Application Process and Check List

Complete and submit the online application, be sure to click the submit button. A completed application is required for admission review. An incomplete application will NOT be reviewed. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required application documentation is submitted. Please be aware, that paper applications will NOT be accepted. The Common Application is not accepted.

To be considered complete, an application must be filled out fully and submitted to the Admission Office. The following admission criteria are also required:

  • Required Essay: A short essay is required. The essay's subject is: What made you decide to choose Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing as the place you wish to pursue your nursing education?
  • Official High School Transcripts: applicants must graduate from a high school accredited by one of the agencies recognized and approved by the U.S. Federal Department of Education. It is preferred that applicants entering from high school rank in the upper 1/3 of their graduating class with at least a 3.0 overall Grade Point Average (GPA). Proof of a High School Equivalency certificate (GED) will be accepted in lieu of a high school transcript. An official copy of the equivalency certificate with scores is required.
  • Official College Transcripts: required, if applicable. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is preferred.
  • Applicant must show academic excellence in algebraic math and biological science.
  • A Permanent Resident must submit a copy of a Resident Alien Registration Card and the application.
  • Letters of Recommendation, not required but suggested.
  • A Social Security Number is required to apply for Registered Nursing licensure in Massachusetts. In the absence of a SSN, applications will not be processed.
  • Required of LPN applicants: submit current LPN license number. LPN applicants must be in good standing with the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Nursing and/or the state Board of Nursing in which they hold their license.
  • Official results of ATI’s TEAs Exam were provided directly to the school. No cutoff score has been established but priority consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate academic achievement. Exam results older than 2 years will not be accepted. Please see the tab labeled Pre-Acceptance Exam for further information on the TEAs Exam.

Please direct official transcripts to the following address:

Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing

53 Adams Street

Brockton, MA 02302

Attn: Admissions Office

If you are submitting an official transcript through a transcript servicing agency, (for example, Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse), please have the transcript sent to

Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing requires that all applicants who have attended high school/college/university outside of the United States have their official foreign transcripts translated and evaluated by a professional translating and evaluating service. All official translations and evaluations must be sent to our school by the translating/evaluating services. The translation must be original. No photocopies will be accepted.

All aspects of an applicant’s submitted documentation for admission will be taken into consideration when reviewed for acceptance. Entrance into Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing is competitive. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required documentation is provided to the BHSON Admissions Office by the Application Deadline. Applicants will be notified via email when and if their applicant status has changed to “Admission Review”, meaning their application package is complete and waiting for review for possible acceptance.

Program Technical Standards

The following information is being provided as required by the Federal Government Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in response to the Americans with Disabilities Act. In order to successfully complete the School of Nursing program, certain physical and behavioral capabilities are required in coursework and as part of the clinical experience. These include the following:

Physical capabilities necessary to communicate effectively independently or with corrective devices:

1. Communicate in English orally and in writing to instructors, clinical staff, patients, families, and all members of the health care team.

2. Hear a patient talk normally from a distance of 20 feet.

3. Hear all alarms on technical and supportive equipment set at a normal tone at a distance of 20 feet.

4. Listen and respond to distress sounds from patients.

5. Hear oral directions/requests from health care workers, patients, voice pages, and telephone messages.

6. Accurately monitor blood pressure readings with a stethoscope.

7. Accurately distinguish breath, heart, and bowel sounds.

Visual Acuity

1. Clearly visualize all written medical information pertaining to the patient.

2. Clearly visualize all readings and functions of technical equipment pertaining to patient care for the purpose of assessment.

3. Clearly visualize all calibrated containers for the accurate measurement of body fluids, specimens, and medication administration devices (syringes, pumps, etc.).

Physical strength, gross motor control

1. Maintain sufficient strength to lift 50 pounds safely, protecting yourself and the patient, as well as those surrounding you.

2. Bend or stoop to assist the patient with activities of daily living.

3. Crouch to plug in or manipulate electrical equipment.

4. Lift to safely transfer or position all patients in various situations.

5. Move, push, or pull equipment, beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, etc.

6. Reach 6 feet above the floor to relocate or attach equipment (oxygen, suction, IV’s, etc.)

7. Kneel and stand independently.

8. Walk/stand for extended periods and distances over an 8-hour period.

Manual Dexterity (Fine Motor Movement)

1. Accurately manipulate dials, gauges, buttons, and switches to set, monitor, and care for all patient-related equipment.

2. Accurately administer sterile solutions without contaminating syringes, needles, solutions, etc.

3. Accurately administer all types of medications.

4. Safely and effectively perform complex dressing procedures without contamination to supplies, patients, and surroundings.

5. Successfully put on and remove protective apparel to maintain various isolation guidelines.


1. Function safely, effectively, and calmly under stressful situations.

2. Prioritize and manage tasks simultaneously.

3. Exhibit social skills necessary to interact therapeutically with patients, families, all healthcare personnel, and faculty.

4. Maintain personal hygiene consistent with dress code guidelines.

5. Display ethical attitudes and actions consistent with professional behavior in the healthcare and classroom settings.

6. Display the necessary social skills to behave with courtesy, tact, and sensitivity toward others in all settings.

7. Exhibit social skills necessary to respect cultural and ethnic differences of patients, co-workers, and all individuals in clinical and classroom settings.

8. Remain free from chemical impairment in classroom and clinical settings at all times.

Refusal of Admission

Applicants may be refused admission when:

  • They do not meet the standards prescribed for any admission category please add and/or
  • They submit transcripts or records found to be fraudulent or omitted.