Becker College Nursing Program Review


Becker College (BC) offers classes at two campuses. The Leicester Campus opened as an academy in 1794, and the Worcester Campus was founded in 1887 as a school opened by E.C.A. Becker. The two schools began working together in 1974 to increase their scholastic offerings, and formally merged in 1977 to form Becker College.

The College enrolls over 1700 students each year and offers 29 different degree programs. It is one of the top colleges in North America for video game design.

Nursing Programs

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

This program allows students to learn the skills necessary for beginning level nursing practice. Graduates of the program will be allowed to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse (RN). This program takes two years to complete, and students will take 71 credits.

Applicants to this program must have taken high school biology, two years of high school math, and three years of high school English, all with grades of at least C+. They must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA, submit their SAT or ACT scores, and need to take the TEAS admission exam.

To progress in the program, students must earn at least a C in all science courses and a C+ in all nursing classes.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Students in the BSN program will earn a bachelor’s degree and be able to take the RN licensing exam upon graduation. This program takes four years to complete, and students will complete 124 credits.

Students enter the BSN program as freshmen. Applicants will need to have taken high school biology, two years of high school math, and three years of high school English, all with grades of at least C+. They must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA, submit their SAT or ACT scores, and need to take the TEAS admission exam.

RN to BSN

Students with an associate degree and an RN license may apply to this program to continue their education and earn their BSN degree. This is a two year program, and is designed to accommodate the working nurse.

To apply to this program, students need to have finished an ASN program in the past seven years. Those that have graduated from a diploma in nursing program during this time may also apply, and will have a course of study designed based on their prior academic credits. Students will be able to transfer 71 credits from their ASN program, and will take 58 credits at Becker College.

Students will need to submit a copy of their RN license, complete the prerequisites, have the required health documentation, be certified in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, have a Criminal Record Investigation (CORI) and a Sex Offenders Registry Board (SORI). They must also have a GPA of at least 2.0 from their prior studies.

The prerequisites for this program are college-level Math or Algebra I, and Biology. Students must have earned at least a C in these classes.

Advanced Standing for License Practical Nurses (LPNs)

LPNs may apply for advanced standing in the ASN program as long as they have met the admission requirements listed above, have a letter of recommendation from their LPN program, have taken Anatomy and Physiology I, Health Assessment and Promotion, and English Composition, and provide a copy of their nursing license. They will need to schedule an interview with the Director of Nursing and an admissions counselor to discuss their academic and work history. Students that receive approval from the Director of Nursing will be allowed to test out of the Fundamentals of Nursing class.

Contact:
Becker College
61 Sever Street,
Worcester, MA 01609

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