During the first two years of the traditional undergraduate nursing curriculum, nursing majors complete core and prerequisite liberal arts and sciences courses and participate in non-credit nursing seminars that give an introduction to the discipline. After being admitted to the nursing school in the junior year, nursing students engage in the study/practice of nursing theory and evidence-based clinical coursework in the specialties of nursing care including community, adult, older adult, child, psychiatric, and women’s health. Knowledge and clinical practice are specialized and progressively more complex each semester, culminating in a precepted clinical role transition course in the last semester of the senior year. Successful advancement through the baccalaureate curriculum equips the student to engage in nursing practice that is responsible, accountable, safe, ethical, holistic, technologically advanced, scholarly, therapeutic, cost-effective, culturally sensitive, collaborative, innovative, and outcome-oriented. The baccalaureate graduate is prepared to assume an entry-level generalist practice nursing role in any of the numerous and diverse local, national, and international health care opportunities available to professional nurses.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing will meet the educational needs of:
- Students entering from high school who select professional nursing as a career
- Transfer students
- Adult students seeking a second undergraduate degree or career change
- Students who have completed liberal arts and sciences pre-nursing requirements
- Qualified students who want the B.S. to M.S. Fast Track
A nursing minor is not available.