Nursing Bachelor's Degree Program
Four year degree; Bachelor of Science (BSN) or Bachelor of Arts (BAN)
Prepare for a successful career in professional nursing. The Nursing Bachelor of Science program provides a broad spectrum of scientific, critical-thinking, humanistic, communication and leadership skills, with specific courses on community health nursing. By fostering a Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine learning environment, the undergraduate nursing degree program at the University of Mary emphasizes servant leadership and offers a deeper knowledge of spirituality, ethics, and global stewardship.
The bachelorís degree is the only nursing degree preferred for practice in all health care settings (critical care, ambulatory care, public health, and mental health) and thus offers the greatest employment flexibility for any entry-level RN. A bachelorís degree in nursing is also essential if you are seeking to perform at the case-manager or supervisory level, or move across employment settings.
The Nursing Bachelor of Science program at the University of Mary is approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Successful completion of this program prepares you to apply for licensure through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN Exam.
Nursing Bachelorís Degree Program Highlights
The community-focused nursing degree program at the University of Mary prepares nurses who will respond to the emerging health needs of society and the health care system. You will learn to:
- Utilize state-of-the-art clinical opportunities in a variety of settings, including St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as public health agencies, nursing homes, hospitals, and schools.
- Understand a patient's treatment, symptoms, and danger signs
- Supervise other nursing personnel
- Coordinate care with other health care providers
- Master advanced technology
- Guide patients through the maze of health resources in a community
- Teach patients how to comply with treatment and adopt a healthy lifestyle
As you pursue your bachelorís degree, you also have exciting opportunities to gain real-world leadership experience in the Emerging Leaders Academy (a four-year program for selected students that includes field projects, skills workshops, and more).
Ways to Get Your Bachelorís Degree in Nursing
The Nursing bachelorís degree program can be accomplished in one of two ways: traditional or completion. Traditional student classes are held on our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota, and in nursing practice sites. Licensed nurses (LPNs or RNs without a bachelorís degree) may also achieve their bachelorís degree through the completion program. The LPN completion program is a blend of on-site and Web-based learning environments. The RN completion program is designed in a completely online format.
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Career Outlook for Nursing Majors
Nursing is the largest profession in the health care field. Nurses are employed in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, private practices, public health agencies, and primary care clinics. Other nurses work as college and university educators, preparing future nurses, or as scientists developing advances in many areas of health care and health promotion.
Overall, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.
+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition.
Course Requirements for Your Bachelorís Degree in Nursing
Requirements for the traditional nursing program offered on our main campus include:
- BIO 207, 208, 209; CHE 110; PSY 201, 207; ANT 171; MAT 180
- NUR 216, 240, 242, 248, 317, 319, 321, 335, 336, 340, 342, 344, 346, 423, 424, 436, 438, 441, 443, 444, 446, 448, and 450
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