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 #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
NUR 1100NUR 110Introduction to Contemporary Nursing Practice3
NUR 2103NUR 213Medical Dose Calculations1
NUR 2107NUR 217Health Assessment of the Adult4
NUR 2109NUR 219Pathophysiology3
NUR 2201NUR 221Fundamentals of Nursing5
NUR 2205NUR 225Pharmacology3
NUR 3106NUR 316Nursing Care of the Adult I5
NUR 3106LNUR 316LNursing Skills Lab I1
NUR 3406NUR 346Mental Health Nursing4
NUR 3306NUR 336Nursing Care of the Adult II5
NUR 3306LNUR 336LNursing Skills Lab II1
NUR 3405NUR 345Nursing Research3
NUR 3604NUR 364Children and Families5
NUR 3608NUR 368Childbearing5
NUR 4605NUR 465Nursing Care of the Older Adult5
NUR 4700NUR 470Population-based Health Nursing4
NUR 4707NUR 477Nursing Leadership and Management of Care5
NUR 4902NUR 492Senior Seminar2

Required Non-Nursing Courses (40 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
BIO 2105BIO 215Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIO 2105LBIO 215LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab1
BIO 2106BIO 216Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIO 2106LBIO 216LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab1
BIO 2201BIO 221Microbiology3
BIO 2201LBIO 221LMicrobiology Lab1
CHE 1905CHE 195Biochemistry3
CHE 1905LCHE 195LBiochemistry Lab1
MAT 1009MAT 109Statistics3
PED 1408PED 148Nutrition and Yoga2
PHI 2408PHI 248Health Care Ethics3
PSY 1001PSY 101General Psychology3
SPA 1001SPA 101Spanish I3
SPA 1002SPA 102Spanish II3
SPA 1002LSPA 102LSpanish II Lab1
SWK 2004SWK 204Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
SSD 3004SSD 304Introduction to Cultural Competence3