School of Nursing
The undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The basic professional program leads to the bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree in four academic years and prepares the student for the NCLEX-RN Examinations. The program has a strong liberal arts foundation preparatory to and correlated with professional courses. Students begin clinical coursework in their Sophomore year and complete a variety of clinical experiences before graduation.
A special curriculum (R.N. to B.S.N.) is available for R.N. students with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The curriculum, offered completely online, is designed to capitalize on the knowledge and experience gained from practicing as a professional nurse and from previous college coursework.
Graduate nursing programs are offered leading to a master’s of science in nursing including psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner degrees. These programs are 40 credits and a thesis or a project option is available in each.
All programs include a focus on evidence based practice, interdisciplinary health care studies and collaboration and partnerships with clients, health care professionals and agencies.
Graduates are prepared for careers in a multitude of health care settings including primary care, community and home health nursing, hospital nursing, long-term care nursing and new independent roles in managed care settings. Employment opportunities vary by specific programs.