Nursing Career Program

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Nursing

Credits required 70/71

Dean Patricia Dent

Program contact
Donna Ayala, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Nursing, ext. 2535

Program Goals Statement

This program prepares students for practice as entry-level staff nurses in a variety of healthcare settings. Students learn to apply the nursing process to assist patients in maintaining or regaining homeostasis when threatened with common health problems. Graduates take the National Council Licensure Examination for licensing as a Registered Nurse.

Student Learning Outcomes

See Learning Outcomes

Applicants with completed applications meeting minimum criteria by February 1 will be given priority consideration for admission.

Program Information

  • One program with 2 curriculum delivery options:
    • Day - Fall River campus - the traditional experience with face to face classroom learning.
    • EHealth - New Bedford campus, a hybrid model with online classroom learning (pending NLNAC approval).
    • Both options include clinical assignments at a variety of healthcare settings in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Clinical hours may include day, evenings or weekends.
  • Computer technology is integrated into Nursing.  Computer access is required and available at both campuses.
  • Students must achieve a minimum “C” (74) in all courses in order to remain in the program and graduate.

After BCC

Graduates take the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensing as a Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

Graduates have secured a variety of positions in healthcare settings.

BCC participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements which guarantee admission and credit transfer to the College. Many graduates transfer to complete the baccalaureate degree. Graduates have transferred to UMass Dartmouth, Fitchburg State, UMass Boston, Framingham State, Regis College, Laboure College, and Salve Regina University.

For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current BCC articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs Web site at www.BristolCC.edu/transfer

Infused General Education Competencies

Ethical Dimensions, Multicultural Perspective

Oral Communication, Technical Literacy

Degree Requirements

General Courses

BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

BIO 234Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

BIO 239Elements of Microbiology

4 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

PSY 252Child Development

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:25

Choose one of the following

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Elective Courses

Humanities Elective

3 credits

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Elective

3-4 credits

Humanities: Select a course that meets the Humanities competency

See General Education Competency Courses for course listings

Program Courses

NUR 100Introduction to Professional Nursing

1 credit

NUR 101Fundamentals of Nursing

8 credits

NUR 102Parent-Child Health Nursing

8 credits

NUR 201Nursing Care of the Adult I

9 credits

NUR 202Nursing Care of the Adult II

9 credits

NUR 203Trends in Nursing

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:36

Recommended Course Sequence - preadmission

BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

High School Chemistry, Algebra

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

NUR 100Introduction to Professional Nursing

1 credit

NUR 101Fundamentals of Nursing

8 credits

Quan/Sym Reasoning Elective

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

BIO 234Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

NUR 102Parent-Child Health Nursing

8 credits

PSY 252Child Development

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

BIO 239Elements of Microbiology

4 credits

NUR 201Nursing Care of the Adult I

9 credits

And

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

Or

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Humanities Elective

3 credits

NUR 202Nursing Care of the Adult II

9 credits

NUR 203Trends in Nursing

1 credit

Program Accreditation

The Nursing program at Fall River is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA, 30326; 404-975-5000.

Massachusetts Board of Nursing Registration approved program.

Applying for Readmission

Students who fail, do not complete, or withdraw from NUR 100, NUR 101, NUR 102, 201, 202, or 203 may be readmitted to the Nursing program one time on a space available basis. Applicants seeking readmission should apply through the Admissions office in April or November of the semester prior to desired admission. Readmission is based on criteria found in the Nursing Student Handbook.

Admission to the Nursing Program

The Nursing program is a competitive program with selective admission requirements. A limited number of students are admitted to the Nursing program. The college catalog describes the minimum requirements for admission to the program, as follows.

Applicants must have completed the following criteria (all coursework with a grade of B- or greater) to be considered for admission to the Nursing program: 

  • High school diploma or GED
  • High school or college/university algebra I, or the equivalent, (or math options listed below) or AccuplacerElementary Algebra placement test score of 72 or greater or Algebra 2 or Calculus 1
  • High school or college/university chemistry (or chemistry option listed below) or equivalent or Chemistry (AP [score of 3+] or college prep; with lab)
  • College anatomy & physiology 1(BIO 233 or the equivalent)
  • College English composition 1 (ENG 101 or the equivalent)
  • College general psychology (PSY 101 or the equivalent)
  • CSS 101 College Success Seminar
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Earn a composite score of 60 or greater [For more detailed TEAS information, please visit our web site at www.BristolCC.edu/Enrollment_Center/assessment/teas.cfm.]
  • Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have fulfilled all course requirements with a GPA of 3.50 or higher and a composite TEAS score of 60 or higher
  • Attend one mandatory health science admissions information session (Call Admissions at 508.678.2811 x2947 to sign up; seating is limited.)
Students applying to BCC with a General Education Development (GED) rather than with a high school diploma will need to take the required courses (listed above) at BCC. The TEAS exam must be taken before being considered for admission to the program.

Meeting these minimum criteria places the applicant in the selection pool but does not guarantee admission to the Nursing program. 

Most successful candidates have excelled in previous lab science and math courses in high school and college and have taken math and science courses above the minimum required to be considered for admission. BIO 234 and BIO 239 are recommended in addition to the required preadmission courses. Many students admitted to the program have already successfully completed many of its required general education and elective courses.

Completed applications received by February 1 will be considered in the initial admissions review.  Applications received after this date will be considered if spaces have not been filled.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAM

Additional Experience Required 

  • All students must be Basic Life Support (BLS) certified by the American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers). Students must present evidence of certification before beginning NUR 101 and maintain certification until the completion of NUR 202. Any student readmitted to NUR 100, 101, 102, 201 or 202 must present, on entry to the course, evidence of CPR certification, which is valid through completion of the program.

Requirements Upon Admission

  • Upon admission to the Nursing program, students will be required to submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information (C.O.R.I.) check that identifies any criminal offense history. A positive C.O.R.I. check may prevent students from working as a student nurse in contracted health facilities which will prevent students from completing the program objectives. Additional C.O.R.I.s may be required.
A ten-panel random drug screen is required upon entrance, yearly, and/or randomly. The fee is paid by the student. 

Accepted applicants must comply with the BCC health services requirements. This includes a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations or titres results (blood test to prove immune status). A TB test is required each year. Health insurance is required. Additional health requirements may be required by clinical agencies.

Additional Costs

Students are responsible for the cost of uniforms, professional liability insurance, standardized achievement testing, their graduate nursing pin, and the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Students must carry health insurance throughout their enrollment in the program.

Licensing Information

To be eligible for licensure in Massachusetts, graduates must complete all program requirements for graduation, present satisfactory evidence of “good moral character” as defined by the Board of Registration in Nursing, and pay the required licensure fees. Eligibility for licensure is decided by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.  

Functional Abilities Essential for Nursing Practice

Students enrolled in the nursing program should be prepared to meet the standards established by the following physical and mental criteria.

The Student Nurse Must

Have the ability to physically lift and pull in order to assist in moving or transferring a patient from one surface to another.

  • Have the ability to physically provide patient care in a standing position approximately 90% of the time.
  • Demonstrate sufficient physical agility and swiftness of movement to ensure patient safety.
  • Have the physical ability to manipulate and lift equipment of various sizes and shapes.
  • Have the physical ability to detect and differentiate odors.
  • Possess sufficient visual acuity, with or without correction, to observe and assess a patient within a distance of 10 feet.
  • Possess auditory acuity, with or without correction, sufficient to respond swiftly to a patient within a distance of 10 feet.
  • Communicate effectively in English through speech and writing with faculty, patients, families and health care workers.
  • Have the ability to collect data on patient’s medical condition and integrate it in relation to current plan of care.
  • Have the ability to deal effectively with patient in various psychosocial situations and/or conflict conditions.

Opportunities are available for those applicants with previous nursing credits who meet established criteria. Students are responsible for special testing fees and pre- and co-requisite courses.

Advanced Standing 

LPN-RN Bridge Program Licensed LPNs who have graduated from Diman Regional, Bristol-Plymouth, Upper Cape Cod Regional, Tri-County Regional and Southeastern Regional Practical Nursing programs who graduated within the last three years may apply for this option.

Challenge of Fundamentals of Nursing Licensed LPNs who graduated from schools not listed above and for LPNs who graduated more than three years ago.

For Nursing Transfer Credit send a syllabus and catalog for each course to be evaluated to the Nursing department.

 

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