Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Our Program

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.

Clinical 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:

  • Evaluate patients

  • 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:

  • Home health

  • Skilled nursing facilities

  • Public health

  • Occupational health

  • Health care facility administration​

  • Education

IN DEMAND

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statisticsby 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 professions.[1] Some reasons for that growth include increased technology, more emphasis on preventative healthcare, and an increase in the aging population.


[1] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 edition; http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin.