OVERVIEW OF THE BSN PROGRAM
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is designed for registered nurses who desire a baccalaureate degree in nursing. It provides career mobility for the associate degree and diploma graduate nurse. The program is designed to prepare nurse generalists who possess the professional competence to provide and coordinate care in situations of health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration. The program also provides the student an opportunity to acquire certification in School Health Nursing. The program’s purpose is to provide a base for graduate study and to prepare graduates to assume accountability for nursing practice in the roles of nurse generalist; care provider, designer, manager, and coordinator; and member of the profession.
A minimum of 120 approved credit hours is required. This includes 28 upper division nursing credits. Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. An accelerated track option is available for students that have almost all of their general studies credits completed, contingent upon an advisor’s approval. The program is a hybrid program with both online and face-to-face components. Students are required to come to campus one night per week or less.
GRADUATE OUTCOMES (BSN)
Upon completion of the BSN program, graduates should be able to:
- Synthesize experiential, empirical, and theoretical knowledge from nursing and general education as a framework for nurse generalist practice.
- Function within the roles of care provider; designer, manager, and coordinator of care; and member of the profession.
- Use the critical thinking process to solve problems and make decisions in the professional nursing roles.
- Provide safe, effective, efficient, and evidence-based care that is patient-centered and family and population-oriented.
TRANSITION INTO THE RN-BSN PROGRAM
Students who are currently enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing Program and who plan to continue their education through the RN-BSN track may transition into the Bachelors of Science Nursing (BSN) Program in the second year of their Associate Degree classes. Students are eligible to enroll in Nursing 3320, Health Assessment, and in Nursing 3340, Nursing Care of the Older Adult, with consent of the instructor. Since it is important for students to progress from the normal to the abnormal, it is strongly recommended that Nursing 3320 , Health Assessment, be the first class taken. ASN students are still held responsible to meet all of the requirements to graduate with the Associate Degree at the end of their second year of nursing. Students must also successfully complete their licensing exam to continue in the Bachelors of Science Nursing Program.
After graduation from the ASN Program, students who wish to pursue the BS in Nursing must change their major in the Registrar’s Office. See a BSN faculty member for current information regarding program requirements.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES (BSN)
Registered nurses constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.4 million jobs. More new jobs are expected to be created for registered nurses than for any other occupation. In addition to the traditional employment settings listed for associate degree nursing graduates, baccalaureate prepared nurses are qualified for employment in the military, veteran's hospitals, government agencies, public health, industrial nursing, research facilities, and can pursue graduate education in nursing.