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About BHSN

Brockton Hospital School of Nursing (SH/BHSON), a private institution of nursing education, is an integral part of Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. Originally established in 1897, BHSN has long had a prestigious reputation in nursing education. Considered a venerated asset to both the Hospital and the community, SH/BHSON has a history of attracting high caliber students. The School has been in the forefront of nursing education for over a century and has graduated over 2,700 nurses, mainly from southeastern Massachusetts. It is the only hospital-based nursing school of its kind in Massachusetts.

The Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing (SH/BHSON) program at Signature Healthcare Inc. at the Brockton Hospital Campus located in Brockton, MA is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road, N.E. Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA  30326, (404) 975-5000 . View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program. 

Date of Last Accreditation Visit: Oct. 11-13, 2016
Next Site Visit: Fall 2024

Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing with a status of Full Approval.

SH/BHSON was originally two years in length and expanded in 1911 to three years to comply with state regulations. During the Depression, many small schools throughout the nation closed. SH/BHSON was no exception. SH/BHSON closed its doors in 1935 only to reopen eight years later due to the nursing shortage created by WWII.  In 1988, SH/BHSON implemented a weekend/evening nursing division designed specifically for the working adult. It is identical to the two-year day division, with the exception of taking four years to complete.


In 1990 SH/BHSON affiliated with Fisher College to conduct a cooperative two-year day and four year weekend/evening nursing program. The program awards students a diploma in nursing from SH/BHSON. In addition, for eligible students, an Associate in Science degree from Fisher College is awarded.

In January 2014, Fisher College accepted students into their first Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.  All SH/BHSON graduates are eligible for acceptance into the Fisher College RN to BSN program.  Many previously completed college-level courses, along with the RN credential, will be applied toward the Fisher College RN to BSN program requirements.

Starting with Fall 2018, acceptance into Brockton Hospital School of Nursing qualifies students for the Joint Admission Pathway into Fisher College Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program at Fisher College.   The Joint Admission Pathway is designed to provide the student with the ability to seamlessly complete their BSN degree at Fisher College.


Our SH/BHSON Alumni boast a strong network of support and communication among graduates.  They host events, fundraisers and disseminate important information among graduates.  You can check out their Facebook page here.

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