In 1958, following a feasibility study to establish community colleges in Massachusetts, Quincy college came into being. Five years later, the College moved a notch higher by getting the go-ahead to offer two-year associate degree programs. It started off as a single campus college in Quincy but later expanded and founded a satellite campus at Plymouth, south of Quincy. Quincy college (QC) offers flexible semesters all the year round, so you do not have to wait for too long to get started off as a student there.
Nursing at Quincy College
The nursing programs at Quincy programs are designed to meet the needs of prospective registered nurses. In total, there are four nursing programs; two certificates and two leading to associate degrees.
Associate Degree in Nursing
The program is an entry level nursing degree which is approved and accredited by Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and NLNAC. Students can choose between the two study schedules available ie the two-year fulltime program or the part-time program which takes a minimum of two and a half academic years.
During the first semester, students take only the liberal arts credits and start on nursing classes on the second semester. The outcome of the program is to equip the nurse with the capacity to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam after a total of 67 credit hours and clinical sessions are covered.
Advanced Placement –ADN Program
As part of its career mobility commitment, Quincy College offer advanced placement for licensed practical nurses. For eligibility, successful candidates must be holders of current unrestricted LPN licenses for Massachusetts State. The program has two options to choose from; a part time program at both Quincy and Plymouth campuses or a full time option at Quincy campus only.
After the bridging, students are able to complete all the requirements of the program: both theory and practical, in 12 months for the part time and 9 months for the full time. During the bridging program, courses taken can be used to exempt up-to 30 nursing credits from the required 67. At the end of the track, the NCLEX-RN is taken for licensure as a RN.
Practical Nursing Certificate
This program leads to eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam for licensure as a practical nurse in Massachusetts. The program can be taken as either a ten-month fulltime day program or an evening part time program which takes approximate two years. Precisely, the program will cover 30 and 20 hours of class and clinical work for the fulltime and part time options respectively culminating to 44 credit hours.
With a total of 15 credit hours, entry level students are trained on blood drawing techniques. However, Quincy College does not provide guarantee for completion of the program in two semesters, since limited lab space can force students to continue for a third semester to take the clinical sessions.
Articulation agreements at Quincy College
Credits can be transferred from Quincy college for a four year nursing degree program at the following colleges:
- Framingham State University
- Massachusetts college of Pharmacy and health sciences
- Emmanuel College
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