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 functions as a leader, manager, and advocate when providing patient-centered care in an inter-professional collaborative environment through use of knowledge, skills, professional values, critical thinking, and professional development.
GRADUATE OUTCOMES (BSN)
Upon completion of the BSN program graduates should:
TRANSITION INTO THE RN-BSN PROGRAM
Students who are currently enrolled in the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)Program at Fairmont State University and who plan to continue their education through the RN-BSN track may transition into the BSN Program in the second year of their of the ASN program. 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 in the BSN program. ASN students are still held responsible to meet all of the requirements to graduate with their ASN at the end of their second year in the nursing program. Students must also successfully complete their licensing exam to continue in the BSN program.
After graduation from the ASN Program, students who wish to pursue their BSN must change their major in the Registrar’s Office. Students are encouraged to meet with a BSN faculty advisor to discuss their transition plans into the BSN program.
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.