Bachelor Degree Program

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.

 

 

  • The program can be completed in 12 months
  • Most nursing courses are offered every semester
  • Meets the needs of the working RN through flexible online course offerings
  • Provides real-world experiences through flexible project based assignments and practicums
  • Enhances critical thinking, leadership, management and evidence-based practice skills in the promotion of patient-centered care and within the healthcare delivery system
  • Enhances the professional development of RNs
  • Provides opportunities for individual mentoring with faculty

GRADUATE OUTCOMES (BSN)

Upon completion of the BSN program graduates should:

  1. Integrate a background in the liberal arts with the knowledge, skills, and values in professional nursing in order to improve patient and healthcare outcomes.
  2. Prepare nurse generalists to provide safe, ethical, evidenced-based, patient-centered care that reflects critical thinking and inter-professional collaboration.
  3. Manage information and technology to enhance clinical decision making for quality patient-centered care in a variety of settings.
  4. Apply principles of prevention and health promotion when providing care to patients.
  5. Contribute to the profession of nursing by engaging in leadership, scholarship, and practice activities.
  6. Prepare nurse generalists for professional role development through lifelong learning, graduate education, and specialization within their chosen career path.

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.

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