The Traditional Undergraduate Nursing program option offers the Bachelor of Science degree (BS) after the successful completion of four years of the nursing curriculum. This program option is designed for freshman entry level candidates, however, transfer applicants may also apply. The Traditional program option prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nursing Practice (NCLEX-RN). The baccalaureate nursing program prepares the learner as a generalist to practice within the ethical, legal framework of professional nursing. We believe graduates should be prepared to provide therapeutic and culturally congruent care in a variety of settings to meet the current and future needs of global communities. Graduates are educated to become consumers of research, work collaboratively as a member of the health care team, and utilize emerging new technologies. The following concepts are essential to baccalaureate nursing education: culturally congruent care, research, professional role, and leadership. The generalist role of baccalaureate nursing education is the foundation for specific roles of graduate nursing education.
The Department of Nursing goals are consistent with the mission of the University and reflect the philosophy of the nursing faculty. The Department of Nursing goals are:
- To provide quality programs supportive of the learning needs of diverse learners so that they may accomplish their educational goals.
- To provide an environment supportive of quality instruction, the use of technology, scholarly endeavors, and critical thinking.
- To maintain faculty support systems and staff development programs that foster creativity and facilitate the faculty's contributions to higher education and the nursing profession.
- To maximize opportunities for students and faculty to participate in the internal operations of the University so as to foster optimal communications and ensure maximum involvement in the development and maintenance of programs and services.
- To engage in cooperative and collaborative relationships with regional communities that will promote health and nursing.
End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes
Sample 4-Year Program
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program Option
Accelerated Undergraduate Nursing Program Option
Currently, the Accelerated Undergraduate Nursing program option is on hold. View the Accelerated program option (pdf).
RN to BSN Undergraduate Nursing Program Option
Currently, the RN to BSN Undergraduate Nursing program option is on hold. View the RN to BSN program option (pdf).