Bachelor of Science (Pre-Licensure)
The baccalaureate program in nursing is designed to prepare students to become professional Registered Nurses. Nursing is a creative profession that provides human services for the promotion of health, prevention of illness and care of the ill. It is interdependent with all other disciplines concerned with health. Therefore the curriculum integrates the humanities and the physical and social sciences with nursing courses. Students use a systems perspective as a conceptual base to understand nursing. The nursing curriculum provides opportunities for students to function professionally in community and home care settings, to apply physical assessment skills,and to integrate current evidence into practice.The curriculum further explores many of the legal, ethical, and professional issues impacting contemporary nursing practice such as end-of-life care, delegation strategies, and the effective use of technology. Throughout the course of study, students are supported in their development of critical thinking skills to foster a meaningful transition to professional practice. Students begin nursing courses during their freshman year with NUR 100, Professional Practice in Health and Illness. The BS is designed to prepare students to become professional nurses, eligible to take the State Licensing Examination.