In 2012, Massachusetts received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to advance the work of increasing the percentage of the RN workforce who hold a BSN or above. As part of this initiative, the Department of Higher Education established a working group to create a seamless, cost effective, timely and transparent pathway for students to progress from community college Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at a state university or UMass. Their recommendations formed the Nursing Education Transfer Compact, which was approved by the Board of Higher Education in January 2014 and, after a one year implementation period, was finalized in March 2015.
Eligibility: A student shall be eligible for the benefits provided by the Nursing Education Transfer Compact if he or she has met the following requirements:
Credit Requirements: Credit requirements for completion of a generic BS/N degree in nursing are a maximum of 128 credits and are broken down into the following three categories.
|2 courses/6 credits||English Composition/Writing|
|3 courses/9 credits||Behavioral and Social Sciences|
|3 courses/9 credits||Humanities and Fine Arts|
|2 courses/7 credits||Natural or Physical Science|
|1 course/3 credits||Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning|
Baccalaureate institutions may also substitute their own general education requirements for the MassTransfer Block, if doing so will facilitate more timely completion of the BSN degree