Catalog 2016-2017 > School of Nursing
The mission of the School of Nursing is to educate individuals to become exceptional professional nurses and to lead the discipline through practice, scholarship and service.
The School of Nursing prepares compassionate and capable nurse professionals who are on the forefront of change in health care. We offer two pathways into nursing, as well as several options for Registered Nurses to earn an advanced degree or certification.
Since its creation in 1977 as the successor institution to the 104-year-old Massachusetts General Hospital diploma nursing school, the MGH Institute has been at the forefront of nursing education. In addition to the original Master of Science in Nursing degree, in 2007 the school created one of the country's first four accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. The next year, the Institute inaugurated an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to meet the demand of filling more than 100,000 nursing vacancies nationwide. In 2011 the Institute introduced two Mind Body Spirit (MBS) nursing certificate programs for nurses who want to integrate a holistic approach with enhanced patient care
You will be mentored by premier practitioners and researchers in the nursing field. The majority of the faculty hold a doctoral degree, actively publish in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, and many are recognized nationally and internationally. In addition, a large majority are practicing clinicians who use their own real-world experience as teaching examples.
You will receive priority clinical placements within the first few weeks of your program at prestigious health care facilities. The Institute is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, McLean Hospital, Faulkner Hospital and North Shore Medical Center. These placements have often resulted in job offers after graduation.
Graduates consistently score well above both state and national averages on both the registered nurse licensure (NCLEX-RN®) and advanced practice nursing certification exams.
Become a Nurse
Individuals with an existing Bachelor’s degree and no previous health care experience have two options to become a nurse at MGH Institute School of Nursing.
Demand for registered nurses is high. Nationally there is a shortage of more than 100,000 nurses to care for the country’s rapidly aging population. The median income of registered nurses is $62,450.
Demand for Nurse Practitioners is increasing. You can deliver as much as 80% of the primary and preventative health care services traditionally provided by primary care physicians. The median income of nurse practitioners is $82,590.
At the successful completion of this program, you will be awarded a BSN along with your MS degree.
Advance Your Career
Nurses who attend the MGH Institute School of Nursing have several ways to improve their career outlook and increase their responsibilities by earning an advanced degree.
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Nurse Practitioner Program Tracks
Direct Entry Master of Science Programs
RN and RN-MS Programs
RN to DNP Programs
Post Masters DNP And Executive DNP Programs
Post MSN and Post NP Certificate Programs
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