Continuing Education

If you have difficulty registering for courses online
please call us and will will be glad to process your registration over the phone: 617-552-4256



  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 -  9:00 am - 2:00 pm - $299

Adult Health Assessment

  • Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, December 9, 10 & 11, 2019 -  9:00 am - 4:00 pm - $249

RN Refresher Certificate Information Session

  • Thursday, January 9, 2020, 10:00 AM

Clinical Research Certificate Information Session

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 6:00 PM


* If you have difficulty registering for courses online please call us and will be glad  to process your registration over the phone: 617-552-4256

The CSON Continuing Education (CE) Program strengthens the knowledge of nurses and other health care professionals—empowering them to improve the quality of patient care.

Through an array of certificate programs, preparatory seminars, specialty courses, and conferences, the program helps nurses and other professionals refresh their résumés, earn contact hours, and advance their careers.

Participants can take one course or a series of courses to complete a certificate. They learn from faculty experts actively working in their fields and benefit from a flexible structure designed to meet their schedules.


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RN REFRESHER - Meet with the Assistant Dean to learn all about the RN Refresher Certificate Program. Topics will include an overview of the content and format of each of the required courses, scheduling of the classes, and costs. During this time, you will meet other nurses who are facing similar career challenges and discuss how the RN Refresher Certificate fits into a strategy to re-enter the workforce, change specialties, prepare for licensure, or update clinical skills. Learn about rolling admissions, online resources, and benefits.

Are you a Registered Nurse seeking to re-enter the workforce?

An employed RN needing to update skills or change specialties?

An international nurse wanting to learn about US nursing practices?

  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019, 10:00 AM
  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020, 10:00 AM
  • THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020, 10:00 AM
CLINICAL RESEARCH - Learn about course offerings, occupational roles within Clinical Research, and future job opportunities. Topics of discussion are governed by the interests of the group and may include current trends in the clinical research market and strategies for success in the certificate program.

Are you interested in a career in Clinical Research?

Currently in Clinical Research and want to develop your career path?

Want to put your science background to use in a new field?

  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020, 6 PM
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2020, 6 PM



The Boston College Connell School of Nursing Continuing Education Program is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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Certificate & Course Offerings


RN Refresher Certificate

Our most popular certificate includes seven comprehensive courses designed for RNs who have been away from the clinical setting and professionals seeking a career change. Through the program, participants regain clinical confidence and update their medical-surgical knowledge. They can customize the program by creating their own schedule, entering the program at any time, sequencing the courses to fit their needs, and adding electives that further strengthen their résumés.

Intended for:

Inactive RNs

Foreign graduates preparing for licensure exam

Advanced practice nurses reentering the workforce

Nurses changing specialties or careers

Administrators or others who want to update their clinical knowledge

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RN refresher course
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Clinical Research Certificate

A series of four multidisciplinary courses covers the entire landscape of pharmaceutical/clinical research—including research conduct, the drug development process, and the ethics and history of clinical research. Participants examine the roles clinical research associates, clinical research coordinators, data specialists, subject recruiters, monitors, compliance administrators, and other specialists play in this rapidly expanding field.

Intended for:

New graduates and medical professionals interested in pharmaceutical/clinical research or biotech careers

Professionals already working in pharmaceutical/clinical research or biotech who want to enhance their résumés or alter their career paths

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Clinical research course
Contact Hours




IV Certificate

This certificate comprises three courses, treating the history and principles of venipuncture and IV therapy, site selection, preparation, care, equipment, and central lines. Courses have limited enrollment and fill up quickly.

Intended for nurses who want to refresh their IV therapy knowledge and techniques.

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IV certificate course
Contact Hours




Medical Spanish Certificate

Spanish is the first language of a large percentage of the population nurses and others serve. These courses in conversational medical Spanish help health care professionals complete common tasks more effectively and provide more culturally sensitive care. All Medical Spanish courses use the same required texts.

Intended for health care professionals wishing to meet the challenges that accompany medicine’s increasing cultural diversity.

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Medical Spanish Certificate Course
Contact Hours




Plus Electives


Clinical Skills and Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurse

This series of seven courses examines the critical issues and clinical challenges associated with delivering optimal patient care. Faculty experts review the latest primary care practice information, helping participants increase their knowledge base, enhance their skills, and improve their diagnoses and treatment strategies.

Intended for:

Nurses in primary care practice

Graduate students who want to pursue advanced practice nursing

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Contact Hours




Immunology and Cancer

These three online programs were developed by Boston College Connell School of Nursing and supported by an Independent Educational Grant from Stand Up To Cancer, a division of the International Entertainment Industry, Inc.

Intended for:

Registered nurses involved in the care of patients with cancer

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Contact Hours




Test Preparation Courses

Students and others gearing up to take the NCLEX, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, or MCAT can boost their confidence—and their scores—with expert help. All classes occur on the Boston College campus. Discounts are available for participants who register early or register simultaneously for either the RN Refresher Certificate or the Clinical Research Certificate.

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New England Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference

Building on 25 years of experience in successfully hosting the Northeast Regional NP Conference, the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Boston College Connell School of Nursing Continuing Education Program are excited to announce the launch of the First Annual New England Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference .

This 3 day conference will include timely keynote addresses as well as a variety of workshops, clinical sessions, industry exhibits, and poster presentations designed to help nurse practitioners and other health care professionals develop and maintain expertise in the delivery of high quality care.  An evening reception and awards ceremony encourages networking and recognizes outstanding achievements.

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