B.S. in Nursing (B.S.N.)
The goal of the nursing program is to prepare a professional nurse to provide comprehensive nursing care to persons and families in all environments where health care is required.
Laboratory experiences are concurrent with nursing theory and begin at the first semester of sophomore-level courses. Beginning at the sophomore level, students are assigned to a variety of clinical laboratory experiences at various locations including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and community health agencies. The program is reviewed and evaluated periodically by the faculty, students, consumers, community health-care agencies and external accrediting bodies to assess quality and relevance.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is open to high school graduates, to college graduates holding a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing and to diploma or associate degree R.N.s. College graduates attend an accelerated track that is identical in nursing content to the four-year nursing program. The accelerated nursing program offers two options: one year program, beginning each year in May, that can be completed in one calendar year following fulfillment of all prerequisites and two year program, beginning each year in September, that can be completed in two calendar years following fulfillment of all prerequisites.
Nursing classes begin in the freshman year, followed by clinical rotations in a variety of health care facilities. Specialty areas studied include: nursing care of adults, nursing care of individuals with psychosocial problems, nursing care of children, women's health, rehabilitative nursing and community health nursing. This program offers both full and part-time study options.
Faculty members in the School of Nursing are leaders in the nursing field; involved in research and private practice. Nursing classes are held in modern facilities and small class size is maintained, encouraging students to communicate freely with instructors and peers. Individualized advisement assists students in planning the most suitable courses for them throughout the program. Our nursing student mentor program assists freshman and sophomore students as they acclimate to college life and the studying necessary to be successful in the nursing program.