Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The Wheaton College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year nursing degree program dedicated to preparing future nurses to take on the modern-day challenges of patient-centered care. Our nursing graduates will be prepared to begin their careers as clinical practitioners, tackling the interconnected issues of health equity, gender and race-based disparities in health care, and global threats to health. Wheaton College has been granted Initial Approval status through the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing for the operation of its Baccalaureate Degree Registered Nurse Program.
- Nursing Major - B.S.N. Major
What are our goals for nursing degree graduates?
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Wheaton seeks to prepare students for clinical practice as nurses at the intersection of community health and social justice. We seek to graduate professional nurses who will be:
- Leaders in all health care delivery, locally and globally
- Ready to meet the changing health care needs of patients and families within the continuum of care
- Skilled practitioners with a deep understanding of social justice, equity and global connectedness
How do you gain admission to the nursing program?
Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Students applying for direct entry into the nursing program will be considered for general admission to Wheaton should they not qualify for nursing admission. Students interested in enrolling for Fall 2024 should apply via the Common Application or the Coalition Application.
Health care done well is social justice.
Wheaton College has been granted initial approval status through the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing for the operation of its baccalaureate degree in nursing program.
Concentrations and Elective Pathways
Wheaton nursing students will have opportunities to develop concentrations, also known as elective pathways, through the Wheaton curriculum and to travel either abroad or domestically. Elective Pathways include but are not limited to:
Health care done well is social justice.
This concentration emphasizes the roles that nurses play in promoting social justice by focusing on the needs of traditionally underserved populations and reflecting on how the issues of diversity, inclusion and social power impact the delivery of equitable care.
Public health challenges do not stop at a country’s borders.
This concentration introduces students to health care management, accounting and intervention issues to improve health across the globe. Students in this concentration will learn how to deliver health care in a way that transcends the boundaries of state and country, tackling illnesses that may be beyond the capacity of individual countries to address.
Health Care ADMINISTRATION
Today’s nursing students are tomorrow’s healthcare leaders.
This concentration introduces students to the practice of healthcare systems and management. Students in this concentration will learn about the complex economic and organizational structure of the health care system and study best practices in business management, leadership and entrepreneurship.
Treating patients means treating people.
Successful patient care therefore requires having insight into the diversity of their lived experiences. By focusing on medical humanities, students will gain a perspective that will provide a solid foundation for practicing more empathetic and effective nursing.
Nursing Program Courses
- Anatomy & Physiology I
- Anatomy & Physiology II
- Chemical Principles
- Fundamentals of Nursing and Health Assessment (classroom and clinical)
- Global Health Elective/Language
- Global Health/Nursing
- Integrated Concept of Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
- Introduction to the Biological Sciences
- Introduction to Professional Nursing
- Introduction to Psychology
- Medical Ethics
- Nursing Capstone (clinical)
- Nursing Lifespan Development
- Population Health: Advanced Medical Surgery III (classroom and clinical)
- Population Health: Community Health (classroom and clinical)
- Population Health: Maternity (classroom and clinical)
- Population Health: Medical Surgery I (classroom and clinical)
- Population Health: Medical Surgery II (classroom and clinical)
- Population Health: Mental Health (classroom and clinical)
- Population Health: Pediatric (classroom and clinical
- Professional Nursing/Global Health Senior Seminar
- Research in Nursing and Health
- Summer Abroad (Summer Away): Experience in Global/Domestic and Allied Health
Simulation Center and Labs
Wheaton College has a state-of-the-art clinical simulation center that will help develop and improve students’ clinical skills and critical thinking ability. Clinical simulation is an important part of nursing education. Simulation bridges the gap between classroom instruction and clinical experiences by providing a moderated learning experience where students can practice skills and learn new procedures in a safe environment.
In the simulation lab, students will be able to practice complex procedures and take care of patients with diagnoses students are not able to care for in clinical settings. Using a combination of low- and high-tech fidelity lifelike mannequins, students will perform routine care (head-to-toe assessments, monitor vital signs) and nursing interventions, carry out physicians’ orders, administer medications and evaluate patient responses. These simulated activities will require students to synthesize and apply knowledge gained from courses and/or clinical experiences.
What will you learn in Wheaton College’s nursing degree program?
The first nursing course (“Introduction to Professional Nursing”) is taught in the first semester and the remainder of the first year of study will include global health, biology, nutrition and chemistry. The nursing program will have a focus on social justice and global health. The required first-year experience course will center on promoting wellness.
Colette Dieujuste, Ph.D., RN
Dean of Nursing
Colette Dieujuste received her B.S. in nursing from Columbia Union College, her MSN from Boston College, and her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has taught across the undergraduate curriculum at Simmons College in a number of courses. She is an expert in curriculum design and evaluation.
Alumni in Nursing
Wheaton College graduates who pursue careers in nursing hold a variety of positions, from clinical practice to education and management.
Dayton Children’s Hospital
Emergency Nurse Practitioner
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Surgical Intensive Care Nurse
Massachusetts General Hospital
BronxCare Health System
New York, NY
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Mill River Pediatrics
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Family Nurse Practitioner
AAP Asthma & Allergy Physicians, LLC
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Family Nurse Practitioner
Millennium Physician Group
Operating Room Nurse
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse
Yale-New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT
Nurse Manager at Beverly Hospital and Affiliate Associate Professor of Nursing Practice at Northeastern University
Community Health Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Group
Los Angeles, CA
Baptist Health South Florida/Miami Cancer Institute
Wellness Center Administrator
North Billerica, MA
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