The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a state-wide, pre-licensure, baccalaureate nursing program designed in an alternative format to prepare graduates for professional nursing practice. The general education and biological science curriculum, grounded on biblical truth, is intended to provide a broad based knowledge of the arts and sciences required for students to understand the complex and global world of health care and to be prepared for success in the nursing major courses. As is consistent with the University’s mission, there is an emphasis on spiritual formation leading to the integration of faith, learning and practice as students provide wholistic compassionate care.
The degree emphasizes evidence based nursing practice, inter-professional communication and collaboration, professionalism, technology management and moral leadership within health care delivery. Essential components focus on compassionate care, spiritual care, cultural humility and global engagement. We challenge students to become exceptionally competent nurse leaders who impact their world, and transform health care through the uniqueness of Christ-inspired nursing practice and viewing nursing as ministry.
Nursing courses are delivered in online or in hybrid (online and in-seat intensive) format. Nursing courses are either five or ten weeks in length; nursing courses with theory, laboratory and clinical experience components are ten weeks in length. Students attend in-seat intensives which include theory, skills and simulation experiences. Students travel throughout the state for clinical experiences as well as in-seat intensives. All students are provided an elective option in Clinical Specialty Practice. Students also have the opportunity to engage in an international immersion experience.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree requires completion of the following 120 credit hours:
General Education and Electives (24 credit hours)
Biological Sciences (20 credit hours)
College of Adult and Graduate Studies Core (9 credit hours)
Nursing Major Core: BSN (67 credit hours)