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Nursing Programs OfferedAccelerated BSN Programs
Clinical Nurse Specialist - Master's degree
DNP Programs (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner - Master's degree
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner - Post-master's certificate
Nursing Administration - Master's degree
Nursing Administration - Post-master's certificate
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing - Master's degree
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing - Post-master's certificate
RN to BSN Programs
BSN Program Details
The School of Nursing undergraduate program leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). This program is available to qualified high school graduates, non-nursing baccalaureate graduates, and qualified transfer students. The basic program includes four years of study and is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to practice as professional nurse generalists upon graduation. The general and professional education acquired in this program provides a basis for the graduate to progress to positions of increasing responsibility and to undertake graduate study.
The BSN curriculum gives students a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Courses in the natural, biological and behavioral sciences, as well as the University core courses, support the philosophy that provides the basis for the organizing framework of the professional nursing program. Professional nursing courses, which constitute the major, include theory and practice in the nursing care of individuals, families and aggregates.
Prior to graduation, students are required to successfully complete requirements designed to prepare them for taking the NCLEX-RN exam. Upon the successful completion of the program of studies, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as an RN.
MSN Program Details
This online program is designed to meet the current and future needs of nurses who are prepared to plan, initiate, effect, and evaluate change in the health care delivery system, insure quality patient/consumer care, and enhance the profession of nursing. Currently, we offer three areas of specialization:
-Family Nurse Practitioner
The advanced practice nurse will synchronize the nurse competencies with patient characteristics in facilitating health care delivery as follows:
1. Demonstrates clinical judgment within the context of the advanced practice role.
2. Assumes a leadership role in creating a compassionate and caring environment to promote comfort and prevent suffering.
3. Advocates collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to the design of comprehensive care to individuals/families, communities, and populations.
4. Integrates theory, clinical inquiry, and evidence-based nursing practice into the advanced practice role.
5. Participates in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health care systems to foster safe passage and excellence in health care delivery.
6. Creates a culturally competent practice environment to enhance health care outcomes.
7. Champions ethical decision making in all aspects of practice with self, patient/family, community, and health care delivery systems.
8. Commits to life long learning for self and consumers.
Accelerated BSN Program Details
The Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing program enables a non-nurse with a baccalaureate degree to obtain a BSN in one year. After 12 month of intensive full-time study, during which time all requirements for a BSN degree are met, students are eligible to take the nursing licensure examination.
The Second Degree BSN program begins in August and includes three semesters of intensive course work comprised of more than 850 hours of clinical practice in state-of-the-art health care settings, creative Web-enhanced seminars for non-clinical courses, and traditional classroom instruction.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Details
The online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree enables the graduates to transform the health care delivery system and design new systems to improve the context in which health care is offered. Nurses prepared at the DNP level will function from a strong evidence based foundation, effectively assessing health care policy, organizational effectiveness, and economic trends in health care to design new models for patient care services. The practice doctorate is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice, and offers an alternative to research focused doctoral programs.
The graduate of the DNP program will:
-Demonstrate effective clinical judgment through the synthesis and interpretation of multiple data sources, and the efficient use of multidisciplinary collaborative approaches (Clinical Judgment).
-Function as a moral advocate for patients, families and communities advancing their empowerment in complex situations (Moral Advocacy).
-Role model astute awareness of patient and family needs, anticipating their changing requirements and ensuring patient comfort and safety in all care planning (Caring Practices).
-Actively seek opportunities to teach, mentor and facilitate the professional development of colleagues (Facilitates Learning).
-Develops, integrates and fosters strategies to address issues within the system to enhance patient care services, and outcomes (Collaboration).
-Integrate system wide responses to health care diversity requirements among patients, and the staff (Systems Thinking).
-Creatively develop educational programs for the system to address patient needs, staff development and student achievement (Facilitates Learning).
-Foster the exploration of new knowledge to address issues in the delivery of health care, especially nursing care (Clinical Inquiry).
-Advocate culturally competent environments and systems of care (Response to Diversity).
-Sponsor and role model ethical decision making in all aspects of practice with self, patient/family, community, and health care delivery systems (Moral Advocacy).