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MassBay Registered Nursing Program Ranked #1 in Massachusetts
Thursday, March 5, 2020

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (March 5, 2020) — MassBay Community College is pleased to announce it has been ranked as the #1 Registered Nursing (RN) Program in Massachusetts for 2020 by, a nursing advocacy organization.

“We are pleased to have been acknowledged by as having the #1 Registered Nursing Program in Massachusetts,” said MassBay Director of Nursing, Dr. Jean Dyer. “Our Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program has had a 100% pass-rate for our graduates on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam over the past three years, and for the first time our Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program also earned a 100% first-time pass-rate, which speaks to the excellent education students receive at MassBay. Our experienced nursing educators are focused on preparing our current nursing students for the NCLEX-RN exam and beyond, and are looking forward to meeting the next LPN and ADN students in the fall 2020 semester.”


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The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN), located at 239 Causeway Street, Suite 500 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02114; Phone 617-973-0900.

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The ADN Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), located at 3390 Peachtree Road, N.E., Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: 404-975-5000

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Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Integrated Reasoning — Apply principles of critical thinking, creativity, and innovation to formulate clinical and other nursing judgments.
  2. Concept Integration — Integrate nursing concepts with theoretical and scientific knowledge to promote evidence-based, holistic patient care.
  3. Professionalism and Leadership — Assume responsibility and accountability for pursuing professional growth, acting as a leader and agent for change while upholding high standards of ethical practice.
  4. Patient-Centered Care — Provide patient-centered care and health education based on respect for patient/family values and preferences, while engaging the patient as a partner in the process.
  5. Quality and Safety — Monitor individual performance and system effectiveness to improve the safety and quality of care.
  6. Communication and Teamwork — Actively collaborate as a member of the healthcare team; promoting mutual respect, open communication, and shared decision making.
  7. Systems-based Practice — Utilize a variety of systems to manage nursing care, including technological and information systems.
Accreditation Status

Year of Initial Accreditation:
June 1991

Continuing Accreditation

Last Evaluation Visit:
September 25-27, 2012

Most Recent Action:
July 2015 — Accredited

Next Evaluation Visit:
Fall 2020


The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program at MassBay is designed to prepare students for a career in nursing as Registered Nurses. Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Science Degree and are eligible to take the National Council Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The program starts in the Fall semester each year.

The ADN program is designed to meet the educational needs of students pursuing a career in nursing who wish to attend college full-time during the day. Although the curriculum is designed to be completed in two years (four semesters), students may choose to complete non-nursing courses prior to beginning the nursing sequence. Please reference the Health Sciences programs page Nursing Curriculum Sheets for details.

The ADN Program at MassBay is a rigorous curriculum consisting of classroom lectures, laboratory and clinical practicums. Clinical practicums are conducted at a variety of hospitals and health care facilities in the MetroWest areas.

At the completion of the Nursing Program, students will be able to integrate nursing skills with health teaching to provide total client care, utilizing ethical values and legal principles.


The Department of Nursing mission is “to prepare graduates from diverse backgrounds to practice safe and quality nursing care within an evolving healthcare system.” The faculty defines nursing as a therapeutic relationship between patients, families and communities where the focus is on interventions that promote health, wellness and healing as well as the affirmation of life and the recognition of death as a normal process.

Graduate Program Outcomes
  • Human Flourishing: Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.
  • Nursing Judgment: Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context.
  • Professional Identity: Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.
  • Spirit of Inquiry: Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
Program Outcomes

To view information about the ADN program’s NCLEX Pass Rates, Program Completion, and Job Placement please click on AD Program Progress Toward Outcomes →


If you have questions, please attend an upcoming health program information session. Scroll to the bottom of the Info Sessions page linked below! Check out our Info Session schedule and sign up today. 

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Courses & Admission Requirements:
Please refer to the Associate Degree Nursing curriculum sheet.

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