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Nursing (RN to BSN)

The Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing is a degree completion program for Registered Nurses. Graduates receive a solid base in a liberal education which prepares them for practice as a professional nurse in a complex and ever-changing health care environment.

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing is a degree completion program for Registered Nurses. Graduates receive a solid base in a liberal education which prepares them for practice as a professional nurse in a complex and ever-changing health care environment. Endicott College fosters the educational mobility of nurses and acknowledges that as adult learner’s students need to be challenged intellectually and professionally.

Program Highlights

126 credits to graduate

  • Hybrid model – a combination of on-line and face to face meetings for nursing courses
  • Intensive 6-8 week coursework
  • On-line, hybrid and classroom options for support courses
  • No time limit on transfer credit
  • Up to 39 transfer credits for students from accredited diploma programs
  • Up to 85 transfer credits from accredited colleges and universities
  • Up to 30 credits in assessment of prior learning (APL) for matriculated students
  • Articulation agreements to facilitate transition of coursework
  • Can take up to 12 credits prior to matriculation into the program
  • NU400 Nursing Internship and Seminar May be waived if working as a Registered Nurse ( may require approved substitute course for degree requirements)
  • Nursing courses offered in Beverly and Lawrence, MA, Lahey Burlington Hospital
  • Affordable tuition – no hidden fees


The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone (404) 975-5000 and Fax (404) 975-5020.

Admissions Criteria

To be considered for admissions, a candidate must submit the following credentials to Endicott College, Van Loan School, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915:

  • A completed application form with a non-refundable application fee of $25.00 (check made payable to Endicott College)
  • A 250-500 word essay explaining your professional goals
  • An official transcript of the associate of science or comparable coursework that led to the Registered Nurse License; a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better from an NLNAC accredited associate degree program or diploma program
  • Official transcripts of any additional postsecondary coursework, sent directly to the Van Loan School’s Admissions Office at Endicott College
  • A photocopy of Registered Nurse License, which must be current and unrestricted
  • A letter of recommendation from a supervisor, professional colleague or instructor, sent directly to the Van Loan School’s Admissions Office at Endicott College
  • Scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from students for whom English is not a first language.
  • Applicants who did not graduate from an NLNAC-accredited program must complete proficiency examinations prior to enrollment in nursing courses. Applicants may complete either the ACT/PEP Examinations: Adult Nursing; Maternal/Child Health in Nursing, Baccalaureate; and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing with a standard score of 45 or better on each exam OR the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams (ACE) II RN-BSN: Care of the Adult Client; Care of the Client During Childbearing and Care of the Child; Care of the Client with a Mental Disorder with a decision score of 75 or better on each exam.

All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted, or matriculated, in the degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before completion of 12 Endicott College credits.

Transfer Credits

For Bachelor degree programs, a maximum of 85 transfer credits from other accredited colleges may be applied to the Endicott Bachelor degree provided the courses fit the curriculum of the major and the degree. Grades of “C” or better may be accepted, and no more than six credits may carry a “C-“grade.

Official transcripts of previous college work, mailed directly to Endicott College from previous colleges or universities, must be received to transfer credit to Endicott. Students must be matriculated before transfer credits can be added to the Endicott College transcript. To request transfer credit for a Nursing course taken at another institution, the applicant must present a course syllabus for each Nursing course and a transcript from the previous program for evaluation by the Nursing Faculty committee. The applicant may be required to take examination(s) to assess previous learning.

RN students may be awarded toward the Bachelor’s degree program a maximum of 39 credits in transfer from their associate level degree coursework. If accepted, these credits may fulfill the requirements of: NU 210 Fundamentals of Nursing, NU 211 Care of Adults, NU 311 Psychosocial Nursing, NU 313 Care of Childbearing Families, NU 314 Care of Children, and NU 410 Acute Care Nursing.

Assessment of Prior Learning (APL 100)

Endicott College recognizes that not all learning occurs in a classroom and that adult learners may have acquired college-level learning through work and life experiences. Enrollment in the Assessment of Prior Learning, APL 100, course provides adult students with the opportunity to accelerate the completion of their Bachelor degrees.

APL 100 is a three-credit, semester-based course in which adult students are guided through an academic process to create a proficiency portfolio of case studies portraying significant work and life experience, substantiated with verifiable documentation of that learning. Upon submission, each case study is evaluated individually for college credit. College credit is awarded for learning, not just for experience, based upon Council for Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL) academic and administrative standards.

APL uses many techniques to document college level learning experiences:

  • Dynamic group discussion
  • Work and life review
  • Structured exercises
  • Peer support
  • Peer review and analysis

Students receive 3 credits for successful completion of APL 100. Bachelor candidates may forward a maximum of 85 credits toward the completion of the degree including any credits acquired through the APL process. A Bachelor candidate may petition for a maximum of 30 APL credits.

Wavier of Courses

In the case in which a required course is waived as being necessary, an approved substitute course must be taken.

Promotion and Graduation

Students must achieve a “C+” or better in all Nursing courses and must also maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 each semester in order to progress in the program and be recommended for graduation from the Nursing program.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analytic skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse about the health needs and problems of diverse individuals, families, groups and communities throughout the life cycle.
  2. Synthesize knowledge from the physical, behavioral, social sciences and humanities into the practice of nursing to promote health of individuals, families, groups and the community.
  3. Utilize research findings in nursing practice.
  4. Promote the rights of individuals, families, groups and the communities in relation to professional practice standards, ethical considerations and legal implications of the nursing profession.
  5. Effectively communicate in oral and written form within the conventions of the discipline of nursing.
  6. Utilize technology to provide client centered care in diverse health care settings.
  7. Implement nursing and related theories and research in nursing practice to perform therapeutic nursing interventions to prevent illness, promote, maintain and restore health for diverse clients in a variety of settings, across the health/illness continuum.
  8. Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, professional development, and active involvement in professional nursing organizations.
  9. Integrate leadership and management skills while promoting the professional role of nursing and the delivery of quality health care within the health care system.
  10. Provide culturally competent care in the care of individuals, families, groups and communities across the lifespan.
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