RN/BSN Programs

Healthcare has changed significantly over the last few decades, and today's nurses need to become partners and leaders in improving the delivery of care. ​The RN-to-BSN/MSN programs are designed to meet the needs of the busy lives of practicing nurses, while recognizing past learning and expertise. Building on existing nursing degree, the program will move students into new areas to advance their career with courses on informatics, quality improvement, leadership and interprofessional public health. The program provides RNs the opportunity to complete their BSN and then move seamlessly on to one of our MSN programs. Our online options allow students to continue working as they complete the additional education needed for career advancement.  

The RN-to-BSN/MSN program was created with students in mind:   

  • Previously completed coursework counts at Husson. Students can transfer up to 39 nursing credits and 90 qualifying credits from other nursing programs.   
  • Students  save valuable time and money.  Individuals in our program can structure their studies in a way that will allow them to simultaneously complete up to 25 percent of the requirements leading to Husson’s MSN degree.
  • Flexible program structure; customize course progression in ways that make sense for the student
  • Our programs focus on expanding existing knowledge and expertise with new coursework. This includes content devoted to leadership and community/public health.
  • With our virtual classroom capabilities, students are able to attend class with fellow students and faculty from anywhere through the use of advanced technology delivered in 7-week online format 

Husson University School of Nursing Technical Standards

The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees awarded by Husson University School of Nursing attests that the BSN or MSN graduate has acquired a broad base of knowledge, skills and abilities, for safe and competent practice as a professional nurse or advance practice nurse.   Nursing education requires that the accumulation of evidence-based knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of technical skills, professional attitudes and professional behaviors.  In addition to specific teaching clinical sites requirements, the following technical requirements have been adopted by the Husson University School of Nursing programs as requirements for progression within, and graduation from the BSN or MSN programs. In signing the student handbook, the student is attesting to and agrees to abide with the following:

Emotional Requirements:  Students must have sufficient emotional stability to perform under stress produced by both academic study and the necessity of performing nursing in simulated and real patient situations while being observed by faculty, peers, clinical educators, and others. Students need to have the endurance to adapt to a physically and emotionally demanding program. Students must tolerate moderate personal stress levels to achieve success while adhering to the professional standards and requirements of the nursing program.  

The skills essential to being a student nurse and ultimately, a nurse, include the following:  Able to critically reason, and adapt to varying pressures, stress and changes, especially those in unpredictable crises and emergencies.  Students must be able to demonstrate self-control, patience, and tolerance. Students must be able to accept feedback and instruction.  Emotional stability is required to be part of a positive learning environment, in respectful patient care and teaching, and with communication with peers, faculty, health care team, patients and families.  Sensitivity and compassion is required in meeting the needs of all patients (geriatric, children, etc.).  Patient’s comfort, privacy and confidentiality must be maintained. 

Cognitive Requirements:  The student must exhibit cognitive skills necessary for problem solving, clinical reasoning, and judgment. Students must integrate a variety of material with increasing complexity presented throughout the curriculum including presentations, class discussions, interviews and assessments, and reading from textbooks, journals, and medical records. Students must be able to identify and respond accurately to factual information as well as subtle non-verbal cues of mood, temperament, and gestures provided by others. Students must be attentive and be able to focus during class and clinical experiences to fully participate in the learning environment.

Social Requirements:  The student must have appropriate social skills for forming and maintaining relationships with a variety of people including faculty, peers, clinical instructors, patients and their families/significant others. Students must demonstrate the ability to participate as an effective group member.  Flexibility and maturity in all interactions is required for this program. Verbal and non-verbal communications and interactions must be respectful, civil and professional in manner, demeanor and tone.

Communication Requirements:  Students must be able to communicate in written and oral English effectively with faculty, peers and patients in the classroom, clinical setting and community. Communication skills include oral speech, reading and writing in order to be able to complete written and oral assignments.

Physical Requirements:

  • Vision:  Able to assess patient’s health status using visual inspection and observation to detect changes in physical appearance, contour, and color. Able to accurately read labels on medications and calibration and monitoring devices (i.e. syringes, manometers and other monitoring; able to read and create written communication/charting and policies.
  • Depth perception and fine motor skills:  Able to recognize objects that have depth, height and width, such as needed to describe wounds, etc. Able to perform gross and fine motor skills such as what is needed to insert medical supplies and medication into the body (such an indwelling urinary catheters and injections). Able to write and type accurately and clearly on all required assignments, and patient records. 
  • Hearing:  Able to hear within normal range the spoken word, auditory monitoring devices (such as stethoscope) as well as hear mechanical alarms.
  • Speech:  Able to communicate verbally in an understandable manner using the English language to communicate with patient/family and health care team.  Able to provide patient specific teaching.
  • Walking:  Able to walk and use stairs while in the clinical area.
  • Standing: Able to stand for prolonged periods of time while in the clinical area.  
  • Sitting:  Able to be seated in class, computer lab, clinical labs, in clinical conferences as well as during charting in the clinical area.
  • Lifting/Carrying:  Able to lift and carry an average of 10-50 pounds such as medical supplies. Required to lift, transfer, and move patients in the nursing lab and clinical areas.  Effectively assist patients in the rehabilitation process of ambulation, stair climbing, and transferring techniques.
  • Tactile Sensation:  Able to detect condition and changes of the body by using the fingers and hands to touch. Able to feel vibrations, pulses and skin temperature. 
  • Pushing/Pulling:  Able to pull, push, position and transfer patients. Able to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) such as with chest percussions, etc.
  • Bending/Reaching/Twisting/Turning and Stretching:   Able to reach, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch and other motions that are required when bathing patients, changing beds and using medical equipment.

Health and Safety Requirements:  Students must display good self-awareness of personal health practices and hygiene. They must understand the importance of good personal health habits and prevention of disease/infection control.  They must display an awareness of personal issues and report any that would potentially interfere with their ability to completely care for others.

The nursing student may not pose a risk to the health and safety to themselves or others in the school, clinical area, or at any Husson University sanctioned event/activities. The student must always protect self and others from exposure to body fluids, and communicable diseases by using the education and training provided in labs and the clinical areas.  The student, in a professional manner, must be able to tolerate unpleasant events as those found in accidents, injuries, illness and death.

Reasonable Accommodation

It is the policy of Husson University, School of Nursing, to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified students with a disability so they can meet these essential requirements in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990.  Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis.  Determining what is a reasonable accommodation is an interactive process, which the candidate must initiate with the Director of Nursing who can be reached at (207) 941-7058 or heathk@husson.edu and with the Dean of Students who can be reached at (207) 992-1934 or holsapplem@husson.edu