Nursing Major

College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) – Department of Nursing


The University offers a Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing for registered nurses who already have completed either an Associate Degree or a Diploma Program in Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Framingham State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE);

The curriculum provides a broad educational base in the humanities and in the natural and social sciences. The program encourages self-directed learning, critical thinking, independent action, and professional awareness. The goal is preparation of a nurse who is able to function as a generalist in a variety of health-care settings. The course of study provides a base for graduate work in education, research, clinical specialization, or administration.

The curriculum is organized around the concept of prevention as a means of attaining wellness includes:

  1. Primary prevention - to prevent the initiation of illness through the reduction of risk factors and the promotion of wellness.
  2. Secondary prevention - to arrest the development of illness through early detection of illness and the promotion of wellness.
  3. Tertiary prevention - to minimize the consequences of illness and disability through the promotion of wellness.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Apply nursing theory and research principles in making evidence-based decisions on nursing practice in relation to the three levels of preventive health nursing care.
  2. Use nursing process as a means of decision making for refining and extending practice.
  3. Synthesize the theoretical and empirical knowledge from the natural and behavioral sciences and the humanities with nursing theory in preventive health care.
  4. Provide nursing activities of education, motivation, advocacy, and assistance to the person in relation to health.
  5. Demonstrate accountability for decision making related to professional nursing.
  6. Evaluate research for applicability of its findings to nursing theory and practice.
  7. Demonstrate leadership skills through interaction with others as a professional nurse.
  8. Communicate effectively in collaboration with members of the intraprofessional team to enhance the health care delivery system.
  9. Participate in resolving community and societal health needs through nursing activities.
  10. Provide comprehensive and individual nursing care based on assessment which includes the person’s socioeconomic status, life style, gender, culture, and personal values and beliefs.
  11. Use current technologies to enhance nursing practice.

Applicants must meet the following requirements for undergraduate admissions:

  1. Submit official transcripts from basic nursing programs and all colleges and/or universities attended.
  2. Submit evidence of current unrestricted Registered Nurse licensure in Massachusetts (may apply during basic nursing program, but must be licensed prior to taking nursing courses).

Nursing Education Transfer Compact (NETP)

For Registered Nurses who graduated from public Associate Degree in Nursing Programs in Massachusetts, the NETP includes:

  • Acceptance in transfer all courses earned as part of a Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) approved public Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, without time restriction*, as a body of knowledge and practical experience that is a prerequisite to National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) licensure.

 *Exceptions to this policy may be applied by FSU for specific courses, i.e. sciences

Transfer credit evaluations are completed by the Office of the University Registrar. Registered Nurses may receive credit for nursing and non-nursing college-level courses successfully completed at other regionally-accredited higher education institutions.

The General Education Requirement

As per the Nursing Education Transfer Policy (NETP), nursing students who attended a Massachusetts state community college and have completed the MassTransfer Block (General Education), as indicated as such on the community college transcript, may be required to complete no more than two additional courses at FSU to satisfy FSU’s Domain General Education model. A nursing student who has previously completed a bachelor’s degree from a regional-accredited institution in the United States will have FSU’s Domain General Education model as completed.

Students who do not meet the General Education requirements through the Mass Transfer Block (General Education) must meet the University’s Domain General Education Requirements. See the Framingham State University Undergraduate Catalog for details.


Lower Division Nursing Knowledge:

Diploma Programs
Registered Nurses who graduated from a Diploma program approved by a state Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) will earn seven (7) transfer course-credits.

Foreign Nursing Programs
Transcripts of Registered Nurses who graduated from foreign nursing programs will be evaluated on an individual basis. Transfer credit for previous nursing courses (7 course-credits/28 semester hours) can be earned through successful completion of the ACEII and Clinical Practice examinations.

Course Prerequisites

Courses may have specified conditions for enrollment, such as prior completion of less advanced courses, permission of the instructor, or appropriate placement test scores. Students should refer to course descriptions in the department listings for prerequisite requirements.



Upper Division Nursing Requirements:

The upper division Nursing major may be completed in as few as three (3) semesters:

  • NURS 310 Professional Nursing Perspectives
  • NURS 325 Nursing Informatics
  • NURS 330 Primary Prevention in the Community
  • NURS 420 Nursing Theory
  • NURS 430 Secondary Prevention
  • NURS 440 Introduction to Nursing Research
  • NURS 460 Nursing Leadership
  • NURS 470 Tertiary Prevention

NOTE: As mandated by the Massachusetts General Laws 444 of the Acts of 1996, a criminal offender record information (CORI) check will be performed on students who will have clinical experience in community and home settings.


Performance Standards

1.    A GPA of 2.00 in nursing courses is required for continuance in the program.

2.    A grade of at least C- (1.70) is required in nursing courses.

3.    When a grade of D+ (1.30) or lower is received in a nursing course the course may be repeated only once.

4.    Failure to meet these standards will result in dismissal from the program.

Any student on academic probation cannot be admitted to:

  • NURS 440 Introduction to Nursing Research
  • NURS 460 Nursing Leadership
  • NURS 470 Tertiary Prevention


Effective as of the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog