Sep 27, 2022  
2021-2022 College Catalog 
  
2021-2022 College Catalog

Admissions


Admissions

Placement Testing, Articulation, and Transfer Credit

Academic curriculum Special courses and programs 

General Undergraduate Admissions

Placement Testing 

Entertainment Management - Audio Production Concentration

Nursing Admissions Criteria 

Placement Testing Accommodations

The School of Nursing and Health Science (SONHS)

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Admissions Criteria

Articulation Agreements

Dual Enrollment 

International Student Admissions 

Transfer of Credit

Study Abroad 

Background Check Policy

Transfer Credit for International Students

International Consortium

Associate-to-Baccalaureate Degree Admissions Criteria

Transfer Credit for Prior Learning

 

Readmission to the College

Portfolio-based Prior Learning Assessments (PLA) 

 

Domestic Proof of High School Graduation/Equivalency

Program Specific Transferability 

 

International Proof of Secondary Equivalency Requirements

 

 

Insurance & Immunization 

 

 

Students Right to Cancel Policy

 

 

 


Admissions 

Bay State College is a private college whose mission is to provide students with a quality education that prepares them for professional careers and increasing levels of higher education. The College admits students who show the interest and capability to successfully fulfill these goals. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. See Admissions Page.  

General Undergraduate Admissions

Associate Degree program: Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher 

Bachelor’s Degree program: Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.3 or higher 

Bay State College is test optional. Standardized test scores are not required for admissions. However, scores may be reviewed if you feel they will support your application for admission.

Submit your Official Transcripts and Proof of Graduation (College/University Transcripts, High School Transcripts, or GED scores). High School transcripts submitted via fax must include a cover sheet sent directly from the Guidance Office. All other transcripts must be sent in a sealed and stamped envelope or sent as an e-Transcript via an electronic service such as National Student Clearing House. If you have an International Transcript, please refer to our International Transcript Requirements. 

Bay State College evaluates all applicants from a holistic viewpoint. Our admissions process is designed to help match your interests, skill-set, and educational goals with the appropriate degree program. 

Nursing Admissions Criteria 

Admissions Criteria 

Admission to the Nursing Associate Degree Program is competitive. To be considered, all applicants to the program must: 

·   Complete and clear Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI).

·   Complete the BSC English placement test with a score of 1500 or higher OR receive a 60 or above on the English section of the TEAS.

·   Applicants applying as first-time college students or having attended college with less than 12 credits must have a high school GPA of 3.0 and a Life Science course including a lab of at least a grade of C. Previous education experience, academic performance and background in science-related academic coursework will be evaluated. Submit an official sealed high school/GED transcript. 

·   Applicants with 12 or more college credits must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and a Life Science course including a lab of at least a grade of C. Previous education experience, academic performance and background in science-related academic coursework will be evaluated. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. The combined total of the GPA from previous college courses must be at least a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applicants with college credit must submit an official sealed college transcript. 

·   Submit proof of graduation from your high school or (if applicable) college.   

·   Submit TEAS score results (taken within the past year) of 60% overall with a sub score of 65% on reading comprehension. Register for the TEAS test here. You will need to create an account to register for and complete the exam. Applicants are not required to take the TEAS test at Bay State College; you may register for any location. The name of the test is TEAS Nursing.  

·   Applicants earning less than 60% in the science category will be asked to audit A&P I and II. 

·   Applicants achieving a 60% or greater in the English sub score will be exempted from the English Placement Test. 

·   Please note that only the first two attempts at the TEAS will be considered, and scores are taken from one exam, not the best scores from each attempt.  

·   Note: The transfer credit policy for sciences and other courses is found here. 

·   Submit the Proof of Immunization form. Immunizations must be in compliance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. COVID/Influenza Immunization required.

Please note: The Office of Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional supporting material. Bay State College reserves the right to make exceptions on Admissions decisions. Exceptions are at the discretion of the College and are on a case-by-case basis.

Bay State College ADN Program Change Policy - Transfer Nursing Admissions Criteria 

Currently enrolled Bay State College students seeking a transfer to the Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) must meet the above admissions criteria to be considered for a change of program acceptance into the ADN program. Additionally, students must meet with their current academic advisor to validate that they meet the above admissions criteria and, if so, they must also secure a change of program referral from their current academic advisor to be provided to the Nursing Program Chair. Please note that meeting the admissions criteria and securing a referral from your current academic advisor does not guarantee the change of program will be approved. The Nursing Program Chair makes the final decision on approving the change of program request. 

Nursing LPN-RN Admissions Criteria 

Admission to the Nursing Associate Degree Program is competitive. To be considered, all applicants to the program must: 

·   Complete and clear Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI).

·   Applicant must hold a valid, unencumbered practical nurse license from a state board of nursing and be eligible for licensure in Massachusetts. 

·   Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA in previous coursework. 

·   Applicants must obtain 1500 on the BSC English placement test. 

·   Applicants must have a minimum score of 76 on the NACE I. The TEAS does not apply to transfer candidates. If they wish to apply to the regular ADN, they must take the RN TEAS. The applicant’s PN TEAS results are not acceptable. 

·   Applicant must have completed A&P I with at least a B average. Applicants may opt to apply to the regular ADN option if they have not completed their sciences. 

·   Submit the Proof of Immunization form. Immunizations must be in compliance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. COVID/Influenza Immunization required.

Please note: The Office of Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional supporting material. Bay State College reserves the right to make exceptions on Admissions decisions. Exceptions are at the discretion of the College and are on a case-by-case basis.

Nursing (RN-BSN) Acceptance Criteria 

To be considered for the admission to the RN to BSN program, applicants must: 

·   Complete and clear Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI).

·   Submit an official, sealed college transcript(s) (with proof of Associate Degree in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing) with a GPA of 2.6 or higher. 

·   Applicants must submit an Immunization Form. See Division of Health Sciences Health and Immunization Policy. 

·   Proof of a Registered Nursing (RN) license will be obtained by Bay State staff. Licensed applicant must hold a current unencumbered RN license. If the applicant holds active licenses in more than one state/jurisdiction, all licenses must be unencumbered. 

·   Applicants who have graduated from a nursing program within three (3) months of application and are not yet licensed, may be admitted if all other admission requirements are met. Licensure is required prior to the start of the third term of the program. 

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Admissions Criteria 

All applicants to the Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree Program must: 

·   Complete and clear Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI).

·   Complete the BSC English and Math assessment test and place into English 102 and Math 104 or higher.  

·   Submit an official, sealed high school/GED transcript (if you do not have a college degree) with a GPA of 2.7 or higher, and a Life Lab Science with a grade of C or better.  

·   Submit an official, sealed college transcript/s (if applicable) with a GPA of 2.7 or higher. (12 transfer credits), and a Life Lab Science with a grade of C or better.  

·   Submit a proof of graduation from your high school or (if applicable) college.   

·   Note: The transfer credit policy for sciences and other courses is found here. 

·   Submit the Proof of Immunization form. Immunizations must be in compliance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. COVID/Influenza Immunization required.

·   Due to the restrictions placed on institutions, due to Covid-19, the following allowance will apply to Fall 2020 applicants: 

Due COVID-19 restrictions placed on institutions, the following allowance will apply to Fall 2020 applicants: 

Online lab science courses will be considered to fulfill the lab science requirement, as well as considered for transfer credit. During the first week of the semester, the student will be required to take an assessment in Anatomy and Physiology and may be required to audit science courses, based on the result of this exam. All course grade requirements are still applicable for both admissions and transfer credit requirements. 

Please note: The Office of Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional supporting material. Bay State College reserves the right to make exceptions on Admissions decisions. Exceptions are at the discretion of the College and are on a case-by-case basis. Should you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Team at 617-217-9080 or admissions@baystate.edu. 

Bay State College PTA Program Change Policy - Transfer Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Admissions Criteria 

Currently enrolled Bay State College students seeking a transfer to the associates degree in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) must meet the above admissions criteria to be considered for a change of program acceptance into the PTA program. Additionally, students must meet with their current academic advisor to validate that they meet the above admissions criteria and if so, they must also secure a change of program referral from their current academic advisor to be provided to the PTA Program Chair. Please note that meeting the admissions criteria and securing a referral from your current academic advisor does not guarantee the change of program will be approved. The PTA Program Chair makes the final decision on approving the change of program request. 

International Student Admissions 

·   Official High School, College or University transcripts, see International Transcript Requirements.

·   Official TOEFL Scores: Minimum of 70 (ibT); and 6.0 on the IELTS if native language is not English (or language school affiliate equivalent). We also accept the iTEP (Academic-Plus test ONLY) overall score of 4.0 or higher. 

Prior to receiving your I-20 Form you must have:

·   Financial documentation in the form of current, original bank statements totaling the cost of tuition, including information addressing who will be financially responsible for the student while in the United States. For further explanation of minimum financial requirements, click here. 

·   A letter of support from the person who intends to help make tuition payments. Tuition & Fees. 

International Transcript Requirements

Transcripts from any institution outside of the United States must be evaluated by a 3rd party US evaluation company currently members of the National Association of Credential Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc (AICE) if: 

·   The applicant’s transcript is being used to verify Proof of Graduation;

·   The applicant’s transcript(s) are being reviewed for transfer credit eligibility into a Bay State College program.  Please visit the Transfer Students section of our website for more information about international student transfer credit eligibility requirements.  

All evaluations must include translation of transcript(s) into English, equivalency of your credentials in terms of a U.S. education, and a converted GPA calculation into U.S. standards.

Background Check Policy

To be placed in a clinical affiliation or internship, students are required to complete a series of background checks, including Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI). When this applies, the following policies and procedures will be generally followed:  

·   Background checks will be conducted through an outside agency as authorized by the Criminal History Systems Board (CHSB) and Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB).  

·   Background checks may be conducted as a part of Orientation (prior to the start of classes).  

·   An adverse decision will not automatically disqualify a student from placement in a clinical affiliation or internship. Determinations of suitability based on the results of the background check(s) will be made consistent with the College’s policy and any applicable law or regulations. 

·   If Bay State College is inclined to make an adverse decision based on the results of the background check(s), the student will be notified immediately and advised of the reason that he or she cannot be approved for placement in a clinical affiliation or internship. The student will be provided with a copy of the results and the College’s Background Check Policy and advised on the procedures for disputing the accuracy of the CORI or SORI record.    

·   It is the student’s responsibility to complete the online application for any requested background checks. The student is also responsible for the cost of the background check(s); the cost may vary due to past state residencies and marital status. 

Students should refer to their program-specific handbooks for additional information regarding the impact background checks may have on their clinical education experiences.  

In certain circumstances as stated in the Residence Agreement, a student may be required to complete a background check to reside in on-campus housing.  

Students who are employed by the College in certain departments may be required to complete a background check to be eligible for employment. While a record may not automatically disqualify a student from employment, a determination of suitability will be made consistent with the College’s human resources policies and any applicable law or regulations.  

For a copy of the complete Background Check Policy, please contact the Dean of Student’s Office.   

Associate-to-Baccalaureate Degree Admissions Criteria

Bay State College students must meet the following criteria to be accepted into a bachelor’s degree program: 

·   Be in good standing (academically, financially, and disciplinarily) with the College 

·   Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 with at least 12 credits completed 

·   Students who are currently enrolled in an Associate degree program and intend to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program before completing the Associate degree should contact their Department/Program Chair. Students who have earned an Associate degree or plan to do so prior to enrolling in the bachelor’s degree program should contact the Admissions Office. 

Readmission to the College   

Students ineligible for Reentry to the college due to exceeding the 2 years from their last date attended are eligible to apply for readmission to the college by contacting the Admissions Office. Readmitted students will be required to reapply, be cleared academically, financially, and successfully complete admissions requirements prior to registering for classes. All readmitted students must abide by Admissions requirements at the time of their readmission to the college. Former students who are readmitted matriculate under the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission.   

Readmission for Veteran Students (HEOA Sec. 114) : In general, veteran students who notify the College of their intent to return within three years of the end of their military service are entitled to readmission with the same academic standing and status that the student had when he or she last attended the College. With some exceptions, the readmission requirement does not apply if the length of military service exceeded five years. A VA student who submits an application for readmission must provide the College with evidence that he or she has not exceeded the length of service requirement, as well as proof that he or she left the service in good standing.  

Domestic Proof of High School Graduation/Equivalency 

All students not receiving and receiving Title IV financial aid are required to provide verification of high school diploma/equivalency. Verification documents must be submitted to Admissions. Without verification, students may not be allowed to continue enrollment and risk losing all financial aid. Should a student not provide verification by the start of the second semester the student will be dismissed from the college and all Title IV financial aid and any state or institutional financial aid that was distributed on the student’s behalf must be refunded to the appropriate source; the student will be responsible for payment to Bay State College for any and all money refunded. For student not receiving Title IV financial aid, the College will ensure that student qualifications and expectations are compatible with institutional objectives. Individuals admitted without verification of high school diploma/equivalency will need to demonstrate through their intellectual and personal qualifications a reasonable potential for success in the programs to which they are admitted. The College will determine the reasonable potential for success on a case-by-case basis and may take into consideration factors such as student interview, transcript(s) and test results. 

International Proof of Secondary Equivalency Requirements

Transcripts from any institution outside of the United States must be evaluated by a 3rd party US evaluation company currently members of the National Association of Credential Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc (AICE) if: 

·   The applicant’s transcript is being used to verify Proof of Graduation of a secondary education showing equivalence to U.S. to a High School Diploma.

All evaluations must include translation of transcript(s) into English, equivalency of your credentials in terms of a U.S. education, and a converted GPA calculation into U.S. standards 

Insurance & Immunization 

Health Insurance

The Massachusetts University Health Insurance Law requires every student carrying nine (9) credits or more in the Day or Evening Division and all international students to participate in the student health insurance program or in a U.S. health insurance program with comparable coverage. Proof of insurance must be in place prior to a student’s ability to sit in class and must be provided annually. Students who do not have health insurance will be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance program and will be charged the nonrefundable premium by the College. Waiving the Accident and Sickness Insurance or enrolling in the College- sponsored plan must be completed online through the Bay State College website. Once a student is charged the student health insurance fee and their name is submitted for coverage, the charge cannot be removed. Additional information can be found in the Student Handbook.

Students enrolled in the Medical Assisting and Physical Therapist Assistant programs are required to purchase liability insurance prior to participation in clinical education internship courses. The student is responsible for contacting the appropriate insurance carrier to make arrangements. Forms are available through the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. 

Immunizations 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health outlines the required immunizations for students under regulation 220.000. The required immunizations, as well as definitions of terms, can be found online at http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/. Bay State College students must adhere to those requirements detailed in sections 220.600 and 220.700. The only circumstances under which a student may be exempted from the Massachusetts Immunization Law are as follows: 

·   Certification in writing by an examining physician who is of the opinion that the physical condition is such that health would be endangered by one or more of the immunizations. The student will be required to submit laboratory evidence of immunity to Measles, Meningitis, Mumps, Rubella, and Hepatitis B; if not immune, (s)he will have to leave campus in the event of an outbreak;  

·   The student states in writing that the required immunizations would conflict with his/her religious belief. It is recommended that (s)he present evidence of immunity, as above. Otherwise, (s)he will have to leave campus in the event of an outbreak. 

·   Students in fully-online programs are permitted to waive the Certificate of Immunization. However, if the student enrolls in a ground course or attends a campus event, the Certificate of Immunization must be submitted. 

Immunization Requirements for Students in Division of Health Sciences Programs 

Note: COVID/Influenza Immunization are required for these programs.

All Division of Health Sciences program students must be compliant with all Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Adult Occupational Immunization Recommendations and Requirements. Prior to working at any clinical or internship site, all PTA students are required to document that they are free of contagious disease, including tuberculosis (TB). The minimum standard for the PTA program is that TB screening must be performed within one year prior to the end of each clinical experience. Other immunizations or proof of immunity to other contagious diseases may be required. The costs of all vaccinations and TB testing are the responsibility of the student. All Division of Health Sciences students should refer to their program’s clinical education requirements for specific information on these and other requirements for clinical education. See Bay State College Division of Health Sciences Student Handbook for more details.

Students Right to Cancel Policy  

If a student wishes to cancel their contract, and thereby cancel their enrollment in the program of study designated on their agreement, they must provide written notice to the College. The College will refund all tuition and fees paid, excluding any non-refundable monies as outlined in the College Catalog, if the student cancels their Enrollment Agreement on or before the last day of the add/drop period for student’s initial term. 

 


 

Placement Testing, Articulation, and Transfer Credit

Placement Testing 

I. Placement Testing Policy and Disclosures  

Bay State College uses the Wonderlic Advanced Skills Test (WAST) for placing incoming students into appropriate English and Math courses. WAST is an online non-proctored test that assesses English language and math skills. Each section of the test takes up to 30 minutes, or a combined 60 minutes if the student completes both the English and Math sections.

Most students must take the English and Math placement tests. Prospective students must meet minimum placement test requirements for the program to which they are applying or transferring. Not all programs require the same level of English and Math placement. The placement tests are designed to properly place a student into the English and Math sequences. Placement tests are also used as part of the academic acceptance criteria for certain programs. Students can practice for both the English and Math placement tests.  

Students are permitted to re-take each placement test only once and must do so on-site at Bay State College. Students in the Online Division are permitted to re-take the placement test remotely. If placement requirements are not met for either the English or Math assessment after exhausting the allowed two attempts, prospective students must wait one year from the last date of attempt before being eligible to re-take the necessary assessment again.  

If a student does not meet the minimum requirements for entrance into English I (ENG101) or Intermediate College Algebra (MAT104), he or she will be required to take Basic English for College (ENG099A), and/or Fundamentals of Algebra (MAT098), before beginning the English and/or Mathematics sequence. Remedial courses do not apply toward graduation requirements, ENG099A and MAT098 are three (3)-credit courses are remedial. Students that place above the first level college course in English and Math will be accountable to complete those ENG/MAT units, example: students that place into English II (ENG102) must still take an additional three (3) credits of English/Literature, students that place into Pre-Calculus (MAT160) must still take an additional three (3) credits of Math. 

Math and English placement tests are valid for one year from the date the last test attempt was completed. If it has been more than a year since one or both sections of the placement test were completed, then the prospective student must re-take the applicable assessments, even if the previous assessment results meet applicable admissions standards/requirements.  

NOTE: Current students seeking a change of program at Bay State College must meet the program’s English and Math placement requirements. 

II. Transfer Students Placement Testing  

Transfer students may not be required to take the placement test(s) if transfer credits meet Bay State College guidelines as outlined in this Handbook. This does not apply to all degree programs, as English and Math placement is a component of academic acceptance criteria for certain programs.  

III. Online Students Placement Testing  

For the Online Division, English placement testing is required before the student starts classes. Should a student place into ENG099A, his or her acceptance will be re-evaluated; Bay State College reserves the right to revoke acceptance. 

IV. Health Studies/Nursing/PTA Students Placement Testing  

For the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Associate Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA),  all English and Math placement tests must be completed on-site at a campus location. Out-of-state/region applicants that are not able to complete the assessment on-site at one of the Bay State College campus locations must identify a location where the placement test can be taken in a proctored environment. The selected proctor location must be approved by Bay State College administration prior to taking the placement test. 

Placement Testing Accommodations

Any student looking to access accommodations during placement testing must make arrangements with the Disability Support Services Coordinator at least two weeks prior to his or her testing date. Contact information and office locations for the Disability Support Services Coordinator can be found on the Bay State College website. NOTE: All Health Studies/Nursing/PTA programs must reference their programmatic handbooks. 

Articulation Agreements 

Bay State College offers a variety of different partnerships and articulation agreements with other institutions that may enhance or accelerate students’ educational goals. Information about current offerings is available on the College’s website.  

Transfer of Credit 

Students entering an Associate Degree program may transfer no more than 30 credits, students entering a Bachelor Degree program may transfer no more than 90 credits, and students entering a Certificate program may transfer no more than 14 credits from an accredited institution to Bay State College. An official transcript is needed for transfer credit review.  

To be considered for transfer of credit, a course must meet the following requirements unless otherwise noted: 

·   The institution it was taken at must be accredited by a recognized accrediting body and it must be equivalent to a course offered at Bay State College (excluding elective credit). 

·   The grade earned must be a C or higher. 

·    Science, technical and other courses must have been taken in the last five (5) years and will not be accepted if such courses are central to the current knowledge and/or skill base of a program of study. 

·   Other courses not considered to be central to the current knowledge and/or skills base of a program of study will be considered regardless of the year completed. 

·   Developmental courses such as Basic English and Basic Mathematics are not eligible for transfer. 

Transfer Credit for Current Bay State College Students 

Students who are currently attending Bay State College may transfer courses with the following requirements: 

·   Students must have a Pre-Approval for Transfer of Credit Form completed and signed by their Academic Advisor or Department/Program Chair before the course is taken. 

·   A minimum of 9 of the last 15 credits toward a degree must be earned at Bay State College. 

Transfer Credit for International Students 

International students have special considerations for transfer of credit: 

·    For coursework from schools outside of the United States, students must provide a course-by-course* evaluation from a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluations (AICE) to determine transfer credit eligibility; 

·        The following information, translated into English**, must also be submitted for each course to determine transfer credit eligibility: 

·   Start and end date of each course; and 

·   Description of each course 

·   Courses for which a start/end date and description have not been submitted will only be considered for transfer as electives and will not be applicable to any major requirements. 

·   Transfer credit will not be given for English or ESL classes taken in a country where the native language is not English. 

*Students must ensure their request for service is the course-by-course evaluation; this will provide the name of the course, the credits earned, and the U.S. grade equivalent. Course-by-course evaluations must be mailed directly from the NACES/AICE member or hand-delivered, in a sealed envelope, to the Office of Admissions. 

**Additional information must be translated into English by the host institution or a current NACES/AICE member and must be mailed directly from the institution or NACES/AICE member or hand-delivered, in a sealed envelope, to the Office of Admissions. 

NOTE: Having transcripts evaluated by a current NACES/AICE member does not guarantee that transfer credit will be awarded. All BSC transfer credit policies apply.  

Transfer Credit for Prior Learning 

In addition to credit from another institution, Bay State College also accepts proof of college-level learning through our Credit for Prior Learning program: 

·   Students may submit scores from the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP); from International Baccalaureate (IB), DANTE Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), ACE (American Council on Education) recommendations; and from military transcripts. 

·   Students (excluding Associate Degree Nursing students) must earn a minimum AP score of 3, a minimum IB Higher Level Exam score of 4, or meet minimum ACE recommended C-level CLEP and DSST scores. 

·   Associate Degree Nursing students must earn a minimum AP score of 4, a minimum IB Higher Level Exam score of 5, or meet minimum ACE recommended B-level CLEP and DSST scores. 

·   If interested in obtaining any of the above listed credit, contact the Office of Admissions (entering and prospective students) or the Office of the Registrar (current and returning students) for additional information.  

Portfolio-based Prior Learning Assessments (PLA) 

Portfolio-based Prior Learning Assessments (PLA) can also be submitted for various programs which assess core competency by portfolio. Students interested in obtaining credit for any of the above should consult with their Academic Advisor for additional information. A student may earn up to 30 total semester credit hours toward a Baccalaureate Degree through portfolio and credit-by-standardized-exam and 15 total hours toward an Associate Degree for non-classroom learning. Total credit transfers of all types cannot exceed the limits listed above in the first paragraph of the Transfer of Credit Policy. Credit for Prior Learning credit will not be accepted after a student has taken a course at BSC and earned a failing grade.   

Program Specific Transferability 

Transferability for Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Health Studies Programs 

Note: Where “all students” is stated in policy differs from the programmatic policies below, the Health Studies/Nursing/Physical Therapist Assistant policies will take precedence which are found in supplemental Handbooks.   

It is policy for The School of Nursing and Health Science (SONHS) transferability may have additional requirements, but limited to, students being required to demonstrate equivalence by providing a course syllabus, the Program Chair may require that students either audit a portion of a course or the entire course in order to accept transfer credits, and students may be required to demonstrate knowledge and competence in course content, by examination, in order to transfer credit.  

Requests for transfer credit must be made at the time of admission to the College. Once enrolled in the SONHS program at Bay State College, students may not take courses concurrently for credit at another institution. 

Additional special considerations for transfer of credit: 

·   Science courses must have been taken in the last five (5) years 

·   To transfer English II equivalent, they must pass with a B or higher

·   To transfer Anatomy & Physiology I and/or II equivalent, they must pass with a B or higher in both lecture and lab

·   To transfer Microbiology equivalent, they must pass with a B or higher in both lecture and lab 

·   To transfer Human Lifespan Development or Computer and Information Literacy equivalent, they must pass with a C+ or higher 

Transfer Credit for Nursing Students 

Nursing program specific has additional special considerations for transfer of credit: 

·   Transfer credit is not awarded equivalent credit for NUR core specific course taken at an institution other than Bay State College.  

·   All other courses not listed above are ineligible for transfer of credit with the exception of Fundamental Health Concepts and Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family and Pediatric Patient; students requesting transfer credit for these courses must hold a current MA practical nurse license or be eligible to obtain one through reciprocity and also, are required to demonstrate knowledge and competency by examination to receive transfer credit. 

Transfer Credit for Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Students 

PTA program specific has additional special considerations for transfer of credit: 

·   Transfer credit is not awarded equivalent credit for PTA core specific course taken at an institution other than Bay State College. 

 


 

Academic Curriculum Special Courses and Programs 

Entertainment Management - Audio Production Concentration

1. Students wishing to pursue an Audio Production Concentration within the Entertainment Management Department, either for the associate or bachelor’s degree, or an Audio Production minor need to meet two criteria. Initially, a student needs to place into Intermediate College Algebra (MAT104) to start Audio Theory (AUD101). The student does not need to enroll in MAT104 in his or her first semester, but placement in MAT104 ensures that the student has the requisite math skills for the Audio Theory course. Secondly, for an Audio Production student to progress to each class in the four-course sequence from AUD101 to AUD104, the student must maintain a grade of C- or higher in each course. 

2. For students in the Bachelor degree program in Entertainment Management - Audio Production Concentration who have had prior training in Music Theory, substituting the requirement for MUS101 Fundamentals of Music can be satisfied in any of the following three ways: 1) transfer credit for the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in Music with a score of 3 or higher; 2) transfer credit for the International Baccalaureate Honors Level (IB HL) exam of 4 or higher; 3) successful testing-out (grade of B or higher) of the MUS101 Fundamentals of Music class using an exam developed by the Department of Entertainment Management and the substitution of an additional music class not otherwise required for the major.  

3. For students in the Associate degree program in Entertainment Management - Audio Production Concentration who have had prior training in Music Theory, substituting the requirement for MUS101 Fundamentals of Music can be satisfied in any of the following three ways: 1) transfer credit for the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in Music with a score of 3 or higher; 2) transfer credit for the International Baccalaureate Honors Level (IB HL) exam of 4 or higher; 3) successful testing-out (grade of B or higher) of the MUS101 Fundamentals of Music class using an exam developed by the Department of Entertainment Management and the substitution of MUS102 American Music in the 20th Century to meet the music requirement. 

The School of Nursing and Health Science (SONHS) Nursing, Health Studies, and Physical Therapist Assistant

Nursing Program 

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is a full-time, full-year Day program designed to be completed in five semesters in a traditional classroom format. The online RN to BSN Nursing Program is designed to be completed in five semesters. All policies in this Handbook apply to students enrolled in either Nursing program. Additionally, Nursing students are subject to program-specific policies and requirements, which can be found in the Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook and the RN-BSN Student Handbook. Program-specific admission criteria for both programs can be found in admissions materials and in the Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook and the RN-BSN Student Handbook. 

Bay State College offers a rigorous academic and clinical program in nursing science. Students admitted to the Nursing program must maintain an average of 80 or greater in all nursing courses, Science and English courses a grade of 85 or greater, and all other courses a 77 or greater.  

Health Studies Program 

Health Studies is an Associate degree program with expected completion in four semesters. Health Studies students are subject to program-specific policies and requirements, which can be found in the Health Studies Student Handbook. 

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program 

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is a full-time Day program designed to be completed in five semesters in a traditional classroom format. All policies in this Handbook apply to students enrolled in the PTA program. Additionally, PTA students are subject to program-specific policies and requirements, which can be found in the PTA Student Handbook and the PTA Clinical Education Handbook.   

Dual Enrollment 

Bay State College’s High School Dual Enrollment Program (HSDEP) is a non-degree program available to juniors and seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. high schools or accredited home-schooling programs. Participation in the program requires approval of the student’s parent/guardian, as well as approval from the student’s high school guidance counselor/academic advisor. Successful completion of courses through this program offers eligible high school students an opportunity to earn college credit toward degree programs at Bay State College, as well as the potential to earn high school credit toward high school graduation requirements.  

Formal acceptance into the program is granted by Bay State College’s administration. Courses offered through the HSDEP are not eligible for institutional aid or Title IV funding. The awarding of high school credits for courses completed through the HSDEP is at the full discretion of the student’s high school. 

Additional information regarding this program can be found on the College’s website.  

Study Abroad 

Bay State College partners with CIS Abroad to offer a variety of opportunities for students to study abroad. Through this partnership, students can customize their study abroad experiences to best match their academic, career and travel interests. Full-year, semester, winter, and summer programs are offered. Language skills are not required for most locations prior to departure but may be a part of the studies upon arrival. All programs are offered in English and provide not only classroom instruction, but also various cultural and language development activities. Moreover, these exchange programs may be combined with internship opportunities to enable students to gain invaluable international work experience. 

Students interested in going abroad are strongly encouraged to explore the current programs offered by CIS Abroad and to consult their Academic Advisor. Students who have completed at least one semester and/or two terms, earned at least 12 Bay State College credits, and are in good academic and disciplinary standing at the College while actively enrolled in a degree program are encouraged to apply. Bay State College requires students to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application and at the start of their desired term abroad; however, some programs may require a higher GPA to qualify. Bay State College grants and scholarships may be impacted. 

International students should also contact the Designated School Official to discuss eligibility and requirements for studying abroad. Further information can be found on the College’s website or by contacting the Dean of Students. 

International Consortium

Students attending within the International Consortium Non-Credit Non-Degree program attend classes online and are pass/non-pass courses without credit. Institutions are contractual and limited.