Apr 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Endicott College Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Endicott College Academic Catalog

School of Nursing - Undergraduate Programs


Nursing Major (Traditional 4-Year Undergraduate) (Bachelor of Science)
Fifth Year Master of Nursing Program 

For information on our Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing, as well as our RN to BSN program, please see the Van Loan Division of Professional Studies  section. 


Endicott College offers a bachelor’s program in nursing with three different tracks. We offer a Traditional 4 year Bachelor of Science option for students entering college out of high school without prior educational background in nursing. We also offer an Accelerated Second Degree BSN program for those who have a bachelor degree in any subject who would like to return to earn their bachelor of science in nursing in 16 months. The traditional and accelerated bachelor’s programs prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). For RNs interested in earning a Bachelor of Science, we also offer an online RN to BSN track. The Curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Endicott College has been developed to provide students with the education required to practice in today’s increasingly complex healthcare system. Our student nurses are taught how to create a culture of health, to reduce health disparities and to improve the overall well-being of the population in the 21st Century. 

Endicott College School of Nursing is a place where faculty, students, and staff enjoy working and learning together. The faculty are clinical experts who conduct research in their respective fields. Their expertise and passion for nursing  is  evident  in their  commitment  to  student learning and dedication to student needs. The students are motivated, passionate, involved, and curious. They are supported in their education by dedicated nursing faculty advisors.

Endicott fosters the educational mobility of nurses through seamless progression from the baccalaureate to the master’s and doctoral education levels. The strong emphasis on research starts with a  three course research method series in the baccalaureate program which provides a strong foundation for graduate studies.


Nursing Major (Traditional 4-Year Undergraduate) (Bachelor of Science)

Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 126

First Year - Credits: 33

  • Global Issues General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)

Second Year - Credits: 31

  • General Education Elective above 100 level   (Cr: 3)
  • Elective above 100 level (Cr. 3) or Honors Program Course (Cr. 3)

Third Year - Credits: 33

  • Aesthetic Awareness General Education Requirement or Honors Program Course  (Cr: 3) 
  • General Education Elective above 100 level  or Honors Program Course (Cr: 3) 
  • World Cultures General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3) 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the nursing program, students will be able to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from humanities, science, and nursing as a foundation for holistic, safe, patient-centered care throughout the lifespan.
  • Apply knowledge of professional standards, leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety while employing moral, ethical, social and legal conduct to nursing practice.
  • Incorporate theoretical concepts, nursing process, and research in nursing practice to deliver quality care.
  • Integrate information technology to improve quality, patient-centered care.
  • Participate in quality improvement processes understanding healthcare policy and regulatory environments to achieve positive patient health outcomes.
  • Facilitate therapeutic communication with patients and families and collaborate effectively with the interprofessional team.
  • Provide individualized health promotion/illness prevention education and interventions to patients, families, and populations when appropriate.
  • Integrate leadership skills, professional values, continued learning, and a caring professional identity.
  • Use critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in academic discourse within the nursing discipline across the continuum of healthcare environments.

Requirements for the Nursing Program

A. Admission Requirements 

In addition to the general college recommendations for admission, minimally a 3.0 GPA* is required from high school. However, the middle 50% of students accepted to the program are between a 3.7 and 4.0 GPA (3.88 GPA average).  For the Class of 2025, Test scores (either SAT or ACT) will be optional for admission to the Nursing program due to the challenges surrounding testing during COVID 19. A grade of “C” or higher in all high school science courses is required minimally for admission. All applicants will be given full consideration if an application is submitted for the Early Decision, Early Action or Nursing Priority Deadlines. Nursing applications submitted after the Nursing Priority Deadline, will be evaluated on a space-available basis.

*GPA is a recalculated weighted grade point average, based on a 4.0 grading scale. Applicants are evaluated holistically. 

B. Current CPR Certification, Immunization, and TB Clearance.

American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider (Level C) is required of all students prior to beginning each clinical course. Students are required to be certified in infant, child, and one-person and two-person adult CPR. The college follows the immunizations required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for all undergraduate students in a health science program who may be in contact with patients.  Proof of two measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations, completion of the Hepatitis B vaccination series, documentation of a varicella (chicken pox) antibody titer or two immunizations with varivax, a tetanus/diphtheria booster within ten years, and proof of tuberculosis non-infectivity must be documented and on file in the student’s Castlebranch account and with College Health Services. Other vaccines as required by CDC, state and college policies.

C. National Criminal Background Check and Drug/Alcohol Screening

Clinical agencies require students and faculty to have an annual National Criminal Background check and/or agree to be subject to drug/alcohol screening prior to participation in a clinical education experience at their agency.

D. Essential Functional Abilities

Certain functional abilities are essential for the delivery of safe, effective nursing care during clinical education activities. Therefore, the School of Nursing has determined that certain functional abilities are required for admission, progression, and graduation from the nursing programs.

The College will consider an applicant who demonstrates the ability to perform, or to learn to perform, the skills listed here. An applicant is not required to disclose the nature of a disability, but an applicant with concerns about these academic standards is strongly encouraged to discuss the issue with the Associate Dean of Nursing. If appropriate, and upon request from the applicant, reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability will be provided.

An individual must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, meet the following academic standards:

  • (1) General abilities
  • (2) Observation
  • (3) Communication
  • (4) Motor
  • (5) Intellectual, conceptual, and quantitative abilities
  • (6) Essential behavioral and social attributes
  • (7) Ability to manage stressful situations

Individuals unable to meet these academic standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, will not be able to complete the program. Please see the Baccalaureate Nursing Program Policy & Information Booklet for more information.

E. Transportation to Clinical Sites

Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical experiences.

F. Full-time Status

All students, except RNs, must be enrolled as full-time students.

Note: Students who may be qualified for part-time enrollment will be reviewed on an individual basis. It is mandatory that the nursing courses required for each semester all be taken simultaneously within that semester.

G. Relationship of Credits to Class Hours

One credit of class is equivalent to one 50-minute class per week.

One credit of laboratory is equivalent to two or three, 50-minute laboratory sessions per week, depending on the course.

One credit of clinical is equivalent to three, 60-minute sessions of clinical experience per week.

H. Promotion and Graduation

Students must achieve a “C+” or better in all nursing courses and a “C” or better in sciences to remain in the Nursing major. To obtain a “C+” in a nursing course requires an average of 77 or better. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 each semester in order to progress in the program and be recommended for graduation from the nursing program. Nursing students may repeat one science course (once) and one nursing course (once), and remain in the nursing major.

I. Eligibility for Licensure as a Registered Nurse

Any applicant for initial licensure as a registered nurse who has a criminal conviction(s) and/or past or pending disciplinary action against a professional/trade/license/certificate should contact the Board of Registration in Nursing in the state in which he/she plans to practice to determine if his/her court record or disciplinary action will be a barrier to eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. Applicants planning to apply for initial licensure in Massachusetts should review the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing “Good Moral Character Information Sheet for First Time Nurse Licensure in Massachusetts.” The information sheet is available in the nurse license application packet, from the dean of the School of Nursing or at http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/quality/boards/good-moral-info.pdf or by calling 617-973-0800. The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing is located at 239 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114. Applicants should review the information sheet carefully since it contains important details about the convictions that permanently exclude individuals from nurse licensure. All other nurse licensure applicants must be conviction free for a minimum of five years before submitting an application for nurse licensure (unless the applicant meets the exception criteria) and all matters related to criminal convictions or disciplinary action must be closed before the Board will evaluate the applicant’s compliance with the “good moral character” licensure requirement specified at General Law, Chapter 112, Section 74.

Please note: a previous court conviction does not automatically preclude someone from eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. However, if someone falsifies a statement concerning a felony or misdemeanor conviction on the license application, and it is later discovered, the individual could be denied from practicing in nursing for the remainder of his/her life. 

J. Professional Nursing Licensure Disclosure

The Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program at Endicott College has full approval by the Massachusetts State Board of Registration in Nursing (MA BORN). The BSN Program is in compliance with 244 CMR 6.05: Procedures for the Establishment and Continuing Operation of Nursing Education Programs, and will prepare students to take the national licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN®).  Individuals graduating from the program will meet the requirements for licensure in the state of Massachusetts and will be able to take the NCLEX-RN®.

Passing the NCLEX-RN® is a requirement for licensure in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Additional licensure requirements may vary widely from state to state including, but not limited to, the number of required clinical hours, specific coursework, documentation verifying citizenship (i.e. social security number) as well as criminal background checks/fingerprinting. Endicott College has not yet made a determination of whether the nursing program’s curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure in the remaining 49 states, District of Columbia or U.S. territories.

It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether Endicott College’s BSN program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state.

To obtain the contact information for the nursing professional licensing boards, please go to the following link:


If you wish to review your state’s Board of Nursing Professional Licensure Requirements please visit NCSBN.org.


Nursing - Fifth Year (Master of Science)

Admission Requirements

Fifth Year Expedited Admissions Process

Current Endicott students are eligible to apply to Fifth Year graduate programs using an expedited admissions process. In order to be eligible for the expedited admissions process, current students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA*. Students eligible for the Fifth Year expedited admission process are not required to submit an essay, resume, recommendations or transcripts.

Students should apply for a Fifth Year program using the Current Endicott Student Expedited Masters Application form available in MyEndicott. The Graduate and Professional Studies Office of Admissions will upon receipt of this form obtain a dean recommendation/GPA confirmation and confirm a prospective Fifth Year student has a clear record with the Office of the Bursar and the Office of Student Affairs.

*Otherwise, standard admissions requirements apply.

Please note that the application fee is waived for all current Endicott students and alumni.

All other candidates must apply online at: endicott.edu/admission/information-for-graduate-students/apply

Applicants should submit the following to Graduate Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

  • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
  • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
  • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
  • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.
  • GPA greater than or equal to 3.0
  • Photocopy of Registered Nurse License verification, which must be current and unrestricted
  • A basic statistics course is required of all students;
  • Resume and/or curriculum vitae
  • Interview

International Applicants for Graduate Admission
Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.
International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.