Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The purpose of the bachelor of science in nursing program is to prepare a generalist professional nurse to deliver care in a variety of health care settings, meet the state requirements for eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN), and obtain a sound basis for graduate study in nursing.
The current generic bachelor of science curriculum was approved by the Board of Regents in June 1988 and revised in 1994 to a three-year sequence. Students seeking admission into the nursing program may enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences as pre-nursing students in order to complete the general education core and nursing prerequisite requirements to gain a foundation for the professional nursing courses. After satisfactory completion of these courses, students are eligible to apply for admission to the Department of Nursing. Once admitted, students will register for the professional nursing courses as outlined by the BSN nursing curriculum.
All courses within the nursing curriculum must be taken for letter grades (A-F) unless otherwise specified. Students spend 50 minutes in class for every hour of credit in didactic courses and three hours in clinical practice for every hour of credit in clinical courses.
All courses scheduled within a given semester must be completed before progressing to the following semester. In the planned sequence, the nursing courses will take a minimum of six semesters to complete. Students who have a change in the normal progression of the curriculum due to course failure, leave of absence, or withdrawal, may be permitted to register on a space available basis and need to contact the nursing academic advisor.
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