The Department of Nursing provides both a pre-licensure BSN and a RN-BSN completion course of study.
The Pre-licensure BSN option is 4½ academic years in length and encompasses two phases. The first phase is comprised of 62 semester credit hours of lower-division work, including liberal arts and nursing prerequisites. The broad educational background in the physical, social, and behavioral sciences afforded by this phase provides the foundation for the nursing major. The second phase is comprised of 62 semester credit hours of upper-division work in the nursing major and is completed within the Department of Nursing. Taken during the junior and senior years, these courses are designed to prepare the baccalaureate nurses for practice in a variety of settings.
Students are admitted to the baccalaureate nursing program at the upper division level. Lower division courses must be completed before beginning nursing courses. The first nursing courses begin in the second summer session preceding the junior year. The nursing curriculum includes both didactic and clinical experiences for students to develop a beginning level of competency and independence in the provision of quality professional nursing services, across the life span, for individuals, families, groups, and communities. Integrated throughout the nursing curriculum are concepts and skills most critical to the delivery of professional nursing services to culturally diverse rural populations.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing will be awarded to students who successfully complete both phases of the requirements for the degree. Degree recipients will then be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. A registered nurse (RN) license will be awarded upon a successful ―Pass on NCLEX-RN and satisfaction of other Board of Nursing licensure requirements. For information regarding admission criteria click here.
RN-BSN Completion Program
The RN-BSN completion option is designed for registered nurses who wish to earn the baccalaureate nursing degree. Building on competencies attained by the registered nurse, the program extends the student’s knowledge, skills, attitudes, and scope of practice for expanded career opportunities, enhances personal and professional satisfaction, and develops a foundation for further study in graduate nursing education. For information regarding admission criteria for the RN-BSN program click here.
Updated: Thursday, January 3, 2013
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