The School of Nursing
The Bachelor of Science program in nursing has as its primary purpose to educate men and women as beginning practitioners who possess all the qualities necessary for leadership roles in the practice of their profession and in the communities in which they live. A balanced curriculum offers courses in the liberal arts, the sciences, the humanities and nursing. Some introductory courses relating to world, regional and local health issues are offered during the freshman and sophomore years; however, the majority of the nursing courses are concentrated in the junior and senior years. These courses involve nursing students in classroom and clinical learning experiences in area hospitals, long-term care facilities, home-health care, hospice, the health department, early childhood facilities, restorative, rehabilitative and mental health agencies, and many other community-based settings.
Students learn to apply theory in developing competencies in nursing practice, while caring for the client as an adult or child, families of childbearing age, or the elderly. Concepts related to cultural competence and caring for vulnerable populations are interwoven throughout the curriculum.
Courses in research, leadership and management are designed to aid the student in developing the ability to think creatively and develop skills in critical thinking. Upon graduation, the student receives a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and is eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).