School of Nursing

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN)

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Overview | Curriculum | Experiential Learning | 2013- 2014 Undergraduate Handbook

Overview

The Nursing undergraduate program provides the knowledge, skills, and professional values you will need for successful practice as a nurse in the new century. It is offered on a full-time basis only and typically takes five years to complete, which includes cooperative education experiences working in clinical settings such as outstanding Boston-area hospitals.

Curriculum

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.

For more information about your course of study, you can read a Sample Curriculum:

Bouve College of Health Sciences Undergraduate Curricula

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.

Experiential Learning

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.

Read more about our experiential learning components including study abroad programs on our experiential learning web site.

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Contact Info

Tom Olson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Interim Dean
102 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.3649
Fax: 617-373-8675