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Nursing: Majors and Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The School of Nursing offers a four-semester program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The BSN program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The program of study is designed to prepare graduates with entry-level nursing practice knowledge and skills upon which professional careers and additional study can be built.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The School of Nursing offers a three-semester accelerated program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree for students with a bachelor’s degree in another field. The BSN program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The program of study is designed to prepare graduates with entry-level nursing practice knowledge and skills upon which professional careers and additional study can be built.

Advancement Track (LPN to BSN)

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) may apply for the Advancement Track program. This special track allows LPN/LVN's to obtain a baccalaureate nursing education through challenging clinical courses within the nursing program of study.

Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Science in Nursing with an Adult-Gerontological Acute Care major prepares advanced practice nurses to care for acutely, critically or chronically ill adults. Experiences in clinical practice facilitate student integration and synthesis of theory about health and disease, findings of evidence-based research, knowledge of advanced pharmacotherapeutics and disease management, in order to meet healthcare needs of patients and their families. Opportunities are available to precept with physicians and experienced nurse practitioners in acute healthcare settings. Graduates of the Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner major are eligible to take national certification examinations.

Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Science in Nursing with an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner major prepares advanced practice nurses as expert clinicians who provide expanded primary adult health care to diverse clients in a variety of settings. Experiences in clinical practice facilitate student integration and synthesis of theory about health and disease, findings of evidence-based research, knowledge of advanced pharmacotherapeutics and disease management, in order to meet healthcare needs of patients and their families. Opportunities are available to precept with physicians and experienced nurse practitioners in primary healthcare agencies. Graduates of the Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner major are eligible to take national certification examinations.

Family Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner major prepares advanced practice nurses as expert clinicians who provide expert health care to patients across the lifespan and their families in a variety of settings. Experiences in clinical practice facilitate student integration and synthesis of theory about health and disease, findings of evidence-based research, knowl¬edge of advanced pharmacotherapeutics and disease management, in order to meet healthcare needs of patients and their families. Opportunities are available to precept with physicians and experienced nurse practitioners in primary healthcare agencies. Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner major are eligible to take national certification examinations.

Post-Masters Certificates

A post-masters certificate program, for students with previously earned Master of Science in Nursing degrees, may be earned for preparation as an Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner.