Why Elms For Your Nursing Degree?

  • Class of 2019: 97% NCLEX pass rate. Our BSN program is #1 among colleges in western Massachusetts.
  • Educating nurses for over 40 years. Over 1,700 nurses graduated since 1982.
  • Emphasis on National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) preparation.
  • State-of-the-art nursing skills and simulation labs.
  • Test-optional application process.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Elms College baccalaureate nursing curriculum integrates a strong liberal arts and sciences core with a nursing curriculum that emphasizes nationally recognized standards and competencies for nurses and health professionals.

Elms bachelor of science in nursing students are well educated through rigorous coursework, state-of-the-art simulation labs and through diverse clinical practice in a variety of healthcare settings to gain the knowledge and skills to successfully engage in professional nursing practice.

Elms nursing graduates become knowledgeable, innovative professional nurse leaders prepared to influence and drive healthcare change, make important contributions to patient safety and quality healthcare delivery.

Quick Info

  • Elms boasts award-winning BSN athletes across all Division III sports. More than half (60%) of our athletes on the women’s lacrosse, softball, and basketball teams are also nursing majors.
  • Clinical learning begins sophomore year
  • Student-led Undergraduate Nursing Council provides continuous feedback and student experience input
  • Specialized support and a dedicated nursing computer testing lab
Rebecca Cao ’17 took a unique approach to her nursing education, choosing to stay an extra year at Elms to complete a second major in computer information technology (CIT). Here, she explains how her understanding of technology led her to a clinical analyst job at Berkshire Health Systems.


Click to view course requirements for the Nursing (BSN).

124 credits (including Elms College core requirements).

Core Nursing Requirements

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
NUR 1100Introduction to Contemporary Nursing Practice3
NUR 2103Medical Dose Calculations1
NUR 2107Health Assessment of the Adult4
NUR 2109Pathophysiology3
NUR 2201Fundamentals of Nursing5
NUR 2205Pharmacology3
NUR 3106Nursing Care of the Adult I5
NUR 3106LNursing Skills Lab I1
NUR 3406Mental Health Nursing4
NUR 3306Nursing Care of the Adult II5
NUR 3306LNursing Skills Lab II1
NUR 3405Nursing Research3
NUR 3604Children and Families5
NUR 3608Childbearing5
NUR 4605Nursing Care of the Older Adult5
NUR 4700Population-based Health Nursing4
NUR 4707Nursing Leadership and Management of Care5
NUR 4902Senior Seminar2
Students must achieve a 77% (C+) objective test grade to pass the course unless otherwise stated in the course syllabus for all NUR (Nursing) courses. A G.P.A of 2.5 is required to progress to the next level. Failures in two courses or a second failure of the same course results in no longer being eligible for the nursing major.3
BIO 2105Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIO 2105LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab1
BIO 2106Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIO 2106LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab1
BIO 2201Microbiology3
BIO 2201LMicrobiology Lab1
CHE 1905Biochemistry3
CHE 1905LBiochemistry Lab1
MAT 1009Statistics3
PED 1408Nutrition and Yoga2
PHI 2408Health Care Ethics3
PSY 1001General Psychology3
SPA 1001Spanish I3
SPA 1002Spanish II3
SPA 1002LSpanish II Lab3
SWK 2004Human Behavior in the Social Environment1
SSD 3004Introduction to Cultural Competence3
Students must achieve a 77% (C+) to pass the non-nursing courses that are part of the nursing curriculum. Failures in two courses or a second failure of the same course results in no longer being eligible for the nursing major.3