The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is a four-year program that offers a broad foundation in liberal arts and science and an extensive range of nursing courses. Graduates are eligible to take the national examination for licensure (NCLEX) as registered nurses. A four-year education helps nurses navigate the increasingly complex medical field. In its Future of Nursing Report, the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of all nurses have, at minimum, a baccalaureate degree by 2020. Hospitals applying for Magnet status employ a larger proportion of nurses with a B.S. degree than without. Many institutions also have higher pay grades for bachelor's-prepared nurses.
Upon completion of the bachelor of science program in Nursing, the students will be able to:
- Evaluate principles, models, and theories from nursing and related disciplines for applicability in clinical practice.
- Apply the nursing process with individuals, families, and groups of diverse cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds in a variety of health care settings.
- Collaborate with colleagues from nursing, other disciplines, and consumers to facilitate desirable outcomes in clinical practice.
- Demonstrate accountability in the delivery of professional nursing care.
- Participate in activities that advance nursing as a profession and oneself as a professional.