FSU Partners with MassBay on a More Affordable Path to a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

FSU Partners with MassBay on a More Affordable Path to a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

Jul 12, 2017

FRAMINGHAM, MASS. – Framingham State University and MassBay Community College are pleased to announce a new agreement that provides MassBay students who earn their associate’s degree in Nursing with seamless admission into Framingham State’s Nursing Program to complete their bachelor’s degree.

The articulation agreement aims to streamline the process for students to earn their bachelor’s degree in a field that is facing a large shortfall in qualified job applicants due to retirements.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for MassBay Nursing students to take advantage of the rich resources of the University while still at the community college, such as program-specific academic advising and library access,” says Dr. Susan Mullaney, professor and chair of the Framingham State Nursing Department. “Students will also have the option to take general education courses at FSU. These benefits should assist them in feeling supported, informed, and more prepared before they begin their RN-to-BS program at FSU.”

“We are excited for this partnership and the educational opportunities this will provide our students,” said MassBay Director of Admissions and Recruitment Alison McCarty. “We have been flooded with interest in our nursing program from applicants who have noticed our strong license exam pass rates and have heard about our concept-based instruction designed for adult learners who thrive with experiential learning. Having this partnership in place will assist our students in earning their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees and strengthen the local medical community.”

Students will have to meet certain criteria in order to ensure seamless transfer to FSU, including:

  • Successfully completing the Associate Degree in Nursing at MassBay with a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Successfully passing the NCLEX-RN exam
  • Presenting a current, unrestricted RN license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

For more information on FSU’s Nursing programs, visit www.framingham.edu/nursing.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.