Bachelor of Science
Semester Begin Dates
- Fall Semester – late August
- Spring Semester – early January
- Summer Semester – early May
The 61 credit hour Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is an upper division, transfer program designed for registered nurses from associate degree and diploma programs of nursing.
This program has a residency requirement of 30 credit hours.
About the Program
This degree program is a flexible, upper division program for registered nurses with associate’s degrees or diplomas in nursing. The courses build on, but do not duplicate, the content taught in AAS programs.
Our program focuses on theory and application, provides exposure to many areas of nursing, and serves as a foundation for graduate study. It prepares you to deliver comprehensive care to patients of all ages in a variety of settings as a direct care provider and as a nursing leader.
Most full-time students complete degree requirements in two years. Part-time students taking two or three courses per semester will complete the degree in four or five years. Degree requirements must be completed within six years of matriculation.
Geared for the Working Nurse
Our bachelor’s program is a direct response to today’s health care: patients are sicker, hospital stays shorter, and community health nursing stronger. Studies show better patient outcomes are linked to bachelor’s-prepared nurses. Our curriculum emphasizes the leadership skills essential for problem-solving and improving the delivery of health care. The curriculum includes course work in epidemiology, statistics, research, health care policy and politics, family and community nursing, management and leadership, patient education, genomics and informatics, and healthy aging. patient education, family nursing, research and management. Clinical experiences focus on community health as well as nursing trends.
Take Your Courses One Day a Week
Classes are taught Monday through Thursday and most meet once a week for three hours. Students often schedule two or three courses on the same day. In addition, nursing classes are alternately scheduled; for example, nursing courses offered during the daytime one year will be scheduled for the evening the next.
Courses are offered in the fall and spring around traditional nursing shifts: morning, afternoon and evening. A few courses are offered during the summer.
Faculty advisors work closely with students to help fit courses and program requirements into their work and daily lives.
In addition to flexibility, students choose electives to meet their own career ambitions. In addition to being evidence-based, many courses are web-enhanced.
Fall Semester: February 15
Spring Semester: Sept 15
Director of Bachelor's Program
"The FNP program has helped me to grow professionally, while allowing me the flexibility to meet the needs of my family. The faculty are knowledgeable, offering guidance and support when I need it most.."
—Sean Campanie, FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner