The program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing has been developed to provide registered nurses who have earned a diploma or associate degree with an opportunity to pursue a baccalaureate nursing degree in a program closely articulated with their previous educational and clinical experiences. Courses are designed to build on previously acquired knowledge and skills.
Students may complete the program on either a full-time or a part-time basis. The sequence of courses and the length of time necessary for the RN to complete the requirements for the degree vary with the individual and depend on the number of transfer credits, credit by examination, and advanced standing credits they have earned, as well as on the number of credits for which the student registers each semester. An effort is made to individualize selected learning opportunities within nursing courses based on the background and interests of the student.
Qualifications for this program include:
- Graduation from a state-approved diploma or associate degree program in nursing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75.
- Achievement of at least a C grade in all lower-level nursing courses.
- Achievement of acceptable college or university credit in required courses in physical sciences, social sciences and liberal studies.
Applicants must possess a current Professional Registered Nurse license and registration to practice professional nursing in the U.S., demonstrate knowledge and competency to practice first-level nursing, provide satisfactory references, and meet the health requirements of the nursing department.
Student Learning Outcomes
In accordance with the mission of the Nursing Department, undergraduate program goals, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (AACN, 2021), the baccalaureate curriculum for both the pre-licensure students and registered nurse students will provide educational opportunities which will enable graduates to:
- describe how arts and sciences apply to the care of individuals and families;
- apply the concepts of evidence-based practice to critical thinking in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care;
- apply effective communication techniques with diverse populations;
- construct culturally congruent nursing care for diverse populations;
- use technology and informatics in professional nursing practice;
- use effective communication with members of the interprofessional health care team to promote quality and safe patient care; and
- appraise their ability to meet the following professional nursing values: altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.