The award-winning RN Refresher Certificate Program at Boston College Connell School of Nursing has been redesigned for the post COVID era - now titled the 

Fast Track Orientation and RN Refresher Certificate Program

The new design provides updates to time tested and respected content in a more efficient format, offering convenience for nurses eager to be at their best as they:

  • Return to the workforce, 
  • Re-license as an Advanced Practice Nurse,
  • Jump start a new career or change jobs,
  • Progress in their career and gain confidence in providing nursing care.

Learners will experience an information-packed program with online, self-paced recorded classes and on-campus instruction with hands-on skills training including high-fidelity simulation.  

The Certificate Program is divided into two parts: one asynchronous and online, the other live on the Boston College Chestnut Hill campus.

Certificate students must first complete the online courses before they
can join the  live classes.

Online, Pre-Recorded Courses

 Nursing Care, Career Relaunch & Dosage Calculations

22.5 Contact Hours


Available on Canvas, a virtual educational platform.

This part of the program includes the content listed below.

Nursing Care: Acute Illness, Chronic Disease and Behavioral Health Conditions - 16.5 Contact Hours

11 modules for a review of content essential to providing up to date nursing care:

  • Nursing as a Profession and Discipline: Social Determinants
    of Health   
  • Cardiology Overview: CAD and Pharmacology   
  • Diabetes and Other Endocrine Disorders   
  • Geriatric
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Gastroenterology      
  • Palliative Care  
  • Perioperative
  • Psychiatric and Mental Health
  • Respiratory 

Career Relaunch: Essential Tools, Plans, and Tips for Success  - 2 Contact Hours

Learn to navigate today's job market with a professional resume to showcase your new and former skills and accomplishments, develop a career strategy to canvas your opportunities, and prepare for interviews to maximize your choices in selecting your next career move.

Dosage Calculation - 4 Contact Hours

Strengthen basic, but essential, on-the-job math skills for mastery of medication administration applicable to any setting. 

Live, In-Person,
On Campus

Health Assessment and Fundamental Clinical Skills & IV Therapy

23.5 Contact Hours


Course Dates:

  • Tuesday - Friday,  Dec 10 - 13, 2024, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday - Friday,  May 6 - 9, 2025, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

The course contains the content listed below.

Health Assessment and Fundamental Clinical Skills  - 18 Contact Hours

Three days of immersion learning comprised of lectures alternating with hands-on practice of health assessment and clinical skills. Students will have a high-fidelity simulation experience using full scale computerized patient simulators that provide a high level of interactivity and realism to manage and assess select health emergencies

IV Therapy: Peripheral and Central Line Care - 5.5 Contact Hours

A full day course dedicated to reviewing the anatomical placement, utilization and assessment of intravenous lines used in acute and home care settings. The course includes time to practice venipuncture for the placement of peripheral lines using simulation materials. Students will gain a thorough understanding of intravenous nursing care, not competency, in placing intravenous lines in clinical practice. 

Join us for an
Information Session
Live Online via Zoom:

  • Tuesday, June 4, 10:00 am ET
  • Wednesday, July 10, 12pm ET
  • Tuesday, August 12, 3 pm ET