Bachelor’s Program

At the Connell School, students are members of the Boston College community: They enjoy all the benefits of a diverse liberal arts education while immersed in a campus culture that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social justice.

Our bachelor's program prepares students to practice as generalists in a range of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and community agencies. The curriculum combines classroom learning with clinical experiences and includes essentials in nursing, the liberal arts, and the natural and social sciences.

The degree takes four years, and we work with students to make the most of their time here through opportunities outside the classroom—including Boston College athletics, student organizations, and international study and travel. In fact, a third of our students study abroad during their junior year and another third of senior students participate in global clinical experiences.

Students can also apply to our bachelor’s to master’s program and take graduate nursing courses as electives during their junior and senior years.

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Our Curriculum

Fall Semester

Course Course Title
NURS1010  Professional Development Seminar
BIOL1300 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL1310 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
CHEM1161 Life Science Chemistry
CHEM1163  Life Science Chemistry Lab
  2 core courses

Spring Semester

Course Course Title
NURS2070   Introduction to Professional Nursing
BIOL1320  Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL1330  Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
MATH1180 Statistics
  2 core courses

Fall Semester

Course Course Title
BIOL2200, 2210 Microbiology + Lab
NURS2120 Health Assessment Theory
NURS2121 Health Assessment Clinical*
NURS2080 Pathophysiology
  1 core course

*Lab fee associated with this course

Spring Semester

Course Course Title
NURS2230 Adult Health Nursing Theory I
NURS2231 Adult Health Nursing Clinical I*
NURS2204  Pharmacology/Nutrition
NURS3170  Principles of Evidence-based Nursing
NURS2090  Sophomore Formation Seminar
  1 core course

*Lab fee associated with this course

Fall Semester

Flexible semester available for students to study abroad, adjust clinical hours, or catch up on core course requirements. This flexible semester may occur during the fall or spring semester. 

Spring Semester

Course Course Title
NURS3242 Adult Health Nursing Theory II
NURS3243  Adult Health Nursing Clinical II
NURS3244 Childbearing Nursing Theory
NURS3245  Childbearing Nursing Clinical
  1 core course

 

The Undergraduate Programs Office will determine the exact clinical sequence for each student for junior & senior year. 

Fall Semester

Course Course Title
NURS4250 Child Health Theory
NURS4251  Child Health Clinical
NURS4252 Psych-Mental Health Theory
NURS4253 Psych-Mental Health Clinical
  1 core course or elective

Spring Semester

Course Course Title
NURS4260  Population Health Theory
NURS4261  Population Health Practice
NURS4263 Nursing Synthesis Clinical*
NURS4270 Transition to Professional Nursing
  1 core course or elective

*Lab fee associated with this course

 

The Undergraduate Programs Office will determine the exact clinical sequence for each student for junior & senior year. 

Undergraduate Lab Fees for Academic Year 2016-17

Course Number Course Title Fee
NURS2121 Health Assesment Clinical $250
NURS2231 Adult Health Nursing Clinical I $250
NURS4263 Nursing Synthesis Clinical $250

The Connell School has a systematic plan for ongoing assessment of the undergraduate nursing program. The baccalaureate program outcomes, along with the professional standards and guidelines, shape the curriculum. Assessment data are used to ensure that best practices in nursing education are employed. In addition to these efforts the undergraduate nursing program maintains its accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approval by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

I was drawn to the opportunity to have a hands-on, challenging, and enriching nursing degree that was rooted in the Boston College liberal arts education. My time here has taught me critical thinking, teamwork, time management, communication skills, and service to others—but above all else, BC nursing has helped me become a more well-rounded human being.
Lauren Yarkony, CSON ’17
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Undergraduate students

 

1:6

Average faculty to student ratio during clinical

94%

First-time pass rate on NCLEX in 2016

7

CSON-specific international opportunities

More Facts & Figures

Our students work with a small group of peers and
faculty during prestigious and varied clinical placements.
 

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