The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum encompasses general, foundational, and professional studies within a liberal arts education. The curriculum is driven by the belief that nursing theory has much to offer in the education of professional nurses and in improving the health and well-being of patient populations. Nursing knowledge is developmental in nature; each course is designed to build on knowledge and skills acquired in previous nursing and non-nursing courses.
The BSN program is offered in three formats:
- Traditional BSN: A traditional four-year degree for freshmen and transfer students
- Accelerated BSN: An accelerated program for non-Nursing post-baccalaureate students
- RN-BSN: An online program for graduates of Associate Degree in Nursing programs
The traditional program accepts new students to the Pre-Nursing program in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. These students must formally apply to the clinical major as they are completing 60 credit hours of general education and prerequisite coursework. Admission is based on a competitive, space-available basis through a systematic and holistic review of each applicant.
Upon admission to the clinical major, students must earn 60 additional credit hours to complete the degree. Admission to the clinical major can begin in the fall or spring. A semester plan for students beginning the in the fall or spring is listed below. The School of Nursing also offers an additional plan which utilizes a summer semester for students seeking to expedite their graduation plan. More information on the summer option can be found on the School of Nursing website.
Non-Nursing post-baccalaureate students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply for this fast-paced fifteen month program. Like the Traditional program, students are admitted on a competitive, space-available basis. Applications are accepted between mid-July and early October. More information and the online application can be found on the School of Nursing website.
RN to BSN
This online program admits new students throughout the year to start courses in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Minimum admission requirements include a 2.5 GPA, RN licensure or evidence of eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) during the first semester of enrollment. More information on program prerequisites, semester plans, and how to apply can be found on the School of Nursing website.
The school offers a diverse range of research projects that provide care to healthy and ill people of all ages. The Essig Clinical Simulation Learning Center in the school is where students practice technical skills and learn to manipulate various equipment in this simulated clinical setting.
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