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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: 126-128

    Freshman - 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 Elective
    • PSY 220 - Psychological Perspectives (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Individual and Society General Education Requirement
    • PSY 110 - Lifespan Development (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Individual and Society General Education Requirement 

    Sophomore - Credits: 31

    • 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)

    Junior - Credits: 31

    • Aesthetic Awareness General Education Requirement or Honors Program Course  (Cr: 3) 
    • 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)
    • NU 313/313L - Care of Childbearing Families (Cr: 5)
    • NU 314/314L - Care of Children (Cr: 5)
    • NU 316/316L - Psychosocial Nursing (Cr: 6)

    Senior - Credits: 32

    • Elective    (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.

    Requirements for the Nursing Program

    A. Admission Requirements 

    • Prerequisite Courses

    In addition to the general college recommendations for admission, the Nursing program requires a 3.0 GPA* minimally from high school. The middle 50% of students accepted to the program were between a 3.7 and 4.0 GPA (3.88 GPA average). A grade of "C" or higher in all high school science courses is required minimally for admission. Test scores (either SAT or ACT) are required for admission to the Nursing program. The minimum requirement is a 1050 SAT or 21 ACT, however, the middle 50% of students accepted to the program were between an 1170 - 1270 SAT (1230 SAT average or 26 ACT average).  


    *GPA is recalculated, based on a 4.0 grading average.

    • RN applicants must meet the requirements outlined in the section of the Catalog entitled "RN Admission Criteria."
    • Transfer Credit

    A student who seeks to transfer from another school must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

    Transfer credit for science courses is awarded only if the course was completed with a "C" or better within seven (7) years of matriculation at Endicott.

    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.

    Please note:
    A maximum of 85 credits may be transferred to Endicott College. One hundred twenty-six to one hundred twenty-eight (126 -128) credits are required to earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing. Twenty-four (24) of the last 30 credits must be taken at Endicott to receive a degree. Students' cumulative GPA's are determined only by courses taken at Endicott.

    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. Immunization and TB clearance is required. 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 College health service.

    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. Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

    In order to register for classes, and before students can be officially enrolled in the nursing program, they must be capable of performing technical standards while in the nursing program at Endicott. See the Nursing Department Student Manual for details.

    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 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. 

    RN Admission Criteria

    Registered nurses seeking admission into the Endicott College Bachelor degree program must submit the following credentials to Endicott College, Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915:
        1.  A completed application form with a non-refundable application fee of $25.00 (check made payable to Endicott College)
        2.  A 250-500 word essay explaining your professional goals
        3.  An official high school transcript or GED
        4.  An official transcript of the Associate in Science or comparable coursework that led to the registered nurse license; a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better from an
             NLNAC-accredited associate's degree program or diploma program           
        5.  Official transcripts of any additional postsecondary coursework
        6.  A photocopy of registered nurse license, which must be current and unrestricted
        7.  A letter of recommendation from a supervisor, professional colleague, or instructor        
        8.  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, into the degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before completion of 12 Endicott College credits.

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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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