Massasoit Community College Nursing Program Review


Massasoit is a symbol of union and integration between cultures; the school was named after the Great chief who welcomed Pilgrims at Plymouth. It dates back to 1966 when the State Board of Education deliberated on the establishment of low tuition- state support centers of higher learning and is among the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts. The college is located at Brockton and has auxiliary campuses at Canton and Middleborough.

Nurse/ Allied Health Academic division

At Massasoit Community college (MCC), the Nurse/ Allied Health academic division houses the department on nurse education. The department so far has only two nursing programs which are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. They are also approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.  The programs have the following specifications:

Nurse Education at Massasoit

This is a two-year program whereby students are awarded the Associate of Science in nursing upon completion.  The program combines courses in general education, liberal arts and nursing theory. Clinical practice is arranged by the college and transport to health agencies is also catered for. The mode of study takes the form of exclusive day classes for nursing theory classes and either evening or day clinical sessions.  Clinical sessions are largely conducted in Brockton VA medical centre, just around the main campus.

However there is a completely evening option for the associate degree but students in this program are not eligible for state funding; hence must be self sponsored.  The exclusive evening program takes three academic years unlike the hybrid day-evening program. For both degrees, completion enables students to be eligible to sit the NCLEX-RN exams for licensure as a registered nurse. A total of 65 credits must be completed to be eligible for graduation

 LPN to Associate Degree Advanced Placement Nurse Education

At Massasoit, LPNs who have current licensure for practical nursing in Massachusetts State are eligible to enroll for the LPN to ADN degree. The program offers bridging courses to LPNs and therefore, they are matriculated into the nurse education program for their ADNs.  The bridging course takes three semesters to complete.  Study options include both day and evening classes; theory in day classes and clinical rounds in both day and evening.

It is worth noting that LPN graduates of Bristol Plymouth Technical, Blue hills technical and Southeastern Regional college are eligible for credit transfers from their LPNS as the Massasoit college has articulation agreements with the said colleges. Their program therefore takes a far less period.

Transfer Students in Nursing School

Massasoit accepts only LPN transfer students from a number of the above named technical colleges. On the other hand, the college has articulation agreements with other larger universities and colleges in Massachusetts. This allows the associate of nursing students to be able to transfer their ADN credits to a four-year Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.  With this arrangement, registered nurse graduates of Massasoit Community College are able to finish the BSN in two years.

Contact:
Massasoit Community College
One Massasoit Blvd.,
Brockton, MA 02302

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