The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing program, through an interprofessional learning model, will graduate RNs who will be prepared to provide quality, holistic, scientifically sound, and evidenced- based patient-centered care while optimizing the health and well-being of diverse populations and communities for the betterment of humanity. The purpose of the baccalaureate in nursing program is to prepare nurse generalists to be providers, innovators, leaders, managers, and coordinators of care as well as ethical members of the nursing profession and to pursue graduate-level education.
The four-year B.S. in Nursing degree provides the educational, clinical, and experiential base for entry-level professional practice as well as the platform on which to build a career through graduate-level study. The baccalaureate curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for lifelong learning and an active role in all facets of innovative quality health care delivery systems in a variety of acute and primary care settings.
The RN role emphasizes preventative health care for individuals, as well as health assessments; diagnosis and treatment of a patient’s unique responses to health problems; execution of medical regimens as prescribed by licensed clinicians; advocacy for communities affected by health inequities and contribution to society as interprofessional team members. Through the program pillars of leadership, scholarship and professionalism, students will acquire the values of leadership, scholarship, collaboration, innovation, excellence, global health, humanism, learning, courage, and diversity.
The focus of the undergraduate generic B.S. in Nursing program is to prepare graduates, upon successful completion of the program, to take and pass National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon graduation, graduates will be prepared to deliver patient centered care as members of an interprofessional team, emphasizing evidence-based practice, cultural sensitivity, quality improvement, value-based health care, and informatics competencies. The RN, BS role includes the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic illness as well as implementing and preventative health care strategies for individuals, families/significant others, groups, communities, and diverse and vulnerable populations in a variety of acute and primary care settings. Baccalaureate-prepared nurse practice includes both direct and indirect care for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. The B.S. in Nursing program curricula incorporates The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) and The Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPEC, 2016).