Nursing education at Anna Maria College offers two pathways to exciting career opportunities for nurses. Whether for entering students or seasoned professionals, the College offers degrees designed to prepare graduates to practice skilled, compassionate, culturally competent nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Four-year BSN for traditional entry-level students)
Anna Maria College announces that the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing accepted and approved the College’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. This program builds on 25 years of success in preparing students for careers in nursing and health science. Freshmen students are accepted directly into the BSN program.
Students learn essential skills in Anna Maria's modern health skills lab, equipped with hospital beds and a mock
nursing station, simulation areas, a home health teaching room, and teaching technologies. Real-world experience is gained through supervised clinical placements in affiliated local health care settings including hospitals, acute care and long-term care facilities, clinics and schools. Small classes assure close interaction between students and instructors and clinical supervisors.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and prepares the student for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to assume entry level positions traditionally found in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, ambulatory care centers, and doctors' offices.
> View BSN Curriculum
> Download the 2010-2012 AMC Nursing Course Catalogue.
For more information regarding the admissions process call (508)849-3360 or email email@example.com
Online RN-BSN Completion Program (For Registered Nurses only)
To meet the needs of non-traditional students, AMC has moved all of its courses for the RN-BSN Program exclusively online. Because the RN-BSN Program at Anna Maria College accepts only registered nurses (associate degree and diploma graduates), most nursing courses are upper division courses. Required Nursing courses provide a common knowledge base for professional nursing practice. In general, students must complete 300 level courses before enrolling in the 400 level courses.
Online courses in the RN-BSN program run for eight weeks and the six-credit courses run for 16 consecutive weeks in one semester. The online program is set up so that in each traditional semester there are two eight week sessions. Courses that are six credits will be run so that they occupy both sessions of the spring, summer or fall semester.
> Fall 2012 RN-BSN Curriculum
> RN-BSN Online Program Requirements and application
1. Apply nursing knowledge to demonstrate the core competencies of nursing practice in the care of culturally
diverse populations across the lifespan.
2. Utilize critical thinking, research, and the nursing process in the provision of holistic patient-centered care
with a commitment to life-long learning.
3. Uphold civil, legal and ethical principles in the provision of socially responsible, safe and effective nursing
4. Relate principles of leadership, collaboration and interdisciplinary care to health care within communities
and clinical systems.
5. Use contemporary information and technology to communicate, facilitate, and improve patient care.
Career Opportunities For Registered Nurses
Students acquire nursing skills relevant to beginning level practice as a registered nurse. Courses in Health Science provide the foundation for the nursing program. Nursing courses develop the individual competency necessary to provide quality, culturally sensitive, holistic nursing care to entry-level nursing practice. Students apply concepts learned in the classroom and practiced in the laboratory to clinical experiences that occur in long term care, acute care, maternity, mental health, and pediatric settings.
RN Licensing Requirements
MA Board of Registration in Nursing Information:
To be licensed as a professional nurse, applicants must provide to the Massachusetts Board of Registration the following:
- Satisfactory proof of good moral character as established by the Board
- Payment of a licensure fee
- Report of successfully writing the NCLEX-RN during the NCLEX eligibility period
Technical Standards for Nursing Students
The nursing faculty has identified the following technical standards that are essential abilities required to meet the objectives of the nursing program. Reasonable accommodations to meet the standards may be available for otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities. Students are responsible for contacting the College's Learning Center to determine eligibility for accommodations.
Read the Identified Technical Standards
Motor skills: Fine motor skills sufficient to perform skills such as picking up, grasping, manipulating small objects with hands, and writing with a pen or pencil
Mobility: Physical mobility and strength sufficient to move about a nursing unit and participate in client care, run and walk backwards
Activity tolerance: Physical stamina sufficient to perform client care for the entire length of a clinical experience (6-8 hours)
Hearing: Auditory ability sufficient for assessment of client health and to hear normal conversation
Vision: Visual acuity sufficient for observation, assessment, and performance of safe nursing care
Tactile: Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment
Reading: Reading ability sufficient to understand the written word at a minimum of tenth grade level
Arithmetic: Arithmetic competence that would allow the student to read and understand columns and/or writing, tell time, use measuring tools, and add, subtract, multiply, and divide
Cognitive: Analytical thinking sufficient to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, problem solve, prioritize tasks, and use long-term and short-term memory
Critical thinking: Critical thinking ability sufficient to exercise sound nursing judgment through the sequencing of information and the identification of cause and effect relationships
Communication: English communication skills sufficient to teach others, explain procedures, interact with others and convey information in writing
Interpersonal relationships: Interpersonal skills sufficient to establish rapport with clients and co-workers and respect the rights of others and the differences of clients
Psychosocial: Emotional stability sufficient to assume responsibility and accountability for actions, provide client with emotional support, adapt to environmental stress, and monitor own emotions
Behavioral: Possess personal attributes of compassion, integrity, motivation, empathy, honesty, and concern for others
Good Moral Character
The Board of Registration in Nursing for Massachusetts requires that applicants for Registered Nurse licensure be of good moral character: The Board determines whether an applicant meets this requirement based on applicant's demonstrated avoidance of aggressive, unjust and deceitful behavior. The Board evaluates an individual whose conduct has demonstrated aggression, injustice and deceit, as evidenced by one or more criminal convictions to determine whether the conduct:
- Poses a threat to public safety
- Is of significance to the provision of safe, effective nursing care
- Is characteristic of the applicant's conduct
CORI Inquiry Criminal Offender Record Information
The Bachelor in Science in Nursing Program requires a CORI inquiry prior to admission to nursing coursework. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime or have a pending criminal case must meet eligibility requirements for affiliating clinical facilities; however, certain clinical affiliating agencies will work with students to meet eligibility requirements. Students must also meet the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing requirements for licensure eligibility. Some clinical agencies refuse students with certain convictions on their record. All CORI information is confidential to anyone other than designated CORI officers. Students who are refused clinical placement due to CORI issues will be withdrawn from the nursing program. The student is responsible for the cost of the CORI processing. The fee is currently $25.00
Approvals and Accreditation
The Bachelors of Science in Nursing Program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.
3344 Peachtree Road, NE Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
239 Causeway Street, Suite 200
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 973-0900