Nursing Bachelor's Degree
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
- a) Design and coordinate safe nursing care of persons, families, groups and communities. b) Assess a community epidemiologically; identify a community health educational need, designing and implementing an educational plan.
- Relate organization philosophy and theory to nursing practice, compare/contrasts leadership and management principles in a healthcare setting, analyze a HCO using leadership, management and change theories as they relate to nursing practice settings, apply decision-making and problem solving process to nursing practice and healthcare setting, analyze basic management methods, tools, strategies, and skills, and describe concepts of resource management. Advocate for the provision of ethical and legally sound professional nursing care which focuses on achievement of cost-effective, quality outcomes.
- a) Value emerging nursing roles and describe how these roles interact within the current political agenda and the role of professional organizations. b) Demonstrate leadership and management competencies including critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication and collaboration skills.
- Appraise research and evidence-based findings for implementation with selected nursing practice functions.
- Incorporate information technology into their practice for the purpose of enhancing evidence-based nursing care.