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William F. Connell School of Nursing

How to Apply: Direct Master's Entry

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Fall 2016 Incoming Students

Effective 2016: MSE program total credits increase to 77 in 2016. The MSE program begins with a 3-week in-person summer session (mid-July through the first week of August) and additional online course work in August. Dorm rooms will be available to rent during the three-week in-person summer session for students who do not yet have housing in Boston. For all of Boston College, fall semester classes will begin in the last week of August.

Thank you for your interest in applying to the William F. Connell School of Nursing. Please read all the forms and materials carefully. These forms contain important details, and we recommend that you review each one in advance to ensure that you have the information to complete all materials by the direct master's entry application deadline of November 15. Decisions will be emailed mid to late February.

 

program overview

Do you have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and want to enter nursing as an advanced practice nurse practitioner in adult gerontology, family, pediatrics, psych-mental health, or women's health specialties? You can complete a master’s degree in 23 months and begin to make an immediate impact, shifting your career into high gear.

Program Eligibility
  • A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA (or combined undergraduate and graduate GPA) > 3.0*
  • Completion of prerequisite courses

*Admission to the Direct Master's Entry (MSE) program is highly competitive and the number of applications far exceeds the number of available seats. Most of the students admitted to the MSE program have GPAs >3.3.

The direct master's entry route to entry prepares those with a baccalaureate degree or higher in non-nursing fields for advanced practice nursing. During the first full-time 12 months of study, students complete all requirements to become registered nurses; students will not receive another bachelor's degree, but will progress to the master's degree. Specialization at the master's level prepares students to sit for certification examinations in any of our advanced practice specialties except CRNA (nurse anesthesia), which requires one year of critical care nursing experience as an RN.

The plan of study can be completed in 23 months of full-time study. After the completion of Year I, students are eligible to take the examination for RN licensure (NCLEX-RN). Students may take part-time options that are available after year I.

 

prerequisite courses

**Applicants are responsible for ensuring that coursework they have completed satisfies the pre-requisite requirements. The Graduate Program staff will not contact applicants during the admissions process to verify pre-requisite coursework.**

Direct master's entry students are required to complete prerequisite courses prior to the start of the program. It is preferred that applicants have at least 4 of the following 5 science pre-requisites completed or in process at the time of application:  General Chemistry with lab; Microbiology with lab;  Anatomy & Physiology I with lab, Anatomy & Physiology II with lab; Pathophysiology. All pre-requisite coursework must be completed by June 30.  Students must receive a minimum grade of B- (80) in each of the prerequisite courses. AP credit is NOT accepted as fulfilling pre-requisite coursework.

For course work completed before applying, please submit transcripts as part of your application. For course work that you plan to complete after applying but before starting the program, please indicate this on the application and submit transcripts following course completion. The prerequisite courses include:

  • Social Science
    Course may be in the area of sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, or political science.
  • Human Development, Lifespan Development or Developmental Psychology
    A course that covers the lifespan (infancy to older adulthood) is preferred; child development (infancy through late adolescence) will be accepted. A course that only covers a single phase (e.g., infant development or adolescent development) is not acceptable.
  • Statistics
    An introductory course is acceptable.
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Lab (Human)
    If taken separately, one semester of anatomy and one semester of physiology are acceptable. Must focus exclusively on human anatomy and physiology (not comparative or mammalian). Courses must include lab and must have been taken within five years of application.
  • General Chemistry I with Lab
    Course must include lab and must have been taken within five years of application.
  • Microbiology (Biology of Microbes) with Lab
    Course must include lab and must have been taken within five years of application.
  • Pathophysiology*
    Course must have been taken within five years of application. *Course may be waived for students with biology/neuro science degrees in good academic standing.
Masters Entry Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses may be taken at any accredited college or university. This includes in person and online courses with virtual labs, and also those available at community colleges. Please call if you have any questions.

 

required application materials

  • Online application form
  • $40 application fee (can be submitted online via Agora Portal or mailed with cover sheet)
  • Official transcripts of all prior postsecondary academic work (including at BC) Please note that all transcripts must be official and be mailed directly from the institution to our Application Processing Center. If the institution does not accept the cover page, you must ensure that the name on your transcript exactly matches the name on your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the Graduate Office (617-552-4928) if an academic transcript has been submitted under a different last name and does not have a cover page.
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically. When you register your reference writers through the application system, they will immediately receive an email with the link to the electronic reference form. As such, we suggest that you contact your references prior to registering them through the online application.
    • References will have the option to upload a supporting letter in Word or PDF format.
    • If you would like your references to receive the electronic form before you have completed the online application, you may go directly to the "Recommendations" link on the application and register your references before filling out the rest of the form.
    • You can log back into your application to check which letters have been received, as well as to send reminder emails to your references.
  • Essays in a single PDF file, applicants should respond to the two essay questions listed
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae (two page maximum)
  • Official GRE scores* (current within five years of application deadline)
    *Please allow 2-4 weeks for test scores to be received in order to meet application deadline
  • TOEFL -Evidence of English Proficiency (TOEFL)-- Official TOEFL scores are required for students whose native language is other than English. The following scores indicate minimum score requirements. (100 on the TOEFL iBT (internet based test); 7.5 on the IELTS Band (academic); 600 or greater on the paper based test or 250 on the CBT test (Computer-Based Test). Please request that your scores be sent to the William F. Connell Graduate School of Nursing by using our institutional code 3062 in the designated areas. Student copies or photocopies of TOEFL are not accepted.
    • You can get application forms and information about testing dates for the TOEFL from many U.S. consulates, USIA Centers, and TOEFL centers overseas by writing to: TOEFL Registration CN 6152 Princeton, New Jersey 08541 USA, or www.toefl.org.
    • The TOEFL score is not required if you meet both of the following criteria:  You are a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean AND your native language is English.

 

additional requirements for international students

  • Official transcript(s) evaluation (by the Commission on Graduate Foreign Nursing Schools or World Education Services) from all post-secondary institutions at which you have studied
  • TOEFL -Evidence of English Proficiency (TOEFL)-- Official TOEFL scores are required for students whose native language is other than English. The following scores indicate minimum score requirements. (100 on the TOEFL iBT (internet based test); 7.5 on the IELTS Band (academic); 600 or greater on the paper based test or 250 on the CBT test (Computer-Based Test). Please request that your scores be sent to the William F. Connell Graduate School of Nursing by using our institutional code 3062 in the designated areas. Student copies or photocopies of TOEFL are not accepted.
    • You can get application forms and information about testing dates for the TOEFL from many U.S. consolates, USIA Centers, and TOELF centers overseas by writing to: TOEFL Registration CN 6152 Princeton, New Jersey 08541 USA, or www.toefl.org.
    • The TOEFL score is not required if you meet both of the following criteria:  You are a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean AND your native language is English.

 

supplemental forms

Based on the answers you provide in your application, you may need one or more of the following forms to complete your application:

 

SUBMITTING APPLICATION MATERIALS

Most application materials are submitted online. Transcripts and any additional supplemental material that needs to be mailed should be sent to the following address:

Boston College
William F. Connell School of Nursing Processing Center
P.O. Box 8147
Portsmouth, NH 03802

In order to be processed, all materials should include your full name (as listed on your application). This will be used to match your materials to your online application. If transcripts are listed in a different name, please include that name in parentheses.

Please note that the mailing address listed above does not accept deliveries from Fedex, UPS, or other express mail services. If you need to submit materials in an expedited fashion, please send to:

Boston College
William F. Connell School of Nursing Document Processing Center
124 Heritage Avenue, Suite #14
Portsmouth, NH 03801

 

 

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