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Connell School of Nursing

Founded in 1947, the Boston College Connell School of Nursing offers a four-year program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. At the completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the national examination for licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.). The program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Visit www.bc.edu/nursing for more information.

The mission of the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing is to prepare compassionate, professionally competent nurses whose practice and scholarship are scientifically based and grounded in humanizing the experience of health and illness.  In keeping with the Jesuit, Catholic ideals, we focus on formation of the whole person and promotion of social justice. The Connell School of Nursing educates students as reflective life-long learners who use knowledge in service to others. The graduate of the baccalaureate program is prepared as a generalist who promotes, maintains and restores the health of individuals, families and communities/populations across the lifespan.

Nursing courses are designed to include more complex concepts and content at each level. Consequently, students must take courses in a specific sequence and pass each course before proceeding to the next level. To be eligible for graduation, students must successfully complete the courses that comprise the curriculum, nursing requirements, and electives.

The study of nursing is based on a common intellectual heritage transmitted by a liberal education and the art and science of nursing. (See Core Curriculum under the University Policies section of this catalog.) Students are encouraged to complete their history, philosophy, theology, and English Core courses in the first and second years.

Nursing students use the clinical reasoning process to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. Judgments made by the nurse result in selection of interventions and outcomes in concert with the client's choices. Most nursing courses have a theory and a clinical component and the curriculum includes content on the care of children, childbearing families, and adults of all ages across the continuum of wellness to illness. Faculty members guide student learning in campus laboratories and in a variety of healthcare agencies in the Greater Boston area.

Students should consult the curriculum plan and see their advisors as they plan for registration.

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Typical Plan of Study

Freshman Year

Semester I

  • BIOL1300, BIOL1310 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • CHEM1161, CHEM1163 Life Science Chemistry
  • NURS1010 Professional Development Seminar
  • Core or elective
  • Core or elective

Semester II

  • BIOL1320, BIOL1330 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • MATH1180 Principles of Statistics for the Health Sciences
  • NURS2070 Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • Core or elective
  • Core or elective
Sophomore Year

Semester I

  • BIOL2200, BIOL2210 Microbiology for Health Professionals
  • Core or elective
  • Core or elective
  • Core or elective
  • Core or elective

Semester II

  • NURS2080 Pathophysiology
  • NURS2120 Nursing Health Assessment Across the Life Span
  • NURS2121 Nursing Health Assessment Across the Life Span Clinical Laboratory
  • Core or elective
  • Core or elective
Junior Year

Semester I

  • NURS3170 Principles of Evidence-based Nursing
  • NURS2204 Pharmacology and Nutrition Therapies
  • NURS2230 Adult Health Nursing Theory I
  • NURS2231 Adult Health Nursing I Clinical Laboratory
  • Core or elective

Semester II

  • NURS3242 Adult Health Nursing Theory II
  • NURS3243 Adult Health Nursing II Clinical Laboratory
  • NURS3244 Childbearing Nursing Theory
  • NURS3245 Childbearing Nursing Clinical Laboratory
  • Core or elective
Senior Year

Semester I

  • NURS4250 Child Health Nursing Theory
  • NURS4251 Child Health Nursing Clinical Laboratory
  • NURS4252 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Theory
  • NURS4253 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Clinical Laboratory

Semester II

  • NURS4260 Population Health Nursing Theory
  • NURS4261 Population Health Practice in the Community
  • NURS4263 Nursing Synthesis Clinical Laboratory
  • NURS4270 Transition to Professional Nursing
  • Core or elective

The Connell School of Nursing reserves the right to alter any program or policy outlined.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress

The CSON Academic Standards Advisory Committee meets at the end of each semester to review the records of students with course failures, course deficiencies, low GPAs, or other academic concerns. Decisions about progression in the program are made by this committee in accordance with the policies outlined in the CSON Baccalaureate Program Handbook (on the CSON website) and other relevant university policies.

Credit and Graduation Requirements

Students registered for at least twelve credit hours per semester are considered full-time students. Usually fifteen credits are carried each semester and a minimum 117 credits are required for graduation.

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Information for First Year Students

During the first year students typically complete two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology with laboratories, Life Science Chemistry with Laboratory, English Writing and Literature, Statistics, Modern History I and II, Introduction to Professional Nursing, and Nursing Professional Development Seminar. Electives may be substituted in certain situations (e.g., the student has Advanced Placement credits for Core courses or wishes to continue foreign language study). During orientation, students will meet with faculty members who will assist them with registration for the fall. In September, students will be assigned advisors who will guide them through the Nursing program.

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Special Opportunities

Study Abroad

Students in the William F. Connell School of Nursing are encouraged to study abroad for one semester. Students may study abroad during fall or spring semester of junior year or fall semester of senior year. Most students take electives or Core courses while they are abroad. Students are free to study abroad in any location approved by the Office of International Programs. A minimum GPA is required for all study abroad programs.

Nursing Synthesis Course

The Nursing Synthesis course in the senior year offers students an advanced nursing practicum where they work with an individually assigned professional nurse preceptor. Students write a proposal in the semester prior to the course indicating their special learning interests.

Independent Study (NURS4911)

Junior or senior nursing students develop a proposal for independent study in an area of nursing in which they wish to obtain further knowledge and/or experience. Guidelines are available on the CSON undergraduate website. Students should consult an academic advisor and/or the Associate Dean of the undergraduate program about their proposal.

Undergraduate Research Fellows Program

Students in excellent academic standing may apply to assist faculty in a faculty-directed research project and gain valuable experience in nursing research.

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Minors in the Connell School of Nursing

Nursing students may minor in any Arts and Sciences discipline or General Education by fulfilling the requirements of those departments. In addition, nursing students may minor in Hispanic Studies by completing 18 credits in Spanish/Hispanic Studies that are approved by the Associate Dean. CSON students who wish to declare a CSON Hispanic studies minor should meet with the Associate Dean.

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Minor in Psychology

The minor would be awarded to CSON students who complete 18 credits in psychology. Courses should include PSYC1110 Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science and PSYC1111 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science. Students who received AP credit for PSYC1110 and PSYC1111 may select alternate courses. Courses that may be applied to the minor include the following (or others approved by the undergraduate Associate Dean):

  • PSYC1011 Psychobiology of Mental Disorders
  • PSYC1032 Emotion
  • PSYC1029 Mind & Brain
  • PSYC2241 Social Psychology
  • PSYC2260 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC2272 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC2274 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC2285 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • APSY1030 Child Growth and Development
  • APSY1032 Psychology of Learning
  • APSY2041 Adolescent Psychology
  • APSY2241 Abnormal Psychology
  • APSY2240 Personality Theories: Behavior in Context
  • APSY3243 Counseling Theories
  • APSY3244 Adult Psychology
  • FORS5315 Victimology
  • FORS5317 Forensic Mental Health
  • FORS5318 Forensic Science I

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B.S./M.S. Program

This program enables students to graduate with bachelor's and master's degrees in five years (full time) or six years (part time). Students take graduate courses in their senior year and during the summer after graduation with the B.S. In order to qualify for this program, students must maintain an academic average of 3.4 with a grade of B or above in all nursing courses. Qualified undergraduate students may take approved graduate courses as part of their elective requirement. These credits would count toward the master's degree at Boston College Connell School of Nursing if the student is accepted into the master's program prior to graduating with the B.S. degree.

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Academic Honors

The University Honors Program

The Honors Program offers selected students a more integrated and comprehensive liberal arts curriculum as an alternative to the regular undergraduate Core. Students are invited to join the program before they enter Boston College. In order to remain in the program, students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.33.

Students in the Honors Program complete all requirements of the nursing major. In addition, they must satisfy the following requirements of the Honors Program:

Western Cultural Tradition I-VIII: In the first two years, students are required to take this intensive course for six credits each semester (a total of 24 credits). It substitutes for the usual Core requirements in literature, writing, philosophy, theology, and social science. For additional information see the section in this catalog under the Arts and Sciences Honors Program.

In the junior and senior years, students follow the nursing course sequence and, under the direction of the School of Nursing honors advisor, plan and carry out a research project. These honor students will be afforded special learning activities designed to challenge their interests and capitalize on their intellectual ability.

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Special Requirements for CSON Students

Health Requirements

In addition to the health and immunization requirements for all undergraduate students, nursing students must have immunity to varicella (chicken pox) and hepatitis B and annual screening for tuberculosis (PPD). Other requirements such as flu vaccines, and/or other health data may be required.

Other Clinical Requirements

Nursing students are required to be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) before enrolling in NURS2231 (sophomore or junior year), and must keep this certification current. Nursing students must also undergo the expanded multistate criminal offense background checks that are required by affiliating health care institutions.

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General Information

Cooperating Hospitals and Health Agencies

Students in the baccalaureate nursing program have planned learning experiences in teaching hospitals and community agencies in the Boston metropolitan area. The facilities used for these experiences are located in Boston and the surrounding area. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from those facilities, and most are accessible by public transportation.

Fees

School of Nursing students pay the same tuition, fees, and room and board costs as other colleges' enrollees. In addition, nursing students have the following expenses:

  • Standardized examination (NCLEX Assessment Test) $70.00
  • Laboratory Fee up to $230.00 (Payable for certain clinical nursing courses)
  • Costs for transportation to clinical sites, additional health requirements, and CPR certification
College Credit for Transfer Students

Candidates possessing a bachelor's degree in another field and candidates possessing college credit in either nursing or non-nursing programs apply to the Office of Transfer Admissions, located in Devlin Hall. A maximum of sixty (60) credits will be accepted in transfer. Nursing courses taken at another institution will be evaluated on an individual basis. Students applying for transfer will be asked to submit course syllabi to the School of Nursing for use in evaluating prior course work. Additional information on transfer credits may be found in the Baccalaureate Program Handbook on the BC website.

Career Opportunities

The field of nursing offers a wide variety of career options, including positions in hospitals, long-term care facilities, community health agencies, clinics, and day care centers for children and the elderly. Nurses are establishing private practices and group practices with other health professionals. Business, industry, and occupational health settings employ nurses. Graduates of the Boston College Connell School of Nursing have worked as researchers in clinical settings. Some serve on faculties of schools of nursing or as administrators of clinical and educational institutions.

The baccalaureate program of study prepares its graduates for entry into master's and doctoral degree programs in nursing. With graduate study, advanced practice nurses see clients in primary care, teach students and other health professionals, establish programs of research, provide consultation, serve as health care planners, and participate on governmental committees dealing with health care issues.

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