The Anna Maria College's undergraduate Nursing Program leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing through two distinct nursing programs. The traditional four year program is for entry level nursing majors. The RN to BSN online completion program is for Diploma and Associate Degree educated nurses licensed in the United States.
The Nursing Program at Anna Maria College embodies the College's mission and the traditions of the Sisters of Saint Anne. By creating a supportive learning community for students from all backgrounds and beliefs, the Nursing Program develops professional nurses who have a strong foundation in the liberal arts, moral and ethical values, and who are clinically competent, and committed to the art and science of nursing. Based on the principles of social justice, the Nursing Program facilitates students' ability to care for themselves and others as they advocate and provide for wholeness and healing through service to humankind. Graduates of the baccalaureate programs are prepared as generalist providing evidenced based quality and safe care to individuals, families and groups, in diverse clinical environments.
The overall goal of the nursing administration and faculty is to provide high quality education that prepares students to practice safe, quality and compassionate professional nursing care as beginning practitioners and as lifelong learners.
The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a four year program (8 semesters) for individuals with no prior education in nursing. Traditional students are admitted into the freshman class as nursing majors. Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses.
The full-time program of study incorporates the core curriculum of Anna Maria College with nursing curriculum, totaling 122 credits. The nursing curriculum is seamlessly designed to allow progression for the biological, behavioral and social sciences to nursing courses. All nursing courses must be successfully completed in sequence. Student clinical practice occurs in diverse Massachusetts health care settings and in the on campus nursing clinical lab.
RN to BSN Online Completion Program
This program is for U.S. licensed Registered Nurses. In recognizing the unique learning needs of working nurses with multiple responsibilities in an age of technological advancement, the RN to BSN completion program is offered exclusively online. The contemporary online curriculum is designed to give Diploma and Associate Degree Nurses the foundation for advancing their professional nursing practice while giving credit for existing education and clinical expertise.
Online courses are offered throughout the calendar year in 8 or 16 week units. Students can enroll in two nursing courses for an eight-week unit. Registered nurses can complete the program in as little as 18 months, but have up to five years to complete the program.
Nursing education program outcomes are as follows:
Apply nursing knowledge to demonstrate the core competencies of nursing practice in the care of culturally diverse populations across the lifespan.
Utilize critical thinking, research, and the nursing process in the provision of holistic patient-centered care with a commitment to a life-long learning.
Uphold civil, legal and ethical principles in the provision of socially responsible, safe and effective nursing care.
Relate principles of leadership, collaboration and interdisciplinary care to health care within the communities and clinical systems.
Use contemporary information and technology to communicate, facilitate and improve patient care.
Good Moral Character (GMC)
Students must be in compliance with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing "Good Moral Character" Licensure requirement before sitting for the NCLEX-RN. The AMC nursing program is not responsible for alternate clinical placements for students who are refused clinical placement by an agency and/or have a reportable CORI offense. Specific information can be found on the MA BORN Good Moral Character Requirement for Licensure.
Clinical Practice Requirements
Each health care agency has requirements which the student must fulfill before they are allowed clinical placement. This list may include, but is not limited to, the following; physical exam, immunizations, agency specific orientation, CORI, and drug screening. Progression and clinical placements in the nursing program are contingent on meeting all agency requirements. If a student is denied placement by any clinical agency the nursing department is not responsible for providing alterate clinical placements.