Linda Esper

Dean of Nursing
(508) 849-3285


Program Overview

Anna Maria College’s online RN to BSN nursing program is designed for working registered nurses, who have an associate degree or diploma in nursing, seeking degree completion to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN).  The program prepares graduates to meet the ever-changing nursing practice challenges within contemporary health care settings.  The curriculum’s focus on the Massachusetts Core Competencies for Nursing broadens and refines the learner’s knowledge, skills, and clinical competencies.  Direct and indirect clinical experiences that focus on the acquisition of new knowledge and skills are integrated throughout the program.  Online RN to BSN courses are offered throughout the calendar year in 8-week terms. Students enroll in 2 nursing courses per 8-week term, making it possible to complete the program in under two years.

The Baccalaureate nursing program at Anna Maria College located in Paxton, is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000


Brandon Dorsey '23

Nursing graduate

Meghan Sonia '23

Nursing graduate

Nursing graduate

Jessica Clary '23

I chose Anna Maria College due to how close it was to home and the generous financial aid I received.

Anna Maria allowed me to be able to continue my love for athletics and pursue my education in nursing. It also had a very small community which resembled the one I grew up in.

As an Anna Maria student, I feel unbelievably grateful that this community acknowledges my hard work and supports me in my career goals. I look forward to becoming a pediatric oncology nurse.

Curriculum Highlights

Course Of Study

Clinical Experiences


Nursing does not have internships, we do have clinical experiences within some of the NUS courses. These clinical experiences are in various locations:

  • Christopher House
  • Harrington Hospital
  • Saint Vincent Hospital
  • UMass Hospitals

Clinical Experience opportunity

Program Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the Anna Maria College Baccalaureate in Nursing Program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Utilize the nursing process to manage safe and effective care across the lifespan, adapted to the client’s physiological, psychological, sociocultural, development, and spiritual dimensions of health. (Patient-Centered Care)
  • Use critical reasoning and best current evidence to make nursing practice decisions that support the client’s ability to attain, retain, and maintain optimal wellness. (Evidence-Based Practice)
  • Incorporate civil, legal, ethical, and spiritual principles into the provision of socially responsible, safe and effective nursing care. (Professionalism) (Safety)
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with clients in contemporary healthcare settings and members of the healthcare team to achieve mutually determined health care outcomes. (Communication)
  • Utilize contemporary information technology to communicate, facilitate, and provide care. (Informatics and Technology)
  • Integrate leadership skills and principles to influence the behavior of individuals, groups, and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team within their environment to facilitate the acquisition/achievement of shared goals. (Leadership) (Teamwork and Collaboration)
  • Apply knowledge of health care policy, financial and regulatory influences on health care systems to quality improvement processes that contribute to achieving cost effective, patient-centered outcomes. (Systems-Based Practice) (Quality Improvement)
  • Model accountability for nursing practice decisions, with a commitment to professional growth and life-long learning. (Professionalism)

AMC’s Nursing Education Outcomes are derived from the following professional standards and guidelines:

  • AACN, Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing (2008).
  • American Nurses Association. (2015). Code of Ethics for nurses with Interpretive Statements.
  • American Nurses Association (2015). Nursing: Scope and standards of practice.
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts 244 CMR 3.00 Registered Nurse (Nurse Practice Act).
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (2016).
  • 2016 NCLEX-RN detailed test plan.
  • Accreditation Commission for Accreditation in Nursing, Inc. (2013) Accreditation manual with interpretive guidelines.
  • Massachusetts Action Coalition (2016). Nursing Core Competencies.
  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses. (2007). Quality and safety competencies.

Clinical Practice Requirements

Clinical Learning Experiences/Experiential Learning

The RN to BSN program embeds direct care and indirect care clinical learning experiences/experiential learning across the nursing course sequence (10 required nursing courses). These experiences provide an opportunity for students to integrate new practice-related knowledge and skills into their professional practice. Students may complete these experiences in their place of employment; however, these experiences cannot be activities in which the student receives compensation for or is part of the student’s current job position experiences.

Nursing Program Clinical Health and Immunization Requirements

Clinical and Health Requirements are:

  • A physical examination within 1 year prior to admission to the nursing program.
  • Proof of current valid American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR certification OR a Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare certification.
  • It may be warranted that a Criminal Offenders Record Investigation (CORI) that includes an investigation of federal offenses (HHS-OIG, SAM), Sex Offender Registry Information Act (SORI), and/or Drug Screening be conducted for a clinical assignment. An unsatisfactory result may prevent the clinical placement; and, therefore an inability to satisfactory complete the course/program.

Immunization Requirements are:

  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): Proof of serologic immunity of each disease. Documentation of Immunity includes: a) 2 doses of MMR on or after 1st birthday and at least a month apart; or b) laboratory evidence of immunity to measles and mumps and rubella or laboratory confirmation of each disease (consider the terms of “indeterminate” or “equivocal” immunity to be susceptible.) History of physician-diagnosed disease or documented proof of immunity is not acceptable as proof of immunity.
  • Td/Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis): An initial dose of Tdap, then Td booster every 10 years thereafter.
  • Varicella (chicken pox): 2 doses of varicella vaccine > 4 weeks apart, or laboratory evidence of immunity, or laboratory confirmation of disease, or reliable history of varicella disease (chicken pox or herpes zoster) by a health-care provider, including occupational health nurse.
  • Hepatitis B: Proof of serologic immunity (hepatitis B surface antibody test) OR if not immune, negative antigen. Course includes 3 doses hepatitis B vaccine on a 0. 1, and 6 month schedule. Test for hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) 1-2 months after the 3rd dose to document immunity. After completion of the 3rd injection of the series, a positive hepatitis titer is required. This process can take 6 – 8 months to complete. This series must be completed before the start of the student’s first clinical course.
  • An initial negative 2-step tuberculin skin test with an annual TB skin test thereafter. For students who cannot undergo skin testing (history of positive reaction of previous BCG immunization) evidence of a negative chest x-ray within five years and annual assessment of signs and symptoms from a medical provider is required. If desired, a QuantiFERON Gold blood test OR T spot test is acceptable.
  • Annual seasonal flu vaccine by October 20.
  • Must obtain/maintain a current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare providers CPR certificate or a Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare provider/BLS/CPR for Healthcare certification.

Please email your clinical/immunization requirement information to Rebecca Cote, Academic Affairs Coordinator, at


Admission to the RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN program is a 120 credit online program offered through a cohort model. After entering the nursing course sequence, the program is completed in 5 consecutive 8 week terms.

The contemporary RN to BSN online curriculum is designed to provide Diploma and Associate Degree prepared nurses with the knowledge and skills to enhance their professional nursing practice. Up to 90 credits maybe awarded in transfer credits. (Refer to RN to BSN curriculum map/plan).

The Anna Maria transfer policy for the RN to BSN program aligns with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Edication transfer policy.

The Anna Maria College online programs are approved to confer a degree in many states in the U.S., but are still awaiting full approval from certain states. The AMC RN to BSN online program is restricted to be offered within in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi; and, Wisconsin.

Program Admission/Transfer Requirements

Candidates for admission to the RN to BSN program must submit to the College as part of the application process:

  • Validation of holding an unencumbered current Registered Nurse license in one of the AMC online nursing program approved states.
  • Official transcripts validating:
    – Graduation from a state approved regionally accredited (ASN graduates) or nationally accredited (diploma) nursing program.
    – Attainment of a College GPA of 2.0 in the Foundational Courses (Pre-requisites) See curriculum map/plan.
    – Completion of any other college/university transcripts for college courses not included in the official nursing program transcripts, to validate completion of all courses that will be transferred into the RN to BSN program.
  • Resume with documentation of current nursing employment and professional activities and two letters of recommendation sent directly to the AMC; c/o Assistant Director Online Programs, Lorene Farrar or

International applicants for admission to the RN to BSN program:

  • Must have attended an institution approved by the Ministry of Education in the institutions country.
  • May be required to have transcripts evaluated by a professional evaluation service.
  • Whose native language is not English may be required to demonstrate their English proficiency. There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Applicants may be asked to submit results of one of the following: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Advanced English Exam (CAE) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) exam. The recommended scores for direct admission into undergraduate degree programs are as follows. TOEFL 72, IELTS 6.0, PTE 50 or higher. CAE 58.

Please refer to the Clinical Practice Requirements tab or the RN to BSN Nursing Student Handbook for the listing of the mandatory Admission’s Health and Immunization requirements.


Students who have been accepted into the RN-to-BSN program take the following steps toward enrolling:

  • Submit your enrollment deposit: Click here to submit your enrollment deposit. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot in the incoming class.
  • Review the Technology Guide: The Technology Guide will be sent to you after you deposit and provides step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Anna Maria College accounts as well as information on student resources.
  • Receive your transfer credit evaluation and curriculum map: The transfer credit evaluation will be posted to your account which notifies you of which courses you have waived out of.  At this time, you will also receive a curriculum map that details your sequencing of required courses to take toward your BSN degree.
  • Registration for courses: Upon completion of the transfer credit evaluation process, you will be automatically registered for courses, both in your starting term and for all ensuing terms.  You will receive a confirmation from the Registrar’s Office with your schedule.
  • Visit campus to get your Student ID card and parking permit (optional for online students): Student IDs allow you access to our library and can be obtained at the Student Life Office, currently located in the Student Success Center on the first floor of Trinity Hall.  Free parking permits are available by registering your vehicle with the Public Safety Office in Foundress Hall.  If you’ve yet to visit campus, you can also schedule a tour through our Admissions Office (508-849-3423).
  • Pay your bill at least one week prior to classes starting: After you are registered for courses, you will receive a tuition bill from our Student Accounts Office. Payment for your classes is not due until a week before the session begins.  Course access will not be given until your bill has been paid.  For more information on financing options, click here.
  • Start your classes: For the Fall 2019 semester, RN-to-BSN classes will begin on August 26, 2019.

The Anna Maria transfer policy for the RN to BSN program aligns with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Edication transfer policy.

For additional question, please contact Lorene Farrar, Assistant Director of Online Programs, at 508-849-3371 or

Tuition & Fees

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3 Credit Course
RN to BS in Nursing $310 $930

Additional fees may apply pending clinical placement requirements (e.g. CPR Certification, CORI, Immunizations, and Physical Examination).

For additional question, please contact Lorene Farrar, Assistant Director of Online Programs, at 508-849-3371 or

RN to BSN Program & Student Resources

Information Technology Resources

Technical requirements are necessary for the RN to BSN online Program: Students must ensure that their computer is properly configured. The student can seek out technical support from the 24/7 Personal Support Center  or at 877-265-3203.

These are the technical requirements necessary for online courses to run properly. Please read this information carefully, as you must ensure that your computer is properly configured. If you have any questions or problems, please call the Personal Support Center.


  • Any computer that is capable of running a modern Operating Systems (OS). For example:
  • Windows 7
  • Mac OS/X
  • Linux
  • More memory (RAM) will allow for more applications, such as your online course and Microsoft Word, to be open and will speed up your computer in general.
  • A High Speed/Broadband internet connection.
  • You may also wish to purchase a microphone, either standalone or with a set of headphones. These would be for the times that you may need to do Voice-Over IP chats or Voice-Over-PowerPoint presentations.


Web Browser Requirements

The following web browsers are supported and tested:

With PCs running Windows OS:

With Macs running OS X:


  • Adobe Acrobat

    Your courses may include .pdf files, which require the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If Acrobat is not installed on your computer; please download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader:

  • Adobe Flash

    Your courses may include images or animations that require the Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Flash plug-in. If you do not have Flash installed, or have difficulty viewing the animations, you may load the most current version of the Flash plug-in here:

    Note: Many mobile devices have the most problems with Flash. If your mobile device cannot display Flash animation then it might not be suitable for online access.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint

    Your courses may include Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. If you do not have PowerPoint installed on your computer, you may use the free PowerPoint viewer to view the course materials.

  • Microsoft Word

    Your courses require the use of Microsoft Word to turn in written assignments. If you use any word processor other than Microsoft Word, please remember to save the file as a .doc file. It is your responsibility to ensure that your assignments can be read by the instructor.

  • Microsoft Excel

    Your courses may require the use of Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software. If you use any spreadsheet program other than Microsoft Excel, please remember to save the file as an .XLS file. It is your responsibility to ensure that your assignments can be read by the instructor.

  • Microsoft Office Conversion Tool

    If you are using an older version of Microsoft Office (2003 or before) and you need to access Office 2007 (or later) files then please download the Office Family conversion tool here: b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466

  • Real Player

    This course may include video and audio that will require Real Player. You may download a free version of Real Player at:

  • Quick Time

    This course may include video that will require QuickTime Video Player. You may download a free version of QuickTime Player at:

  • Compression/“Zip” Utility

    This course may require the use of a compression utility such as WinZip to create a zipped file (*.zip). If you do not have a compression utility installed on your computer, you may download a free copy of WinZip here:

Student Success Resources

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center is available to help students with academic concerns. The Center provides assistance to all students free of charge. The Center is staffed by professional as well as student tutors. For more information, contact Dennis Vanasse;; (508) 849-3372.

Disability Support Services

Disability support services are available through the Student Success Center. Only students with documented disabilities are allowed accommodations for assignments and examinations. Course faculty must be notified prior to the start of a course of a disability requiring special accommodations. For more information, contact Dennis Vanasse;; (508) 849-3372.

Library Resources

  1. Go to the Mondor-Eagen Library page and click on Databases under Library Resources.
  2. Under Accessing Databases off Campus, you will find a link to log into the Library Resources.
  3. You will be asked for your Library Card Number and Last Name.
  4. You will then have access to all the online databases.

Health & Counseling Resources

Health Services

Health Services provides care for sick or injured full-time students. Clinic services are provided by the nurse practitioner and a physician. Health Services offers diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, ongoing and follow-up care, health and nutritional counseling along with confidential provider visits, referral to outside specialists and health promotion and awareness. Health Services provides assistance for all Anna Maria College students in becoming knowledgeable healthcare consumers and assists them in making positive lifestyle choices. All full-time students must present evidence that they are adequately immunized in order to register for classes. Pre-entrance immunization requirements are based on the Massachusetts Law 105 CMR 220.000.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides individual short-term counseling to assist students as they pursue their educational and personal goals with the ultimate goal of enhanced quality of life. Initial assessment and evaluation are generally made in the first appointment. For those students in need of more intensive on-going psychotherapy, referrals to practitioners and resources in the community are provided and costs for outside referrals are handled through the student’s insurance carrier, and the long-term or intensive services are billed to the student’s insurance.

Location and Hours

Location:Health and Counseling Services is located in the Annex at the end of Trinity East building.
Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. For emergencies after hours, contact Anna Maria College Public Safety at (508) 494-9010.


Appointments can be made by calling the main office at (508) 849-3315 or by stopping by the Health and Counseling Services office. Walk-in acute care situations and emergencies are given priority attention.


Health and Counseling Services is legally and ethically obligated to protect a student’s right to privacy and adhere to all HIPAA regulations. A student’s record is strictly confidential with medical and counseling records kept separately. No one other than Health and Counseling staff have access to a student’s record without the student’s prior written permission.

Student Government Resources

Student Government Association can be found by contacting Lizette Zajko, Director of Student Activities; at (508) 849-3312 or visit the webpage.

Student Involvement in Nursing Program Governance

Nursing students are encouraged to participate in the governance of the Nursing Programs while enrolled at Anna Maria College. This may be accomplished by serving on the Nursing Faculty Organization committee by conference call at scheduled Faculty Meetings. Students interested in serving in this capacity should contact the Dean of Nursing. Also, students may directly email the Dean of Nursing with any program or curriculum comments. (Appendix G)

Sigma Theta International Honor Society of Nursing

The Anna Maria College Nursing Program is a member of the Iota Phi-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nursing Honor Society. Students who qualify for membership will be invited to join this organization when they have completed at least half of the nursing courses. The Iota Phi-at-Large Chapter includes Anna Maria College, University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing, and Worcester State University.  Further information about STTI and membership may be found at

Meet Our Faculty

Karin Ciance, DNP, RN

Associate Professor of Nursing
School of Professional Studies
(508) 849-3262

Linda Esper

Dean of Nursing
(508) 849-3285

Barbara Farrington MSN, RN

Professor of Practice
(508) 849-3402

Kimberly Griffiths

Quality Assurance Coordinator
School of Professional Studies
(508) 849-3498

Patricia Joseph-Delva

Adjunct Faculty
Marie Remillard

Marie Remillard

Nursing Curricula Support Facilitator
School of Professional Studies

Danielle Shaver

Assistant Professor

Betty Ann Warner

Assistant Professor