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
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.
Effective January 27, 2022, all students are required to have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson), or to have an approved medical or religious exemption and be tested at regular intervals. Effective February 28, 2022, all students are required to have received the first series of COVID-19 vaccination or to have an approved medical or religious exemption and be tested at regular intervals. The first series of COVID-19 vaccination means two (2) doses of the Pfizer or Moderna, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Students must provide documentation that they are fully vaccinated to the Office of Counseling and Student Services. Valid documentation includes an authorized COVID-19 vaccine card or a copy of the formal medical record. Testing for those with an approved medical or religious exemption will be done on the student’s own time and at the student’s own expense (if there is any). The frequency of testing for unvaccinated students will change based upon the positivity rate of Brockton and the surrounding community. Evidence of a negative test must be submitted to the Office of Counseling and Student Services in order to continue attending classes and clinical. All students are required to wear either surgical or N95 masks at all times while on SH/BHSON premises. Unvaccinated students may remove masks while having a meal but must remain more than 3 feet from any other individuals.
*This policy is subject to change at any time as updated information is received from the CDC and other national organizations. Students should be aware that some clinical agencies have a more stringent policy about COVID-19 vaccination, and students may not be able to attend the assigned clinical rotation if they are unvaccinated. SH/BHSON is mandated by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing as well as our accreditor, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) to provide students with clinical experiences. SH/BHSON is not obligated to provide substitute or alternate clinical experiences based on a student’s request or vaccine preference. Being unvaccinated against COVID-19 may mean the student is not able to complete the clinical nursing courses, and as a result, may not be able to complete the program.
As of November 2017, Admissions to the Evening Division has been temporarily suspended. 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.
To view the latest information pertaining to SH/BHSON's Job Placement Rates, Completion Statistics and Student Median Loan Debt, please visit the Consumer Information Page.
The Student and Financial Aid Handbooks , 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
- 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?
SH/BHSON'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