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Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit?  It is one of the Fine Arts:  I had almost said the finest of Fine Arts.  ~Florence Nightingale

Welcome to Brockton Hospital School of Nursing!

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 NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the diploma nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

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.

Since 1990, BHSON has affiliated with Fisher College to conduct a cooperative two year day and four year weekend/evening nursing program.  Course work at BHSON is calculated in clock hours. Upon graduation, students earn a Diploma In Nursing from BHSON.  In addition, for eligible students, an Associate in Science degree from Fisher College is also awarded.  This is the ONLY hospital based diploma nursing program in Massachusetts.  To view our current Student Handbook please visit the Student Life section of our website.

To read about the plans for our Fall Semester 2020, please read the letter from Jean Gouveia, Assistant Dean.  

As of November 2017, Admissions to the Evening Division has been temporarily suspended. We will only be enrolling students in the Day Division. Admission requirements for applicants have changed, BHSON no longer requires the SAT, MCAS or TOEFL exam. All applicants will need to take a Pre-Acceptance ATI Test of Academic Skills (TEAs) Assessment Exam for Nursing Students. The score on this exam will be used as a factor, in addition to transcript GPA and the essay, in determining whether applicants are conditionally accepted into the program. Conditionally accepted students will need to meet medical, CORI/SORI and financial obligations to enroll in the program.


Consumer Information

Occupations:  Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing prepares students to enter the occupation of Registered Nurse.  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification Code of Registered Nursing is 29-1141.00

For more information on the occupational profile, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s website.

Job Placement Rates:  For the graduating class of 2019, the most recent class surveyed, 79 students graduated.  Of those 79 students, 51 responded to our Graduate Survey.  Of those, 96% were employed as a nurse.

Program Length:  Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing Day Division is two years in length, encompassing five semesters.  

2020 Graduate Numbers: 67 students graduated from the Day Division
12 students gradauted from the Weekend/Evening Divsion

Completion Statistics:  The following statistics are the most recently completed academic year which information is available - 2020

  • Day Division 150% of time completion rate: 68.82%
  • Weekend/Eveing Division 150% of time completion rate:  63.64%

Tuition and Fees:  For Tuition and Fees information please refer to the Tuition and Fees page.  Any questions, please contact our Bursar at 508-941-7047.

Median Loan Debt:  The U.S. Department of Education requires that a Title IV institution provide prospective students with information regarding median loan debt incurred by student who complete the program.  The follow figures relate to the most recent reporting year of 2018-2019:

  • For Title IV (Federal) Loans, the median loan debt is $10,498
  • For private educational loans, the median loan debt is $0
  • For institutional finance (payment) plans, the median loan debt is $746.

Educational Effectiveness:  One standard that Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing uses to measure the achievements of its educational program is the success rate of its graduates who sit for the NCLEX examination.  Our 2020 pass rate for first time test takers was 91% and our five year average is 89.4%.  This is above the national and state percentage for Diploma, Associates and Baccalaureate nursing programs.

Customer Satisfaction:  Graduates receive a Graduate Follow-Up Survey 6-12 months after graduation  Of the students who responded to the 2019 survey, 98% reported they were "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the education provided by BHSON.  Of those who responded, 94% reported they would reccomend BHSON to friends and family.

For more Consumer Information, please visit our school on College Navigator at

The SH/BHSON Student Handbook, located under the Student Services Section, can be accessed by all interested applicants and contains the policies/information of our school.  The following may be of interest:

  • School Calendar
  • Attendance Policy
  • Curriculum
  • Tuition and Fees
  • Transfer Policy
  • Grading Policy

If you have additional questions please feel free to call 508-941-7040.

Looking for a 2-year diploma program?

The Day Program’s curriculum is planned so that a student may earn their Diploma in Nursing in 2 years.  Classes and nursing clinicals are scheduled 5 days per week, depending upon which classes a student is currently enrolled.  Students will attend 2 clinical rotations per week, hours will vary depending upon in which clinical rotation a student is scheduled, evening clinicals may be required.  Clinical rotations may be held at Brockton Hospital as well as outside agencies, transportation will be the responsibility of the student.

After the official graduation ceremony, students are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses.  Once licensed as a Registered Nurse, graduates are also eligible to enroll in a RN to BSN program.


In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. ss 2000d et seq.), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. ss 794), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended (20 U.S.C. ss 1681), The Americans With Disabilities Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended (42 U.S.C. ss 6101 et seq.), to the extent that they may be applicable, Brockton Hospital School of Nursing does not, on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, handicap, or age, discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance or in its granting of scholarships or other financial aid. The person whose name appears below has been designated to coordinate the efforts of the School to comply with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations lawfully and validly implementing these Federal laws. (Department regulations promulgated pursuant to Title VI, Section 504, Title IX, and the Age Discrimination Act appear at 45 CFR Parts 80, 84, 86 and 91, respectively. The regulations promulgated pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act appear at 29 CFR 1630.) For further information about the regulations and the School’s grievance procedures for resolution of discrimination complaints, contact the Coordinator of Counseling and Student Services, Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing, 53 Adams Street, Brockton, MA 0230; Telephone (508) 941-7050

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