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Application Procedure and Check List

Complete and submit the online application form along with a $50 non-refundable application fee.  A completed application is required for review for admission.  An incomplete application will NOT be reviewed.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required application documentation is submitted.  To be considered complete, an application must be filled out fully and contain the following:

  • Required Essay
  • Official High School transcripts – applicants must graduate from an accredited high school with at least 3.0 overall Grade Point Average (GPA) and must rank in the upper 1/3 of their graduating class.  Proof of a High School Equivalency certificate (GED) will be accepted in lieu of a high school diploma.  An official copy of the equivalency certificate with scores is required as well as the candidates official high school transcripts.
  • S.A.T./MCAS scores, not required of applicants who graduated from high school 5 or more years prior to their planned entrance date.  Applicants who graduated from High School less than 5 years are required to submit S.A.T scores.  For applicants who took their S.A.T tests after March 2016, a combined total score of 1000 is required. Applicants who took the S.A.T. test prior to March 2016, a combined score of 1350 is required.  Applicants graduating from a public Massachusetts high school 2003 or later, official notification of passing the MCAS examination must also be sent by the applicant.
  • Official college transcripts if applicable. Must be received in a sealed envelope.
  • Algebra and Biology with B or above, from high school or college.  If the applicant has not earned a B in Biology but has passed the Biology course and has taken a college level life science course, earning a B, the Biology prerequisite will be met.  For example, the applicant earned a B in Introductory Algebra, a C- in Biology but completed college Anatomy and Physiology I with a B, this will satisfy the Biology and Algebra prerequisite.  If the applicant has taken biology and has failed the biology course and have passed A&P I with a B, the biology prerequisite has not been satisfied.
  • Official TOEFL Results – required if an applicant did not complete high school (grades 9-12) in the United States of America.  A minimum score of 550 on the paper test, 213 on the computer and on the internet 79-80 with a minimum of 18 on each section is required.  Practice tests available at, our school code is #3112. Current Licensed Practical Nurses are exempt.
  • A Permanent Resident must submit a copy of a Resident Alien Registration Card along with the application.
  • Letters of Recommendation, not required but suggested.
  • Required of LPN applicants – copy of LPN current license. LPN applicants must be in good standing with the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Nursing.


Please Note:  As a one time courtesy, the BHSN Admissions Office will notify applicants of missing information via the email address provided on the submitted application.  It is the applicants responsibility to ensure that all required documentation is provided to the BHSN Admissions Office by the Application Deadline.   Applicants will also be notified via email when and if their applicant status has changed to “Committee Ready”, meaning their application package is complete and waiting for review for possible acceptance.  

Please wait to be contacted via email by the Admissions Office.  Due to the high volume of applications received, you may expect to receive an email from the Admissions Office within 2 weeks of submitting your application.

Program Technical Standards
The following information is being provided as required by the Federal Government Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in response to the American with Disabilities Act. In order to successfully complete the School of Nursing program, certain physical and behavioral capabilities are required in course work and as part of the clinical experience. These include the following:

Physical capabilities necessary to communicate effectively independently or with corrective devices:
1. Communicate in English orally and in writing to instructors, clinical staff, patients, families, and all members of the health care team.
2. Hear a patient talk in a normal tone from a distance of 20 feet.
3. Hear all alarms on technical and supportive equipment set at a normal tone at a distance of 20 feet.
4. Listen and respond to distress sounds from patients.
5. Hear oral directions/requests from health care workers, patients, voice pages and telephone messages.
6. Accurately monitor blood pressure readings with a stethoscope.
7. Accurately distinguish breath, heart, and bowel sounds.

Visual Acuity
1. Clearly visualize all written medical information pertaining to the patient.
2. Clearly visualize all readings and functions of technical equipment pertaining to patient care for the purpose of assessment.
3. Clearly visualize all calibrated containers for the accurate measurement of body fluids, specimens, medication administration devices (syringes, pumps, etc.).

Physical strength, gross motor control
1. Maintain sufficient strength to lift 50 pounds safely, protecting yourself and the patient, as well as those surrounding you.
2. Bend or stoop to assist patient with activities of daily living.
3. Crouch to plug in or manipulate electrical equipment.
4. Lift to safely transfer or position all patients in various situations.
5. Move, push or pull equipment, beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, etc.
6. Reach 6 feet above the floor to relocate or attach equipment (oxygen, suction, IV’s, etc.)
7. Kneel and stand independently.
8. Walk/stand for extended periods and distances over an 8-hour period.

Manual Dexterity (Fine Motor Movement)
1. Accurately manipulate dials, gauges, buttons and switches to set, monitor and care for all patient related equipment.
2. Accurately administer sterile solutions without contaminating syringes, needles, solutions, etc.
3. Accurately administer all types of medications.
4. Safely and effectively perform complex dressing procedures without contamination to supplies, patient, and surroundings.
5. Successfully put on and remove protective apparel to maintain various isolation guidelines.

1. Function safely, effectively and calmly under stressful situations.
2. Prioritize and manage tasks simultaneously.
3. Exhibit social skills necessary to interact therapeutically with patients, families, all healthcare personnel, and faculty.
4. Maintain personal hygiene consistent with dress code guidelines.
5. Display ethical attitudes and actions consistent with professional behavior in the healthcare and classroom settings.
6. Display the necessary social skills to behave with courtesy, tact and sensitivity toward others in all settings.
7. Exhibit social skills necessary to respect cultural and ethnic differences of patients, co-workers, and all individuals in clinical and classroom settings.
8. Remain free from chemical impairment in classroom and clinical settings at all times.


Refusal of Admission

Applicants may be refused admission when:

  • They do not meet the standards prescribed for any admission category
  • They submit transcripts or records found to be fraudulent