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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program Overview

The University of Providence offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to individuals seeking initial preparation and licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). The accelerated BSN degree is designed for applicants who already have a bachelor’s degree (in any field).

Registered Nurses care for patients in acute and community-based settings. They serve as leaders on the health care team and coordinate health care for individuals, families, and communities.

Skills You’ll Learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Complex problem solving
  • Coordinating care of individuals, family, and community
  • Checking and minitoring vital signs
  • Time management and stamina

 

Career Outcomes

Students that graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree are eligible for the national licensure exam (NCLEX) that allows them to become licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). Registered Nurses are the largest group of professionals within the health care system and are in high demand. Students in the BSN program are educated to be strong critical thinkers with diverse perspectives on health and human experiences.

  • Integrate a compassionate and ethical understanding of the human experience into nursing practice using the foundations of a liberal arts education.
  • Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making to engage healthcare teams in creating, promoting, and managing safety and quality outcomes.
  • Apply nursing practices that are informed by research, evidence-based practice and innovation to optimize health.
  • Utilize information technology to communicate, mitigate errors, and make improved clinical decisions related to the care of diverse populations.
  • Advocate to influence change in legal, political, social, and economic factors that transform healthcare delivery.
  • Collaborate with the inter-professional team to improve patient/family outcomes and the work environment.
  • Provide compassionate, spiritual, ethical, and culturally appropriate care across the lifespan and the continuum of care.
  • Practice preventive care, health promotion, and disease intervention across care settings for self, individuals, families, the community, and populations.
  • Assume professional accountability to uphold the standards of nursing practice as defined by the Nurse Practice Act (in the state in which the nurse practices) and the ANA Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrate reflective nursing practice.

 

Scholarship Opportunities:

  • The RN-BSN Scholarship is available for Registered Nurses employed by Providence who want to advance their education to earn a BSN.

BSN Program Information

The University of Providence is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The baccalaureate and master degree programs at the University of Providence are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Accelerated or Second Degree BSN Program

This pathway is for students who have already completed an undergraduate baccalaureate degree in a major other than nursing AND have completed the following program prerequisites with a at least a grade of C (2.00) and within the last 10 years:

  • Anatomy and Physiology with Labs (total of 8 semester credits)
  • Microbiology (3 semester credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Nutrition (3 credits)

**Frequently asked Questions and Answers

Program Description

Students accepted into the accelerated BSN program are required to complete 54 credits of nursing course work on a full-time basis. The 12-month BSN program begins in January and concludes in December. During the program, students will be required to re-locate to one of the clinical sites, either Lewistown, Montana, or Anchorage, Alaska. Due to the intensity of the accelerated program, students should not plan to maintain outside employment.

Achieving your BSN will provide many career opportunities for you now and in the future. BSN graduates are highly desired by employers due to their ability to deliver evidence-based nursing care that is population-centered, and grounded in spiritual, ethical, and compassionate care. Graduates of the BSN program are excellent communicators, clinicians and leaders.

The program prepares students to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) following graduation, which is a requirement for licensure as a registered nurse. Last year, 94% of the University of Providence’s BSN graduates passed the NCLEX exam the first time, compared to a national pass-rate of 87.5% (National Council of State Boards of Nursing [NCSBN], 2020).

Program Format
BSN Pathways:
  • The nursing courses in the major are taught in eight-week accelerated terms using a combination of online (for the content) and face-to-face (for clinical, simulation, and learning skills).
  • Clinical coursework takes place in Lewistown, MT and Anchorage, AK.
  • Students are required to attend full-time.
Accelerated or Second Degree BSN Program:
  • Total program length: 54 credits over 3 semesters (after prerequisites are completed).
Admission Requirements

* You must have obtained a bachelors degree in any field.

The BSN Program has the following prerequisite courses for the accelerated or second degree:
  • Anatomy and Physiology with Labs (total of 8 semester credits)
  • Microbiology (3 semester credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Nutrition (3 credits)

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IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Applications for the 2023 BSN Cohort will be open April 1, 2022 and accepted up to June 15, 2022. (the University admission application is currently available online for Spring Semester 2022 and is a requirement along with the program application)
  • The 2022 Cohort begins on January 10, 2023

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BSN Program Sites are currently in Anchorage, Alaska and Lewistown, Montana

Program of Study

Semester 1: First 8 Week Intensive

NRS PL 313 Nursing Practice Fundamentals (4 credits)

NRS PL 376 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Concepts I (3 credits)

NRS PL 370 Introduction to Professional Nursing (1 credit)

Semester 1: First 8 Week Intensive

NRS PL 372 Nursing Concepts I (4 credits)

NSR PL 412 Nursing Ethics and Spirituality (3 credits)

NRS PL 378 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Concepts II (3 credits)

Semester 2: First 8 Week Intensive

NRS PL 430 Clinical Concepts I (3 credits)

NRS PL 410 Evidence Based Nursing Practice (3 credits)

NRS PL 422 Quality and Safety in Nursing Leadership (2 credits)

Semester 2: Second 8 Week Intensive

NRS PL 374 Nursing Concepts II (3 credits)

NRS PL 414 Population Health (3 credits)

NRS PL 421 Nursing Leadership (4 credits)

Semester 3: First 8 Week Intensive

NRS PL 440 Clinical Concepts II (4 credits)

NRS PL 474 Nursing Concepts III (3 credits)

NRS PL 425 Health Promotion in Nursing (2 credits)

Semester 3: Second 8 Week Intensive

NRS PL 417 Global Perspectives in Healthcare (2 credits)

NRS PL 450 Transition to Nursing Practice (6 credits)

NRS PL 495 Senior Seminar (1 credit)

Total Credits = 54

Additional BSN Details

Students complete all required nursing and other coursework that is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning technologies. Students’ progress through the program on a full-time, cohort-based model. In a cohort, the same group of students take all of their courses together in sequence.

BSN Degree Program Themes
  • Compassion, ethics and spirituality
  • Patient and family centered care
  • Leadership and effective advocacy
  • Evidence based practice
  • Population and community health
  • Transforming healthcare
  • Safety and quality outcomes
  • Professional accountability
  • Collaboration and interprofessional teams
  • Reflective practice and lifelong development
BSN Learning Outcomes
  1. Integrate a compassionate and ethical understanding of the human experience into nursing practice using the foundations of a liberal arts education.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making to engage healthcare teams in creating, promoting, and managing safety and quality outcomes.
  3. Apply nursing practices that are informed by research, evidence-based practice and innovation to optimize health.
  4. Utilize information technology to communicate, mitigate errors, and make improved clinical decisions related to the care of diverse populations.
  5. Advocate to influence change in legal, political, social, and economic factors that transform healthcare delivery.
  6. Collaborate with the inter-professional team to improve patient/family outcomes and the work environment.
  7. Provide compassionate, spiritual, ethical, and culturally appropriate care across the lifespan and the continuum of care.
  8. Practice preventive care, health promotion, and disease intervention across care settings for self, individuals, families, the community, and populations.
  9. Assume professional accountability to uphold the standards of nursing practice as defined by the Nurse Practice Act (in the state in which the nurse practices) and the ANA Code of Ethics.
  10. Demonstrate reflective nursing practice.
Accreditation

The University of Providence is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs at the University of Providence are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long will it take to complete the BSN Program?

The BSN program is an Accelerated Program, 12-months, January – December.

What jobs can I get with a bachelors in nursing?

Nurses with a BSN work in acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and ambulatory care, schools, corrections, public health departments, and more.

Can I go right into my masters in nursing from my bachelors in nursing?

Yes, nurses can continue on to graduate programs following BSN programs and once they become licensed registered nurses. Master’s degree programs in nursing require a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

 

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