Nursing Bachelor's Degree

Program Overview

The specially-designed Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree provides an opportunity for RNs who have completed an associate or diploma program to continue their studies and advance their careers. This bachelor degree builds on the strengths of the university’s two-year program in nursing.

The Bachelor’s program is designed to prepare registered nurses to assume leadership positions in medical centers, home health, and community health centers. The degree has a special emphasis on rural health care and federally-operated facilities. The program also will prepare nursing students for graduate school and jobs requiring a bachelor degree.

The Bachelor’s degree is intended to foster advanced clinical reasoning and analytical skills and the curriculum embraces a broad foundation of biological, physical, and social sciences. The degree program builds on prior course work to prepare students for a broader scope of practice. Through a solid liberal arts component, the program helps students understand the cultural, political, economic, and social issues impacting patients and influencing care delivery. Students will be admitted to the B.S. program on a full or part-time basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Expand his/her professional role as a provider of care to incorporate nursing theory into the design and coordination of safe nursing care of individuals, families, local, and global community population.
  2. Advocate for the provision of ethical professional nursing care which focuses on culturally competent cost-effective quality outcomes.
  3. Demonstrate leadership and management competencies including professional growth in critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, and collaboration skills.
  4. Appraise research and evidence-based findings for nursing practice.
  5. Evaluate how information technology enhances the quality of nursing care.
  6. Choose to contribute to the growth of the nursing profession.