Becker College Adds Four-year Bachelor Of Science In Nursing Program

Apr 18, 2012, 13:49 ET from Becker College

2011 NCLEX-RN 99 percent first-time pass rate makes Becker 1st among Mass. associate's degree nursing programs

WORCESTER, Mass., April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Becker College announced a new four-year nursing program that leads to a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree.  Successful completion of this program provides a student eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Applications for the program are currently open, and enrollment will begin in fall 2012.

The new four-year BSN combines nursing and liberal arts curricula.  It prepares graduates to assume the role of a registered nurse in direct care of patients in acute-care, long-term care, and community or ambulatory care settings, as well as for entry into graduate-level programs. The new program is offered in addition to the college's longstanding pre-licensure associate degree nursing program and its post-licensure RN to BSN program.

"Since 1982, Becker College has been a leader in preparing skilled nurses to make important contributions to health care," says Elizabeth V. Fuller, Ed.D., vice president of academic affairs. "The most recent annual official pass rate, for graduates taking the NCLEX-RN for the first time, was 99 percent. This speaks to the quality of our nursing programs and graduates." Becker College pre-licensure nursing graduates had a 99 percent first-time NCLEX pass rate in 2011. This placed Becker's nursing program fifth in Massachusetts in terms of pass rates, and first of all associate's degree programs.

Becker College nursing students are involved in an array of community partnerships, locally and globally.

Examples of such work include local health screening and health education events, work at campus blood drives, and collecting supplies for local and international community agencies.

"Becker College-educated nurses contribute to fulfilling our mission to prepare graduates to thrive, contribute to and lead in a global society," says Linda L. Esper, RN, MSN, MBA, Ed.D., director of nursing. "Our nursing graduates pursue careers at hospitals, acute and subacute health care facilities, and community agencies. Many graduates continue their nursing education, preparing them for advanced professional practice."  

For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 508-373-9400 or

About Becker College
The Princeton Review ranks Becker College as one of the best 377 colleges in the U.S. and Becker's undergraduate video game design program as one of the top two in Massachusetts. In 2011, Becker was designated by the Patrick-Murray administration as host of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI). Becker serves nearly 1,800 students from across the country and around the world and offers 30 diverse, first-quality degree programs that launch careers, from nursing to veterinary science, and a variety of adult learning options. With campuses in Worcester and Leicester, Mass., Becker College traces its history from the union of two Massachusetts educational institutions—one founded in 1784 and the other in 1887—and has over 22,000 alumni worldwide.

Sandy Lashin-Curewitz, Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs
Becker College
Phone: 508-373-9529                                     
Cell: 508-887-2388


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