The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) builds on a foundation of
knowledge in science, humanities and related professional disciplines. As a student you will provide competent
nursing care in skills lab, simulation, and a variety of acute care hospital
units, community and public facilities.
practice begins in the sophomore year and continues for five semesters. You will have 865 hours of clinical practice
by the time you complete the program.
BSN graduates are prepared as general clinical practitioners, and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) in order to obtain their RN licensure.
The BSN Program emphasizes on:
- Critical thinking
- Professional leadership
- Emerging trends in health care
- Health and human functioning
- Professional ethics, diversity, and health care management
NURSING: HELPING HANDS. HELPING HEARTS.
As a nurse, you will have the opportunity to serve others by working to promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. As a provider of patient care, you will:
Assist physicians with examinations and treatments
Manage nursing care plans
Provide patient instruction
Nursing is more than working in a hospital. Nurses also enjoy, in-demand careers working in:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by the year
2020, it is predicted the United States will have more than 1.2 million job
openings for registered nurses, with the need for nurses growing by 712,000
nurses or 26 percent. Making up part of this
1.2 million number is a need for 495,500 replacements for currently employed
nurses. The profession of nursing is the largest
occupation in the healthcare sector and also represents twelve percent of all
American workers. The majority of nurses
(60 percent) are employed in hospitals but it is anticipated that this will change
with healthcare reform.
There is an
anticipated increase in the need for nurses in the community setting, and in
long-term care and outpatient settings.
Employment for nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent by 2018 and this
represents a faster than average growth rate when compared with other
Some reasons for that growth include increased technology, more emphasis on
preventative healthcare, and an increase in the aging population.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook,
2010-2011 edition; http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin.