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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Undergraduate Program

william f. connell school of nursing

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The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing includes liberal arts, physical and social sciences and nursing courses.

The curriculum is designed to develop a student's diagnostic, therapeutic and ethical reasoning in nursing practice. The graduate is prepared as a generalist able to care for individuals and groups at each developmental level and in varied health care settings.

Options are available for baccalaureate students to begin master's-level courses during their undergraduate nursing program. Undergraduate nursing students may enroll for one semester during their junior year in any number of study-abroad programs sponsored by Boston College or by other U.S. colleges and universities.

At the completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses. For graduates of the Connell School B.S. program taking the NCLEX-RN in 2013-2014, 92.5% passed the first time. This compares favorably to a national pass rate of 83%, a MA state pass rate of 82.8%, and all "BS and higher degree" program pass rate of 85.2%.

The program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Advantages of BC



  • Combination of classroom and clinical experiences
  • Integration of nursing majors with non-nursing majors in arts and science courses and in student life
  • Viewing intelligence and professional achievement as a way to realize ethical and religious ideals



  • Internationally recognized for teaching, practice and research
  • Assuring individualized attention by maintaining excellent student-faculty ratio





  • Beautiful suburban campus
  • Proximity to Boston
  • Public transportation to clinical settings

Baccalaureate Program Outcomes

Assessment of Student Learning

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