MWCC/Fitchburg State Guaranteed Admission Nursing Program

MWCC Nursing Graduates

Gain acceptance into Fitchburg State’s BS in Nursing program when you earn your RN at MWCC

How do I begin this selective program?

Your acceptance to MWCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing program offers you conditional admission to Fitchburg State’s online BS in Nursing program.

When do I start at Fitchburg State University?

Upon graduation from MWCC’s Nursing program, and passing the NCLEX-RN exam, you may begin your courses in the RN-BS program at Fitchburg State (courses begin every 7 weeks).  Students will be contacted in their final semester at MWCC to discuss the transition to Fitchburg State.

Is this an online program?

The RN-BS program at Fitchburg State is 100% online.

How much does tuition cost?

Tuition for the Associate Degree in Nursing program at MWCC is approximately $23,766 (75 credit hours)*.

Tuition and fees for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online degree program at Fitchburg State is approximately $9,952 (32 credit hours)*.

Please note: additional costs may apply for Gen. Ed. credits, if needed. Students need 120 credits to graduate from Fitchburg State.

Is this program accredited?

Yes. The Nursing program at Mount Wachusett Community College is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The BS in Nursing at Fitchburg State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Who do I contact with questions about this joint admission program?

Please contact the Graduate and Continuing Education office at Fitchburg State for additional information at gce@fitchburgstate.edu or 978-665-3182 or Admissions at MWCC admissions@mwcc.mass.edu or 978-630-9110.

What will I have access to at Fitchburg State while I complete my Nursing program at MWCC?

Students will be invited to Fitchburg State’s health and nursing related events at the Fitchburg campus.  Students will also have access to a staff representative at Fitchburg State who can assist with any questions students might have along the way.  Questions regarding services should be directed to gce@fitchburgstate.edu or 978-665-3182.

What courses will I need to complete at Fitchburg State to earn my BS in Nursing?

Students who meet the Nursing Education Transfer Compact (NETC) by completing an Associate degree in Nursing from Mount Wachusett Community College and completing the MassTransfer block or having a previous Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college will receive up to 88 credits in transfer.  NETC students do not have to follow Fitchburg State’s usual general education (LA&S) requirements.  Students are required to complete any courses specified by the RN to BS in Nursing major, to complete the global diversity requirement and to meet the minimum 120 credits needed for graduation at Fitchburg State University. Students must achieve a grade of B- or higher in BIO 199 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 204 Anatomy and Physiology II and in BIO 205 Microbiology to qualify for the guaranteed admission agreement at Fitchburg State. MWCC students who have received a grade lower than B- in the Biology courses must retake the course for a higher grade in order to meet the Fitchburg State requirements should they choose to begin the Fitchburg State program upon MWCC graduation.

The following courses are left to complete at Fitchburg State:

Nursing Courses
 NURS 3500  Role Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing 3
 NURS 3600  Health and Physical Assessment 3
 NURS 3710 Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3
 NURS 4010 Community based  Health Nursing 4
 NURS 4020 Social Justice and Advocacy in Nursing 3
 NURS 4030 Genomics for Nursing Practice 3
 NURS 4040  Health Care Policy and Finance for Nursing Practice 3
 NURS 4500  Nursing in a Global Community 3
 NURS 4520 Caring for Forensic Populations 3
 NURS 4600 RN to BS Capstone 4
 Total Nursing Credits 32
 General Education Courses
 Global Diversity ART Elective / Non-Western Course 3
 MATH 1700 Applied Statistics (if not transferred in) 3
 PHIL 2001 Medical ethics OR PHIL 2500 Contemporary Ethical Problems  OR PHIL 2600 Philosophy of Human Nature OR PHIL 3610 World Religions 3
 Total General Education Credits 9
 Total Credits 41

Courses left to complete if student does not complete the MassTransfer block prior to transfer:

Nursing Courses
 NURS 3500  Role Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing 3
 NURS 3600  Health and Physical Assessment 3
 NURS 3710 Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3
 NURS 4010 Community based  Health Nursing 4
 NURS 4020 Social Justice and Advocacy in Nursing 3
 NURS 4030 Genomics for Nursing Practice 3
 NURS 4040  Health Care Policy and Finance for Nursing Practice 3
 NURS 4500  Nursing in a Global Community 3
 NURS 4520 Caring for Forensic Populations 3
 NURS 4600 RN to BS Capstone 4
 Total Nursing Credits 32
 General Education Courses (if not transferred in)
MATH 1700 Applied Statistics (Recommend MAT 143 Statistics) 3
 History Elective 3
Global Diversity ART or Music elective / Non-Western course (recommend HUM 261 The Art of Being Human I) 3
Literature Elective (Lit Attribute) 3
 Art Elective (Art Attribute) 3
 PHIL 2001 Medical ethics OR PHIL 2500 Contemporary Ethical Problems  OR PHIL 2600 Philosophy of Human Nature OR PHIL 3610 World Religions (Recommend HUM 212 Medical Ethics or HUM 240   Comparative Religion) 3
Advanced LA&S Electives (must be approved by department) 6
 Total General Education Credits 24
 Total Credits 56

Note – Requirements are subject to change.  Please confirm required courses and refer to your degree audit for specific information regarding your requirements.

*2017–2018 tuition rates.