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Nursing Programs OfferedAccelerated MSN Programs
Adult Health Nursing - Master's degree
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner - Master's degree
Nurse Anesthetist - Master's degree
Nursing Science - Doctor's degree
Pediatric Nursing - Master's degree
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing - Master's degree
Public Health/Community Nursing - Master's degree
RN to MSN Programs
BSN Program Details
The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing includes liberal arts, physical and social sciences and nursing courses.
The curriculum is designed to develop a student's diagnostic, therapeutic and ethical reasoning in nursing practice. The graduate is prepared as a generalist able to care for individuals and groups at each developmental level and in varied health care settings.
Options are available for baccalaureate students to begin master's-level courses during their undergraduate nursing program. Undergraduate nursing students may enroll for one semester during their junior year in any number of study-abroad programs sponsored by Boston College or by other U.S. colleges and universities.
At the completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses for entry to practice in a particular state or in a federal organization. While nationally the pass rate for this exam is below 90%, students of the Boston College School of Nursing consistently have a pass rate that varies between 92%-98%.
The program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
MSN Program Details
The master's program traditional route to entry for bachelor's-prepared RNs offers study on a full- or part-time basis. Many core courses are offered twice a year; some are offered in the summer. Students can begin the program in September, January or May. Some classes are scheduled in the late afternoon or evening, with several courses available on a single day of the week to meet the tight scheduling needs of adult learners.
The curriculum consists of both core and clinical specialty courses. Core courses cover subjects related to advanced practice nursing regardless of specialty area. Core courses make up 27 of the total credits
Clinical specialty courses provided in-depth knowledge & practice in meeting the health care needs of specific patient populations. These courses include: six credits of clinical specialty theory courses and twelve credits in clinical specialty practice courses.
Please keep in mind that each master's program specialty may have different requirements and variations in its curriculum.
Accelerated MSN Program Details
The master's entry route to entry prepares those with a baccalaureate degree or higher in non-nursing fields for advanced practice nursing. During the first full-time 11 months of study, students complete all requirements to become registered nurses; students will not receive another bachelor's degree, but will progress to the master's degree. Specialization at the master's level prepares students to sit for certification examinations in any of our advanced practice specialties except CRNA (nurse anesthesia), which requires a bachelor's degree in nursing.
The plan of study can be completed in 21 months of full-time study. After the completion of Year I, students are eligible to take the examination for RN licensure (NCLEX-RN). Students may take part-time options that are available after year I.