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  • Program Overview

    If you are just beginning your nursing education—or if you are interested in earning a bachelor’s degree—you have come to the right place. Endicott's highly-regarded undergraduate nursing program prepares you to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which you must pass to obtain the initial license to practice nursing as a registered nurse.

    For registered nurses who would like to earn a bachelor's degree, Endicott's RN to BSN program is offered in a hybrid format, allowing flexibility of classes blended with evening face-to-face classes and online.

    Program Overview

    The program is built to maximize your opportunities for growth and advancement in the dynamic and rapidly-changing healthcare industry. Our curriculum features theoretical components and clinical coursework in a strong liberal arts foundation, and we place a strong emphasis on practical clinical application.

    The nursing program will prepare you for graduate education and provide opportunities for you to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Our partnerships with NLNAC-accredited associate degree programs facilitate the transition of graduates from those schools to Endicott.

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    Nursing students at Endicott benefit from clinical experience as early as their sophomore year and opportunities to travel abroad to experience a variety of ethnical and cultural backgrounds.
  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 129

    First Year - Credits: 33

    • Global Issues General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
    • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 201/201L - Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • BIO 202/202L - Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • NU 230/230L - Health Assessment (Cr: 4)
    • PE 210 - Nutrition (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Science and Technology General Education Requirement
    • PSY 100 - General Psychology (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies General Education Prescribed Elective
    • PSY 110 - Lifespan Development (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Individual and Society General Education Requirement 

    Second Year - Credits: 31

    • General Education Elective above 100 level   (Cr: 3)
    • Writing Designated Requirement  (Cr: 3) 
    • BIO 224 - Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 335 - Pathophysiology (Cr: 3)
    • NU 020 - Nursing Test Preparation Lab (Cr: 0)
    • NU 210/210L - Fundamentals of Nursing (Cr: 8)
    • NU 211/211L - Care of Adults (Cr: 8)
    • NU 307 - Pharmacology (Cr: 3)

    Third Year - Credits: 33

    • Aesthetic Awareness General Education Requirement or Honors Program Course  (Cr: 3) 
    • General Education Elective above 100 level   (Cr: 3) 
    • World Cultures General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3) 
    • MTH 126 - Applied Statistics (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement 
    • NU 306 - Nursing Research (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated core requirement.
    • NU 313/313L - Care of Childbearing Families (Cr: 5)
    • NU 314/314L - Care of Children (Cr: 5)
    • NU 316/316L - Psychosocial Nursing (Cr: 6)
    • NU 321 - Clinical Judgment in Nursing (Cr: 2)

    Fourth Year - Credits: 32

    • General Education Elective (any level)   (Cr: 3)
    • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
    • NU 400 - Nursing Internship and Seminar (Cr: 4)
    • NU 408 - Leadership and Management in Nursing (Cr: 3)
    • NU 410/410L - Acute Care Nursing (Cr: 8)
    • NU 411/411L - Community/ Population Health Nursing (Cr: 4)
    • NU 420 - Preparation for the RN-NCLEX© (Cr: 1)
    • NU 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
    • NU 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the nursing program, students will be able to:

    • Synthesize knowledge from humanities, science, and nursing as a foundation for holistic, safe, patient-centered care throughout the lifespan.
    • Apply knowledge of professional standards, leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety while employing moral, ethical, social and legal conduct to nursing practice.
    • Incorporate theoretical concepts, nursing process, and research in nursing practice to deliver quality care.
    • Integrate information technology to improve quality, patient-centered care.
    • Participate in quality improvement processes understanding healthcare policy and regulatory environments to achieve positive patient health outcomes.
    • Facilitate therapeutic communication with patients and families and collaborate effectively with the interprofessional team.
    • Provide individualized health promotion/illness prevention education and interventions to patients, families, and populations when appropriate.
    • Integrate leadership skills, professional values, continued learning, and a caring professional identity.
    • Use critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in academic discourse within the nursing discipline across the continuum of healthcare environments.

    School of Nursing Mission Statement

    The mission of the Endicott College School of Nursing reflects that of the college, to prepare graduates to practice in a complex and ever-changing healthcare environment with a solid base in liberal education.  Curriculum integration of global healthcare issues and cultural concepts will ensure that students can participate in society as educated, culturally competent, and socially responsible individuals who respect others and the environment and who are accountable to protect and promote the well-being of those assigned to their care.  Inherent in this mission is that the student will remain a self-learner throughout the lifespan, committed to both personal and professional development.  Preparation for practice is based on evidence-based theoretical knowledge and structured, supervised clinical instruction.  The educational process incorporates the student as an active participant in the care of the patient with an emphasis on patient - centeredness, quality and safety.  Through the use of innovative teaching approaches and technology, a collaborative and interactive classroom environment is created in which students are encouraged to become self-learners, responsible for the depth and breadth of their acquired knowledge. The professional standards of nursing will provide the foundation for the development of critical thinking skills, leadership skills, scholarship, ethical reasoning, and therapeutic communication skills.  Endicott College School of Nursing is dedicated to educating the nurse of the future with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide quality and safe patient-centered, care in a diverse healthcare environment.

    Requirements for the Nursing Program

    A. Admission Requirements 

    In addition to the general college recommendations for admission, minimally a 3.0 GPA* is required from high school. However, the middle 50% of students accepted to the program are between a 3.7 and 4.0 GPA (3.88 GPA average).  For the Class of 2025, Test scores (either SAT or ACT) will be optional for admission to the Nursing program due to the challenges surrounding testing during COVID 19. A grade of "C" or higher in all high school science courses is required minimally for admission. All applicants will be given full consideration if an application is submitted for the Early Decision, Early Action or Nursing Priority Deadlines. Nursing applications submitted after the Nursing Priority Deadline, will be evaluated on a space-available basis.

    *GPA is a recalculated weighted grade point average, based on a 4.0 grading scale. Applicants are evaluated holistically. 

    RN to BSN Admission Requirements

    Admission to an undergraduate program requires a high school diploma, GED or conferred Associates degree from an accredited college or university. Prospective students may apply online at www.endicott.edu/VanLoan/Van-Loan-Admissions or submit the following materials to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915:

    • Completed undergraduate application;
    • Non-refundable $25 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students
    • Essay of 250 - 500 words on career goals;
    • Official transcripts of any post-secondary academic work including the  Associate of Science or comparable course- work that led to the registered nurse license; sent directly from the institution(s), including Joint Service Transcripts.
    • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better from an accredited associate's degree program or diploma is required.
    • Official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.
    • Current unrestricted nursing license

    All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted, or matriculated, in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of 6 Endicott credits.

     Applicants who did not graduate from an 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 or, Care of the Client with a Mental Disorder, with a decision score of 75 or better on each exam.

    International Applicants for Undergraduate Admission Requirements
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants must request that an official academic transcript confirming a secondary school diploma equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma be sent directly from the secondary school. Educational documents from outside the U.S. must be accompanied by a certified English translation, if deemed necessary.

    All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency. International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their high school transcript and diploma are not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott- sponsored student visa.

     

    B. Current CPR Certification, Immunization, and TB Clearance.

    American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider (Level C) is required of all students prior to beginning each clinical course. Students are required to be certified in infant, child, and one-person and two-person adult CPR. The college follows the immunizations required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for all undergraduate student in a health science program who may be in contact with patients.  Proof of two measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations, completion of the Hepatitis B vaccination series, documentation of a varicella (chicken pox) antibody titer or two immunizations with varivax, a tetanus/diphtheria booster within ten years, and proof of tuberculosis non-infectivity must be documented and on file in the student's Castlebranch account and with College Health Services.

    C. National Criminal Background Check and Drug/Alcohol Screening

    Clinical agencies require students and faculty to have an annual National Criminal Background check and/or agree to be subject to drug/alcohol screening prior to participation in a clinical education experience at their agency.

    D. Essential Functional Abilities

    Certain functional abilities are essential for the delivery of safe, effective nursing care during clinical education activities. Therefore, the School of Nursing has determined that certain functional abilities are required for admission, progression, and graduation from the nursing programs.

    The College will consider an applicant who demonstrates the ability to perform, or to learn to perform, the skills listed here. An applicant is not required to disclose the nature of a disability, but an applicant with concerns about these academic standards is strongly encouraged to discuss the issue with the Associate Dean of Nursing. If appropriate, and upon request from the applicant, reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability will be provided.

    An individual must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, meet the following academic standards:

    • (1) General abilities
    • (2) Observation
    • (3) Communication
    • (4) Motor
    • (5) Intellectual, conceptual, and quantitative abilities
    • (6) Essential behavioral and social attributes
    • (7) Ability to manage stressful situations

    Individuals unable to meet these academic standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, will not be able to complete the program. Please see the Baccalaureate Nursing Program Policy & Information Booklet for more information.

    E. Transportation to Clinical Sites

    Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical experiences.

    F. Full-time Status

    All students, except RNs, must be enrolled as full-time students.

    Note: Students who may be qualified for part-time enrollment will be reviewed on an individual basis. It is mandatory that the nursing courses required for each semester all be taken simultaneously within that semester.

    G. Relationship of Credits to Class Hours

    One credit of class is equivalent to one 50-minute class per week.

    One credit of laboratory is equivalent to two or three, 50-minute laboratory sessions per week, depending on the course.

    One credit of clinical is equivalent to three, 60-minute sessions of clinical experience per week.

    H. Promotion and Graduation

    Students must achieve a "C+" or better in all nursing courses and a "C" or better in sciences to remain in the Nursing major. To obtain a "C+" in a nursing course requires an average of 77 or better. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 each semester in order to progress in the program and be recommended for graduation from the nursing program. Nursing students may repeat one science course (once) and one nursing course (once), and remain in the nursing major.

    I. Eligibility for Licensure as a Registered Nurse

    Any applicant for initial licensure as a registered nurse who has a criminal conviction(s) and/or past or pending disciplinary action against a professional/trade/license/certificate should contact the Board of Registration in Nursing in the state in which he/she plans to practice to determine if his/her court record or disciplinary action will be a barrier to eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. Applicants planning to apply for initial licensure in Massachusetts should review the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing "Good Moral Character Information Sheet for First Time Nurse Licensure in Massachusetts." The information sheet is available in the nurse license application packet, from the dean of the School of Nursing or at http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/quality/boards/good-moral-info.pdf or by calling 617-973-0800. The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing is located at 239 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114. Applicants should review the information sheet carefully since it contains important details about the convictions that permanently exclude individuals from nurse licensure. All other nurse licensure applicants must be conviction free for a minimum of five years before submitting an application for nurse licensure (unless the applicant meets the exception criteria) and all matters related to criminal convictions or disciplinary action must be closed before the Board will evaluate the applicant's compliance with the "good moral character" licensure requirement specified at General Law, Chapter 112, Section 74.

    Please note: a previous court conviction does not automatically preclude someone from eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. However, if someone falsifies a statement concerning a felony or misdemeanor conviction on the license application, and it is later discovered, the individual could be denied from practicing in nursing for the remainder of his/her life. 

    J. Professional Nursing Licensure Disclosure

    The Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program at Endicott College has full approval by the Massachusetts State Board of Registration in Nursing (MA BORN). The BSN Program is in compliance with 244 CMR 6.05: Procedures for the Establishment and Continuing Operation of Nursing Education Programs, and will prepare students to take the national licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN®).  Individuals graduating from the program will meet the requirements for licensure in the state of Massachusetts and will be able to take the NCLEX-RN®.

    Passing the NCLEX-RN® is a requirement for licensure in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Additional licensure requirements may vary widely from state to state including, but not limited to, the number of required clinical hours, specific coursework, documentation verifying citizenship (i.e. social security number) as well as criminal background checks/fingerprinting. Endicott College has not yet made a determination of whether the nursing program's curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure in the remaining 49 states, District of Columbia or U.S. territories.

    It is the student's responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether Endicott College's BSN program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state.

    To obtain the contact information for the nursing professional licensing boards, please go to the following link:

    https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm

    If you wish to review your state's Board of Nursing Professional Licensure Requirements please go to the following link:

    https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm


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  • Internships and Careers

    An Endicott education means you'll graduate with a degree and a resume.

    Whether you pursue graduate school or embark on your career right away after graduation, we believe that your time at Endicott will prepare you for the next step. Take a look at what our graduates have been up to lately.

    Recent Internships

    • Boston Children's Hospital
    • Boston Medical Center
    • Brigham and Women's Hospital
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Tufts Medical Center

    Alumni Employment

    • Tufts Medial Center
    • Lahey Clinic and Medical Center
    • Brigham and Women's Hospital
    • UMass Memorial Hospital
    • Boston Medical Center

    Graduate School Acceptances

    • Endicott College
    • Boston College
    • Northeastern University

Nursing Graduates Are Successful—It's in the Numbers.

Our 1:6 average faculty-to-student ratio in clinicals is a formula for success, demonstrated by a program completion rate of 83 percent for 2018, and more.

100% Job Placement Rate
All B.S. in Nursing graduates are employed full-time and/or enrolled in a graduate program.
94% Retention Rate
Our first- and second-year students stay and continue learning.
92.7% NCLEX-RN Pass Rate for 2018
The first-time pass rate for our graduates beats the Massachusetts (89 percent) and national (88 percent) averages.

Fifth Year M.S. Program in Nursing

The Fifth Year Master of Science in Nursing program allows students graduating from Endicott’s baccalaureate program in nursing to move into a master’s degree program in nursing education or nursing administration. Upon application and meeting eligibility criteria, students take two graduate level courses in the senior year. After successful completion of their nurse licensure examination, students continue coursework in the late summer following graduation and complete the master’s program the following May.

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