Worcester State University offers three undergraduate tracks leading to a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing program.
Undergraduate Track I is for traditional students
Students are admitted into the freshman class. They attend full time and can complete the program in four years. A small number of qualified transfers are accepted into the sophomore class if clinical spaces are available. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses.
Track II is for the licensed R.N. who graduated from a Diploma or Associate Degree program. Track II students are admitted as transfer students with advanced standing. The RN component of the program is three semesters part time. Students must meet Worcester State University Liberal, Arts and Science requirements to graduate, which may take longer than three semesters.
Track III -- LPN to BS in Nursing is for the LPN who graduated from an accredited practical nurse program. The LPN will graduate with a BS in Nursing and be eligible for the NCLEX-RN exam. For information on this program, please contact Carol S. Kronopolus, MS, RN, LPN to BS in Nursing Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, Office: 508-929-8684 or Cell: 978-340-1265.
The Master of Science in Nursing program is delivered in the blended learning format which combines the best of face-to-face and online learning.
There are three routes of entry into the Master of Science in Nursing program:
· Traditional Entry: For students with a BS in nursing
· Bridge Program: For RNs with a non-nursing BA or BS degree
· RN-to-MS Fast Track: For associate-degree or diploma-prepared RNs seeking to proceed directly to the MS in Nursing degree
The Master of Science in Nursing program offers two specialty tracks:
- Community and Public Health Nursing
The Community and Public Health Nursing specialty track prepares nurses for leadership as advanced public health nurses in management, education, clinical practice, leadership, policy development, and advocacy.
Completion of the required community/public health nursing coursework and practice hours provides eligibility to sit for the Advanced Public Health Nurse certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
- Nursing Education
The Nursing Education Specialization specialty track prepares nurses for the role of nurse educator.
The curriculum is based on the practice dimensions of the nurse educator role, recommendations of the National League for Nursing (NLN), and the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education. Graduate of the Nurse Educator Specialization program are eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator examination after meeting the experiential requirement.