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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The School of Nursing’s undergraduate nursing program has patient-centered care at the core of the curriculum.

The program is intense and demanding. Students must complete all prerequisite courses before taking the nursing courses, which are offered during four consecutive 15-week semesters. The Bachelor of Science in nursing prepares students for entry level nursing practice, as well as future graduate study.

Learning Objectives

  • Integrate leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in the provision of high quality nursing care delivery in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate sound clinical judgment in the planning, provision, and evaluation of evidence-based nursing care at the individual, group, and community levels.
  • Use emerging patient care technologies and information systems to support safe, effective nursing practice.
  • Apply knowledge of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments including local, state, national, and global health care trends in nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate effective inter- and intra-professional communication and collaboration for improving patient outcomes.
  • Use clinical prevention strategies to promote health and prevent disease across the life span at individual and population levels.
  • Integrate professional values, attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors.
  • Apply principles that enhance safety for patients and health care providers through individual performance and system effectiveness.

Career Possibilities

The undergraduate nursing program prepares a clinical practice generalist. Students attain the knowledge, competencies, and attitudes to practice nursing safely, effectively, and efficiently.

Graduates of the program are expected to demonstrate competencies consistent with being a critical thinker, a culturally competent caring provider of health care, an effective communicator, and a responsible manager of health care. Graduates are prepared to be successful during the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which is required to practice and be licensed as a registered nurse in all states.

Workplace

Graduates are prepared to practice in diverse locations such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, public health, home health, elementary and high schools, and businesses such as health insurance or case management companies.

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