Our mission is to prepare professional nurses capable of meeting societal healthcare needs in a variety of settings.
Our faculty nurtures respect for diversity, social responsibility, and a commitment to excellence.
Collaborative and interactive teaching methods foster the use of critical thinking to build a strong foundation for the practice of holistic nursing.
Ranked #1 by EduMed as Top Online Nursing Programs in Massachusetts for our RN to BS in Nursing Online.
Majors and Concentrations
LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Online)
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master’s degree in nursing at Fitchburg State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The Department of Nursing has full approval status from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Board of Registration in Nursing
239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02114
In addition, the Department of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing (MACN).
The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) accredits Fitchburg State University.
- Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook (PDF)
- RN to BS in Nursing Student Handbook (PDF)
- Graduate Nursing Student Handbook (PDF)
Plan of Study and University Catalog
- Mission Statement: The mission of the Fitchburg State University Department of Nursing is to prepare professional nurses capable of meeting societal healthcare needs in a variety of settings. In their teaching, the faculty nurtures respect for diversity, social responsibility, and a commitment to excellence. Collaborative and interactive teaching methods foster the use of critical thinking to build a strong foundation for the practice of holistic nursing. Legal, ethical, and professional standards guide the faculty in teaching the art and science of nursing.
- Vision: As a center of excellence in baccalaureate nursing education, the Fitchburg State University Department of Nursing prepares students to assume healthcare leadership roles in the global society of the 21st century. The Department uses continuous program evaluation and innovation to maintain an educational culture that fosters social responsibility, service commitment, client advocacy, and lifelong learning. Graduates are nurse generalists who use critical thinking and current evidence to solve problems using integrative care to meet the evolving healthcare needs of populations and environments.
- Terminal Outcomes: Upon completion of the nursing program, the graduate will:
- Synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences, and nursing as a foundation for safe, client-centered care.
- Incorporate basic organizational and systems leadership to provide quality care and patient safety.
- Integrate evidence-based practice including current research and critical thinking in the management of client care.
- Analyze information using information technology to improve patient outcomes.
- Examine the impact of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on nursing practice.
- Integrate principles of communication in professional practice.
- Synthesize knowledge of health promotion and disease/injury prevention in designing population focused care.
- Integrate professional standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct into nursing practice.
Meet Our Faculty
Study the world by traveling it
On a previous trip to Ghana.
Beyond the Classroom
National Student Nurses Association
Technical Standards for Admission
The students in the Department of Nursing gain experience in healthcare settings throughout Massachusetts. In addition to off-campus health care facilities where students gain hands-on experience, the department offers:
- A well equipped health assessment lab
- A state-of the-art clinical skills/simulation lab
- Home care setting lab
- SimMan, SimBaby, SimNewB, and SimMan 3G, technologically advanced manikins which challenge and test students’ clinical and decision-making skills during realistic patient care scenarios