2019-2020 Catalog

Nursing (B.S.)

(BSN) Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program Advisor: Ann Tierney, MS, RN

413-236-4716 • atierney@berkshirecc.edu

This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing, awarded by the University of Massachusetts (UMass), designed for working registered nurses with a diploma or an associate degree, is offered in collaboration with Berkshire Community College. This program is in response to the demand for more nurses with advanced levels of education to meet the needs of today’s healthcare delivery system.

Prerequisite course work for the program may be scheduled over a number of semesters depending on individual student needs. General education and nursing foundation courses must be completed before admission to the nursing major. Many courses taken at BCC will transfer to UMass/Amherst. CLEP and other challenge examinations may be accepted for credit in some areas. Course work completed at colleges or universities other than Berkshire Community College will be reviewed for transfer to the University.

The RN to BS Online and On-site Track meets the needs of registered nurses with other life responsibilities through a curriculum that combines web-based instruction with student- tailored practice. Designed for students with clearly defined career goals, it calls for substantial autonomy in meeting established objectives.

www.umass.edu/nursing

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 90 credits are required to complete the program. (See Footnote 1)

Nursing Prerequisite, General Education,

And Electives Courses (See Footnote 2)

-Nutrition

3

-Anatomy & Physiology

8

-Microbiology

4

-English Composition

3

-Literature or Fine Arts

3

-History

3

-Statistics

3

-Growth & Development/Life Span

3

-Abnormal Psychology

3

-Social World

3

-Physical Science

3

-Electives

21

Total Credit Hours:60

Online Umass/Amherst Nursing Courses

N-290BIntroduction to Health Care Information

3

N-312Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness

4

N-315Health & Physical Assessment of Individuals & Families

3

N-317Writing in Nursing

3

N-415Community Focus in Nursing

3

N-418Nurse Process: Families

3

N-420Introduction to Research in Nursing

3

N-438Professional Role

3

N-440Vulnerable & Under-served Populations

3

N-498SPracticum: Special Populations

2

Completion Options

There are two program format options. (See Footnote 3.) Students may complete this program on a full- or part-time basis as follows. (See Footnote 4.)

One-Year Plan

Summer (Entry Point)

N-312Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness

4

N-317Writing in Nursing

3

N-415Community Focus in Nursing

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Fall

N-315Health & Physical Assessment of Individuals & Families

3

N-440Vulnerable & Under-served Populations

3

N-498SPracticum: Special Populations

2

Total Credit Hours:8

Winter

N-290BIntroduction to Health Care Information

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Spring (Entry Point)

N-420Introduction to Research in Nursing

3

N-438Professional Role

3

N-418Nurse Process: Families

3

Total Credit Hours:10

Two-Year Plan

Summer I (Entry Point)

N-317Writing in Nursing

3

N-415Community Focus in Nursing

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Fall I

N-440Vulnerable & Under-served Populations

3

N-498SPracticum: Special Populations

2

Total Credit Hours:5

Winter I

N-290BIntroduction to Health Care Information

3

Total Credit Hours:3

(Take Either Winter I Or Winter II)

SPRING I (Entry Point)

N-418Nurse Process: Families

3

Total Credit Hours:4

Summer II

N-312Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness

4

Total Credit Hours:3

Fall II

N-315Health & Physical Assessment of Individuals & Families

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Winter II

N-290Introduction to Health Care Information

3

Total Credit Hours:3

(take either Winter I or Winter II)

Spring II

N-420Introduction to Research in Nursing

3

N-438Professional Role

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Footnotes

  1. The 120 credits for graduation are derived as follows:
    1. Nursing Prerequisite, General Education and electives — 60 credits
    2. RN Licensure — 30 credits
    3. RN to BS Track — 30 credits
  2. A world/global diversity course is also required. This course may be integrated with a general education or elective course.
  3. Two program formats offered:
    1. Online
    2. On-site (face-to-face) at UMass’ Springfield Center
  4. There are two admission cycles:
    1. Spring (January)
    2. Summer (June)