Associate Degree

Nursing Program Overview

Imagine a career that's rewarding, secure, responsible, exciting and takes you anywhere in the world. It's not a dream – it's nursing. Bay State College's Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) offers you an advanced, innovative and comprehensive program: 

  • Get individualized attention with small class sizes, open practice labs, and nursing tutors to support your success in the classroom. 
  • Learn from program faculty who bring real-world clinical experience into the classroom every day. 
  • Take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) after five semesters, then practice safely and ethically as a registered nurse. 
  • Opt for the 2 + 2 Nursing degree: continue directly into Bay State College's RN-BSN degree program after you graduate, or opt to continue on at a later date.* Because of this program's flexible class formats, you could work as a Registered Nurse (RN) during the last two years of your degree!

You have the heart. Bay State College is the hub. Request information about our Associate Degree Nursing program today! 

*Students are first accepted into the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. Any associate degree Nursing graduate has immediate acceptance to the bachelor's degree completion program upon successful passing of the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) nursing board exam. 

Available In 

Nursing Day Classes 

Discover a diverse but close-knit community of students, faculty and staff at our Boston campus, located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood.  

  • Duration: 5 semesters 
  • Semester Length: 16 weeks 
    *Summer classes required 
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Start Dates: 
    • Spring 2020: Monday, January 13, 2020
    • Fall 2020: Monday, August 31, 2020

Sample Nursing Degree Courses 

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II 
  • Introduction to Nursing Concepts 
  • Fundamentals of Nursing 
  • P2: An Introduction to Pharmacology and Pathophysiology  
  • Maternity Child Health  
  • Medical Surgical Nursing I and II 
  • Mental Health Nursing 
  • Nursing Trends 
  • Health Assessment 

To browse our 2018-19 Course Catalog with course descriptions, click here

Nursing Program Mission 

The mission of the Associate Degree in Nursing Program at Bay State College is to support its students, the nursing profession, and the health of the people of the City of Boston and surrounding communities. The mission of the School of Nursing is congruent with the mission of Bay State College. 

Nursing students will receive a quality education through a supportive, nurturing learning environment leading to eligibility to seek licensure as a registered nurse and the ability to progress to baccalaureate level nursing education. 

Graduates will be prepared to sit for the national examination leading to licensure in nursing and for safe, ethical, entry level practice as registered nurses. They will be ready to enter the profession in a diversity of roles and settings to meet current healthcare needs. 

Nursing Program Learning Outcomes 

Graduates of the Bay State College Associate Degree in nursing program will possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide safe and effective care to their patients and participate in improving the quality and safety of healthcare. The outcome measures are informed by the Nurse of the Future Core Competencies as developed by Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Nursing Initiative (2010). 

Students demonstrate achievement of program outcomes by satisfactory completion of a comprehensive portfolio addressing each program outcome in NUR217 Nursing Trends; and by achieving a final grade of 80 or higher in NUR220 Medical-Surgical Nursing ll. The portfolio will be evaluated by nursing faculty using a rubric provided to students. 

1. Patient-centered Care 

Recognizes the patient, or designee, as a full partner in providing safe and effective care in a compassionate and culturally appropriate manner conveying respect for the patient’s preferences, values, and needs. 

  • Provides priority-based nursing care to individuals, families, and groups through independent and collaborative application of the nursing process 
  • Engages in ongoing assessment, implementation and evaluation of a plan of care that is consistent with the patient’s values, preferences, decisional capacity, and expressed needs 
  • Provides holistic care that addresses the needs of diverse populations across the life span 

2. Teamwork and Collaboration 

Functions effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to achieve quality patient care. 

  • Acts with integrity, consistency, and respect for differing views 
  • Functions competently within scope of practice as a member of the health care team 
  • Integrates the contributions of others in assisting patient/family to achieve health goals 

3. Evidence-based Practice 

Integrates best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for the delivery of optimal health care. 

  • Bases care on best current evidence, patient values, and clinical expertise 
  • Values the need for continuous improvement in clinical practice based on new knowledge 
  • Differentiates clinical opinion from research and evidence summaries 

4. Quality Improvement 

Recognizes that quality improvement is an essential part of nursing. 

  • Utilizes a standardized approach to support quality patient care 
  • Describes approaches for improving processes and outcomes of care 
  • Seeks information about quality improvement from regulatory and local/national sources to inform nursing practice 

5. Safety 

Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance. 

  • Demonstrates effective use of technology and standardized practices that support safe practice 
  • Exhibits strategies at the individual and systems levels to reduce risk of harm to self and others 
  • Follows communication practices to minimize risks associated with transfers between providers during transitions in care delivery. 

6. Informatics 

Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making. 

  • Evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his/her own professional knowledge base 
  • Applies technology and information management tools to support safe processes of care and evaluate impact on patient outcomes 
  • Uses sources of data that relate to contemporary standards of practice and patient care 
  • Utilizes appropriate technologies in the process of assessing and monitoring patients 

Employers of Our Nursing Graduates 

  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital 
  • Lahey Hospitals 
  • Beth Israel Deaconess 
  • Children's Hospital 
  • Suffolk County Jail 
  • Baypointe Rehab and Skilled Nursing Care Center 
  • Boston Medical Center 
  • Anna Jacques Hospital 
  • AFC Urgent Care 

Nursing Degree Accreditation 

Bay State College’s Associate Degree in Nursing program has full approval status from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. The Associate Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Student Achievement Data 

  • 87% NCLEX first-time pass rate for Class of 2018 (reported as of March 1, 2019) 
  • 64% on time program completion rate for the Class of 2018 (reported June 1, 2018) 
  • 100% job placement rate for Class of 2018 within 6-12 months after graduation (reported December 31, 2018) 

*Data are for students that completed the program during the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Contact Information 

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 
    3343 Peachtree Road 
    Suite 850 
    Atlanta, Georgia 30326 
  • Board of Registration in Nursing 
    239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, 5th Floor 
    Boston, Massachusetts 02114 
    Phone: 1-800-414-0168 or 617-973-0900 
    Fax: 617-973-0984