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:
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.
Students will achieve an advanced beginner level of nursing competence by demonstrating
Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:
The graduate is a knowledgeable professional nurse who will:
|Admission requirements (minimum 53 credits)|
|English composition I and II||6|
|Laboratory science I and II||8|
|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|
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.
Last update: 6/13/2013
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