Boston College Connell School of Nursing | 94% NCLEX Pass Rates

Boston College Connell School of Nursing offers undergraduate BSN nursing programs, several MSN Advanced Practice specialty programs, and the PhD in nursing program.


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  • Programs RN-to-MSN, PhD, Entry-Level BSN, BSN-to-PhD, Master's, Accelerated BSN, BSN, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, MSN to PhD, NP, CRNA, Other
  • Location Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Telephone 1-617-552-4250
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Boston College (BC) is a private institution founded in 1863.

The School of Nursing was established by the request of Cardinal Richard Cushing, archbishop of Boston, who wanted the University to offer a baccalaureate nursing program because no Catholic institution in the Archdiocese of Boston offered one.

On January 27, 1947, the School of Nursing opened with 35 students prepared to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing. In 1958, the school offered a master’s program and the PhD program was offered in 1988 becoming the first nursing doctoral program to be offered at a Jesuit university. In 2003, the School of Nursing was named in honor of the late businessman and philanthropist William F. Connell, a member of the BC Class of 1959, and became:  Boston College Connell School of Nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The bachelors program requires four years to complete combining liberal arts and natural and social sciences; focusing on incorporating classroom and clinical experiences. An excellent advantage is that students are eligible to take graduate level nursing courses as electives during their junior and senior years.

International Educative Experiences

BC Connell School of Nursing offers unique international study and travel opportunities. Approximately one- third of the students actually study abroad during their junior year and another third of senior students participate in global clinical experiences.

Master of Science in Nursing

Program Eligibility (not all inclusive)

  • Bachelor’s degree, diploma, or associate’s degree from a nationally accredited nursing program
  • Minimum 110 course credits
  • Undergraduate GPA of B or better
  • Course in Statistics
  • Current RN license

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Specialty Areas

Graduates are eligible to sit for his/her certification examination as Nurse Practitioners or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

  1. Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  2. Family Nurse Practitioner
  3. Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA)
  4. Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  5. Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  6. Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner Program Highlights

  • Rns with BSNs can choose from one of five specialties as NPs
  • Full time and part time options available.
  • Program completion within two years, full time or part time
  • 13 courses = 45 credits
  • September or January start

Program Eligibility (not all inclusive)

  • Bachelor’s degree, diploma, or associate’s degree from a nationally accredited nursing program
  • Minimum 110 course credits
  • GPA of B or better
  • Statistics
  • Current RN license
  • RNs with diploma or associate’s degree in nursing must meet all Boston College undergraduate science and liberal arts course requirements

Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA)

The program is designed to be completed in 27 months.

Program Eligibility (not all inclusive)

  • Bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited nursing program
  • Undergraduate GPA of B or better
  • Statistics course
  • Current Massachusetts RN license
  • A minimum of one year of critical care experience as an RN in the U.S., its territories, or a US military hospital outside of the US
  • ACLS/PALS certification
  • GRE

Direct Master’s Entry

There are five nurse practitioner specialties from which to choose.

  1. Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
  2. Family
  3. Pediatric Primary Care
  4. Psychiatric/Mental Health
  5. Women’s Health

Program Eligibility (not all inclusive)

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA  > 3.0
  • Prerequisite course completion

It takes 23 months of full-time study to complete the program. After the completion of the first year, students are eligible to take the examination for RN licensure (NCLEX-RN). Students may take part-time options that are available after the first year.

RN to MSN

If full-time status, students can finish the program in as few as two years and part-time students can complete it in three years.

Dual Degrees

MS/PhD in Nursing

MS/MA program is offered in conjunction with Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry

MS/MBA program is offered in conjunction with Boston College’s Carroll School of Management

Doctoral Program

Outstanding students with bachelor’s degrees in nursing may apply to the joint MS/PhD program.

Program Eligibility (not all inclusive)

  • Master's degree from a nationally accredited university in nursing or a related field
  • Statistics course
  • Current RN license

Facts and Figures - US News & World Report

Ranked #33 in Graduate Nursing Programs

Ranked #1 Graduate Nursing Program in Massachusetts

Ranked #2 Graduate Nursing Program at a Catholic Institution

Accreditation/Approval

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Connell School of Nursing.

The Connell School of Nursing is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. 

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Master of Science degree program.

The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). 

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    Overall: 5.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: MSN
    Classes: On Campus, Online

    My Experience

    so far, good

    About The Staff

    very professional

  2. Anonymous
    Aug 9, 8:06 pm by
    Overall: 3.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 4 stars
    Experience: 4 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Program: Entry-Level Master's
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2009
    Focus: Advanced Practice

    My Experience

    I graduated from the Masters Entry FNP program. I thought the program prepared me to be a solid novice NP. I liked that the school found our preceptors, and I had some wonderful clinical sites.

    About The Staff

    Most of the faculty were supportive and readily available.

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