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Chicopee, Massachusetts 01013
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RN to BSN Program Details
Elms College offers practicing registered nurses the opportunity to build upon the skills acquired in their prior RN education and earn a bachelor of science degree.
The RN-to-BS completion program prepares graduates who are educated in both liberal arts and sciences, as well as nursing theory, research, and practice. Taught by an interdisciplinary faculty in nursing, humanities, and the sciences, this program provides professional nurses with the education and skills they need to practice in a rapidly changing healthcare environment, and to assume leadership positions within a variety of organizational and healthcare settings.
A hallmark of the program is the accelerated completion of the bachelor of science degree in nursing through a cohort educational model. In most practice settings, nurses work as members of a team rather than in isolation from one another. The cohort learning model allows you to progress through the program in a prescribed sequence as an intact, supportive group. This atmosphere fosters a collaborative approach while learning.
BSN Program Details
Our nursing program provides you with the knowledge, skills, and professional values required to become a successful nurse. Our graduates become nurse leaders who assume the roles of caregiver, team member, teacher, advocate, and leader.
Clinical experience and a simulation lab supplement classroom instruction and discussion to hone your skills and provide real-world understanding.
Nursing students are introduced to their first clinical experience in their second year to learn health and physical assessment skills and applying them in community settings. During the second semester of your sophomore year, the focus shifts to rehabilitation nursing, and the application of basic nursing skills in in-patient settings.
To ensure that you receive the most well-rounded training possible, we focus on routine nursing care as well as care of acutely ill adult clients and those with mental health issues. Nursing care of the well child and routine obstetrical nursing are also studied.
As you progress through the program, your responsibilities increase. The final year of the program examines the complexity of care of older adults, acutely ill children, and high-risk obstetrical clients. Your final semester focuses on leadership and management skills, community health nursing. We emphasize preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination throughout the curriculum.
Accelerated BSN Program Details
The Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing program is designed for a highly motivated individual aspiring to a career in nursing. Candidates for this program will hold an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree in a non-nursing major and complete entry requirements.
The program uses a cohort model where an entering class is maintained as a cohesive group moving through nursing classes together. The program of study is designed for an accelerated pace where students complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in two academic years, plus one intensive summer semester (20 months).
The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is currently undergoing curriculum refinement in order to offer the most contemporary nursing education available to students.
The following are the requirements for admission to the Elms College Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing Program:
-A completed associates, baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university.
-The conferred degree must be completed by the time of application. Individuals completing a degree after the application deadline (August 15) should consider applying the following year.
-Students must have their previous degree transcript reviewed by a transfer counselor in the Office of Admissions prior to being considered for admission.
-A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. on a 4.0 scale. Students are selected on a competitive basis therefore the GPA required for an actual offer of admission may be higher depending on the applicant pool.
-An essay (300-500 words) which describes your reasons for changing your career to Nursing. The essay should include why you are an excellent candidate for the Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing program and how the program will facilitate your career goals.