice of nursing, the curriculum offers general education courses concurrently with nursing courses. Students begin clinical learning experiences in the first semester and clinical continues throughout the program. The program curriculum begins with the fall and spring semesters. Due to the nature of clinical placements, students in any nursing program option may complete their clinical experience in day, evening or weekend hours. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.

Students must earn a numerical grade of 78 or higher in all nursing courses and a grade of C or higher in all science courses. Either failure to meet clinical objectives or failure to obtain a numerical course grade of 78 or better constitutes failure in that course. Students may apply for readmission to the program one time.

Nursing Student Health and Immunization Requirements

  • Due: 1 month prior to the start of clinical:
    • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis: (TdaP) vaccination required within the past 10 years, then a Td booster every 10 years
    • Measles- evidence of two live vaccinations or immune titer results required
    • Mumps- evidence of two live vaccinations or immune titer results required
    • Rubella- evidence of two live vaccinations or immune titer results required
    • Hepatitis B- Evidence of a positive titer. OR Evidence of three vaccinations and immune titer results required.
    • Varicella (chickenpox) - evidence of two vaccinations or immune titer results required
    • Meningitis- Menveo or Menactra dose required after 16th birthday for all newly enrolled students between 16-21 years old (these vaccines are known as MenACWY, formerly listed as MCV4)
  • Due by: October 1st (annually)
    • Influenza Vaccination: required by October 1st (annually).
  • Physical Exam: The exam must be within 1 year of the program start date.
  • Due Between: June 15- August 15 for Fall Admission or Due Between: October 15th –December 15th for Spring Admission.
    • Tuberculosis Screening: must be obtained between June 15th- and August 15th for Fall Admission; October 15th – December 15th for Spring Admission. Student must receive either IGRA- serology (T-SPOT or Quantaferon GOLD) or Mantoux testing (PPD). If a student has a positive (PPD) please contact the health coordinator for further instructions.

Notes: If a titer is drawn, the student is required to submit the lab results to Health Services. Any result that is negative/indeterminate/equivocal will be considered a negative result requiring revaccination.

*Failure to meet the health/immunization requirements deadlines set above may result in removal from the program.

All nursing students must have current American Heart Association CPR certification for the Healthcare Provider.  This is due by the first day of classes and must be maintained.

Students must also carry malpractice and health insurance; and undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.

Individuals with previous court convictions also must meet eligibility requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing for licensure.

Answering yes to any of the following questions may impact upon a person’s ability to meet good moral character requirements specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination, and ultimately to practice as a registered nurse in Massachusetts:

  • Has any disciplinary action ever been taken against you by a professional and/or trade licensing/ certification board located in the United States or any country/foreign jurisdiction, including removal from a long-term care nursing aide registry program?
  • Are you the subject of pending disciplinary action by a professional and/or trade licensing/ certification board located in the United States or any foreign country/foreign jurisdiction?
  • Have you ever applied for, and been denied, a professional and/or trade license/certification in the United States or any other country/foreign jurisdiction?
  • Have you ever surrendered or resigned a professional and/or trade license/certificate in the United States or any other country/foreign jurisdiction?
  • Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in the United States or any other country/ foreign jurisdiction?

For further information, please see the Department Chair. This is a full-time two and one half-year program. Students may select either day, evening, or alternative program option.

Prerequisites for the Nursing Program

  1. Attend one MANDATORY information session. Please register for an information session.
  2. Possess a high school diploma or GED/HiSET certificate.
  3. Complete the following courses:
    • One year of high school chemistry with lab or one semester of college chemistry with lab with a grade of C or better.
    • MAT097 Fundamentals of Algebra or placement above MAT097.
    • BIO203 Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab with a grade of C or better. (credits for Anatomy and Physiology/Lab that were earned more than five (5) years prior to enrollment in the nursing program are not accepted).
    • ENG111 College Writing I with a grade of C or better

Applicants are requires to take the Nursing admissions test as part of the admission process:

Test of Essential Academic Skills VI (TEAS VI): Applicants must score at least 60 percent in Reading, 60 percent in English, 60 percent in Math and 60 percent in Science to be considered for the nursing program.

After all prerequisites are completed:

  • Prospective students must apply through a Selective Admissions Program Application at Apply Now.
  • Admission to the Nursing Program will be based on a ranking system that includes student performance on the TEAS as well as performance in other courses in the nursing curriculum.
    • Please register for the test. You will need to create an account to register for and complete the exam.  Applicants are not required to take the TEAS test at BHCC; you may register for any location. The test is designated as TEAS Nursing.
    • If an applicant has taken the TEAS VI test twice within a 12 month period prior to application, the highest scores on the same TEAS VI admission test will be used for admission decisions.  A maximum of 2 tests taken during the 12 month period will be reviewed.  If staff is provided with more than 2 within the 12 month period, only the 2 latest will be considered.

Applicants are accepted into the Nursing Program after evaluation of the applicant’s record by the Nurse Education Admissions Committee. Applicants who are not selected for admission to the Nursing Program must meet with a member of the advising staff before reactivating their application.