Requirements for the Nursing Program
Due to the sequential nature of the curriculum in the School of Nursing, we are unable to consider applications for spring semester admission.
A. Applicants desiring admission into the Endicott College Nursing program must meet the regular admission requirements as outlined in the Catalog, a combined SAT score of at least 1050, and the following criteria:
The minimum science requirement for admission is one year of high school chemistry with a lab and one year of high school biology or anatomy and physiology with a lab, or equivalent higher-level laboratory science courses.
The minimum math requirement for admission is two years of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry, or equivalent higher-level math courses.
- RN applicants must meet the requirements outlined in the section of the Catalog entitled “RN Admission Criteria.”
- Transfer Credit
A student who seeks to transfer from another school must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
Transfer credit for science courses is awarded only if the course was completed within seven (7) years of matriculation at Endicott.
To request transfer credit for a nursing course taken at another institution, the applicant must present a course syllabus for each nursing course and a transcript from the previous program for evaluation by the Nursing Faculty Committee. The applicant may be required to take examination(s) to assess previous learning.
A maximum of 85 credits may be transferred to Endicott College. One-hundred-twenty-eight (128) credits are required to earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing of which a minimum of 43 credits must be completed at Endicott. Twenty-four (24) of the last 30 credits must be taken at Endicott to receive a degree. Students’ cumulative grade point averages are determined only by courses taken at Endicott.
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. Immunization and TB clearance is required. 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/diptheria booster within ten years, and proof of tuberculosis non-infectivity must be documented and on file in the College Health Service.
C. CORI Check and Drug/Alcohol Screening
Some clinical agencies require students and faculty to have a Criminal Offenders Records Information (CORI) check and/or agree to be subject to drug/alcohol screening prior to participation in a clinical education experience at their agency.
D. Essentials Skills
In order to register for classes, and before you can be officially enrolled in the Nursing program, you must be capable of performing essential functions while in the Nursing program at Endicott. See the Nursing Department Student Manual for details.
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 the sciences to remain in the Nursing major. To obtain a “C+” in a nursing course requires an average of 75 or better. Students must also maintain a cumulative grade point average 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. The student may not enroll in other Nursing courses until earning a “C+” or better in the repeated course. At selected points in the program students must pass a comprehensive examination in order to continue in the major. Students must also take a computerized, comprehensive exit exam in order to be recommended for graduation.
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 they plan to practice to determine if their 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.dpl/boards/rn/forms/gmcreq.pdg or by calling 617-973-0800. The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing is located at 239 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114. 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 their life.
RN Admission Criteria
Registered nurses desiring admission into the Endicott College Bachelor degree program must meet the following criteria:
- Graduation, with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, from an NLNAC accredited Associate degree or diploma nursing program within five years of matriculation at Endicott College, and
- Current RN licensure in Massachusetts.
Applicants who completed their basic nursing program more than five years ago or who did not graduate from an NLNAC accredited program must successfully complete proficiency exams within five years of matriculation at Endicott.
Proficiency examinations must be completed prior to enrollment in nursing courses. Applicants may complete either the ACT/PEP Examinations: Adult Nursing; Maternal/Child Health in Nursing, Baccalaureate; and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing with a standard score of 45 or better on each exam OR the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams (ACE) II RN–BSN: Care of the Adult Client; Care of the Client During Childbearing and Care of the Child; Care of the Client with a Mental Disorder with a decision score of 75 or better on each exam.
Applicants who have two years (full-time equivalent) clinical experience within the last five years may request a waiver for the related portion of the proficiency exam.
Registered Nurses only may receive credit through:
NLN Exam Credits In lieu of Min. Score
Anatomy & 8 BIO 201, 202 60
Physiology (A&P I & II)
Microbiology 4 BIO 207 60
Pharmacology in 3 NU 307 60
Clinical Nursing (Pharmacology)
Diet Therapy 3 PE 210 60
and Nutrition (Nutrition)
Challenge Exam Credit In lieu of Min.Score
Pathophysiology 3 BIO 335 75
Note: Enrollment of RNs in the Bachelor program is on a space-available basis.