ADN Programs Boston, MA

There’s an urgent need for qualified health care professionals to meet the needs of the aging population. Registered nurses serve on the frontlines of care, attending to bedside needs and maintaining the smooth operation of hospital wards. While there is a widespread interest in nursing, a national shortage of nursing faculty impedes the ability to prepare more professionals to fill vacant posts. Entry into the Associate Degree in Nursing program is usually competitive due to limited space and inability to meet the faculty to student ratios.

While previous healthcare experience in not mandatory for admission, you can improve your chances of acceptance by completing a health care program such as a Certified Nursing Assistant program and maintaining an active CNA license. You can also take the prerequisite and general education courses, prepare for the admissions exams, secure stellar references as these factors are considered in the selection of the best candidates.

After acquiring the AAS degree, your next step will be to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. This step needs a lot of preparation. The nursing program may facilitate review sessions, but you must be prepared to do a lot of independent studies. Passing the exam is your ticket to registration and practice as a professional nurse. Keep in mind that the shortage of nurses leads to understaffed facilities, so you must be prepared to multitask and have some flexibility in your schedule. Some nurses work double shifts to help meet patient care needs. There will be hardships, but if your life’s goal is service for others, there will be greater rewards.

Bay State College

Bay State College offers nursing students small class sizes, supportive tutors, and open practice labs. At the conclusion, they will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree and will be eligible to take the NCLEX for Registered Nurses. Applicants who opt to the 2 plus 2 Nursing Degree can continue to the RN to BSN degree. The schedule is day time only. Each semester is 16 weeks and the program will be completed in two years with summer classes.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 73
Duration: 5 semesters

Course titles:
General Education Courses – Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, English II, Computer Information and Literacy, Vulnerable Populations and Quality of Life, Human Lifespan Development, General Microbiology, Applied Math for Nurses, Writing and Cultural Diversity

Core Courses – Introduction to Nursing Concepts, Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology and Pathophysiology for Nurses, Maternity Child Health, Medical Surgical Nursing I, Medical Surgical Nursing II, Mental Health Nursing, Nursing Trends, Health Assessment, Maternal Child Health

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application online
  • Schedule and attend an interview with an Admissions representative
  • Sign and submit the CORI form and Program Disclosure form during the interview
  • Sign and submit the Enrollment Agreement – within three days of attending the interview
  • Pass the Wonderlic English and Math assessment test – placement into English II and Math 104 or higher is required for acceptance
  • Must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and a minimum grade of C in Life Science if applying as a first-time college student
  • Have a GPA of 2.7 or higher if applying with 12 or more college credits – must submit an official sealed college transcript
  • Proof of graduating from high school or college
  • Must have obtained a minimum overall score of 65 percent or subscore of 70 percent on reading comprehension on the TEAS
  • Provide proof of immunization using the Proof of Immunization form. All studies must comply with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Pay the non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 to hold a place in the class – once accepted

Program Cost:
Tuition costs $69,790 for resident students. Books and supplies cost an additional $2,000.

Website: https://www.baystate.edu/programs/associate/nursing/
Address: 122 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 217-9000
Alt: 1-800-81 LEARN
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 87%

MassBay Community College

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree at MassBay Community College is targeted to adults who want to prepare for a career in nursing on a full-time, day schedule. The program includes theory and practical sessions that run concurrently and sequentially. The clinical practicums will be conducted at hospitals and other health care facilities in the community. Graduates of the ACEN accredited program will be eligible to take the NCLEX for Registered Nurses. They will be capable to integrating their clinical skills to care for clients while adhering to the ethical values and legal principles that guide the profession. The program admits new students in the Fall of each year. Students will complete the core curriculum in four semesters. Admission is competitive. Only applicants that meet the entrance requirements and have the greatest potential to succeed in the rigorous program will be accepted.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 68-72
Duration: 4 semesters

Course titles:
General Education Courses – Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Fundamentals of Microbiology w/Lab, Freshman English

Core Courses – Introduction to Professional/Humanistic Nursing Concepts, Introduction to Biophysical Concepts and Pharmacology in Nursing, Health Assessment and Skills, Freshman English II, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Psychosocial Concepts and Pharmacology in Nursing, Concepts in Nursing Care Across the Lifespan, Concepts in Nursing Care Across the Lifespan Practicum, Computers and Technology, Concepts in Nursing Care Across the Lifespan II, Concepts in Nursing Care Across the Lifespan II Practicum, Concepts in Family Nursing, Concepts in Family Nursing Practicum, Concepts in Nursing Care Across the Lifespan III, Concepts in Nursing Care Across the Lifespan III Practicum, Nursing Capstone

Admission criteria:

  • Attend a recent Information Session
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have a score of 75% or better on the HESI Admission exam in all subset with the exception of Chemistry which requires a minimum score of 65% and Reading and Comprehension which requires a minimum score of 85%
  • Complete Freshman English with a grade C or higher
  • Complete Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Fundamentals of Microbiology with a grade C or higher
  • Complete Chemistry I with grade C or higher
  • Confirmation of completing the Hepatitis B vaccine series or a positive titer
  • Attend a New Student Orientation
  • Obtain medical clearance and provide proof of immunization
  • Provide proof of CPR certification – The American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Card
  • Complete the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI) requirements obtained state regulations

Program Cost:
The fee per credit for residents is $212 inclusive of the technology fee. Students must cover the cost of a criminal background check and drug screen, immunizations, textbooks, nursing supplies, CPR, and insurance.

Website: https://www.massbay.edu/academics/health-sciences/nursing/associate
Address: 50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Phone: 781-239-2500
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 100%

Roxbury Community College

Roxbury Community College prepares nursing students to care for culturally diverse patients in various health care settings. The program will include classroom study, hands-on lab sessions, and clinical rotations at several health care facilities. Its stackable format will require students to decide whether they want to pursue the associate’s track or the practical nursing track. The coursework will build upon the liberal arts and science foundation. Graduates will receive an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing and will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX for licensure as a registered nurse. They will be capable of applying the nursing process to provide safe and quality care, communicate effectively with clients and the health care team, promote health throughout the life cycle, collaborate with other health care professionals to promote health and prevent disease, use evidence-based practice and information technology in care, and demonstrate professional accountability in practice. The program administrators accept applications from candidates with little or no experience in health care.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 71
Duration: 4 semesters

Course titles:
General Education Courses – Eligible Introduction to Statistics, English Composition, General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Anatomy and Physiology I

Core Courses – Foundations of Nursing, Role of the Nurse I, Pharmacology for Nursing I, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Surgical Nursing I, Biobehavioral (Mental) Health, Pharmacology for Nursing II, Microbiology, Maternal Child Nursing, Community Care Across the Lifespan, Role of the Nurse II, Pharmacology for Nursing III, English Composition II, Introduction to Biostatistics, Complex Care Across the Lifespan, Professional Issues in Nursing, Pharmacology for Nursing IV

Admission criteria:

  • Attend a recent Information Session
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Submit TEAS-VI scores
  • Have a minimum GPA or 2.3
  • Complete the prerequisite courses with a minimum grade C
  • Submit an Admission Essay
  • Attend a Nursing Program Orientation and Boot Camp
  • Submit immunization records
  • Complete a background check and drug screen

Program Cost:
The cost per credit for resident tuition and fee is $211. Students must cover the cost of a criminal background check and drug screen, immunizations, textbooks, nursing supplies, CPR, and insurance.

Website: http://www.rcc.mass.edu/academics/health-sciences/about-nursing
Address: 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120.
Phone: (617) 427-0060
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 78%

Labouré College

Laboure College’s Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) degree includes general education and core nursing courses. Nursing courses will combine didactic and practical work in the school’s modern simulation lab and through supervised clinical rotations in communities across Boston, South Shore and North Shore. The simulation sessions support the development of technical skills in a low-stress environment that will allow them to build confidence. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to obtain the RN credentials and practice as a professional nurse.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 71
Duration: 4 semesters

Course titles:
General Education Courses – Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Healthcare Ethics, Introduction to Humanities, Integrative Seminar, Introductory Psychology, Human Growth and Behavior, Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals, Humanities Elective, Theology Elective

Core Courses – Nursing I Fundamental Health Concepts, Nursing II, Family Centered Nursing, Nursing III, Nursing I Fundamental Health Concepts, Health and Illness Concepts of the Adult and Child, Health and Illness Concepts of the Adult and Childbearing Family, Advanced Health and Illness Concepts

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application for admission with non-refundable application fee of $50
  • Provide documentation of completing high school, GED, or other state-approved equivalent
  • Submit official college transcript of all college-level courses
  • Complete the program prerequisites with a grade C or better

Program Cost:
Tuition is $955 per credit for all courses in the program. Other expenses include book, supplies, insurance, background check, and supplies. There is a course fee of $700 for each nursing professional course. Registration is $30 per semester.

Website: https://www.laboure.edu/
Address: 303 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186
Phone: (617) 322-3500
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 80%

Bunker Hill Community College

The Associate of Science in Nursing degree includes general education and nursing theory courses. The general education courses run concurrently with nursing courses to provide a sound theoretical base for practice. The clinical experiences commence in the first semester and can cover 90 to 157.5 contact hours per semester. The rotations may be scheduled during the day, evening, or weekend hours. Students must make arrangements for getting to and from the clinical sites. They must fulfill the clinical objectives and earn a numerical grade of 78 or better to pass the course. Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 69
Duration: 4 semesters

Course titles:
General Education Courses – College Writing I, Anatomy and Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology Lab, Chemistry, Math 097

Core Courses – Fundamentals of Patient-Centered Care, Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab, Principles of Psychology, Patient Centered Care of the Adult and Mental Health Concepts, Microbiology and Lab, Human Growth and Development, Patient-Centered Care of Adults and Families, Principles of Sociology, College Writing II, Patient-Centered Care of Adults with Multisystem Disorders and Transition to Practice, Quantitative Thought

Admission criteria:

  • Attend a mandatory information session
  • Submit a completed application for admission and application fee
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Have a grade C or better in high school chemistry, fundamentals of algebra, anatomy and physiology with lab, and college writing
  • Take the nursing admissions test – TEAS VI and score at least 60 percent in Reading, English, Math, and Science
  • Meet the health and immunization requirements – TdaP, MMR, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Meningitis, seasonal influenza
  • Submit the results of a physical exam – must be within 1 year of the program start date
  • Complete TB screening – IGRA-serology (T-SPOT or Quantaferon GOLD) or Mantoux testing
  • Have current American Heart Association CPR certification for the Healthcare Provider
  • Provide documentation of current malpractice and health insurance
  • Submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check

Program Cost:
Tuition is $196 per credit inclusive of the general course fee and technology fee. Students must cover all admission costs, textbooks, insurance, and nursing supplies.

Website: https://www.bhcc.edu/nursing/programoutcomes/
Address: 250 New Rutherford Avenue Boston, MA 02129
Phone: 617-228-2000
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 94%

Becker College

The Associate of Science in Nursing Degree Program at Becker College helps students develop the knowledge and skills to practice as a professional registered nurse. The emphasis will be on safe and effective care to promote health and care for patients across the lifespan in various health care settings. Graduates will have the capacity to pass the NCLEX for the RN credential and pursue continued professional development. The will be able to provide holistic care, assume accountability in practice, use leadership principles to influence patients, use technology to analyze and synthesize information, function effectively within the nursing interdisciplinary teams, and apply data to monitor outcomes. Admission to the program is competitive. Only academically qualified students will be selected – based in the TEAS reading score. Preference will be given to candidates with Certified Nursing Aide experience when several applicants have equal qualifications.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 69
Duration: 4 semesters

Course titles:
Core Courses – Anatomy and Physiology I, Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm, Essentials of Health Assessment and Promotion, Fundamentals of Nursing, Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Anatomy and Physiology II, Nursing II, The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems, Nursing III, Microbiology, Nursing IV, Seminar in Nursing, Writing about Literature

Admission criteria:

  • A completed application and fee
  • Complete the prerequisite courses with a grade C or better – college algebra and statistics, nursing science,
  • Provide a copy of CPR card – Health Care Provider Level with AED through the American Heart Association
  • Complete the immunization recommendations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health – seasonal flu vaccine
  • A negative chest x-ray
  • Have current health insurance
  • Submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check
  • Complete a 10-panel urine drug screen

Program Cost:
Tuition for full-time students is $17,800 per semester. Additional expenses include admission costs, textbooks, insurance, and nursing supplies.

Website: https://www.becker.edu/academic/academic-programs/nursing-health-sciences/nursing-program/
Address: 61 Sever Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: 877-523-2537
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 98%

Lawrence Memorial/ Regis College

The professional faculty at Lawrence Memorial provides quality instruction to prepare students for a career in nursing. Students will work toward an Associate of Science degree with a major in nursing. The comprehensive curriculum includes classroom theory and clinical learning experiences to prepare students to assume the responsibilities of a registered nurse in various healthcare settings. Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX for licensure as a registered nurse. They will exhibit professional behaviors, provide safe, competent, compassionate, and culturally sensitive care, and collaborate with the healthcare team in the restoration of patient health. The program admits new students in August and January of each year. The class size is limited to 35 students with each cycle. Students will complete two semesters of non-nursing courses followed by four semesters of nursing courses. Flexible day, evening, and weekend schedules are available.

Program Outline

Course titles:
Core Courses – Medical Surgical Nursing, Maternity Nursing, Mental Health and Community Nursing, Pharmacology, Pediatric Nursing, Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Pathophysiology, Drug Therapy, Biological and Social Science Courses

Admission criteria:

  • A completed application and fee
  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Must have completed algebra, biology, and chemistry at the high school or college level
  • Official high school and college transcripts
  • Three completed reference forms from professors and employers
  • Submit a non-refundable deposit of $500 to secure a place in the class
  • Complete the health and immunization requirements
  • Have current BLS for the Healthcare Provider certification from the American Heart Association
  • Submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check
  • Complete a 10-panel urine drug screen

Program Cost:
Tuition for the program students is $39,920 inclusive of fees. Other costs include admission fees, textbooks, insurance, and nursing supplies.

Website: https://lmregis.org/nursing/program-overview/
Address: 170 Governors Avenue, Medford MA 02155
Phone: 781-306-6600
Fax: 781-306-6142
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 83%

Massasoit Community College

The nursing program at Massasoit Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, and approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. Classroom theory and clinical rotations will prepare students for a rewarding career as a registered nurse. The curriculum will include courses in general education, nursing theory, and liberal arts. Students must maintain a minimum grade of 78 (C+) in the nursing courses to progress and complete the program. Upon graduating, students will receive an Associate in Science degree to apply to take the NCLEX-RN examination to become a registered nurse. Graduates have the option to enroll in a bridge program to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 65
Duration: 4 semesters

Course titles:
Core Courses – Nursing, Anatomy and Physiology I, English Composition I, General Psychology, Nursing II, Nursing III, Anatomy and Physiology II, English Composition II, Liberal Arts elective, Nursing IV, Microbiology, Human Growth and Development, Nursing V, Nursing Seminar, Principles of Sociology

Admission criteria:

  • A completed application form submitted by the deadline
  • Documentation of high school graduation, GED or other equivalency
  • Official college transcripts from other colleges attended
  • Complete the prerequisite courses
  • Submit one reference letter
  • Submit a letter outlining personal goals for enrolling in the nursing course
  • Attend the mandatory information session
  • Submit ATI TEAS nursing test results
  • Applicants who complete the liberal arts courses, anatomy and physiology I and II, and microbiology will be given priority consideration

Program Cost:
Tuition for residents is $201 per credit. Additional expenses include uniforms, textbooks, insurance, and nursing supplies.

Website: https://www.massasoit.edu/academics/academic-departments/nursing-allied-health/nurse-education/index
Address: 1 Massasoit Blvd. Brockton, MA 02302
Phone: 508-588-9100
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 89%

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