The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares students in the science and principles of nursing to provide care for individuals, families, and populations within complex healthcare systems. The BSN curriculum includes courses in the sciences, humanities, and human behavior in addition to the nursing courses. Students learn through a combination of classroom, laboratory, and supervised clinical instruction and graduate with the competencies to provide evidence-based practice care as a generalist nurse. Graduates of the BSN program will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Upon completion of the program:
- Students will be able to demonstrate clinical reasoning skills using the nursing process that result in the application of theory to safe professional nursing practice.
- Students will be able to employ effective communication skills when interacting with patients, families, members of the community, and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
- Students will be able to execute evidence-based practice (EBP) principles within the BSN scope of practice to ensure quality of care to culturally diverse individuals and populations.
Students are not directly admitted to BS1221. Individuals interested in the BSN program should apply to the pre-BSN major (ND1220) and complete specified prerequisite courses required for the BS1221 major.
Requirements for First Year Applicants to be considered for the Pre-BSN (ND1220) include:
- Graduation from high school with a minimum 3.00 grade point average on a 4-point scale
- Composite ACT score of 23 or better or a composite SAT score of 1140 or better
- Math Placement Level 1 (ACT Math: 20, SAT Math: 520)
BSN (BS1221) selection:
Individuals must apply and meet specific School of Nursing requirements in order to be considered for selective admission into the BSN program (BS1221). Admission to the BS1221 is competitive and success in the pre-BSN major (ND1220) does not guarantee admission to the BSN program. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for consideration of admission to the BSN major. Meeting minimum program requirements does not guarantee admission. Individuals interested in the BSN program major (BS1221) should speak with a School of Nursing academic advisor or refer to the School of Nursing website for additional program information and specific requirements for admission.
Change of Major Policy
Individuals seeking to change their major to ND1220 or BS1221 need to contact the School of Nursing, schedule an advising appointment, and complete the required paperwork. All applicants must meet specific School of Nursing requirements.
External Transfer Admission
Transfer students from other BSN programs are reviewed individually for admission to the BSN major. Requirements for Transfer Applicants to be considered for the Pre-BSN (ND1220) include:
- Overall minimum college grade point average of 2.75 on a 4-point scale
- Accumulated at least 30 credit hours at the undergraduate level
- Transfer equivalent of CHEM 1210 or Math Placement Level 1 or higher
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Graduates are eligible to sit for the registered nursing licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed RNs. Upon successful passing of the NCLEX-RN, graduates can be employed in a variety of settings to provide care for individuals, families, and populations within complex healthcare systems. Graduates are prepared to enter master's or doctoral programs in nursing which prepare baccalaureate registered nurses for advanced nursing roles.
The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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