Oct 22, 2021  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog

Nursing - (AS)

Division of Health Sciences

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This program is designed to meet the educational needs of students pursuing a career in nursing who wish to attend college full-time during the day.  The core curriculum is a full time program that is designed to be completed over four semesters.

The theoretical and clinical components of nursing courses must be taken concurrently and sequentially as outlined in the applicable curriculum sheet.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

The Associate in Science Degree in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

Upon completion, the Associate in Science in Nursing degree is awarded.

Program Outcomes

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Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program are required to attend a recent information session.  Times and dates for these sessions can be located at: Information Session.

Students seeking admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) will be individually evaluated on the basis of Grade Point Average (GPA), and performance on the Assessment Technologies Institute, Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) exam.

In order to be considered for admission students must have all the following:

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or associate degree or higher
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Students must achieve passing scores on the ATI TEAS. Passing scores are defined as: a minimum composite score of 63% and achievement of the following subtest scores for all categories:

Reading: 69 or better

Math: 67 or better

Science: 50 or better

English: 60 or better

Students may repeat the test a total of two times within 12 months of taking the exam. Results are valid for three years.

Applicants must also meet the following additional criteria for acceptance into the nursing program:

  • MassBay placement into MA 102 COLLEGE ALGEBRA  or  MA 104 PRE-CALCULUS MATHEMATICS  or completion of MA 98 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA*  with a grade of C or completion of any college-level math.
  • Completion of BI 215 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I w/LAB  and BI 217 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II w/LAB   within a five (5) year time frame with a grade of C+ or higher at the time student records are reviewed for matriculation into the nursing program (Note: students may repeat each science course only once to achieve a C+ within the required 5-year period).
  • Completion of Chemistry I with a grade of C+ or higher (High School Chemistry or CH 101 COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I w/LAB   within 10 years of acceptance into the nursing program).
  • Successful completion of Reading Assessment Test with a score of 246 or better.
  • Documentation from a healthcare provider stating that you have a positive Hepatitis B titer, or have completed the Hepatitis B vaccine series and are a “non-responder” to the vaccine.  You must allow a minimum of 6 months to complete this process.

Once students have been admitted to the program the following pre-program requirements must be completed: 

Orientation:  Nursing students are required to attend a New Student Orientation and Registration session and complete a mandatory two-day orientation.  Students who do not complete this two-day orientation will be withdrawn from the program and be considered for readmission at a later date.

Required Pre-Entry Documentation

In order to be eligible to start class and remain in the program all new and progressing students are required to have a CastleBranch account initiated at least 6 weeks in advance of the first day of class.  All required forms and documentation outlined below must be uploaded to CastleBranch accounts by August 1st.

 Failure to have completed this step will result in the student being withdrawn from the program.  Students who are withdrawn will be considered for readmission at a later date.


  • Medical clearance and proof of immunizations as outlined in the Division of Health Sciences handbook and in admission paperwork.
  • Proof of CPR certification.  The Healthcare Provider Card (from the American Heart Association) and the Professional Rescuer Card (from American Red Cross or National Safety Council) are the only types of CPR certification that meet this requirement (Copies of both sides and a valid signature required).
  • Completion of CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Registry Information) in accordance with state regulations (CORI and SORI results are confidential).

Subtotal for Program Requirements: 11-19

* BI 101 GENERAL BIOLOGY I w/LAB   or BI 110 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I w/LAB  (4 credits) pre-requisite

credits: 14

credits: 15

credits: 16

credits: 12

Total Program Credits: 68-72

Humanities Electives:

Art, Communications, English (EN103 or higher), Film, Foreign Language, Humanities, Literature, Oral Communication, Philosophy, Photography, Sign Language, Theater Arts.

Program Notes

All Nursing (NU) courses must be completed with a grade of C (73%) or higher.

Competency in Mathematics is MassBay graduation requirement.  Prior to graduation, students must demonstrate competency at 100-level math.  This may be accomplished by an appropriate placement test score or completion of a 100-level math course (not MAC).

Competency in Critical Thinking is a MassBay graduation requirement.  Students who achieve a C or higher in  NU 275 NURSING CAPSTONE  have demonstrated competency in critical thinking and have met the required graduation requirement.

* BI 101 GENERAL BIOLOGY I w/LAB   or BI 110 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I w/LAB   (4 credits) pre-requisite

** BI 223 FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY w/LAB   (4 Credits) must be successfully completed within a five (5) year time frame with a grade of C+ or higher before a student begins their 3rd semester in the Associate Degree Nursing program. (Note: students may repeat each science course only once to achieve a C+ within the required 5-year period).