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. 
  • We also offer an Advanced Placement LPN to RN option designed for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN'S) to advance their career path to Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Opt for the 2 + 1 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. 

Program Start Dates

  • Program Duration
    • 5 semesters, 20 months*
    • Summer Classes required

*Students enrolled in the Taunton program: semesters 2 thru 5 will be required to attend the Boston campus for Nursing Simulation Labs 2 to 4 times per semester. 

  • Program Start Dates:
    • Summer 2022 (Taunton):            Monday, May 18, 2022
    • Fall 2022 (Boston and Taunton): Monday, August 29

*Students that submit all of their application materials by this date will get priority in the application review process within approximately two weeks of submission.

Sample Nursing Degree Courses

  • Health and Illness with Lab and Hospital-Based Clinical
  • Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family and Pediatric Patient with Clinical Simulation
  • Mental Health Concepts with Clinical Simulation
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Preparing for Professional Practice
  • Preparing for NCLEX
  • Pathophysiology

Employers of Our Nursing Graduates 

  • Beth Israel Lahey Health
  • Melrose-Wakefield Healthcare
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Anna Jaques Hospital
  • Morton Hospital
  • Mount Auburn Hospital
  • North Shore Medical Center

Student Outcomes

NCLEX-RN First-time Pass Rates

Graduation Year Percentage
Class of 2021 79% *
Class of 2020 94%
Class of 2019 91%
Class of 2018 87%
* 93% of May 2021 graduates passed on their first attempt


Program Completion Rates

Graduation Year  Percentage
Class of 2021 Pending
Class of 2020 75%
Class of 2019 74%
Class of 2018 70%

Scholarships for Nursing Majors


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).

Contact Information 

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 
    3390 Peachtree Road NE
    Suite 1400
    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