The Nurse Education program prepares students for a career as a Registered Nurse. Graduates of the program assume responsibilities related to direct patient care in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, homes, and community health agencies. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Quinsigamond’s program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326, 1.404.975.5000.
The program will also prepare students for further study at four-year colleges and universities, as well as provide a broad background for employment in business and industry. To assure that courses are selected that will be applicable to a degree program at a particular four-year college or university, students should make their academic advisor aware of their intent to transfer in order to satisfy the requirements of the receiving institution.
Courses in both Nurse Education and Liberal Arts are required in the program. Nursing courses include clinical experiences in area hospitals and community health agencies, as well as classroom study and laboratory practice on campus. Entrance into most clinical agencies will require the wearing of a school uniform. All clinical experiences are under the supervision of Quinsigamond Community College Nurse Education faculty.
Applicants should understand the State Board of Registration in Nursing reserves the right to refuse an applicant the privilege of sitting for the NCLEX-RN examination based on a Good Moral Character Licensure requirement. As a result of this requirement, a CORI and SORI check is required of all students accepted into the program and at the beginning of each semester. More information is available from Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.
Note: Students should be aware that a court record may prevent them from taking the NCLEX-RN examination and participation in clinical sites. Finger printing may be required and drug testing will be required. Initial licensure for MA Board of Registration in Nursing mandates a Social Security number.
All students must submit evidence of a positive Hepatitis B titer to be admitted to the program.
To be eligible to continue in the program, the student must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all nursing (NUR) courses and in BIO 111, BIO 112, and BIO 232. Students who have received a grade below a “C” in BIO 111, BIO 112 and BIO 232 are required to repeat the course and obtain a grade of “C” or higher by the end of the semester in which they are required or required as a prerequisite. In addition, the student must demonstrate satisfactory performance in the nursing laboratory and in the clinical settings. The student must also satisfy all course and program requirements, including regulations on attendance and conduct, in order to be eligible for certification for licensure. Students who do not have completed health files submitted and cleared by the Health Compliance Officer by July 21 and January 5 of the respective semester will be removed from their nursing courses and will have to file for readmission to the next available semester. Readmission is always based on space availability. Please review the readmission policy outlined in the QCC Student Handbook.
Advising facilitates the entry of students to Health Care Programs. All students applying should contact Academic Advising at 508.854.4308. See Enrollment Steps for more information on the application process.
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- Must take the college placement test to determine Math and English levels if no college level courses were previously completed.
TEAS V scores must be achieved within two attempts of taking the test.
- English: 53 percent
- Reading 53 percent
- Math: 54 percent
- Science: 40 percent
The TEAS exam at QCC is administered by the Training and Education Center.
- Math: minimum grade of B in MAT 098 or MAT 099 or place into MAT 100 level or above.
- Biology: minimum grade of B in high school biology or B in BIO 101 (recommended) or other college biology class.
- English: minimum grade of B in ENG 100 or place into ENG 101.
- Math and science courses must be taken within five years of application.
- Required grade must be earned within two attempts of taking and completing the course.
- BA/BS or MA/MS degree for evening program ONLY.
- All Students must attend a Health Information Session.
Nurse Education students should anticipate additional expenses for uniforms/clinical wear, textbooks, professional liability insurance, licensing examinations, standardized testing, CPR certification, health immunizations, titres, physical examinations and any required skills for remediation.
Admissions Process for Advanced Standing
If the student has successfully completed courses in nursing at another college, he/she may qualify for credits toward a degree at QCC.
BIO 111 - Anatomy & Physiology I
ENG 101 - English Composition & Literature I
BIO 112 - Anatomy & Physiology II
NUR 104 - Fundamentals of Nursing
NUR 103 - Current Concepts in Nursing & Health Care I
PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology
NUR 105 - Medical Surgical Nursing I / Maternal Newborn
BIO 232 - Medical Microbiology
PSY 121 - Survey of Life Span Development: Conception to Death
NUR 201 - Medical Surgical Nursing II / Pediatric
SOC 101 - Introductory Sociology (Principles) or SOC 111 - Social Problems & Social Change
ENG 102 - English Composition & Literature II
NUR 202 - Medical Surgical Nursing III / Mental Health
NUR 203 - Current Concepts in Nursing & Health Care II