Application Procedure and Check List
Complete and submit the online application form along with a $55 non-refundable application fee. A completed application is required for review for admission. An incomplete application will NOT be reviewed. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required application documentation is submitted. Please be aware, paper applications will NOT be acceptable. The Common Application is not accepted.
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing Administration has updated the Admission Criteria starting with the Fall 2018 admission cycle. An entrance exam is now required. The results of which will be used as a factor in determining admission eligibility. All aspects of an applicant’s submitted documentation for admission will be taken into consideration when reviewed for acceptance.
To be considered complete, an application must be filled out fully and submitted to the Admission Office. The following admission criteria is also required:
- Required Essay: A short essay is required. The subject of the essay is: How do you see nursing changing with the increase advances in technology?
- Official High School Transcripts: applicants must graduate from an accredited high school. Applicants entering from high school must rank in the upper 1/3 of their graduating class with at least a 3.o overall Grade Point Average (GPA). Proof of a High School Equivalency certificate (GED) will be accepted in lieu of a high school diploma. An official copy of the equivalency certificate with scores is required as well as the candidates official high school transcripts.
- Official College Transcripts: required, if applicable. Must be received in a sealed envelope. Applicants with post secondary education must have earned a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
- Applicant must show academic excellence in algebraic math and biological science.
- A Permanent Resident must submit a copy of a Resident Alien Registration Card along with the application.
- Letters of Recommendation, not required but suggested.
- Required of LPN applicants: copy of LPN current license. LPN applicants must be in good standing with the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Nursing and/or the state Board of Nursing in which they hold their license.
- Official results of HESI A2 Pre-Acceptance Exam or ATI’s TEAs Exam provided directly to school. No cut off score has been established but priority consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate academic achievement. Exam results older than 2 years will not be accepted. Please see the tab labeled Pre-Acceptance Exam for further information on the Acceptance Exam requirement.
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing requires that all applicants who have attended high school/college/university outside of the United States have their official foreign transcripts translated and evaluated by a professional translating and evaluating service. All official translations and evaluations must be sent to our school by the translating/evaluating services. Translation must be original. No photocopies will be accepted.
Entrance into Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing is competitive . Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance.
Please Note: As a one time courtesy, the BHSN Admissions Office will notify applicants of missing information via the email address provided on the submitted application. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure that all required documentation is provided to the BHSN Admissions Office by the Application Deadline. Applicants will also be notified via email when and if their applicant status has changed to “Committee Ready”, meaning their application package is complete and waiting for review for possible acceptance.
Please wait to be contacted via email by the Admissions Office. Due to the high volume of applications received, you may expect to receive an email from the Admissions Office within 2 weeks of submitting your application.
Program Technical Standards
The following information is being provided as required by the Federal Government Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in response to the American with Disabilities Act. In order to successfully complete the School of Nursing program, certain physical and behavioral capabilities are required in course work and as part of the clinical experience. These include the following:
Physical capabilities necessary to communicate effectively independently or with corrective devices:
1. Communicate in English orally and in writing to instructors, clinical staff, patients, families, and all members of the health care team.
2. Hear a patient talk in a normal tone from a distance of 20 feet.
3. Hear all alarms on technical and supportive equipment set at a normal tone at a distance of 20 feet.
4. Listen and respond to distress sounds from patients.
5. Hear oral directions/requests from health care workers, patients, voice pages and telephone messages.
6. Accurately monitor blood pressure readings with a stethoscope.
7. Accurately distinguish breath, heart, and bowel sounds.
1. Clearly visualize all written medical information pertaining to the patient.
2. Clearly visualize all readings and functions of technical equipment pertaining to patient care for the purpose of assessment.
3. Clearly visualize all calibrated containers for the accurate measurement of body fluids, specimens, medication administration devices (syringes, pumps, etc.).
Physical strength, gross motor control
1. Maintain sufficient strength to lift 50 pounds safely, protecting yourself and the patient, as well as those surrounding you.
2. Bend or stoop to assist patient with activities of daily living.
3. Crouch to plug in or manipulate electrical equipment.
4. Lift to safely transfer or position all patients in various situations.
5. Move, push or pull equipment, beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, etc.
6. Reach 6 feet above the floor to relocate or attach equipment (oxygen, suction, IV’s, etc.)
7. Kneel and stand independently.
8. Walk/stand for extended periods and distances over an 8-hour period.
Manual Dexterity (Fine Motor Movement)
1. Accurately manipulate dials, gauges, buttons and switches to set, monitor and care for all patient related equipment.
2. Accurately administer sterile solutions without contaminating syringes, needles, solutions, etc.
3. Accurately administer all types of medications.
4. Safely and effectively perform complex dressing procedures without contamination to supplies, patient, and surroundings.
5. Successfully put on and remove protective apparel to maintain various isolation guidelines.
1. Function safely, effectively and calmly under stressful situations.
2. Prioritize and manage tasks simultaneously.
3. Exhibit social skills necessary to interact therapeutically with patients, families, all healthcare personnel, and faculty.
4. Maintain personal hygiene consistent with dress code guidelines.
5. Display ethical attitudes and actions consistent with professional behavior in the healthcare and classroom settings.
6. Display the necessary social skills to behave with courtesy, tact and sensitivity toward others in all settings.
7. Exhibit social skills necessary to respect cultural and ethnic differences of patients, co-workers, and all individuals in clinical and classroom settings.
8. Remain free from chemical impairment in classroom and clinical settings at all times.
Refusal of Admission
Applicants may be refused admission when:
- They do not meet the standards prescribed for any admission category
- They submit transcripts or records found to be fraudulent