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Nursing, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), R.N.-B.S. completion program

Special requirements

Students accepted into the R.N.-B.S. completion program must complete the following prerequisite courses prior to enrollment: anatomy, English composition I and II, physiology and statistics.

A minimum of 24 credits of the following general education courses must be completed prior to enrollment: introductory psychology, developmental psychology, general sociology, laboratory science I and II, microbiology, nutrition, philosophy, and humanities I, II and III. All general education course requirements must be completed prior to enrollment in, or concurrently with, the final required nursing course(s).

If the applicant has a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, the University Core Education Curriculum requirements and General Education requirements for the R.N.-B.S. completion program will be met with the previous baccalaureate degree with the exception of the following courses that must be completed prior to enrollment: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, statistics and developmental psychology.

In addition to the above criteria, highly qualified applicants to the program who meet the following criteria are eligible for guaranteed admission:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all college courses
  • Minimum grade of B on any nursing class
  • Three recommendations that highly recommend or recommend without reservation

The School of Nursing offers the following curricula in the baccalaureate program: the traditional, the accelerated B.S. and the R.N.-B.S. completion. Successful completion of curricular requirements results in a Bachelor of Science degree. Note that the applicant is responsible for seeking advice from the School of Nursing on courses taken prior to admission.

Degree requirements for Nursing, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), R.N-B.S. completion program

Learning outcomes

Students will achieve an advanced beginner level of nursing competence by demonstrating

  • Effective therapeutic nursing practice
  • Nursing judgment
  • A spirit of inquiry
  • Professional identity

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

The graduate is a knowledgeable professional nurse who will:

  1. Diagnose actual and potential health problems based on a comprehensive and focused assessment of health and illness parameters, using developmentally, culturally and ethnically appropriate approaches.
  2. Plan and implement holistic, evidence-based, patient centered care to patients, families, communities, and populations across the health illness continuum, across the lifespan, and across settings.
  3. Carry out a systematic and ongoing evaluation of identified outcomes.
  4. Employ strategies to promote health and prevent disease in patients, families, communities and populations.
  5. Use nursing judgment as a basis for decision making.
  6. Create a safe care environment that results in high quality patient outcomes.
  7. Use psychomotor skills for efficient, safe, and compassionate delivery of patient care.
  8. Use written, verbal, non-verbal and emerging technology methods to communicate effectively and to measure, record, and retrieve healthcare data, implement the nursing process, and enhance nursing practice.
  9. Collaborate with other healthcare professionals to plan, deliver, and evaluate nursing care within the context of quality and safety and considering human, fiscal, and material resources.
  10. Express own identity as a nurse by adhering to professional standards of ethical and legal conduct.
  11. Demonstrate beginning level leadership and management skills that reflect accountability, interpersonal effectiveness, and principles of ethical behavior and quality improvement.
  12. Articulate the value of pursuing lifelong learning and professional engagement to foster professional growth and development.
  13. Integrate theories and concepts from liberal education to build an understanding of the human experience and help patients, families, and communities continually progress toward fulfillment of human capacities.
  14. Develop an awareness of variables influencing nursing practice and delivery of health care including health care access, allocation of human, fiscal, and material resources, and health disparities.
Admission requirements (minimum 53 credits)  
Anatomy 4
Developmental psychology 3
English composition I and II 6
General philosophy 3
General sociology 3
Humanities electives 9
Introductory psychology 3
Laboratory science I and II 8
Microbiology 4
Nutrition 3
Physiology 4
Statistics 3
Major requirements (70 credits)  
NURS 301 Information Literacy in Health Care 3
NURS 307 Foundations of Professional Nursing I 3
NURS 308 Foundations of Professional Nursing II 3
NURS 367 Applied Principles of Health and Disease 3
NURS 407 Using Evidence in Clinical Practice 2
NURS 410 Applied Ethics in Clinical Practice 3
NURS 415 Community Health Nursing: Theory and Application 5
NURS 461 Advanced Clinical Assessment 3
NURS 477 Leadership and Management in Health Care 4
NURS 488 Practicum in Clinical and Management Decision-Making ((University Core capstone)) 3
Upper-division proficiency credits awarded after successful completion of NURS 308 38
Total minimum requirement 123

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Commuting and community practice

Students are assigned to a variety of hospitals and health agencies. Occasionally, these assignments may include evening hours or weekends. Transportation is sometimes available to reach these assignments, but use of an automobile is often necessary, especially in community health nursing. Transportation costs vary widely each semester and may range from very little to more than $100. Students who anticipate need of financial assistance for transportation costs should apply to the Office of Financial Aid in advance.



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