The Bachelor of Science in Nursing "completion program" is a limited access program designed for registered nurses who are graduates of an accredited Associate of Science in Nursing degree program (A.S.N.). Upper division course work will consist of 30 credit hours addressing topics related to leadership and management, nursing theory, research, culture, pharmacology, community health, and population-based nursing across the lifespan. The course work will be completed mainly online in asynchronous instruction. There will be one course with a lab experience and two courses with local clinical experiences.
All B.S.N. degree seeking students are required to complete the same basic requirements as traditional baccalaureate students, including general education courses and demonstration of foreign language competence. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program adheres to the state’s common course prerequisites.
Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. The median annual wage of registered nurses was $64,690 in May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.