Degree Requirements

Completion of thirty-two (32) courses meets the requirements for graduation from Framingham State University. The requirements are divided into Upper Division Nursing Courses and General Education Courses. Students must take a minimum of three courses to be considered full time. Each course is the equivalent of a four credit-hour course in terms of the work expected.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credit evaluations are made by the University Admissions Office. Registered Nurses receive credit for nursing and non-nursing courses successfully completed at other institutions of higher learning. Students may also receive credit through the challenge examination process (National League for Nursing (NLN) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). The policies for acceptable challenge exams and scores are determined by the department offering the courses.

For Registered Nurses who graduated from public Associate Degree in Nursing Programs in Massachusetts, according to the ACC 14-27, the Nursing Education Transfer Compact (NETC), approved by the Board of Higher Education on January 28, 2014, Framingham State University will

  1. Accept in transfer as a block, up to a maximum of 72 credits, without time restriction, earned in a Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN)-approved public Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program. 

For Registered Nurses from private ADN and diploma nursing programs approved by a state Board of Registration in Nursing –seven (7) course credits (28 credit hours) will be awarded. 

For Registered Nurses from programs not approved by a state Board of Registration in Nursing, seven (7) course credits (28 credit hours) can be earned by challenge examination (ACEII and Clinical Practice Exams).        

General Education Requirements

For Registered Nurses who graduated from public Associate Degree in Nursing Programs in Massachusetts, according to the ACC 14-27, the Nursing Education Transfer Compact (NETC), approved by the Board of Higher Education on January 28, 2014, Framingham State University will

  1. Accept credits earned through a previous bachelor’s degree as fulfilling the General Education requirements.
  2. Accept General education/distribution core courses (MassTransfer Block) without time restriction as having met the General Education requirements. Certification of MassTransfer is awarded at a Massachusetts Community College. 

Students who do not meet the General Education requirements through the MassTransfer Core Curriculum, must meet the Domain Requirements. See catalog for details.

Program Information

For further information regarding the RN to BS(N) Program at Framingham State University, please contact: Dr. Susan M. Mullaney, Department Chair at smullaney@framingham.edu

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