BSN

Our BSN is a rigorous and nationally respected program that transforms students who are new to the field into top-tier nurses—professionals who can make an immediate and lasting impact in any health care setting.

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Overview

As a BSN student, you will learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields, scientists who are on the cutting edge of nursing research, and expert clinicians with decades of experience. While they're a diverse group, they have one main goal: Help you become an exceptional registered nurse. 

During your coursework, you will build your nursing competencies in state-of-the-art facilities and develop relationships with bright, driven students like you. You will also take part in engaging clinical experiences that challenge you to succeed in real-life situations and teach you clinical decision making. Simulation is integrated into all clinical courses. 

Once you've completed your degree, you'll not only be prepared to succeed in a wide range of health care environments, you'll have the qualifications you need to pursue graduate studies.

Program Details

Interested in the BSN? Review these essential resources:

Sample Plan of Study For Students Enrolled Fall 2014 and Later

A typical plan of study for full-time, upper-division BSN students enrolled fall 2014 and later:

First Semester
Course Number/Title Credits
NURS 310: Professional Role of the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 314: Physiologic and Pharmacologic Considerations for Health Promotion 4
NURS 316: Research and Evidence-based Practice 3
NURS 317: Fundamentals of Nursing Care in the Context of Older Adults 3
NURS 319: Health Assessment 3
Total 16
Second Semester
Course Number/Title Credits
NURS 324: Pathopharmacology in Adults 3
NURS 327: Medical-Surgical Nursing in the Adult Population 7
NURS 329: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 5
Total 15
Third Semester
Course Number/Title Credits
NURS 410: Health Care Delivery System and Informatics 2
NURS 411: Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nursing 5
NURS 414: Complex Nursing Care of Patients with Co-Morbid Conditions 3
NURS 417: Maternity, Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing 5
Total 15
Fourth Semester
Course Number/Title Credits
NURS 421: Public Health: Population-Focused Nursing Care 5
NURS 429: Leadership and Clinical Practicum 7
NURS 418: Nursing Elective 3
Total 15
Total Credits 61
General Education & Prerequisite Courses 59
Total Credits for BSN Option 120

 

Sample Plan of Study For Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2014

A typical plan of study for full-time, upper-division BSN students enrolled prior to fall 2014:

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 304 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice 4
NURS 315 Pathopharmacology 5
NURS 320 Science and Research for Nursing Practice  3
NURS 333 Health Assessment 3
  Total 15
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 325 Context of Health Care Delivery I 2
NURS 330 Adult Health Nursing 7
NURS 331 Gerontological Nursing 3
NURS 405  Informatics and Technology 3
  Total 15
Third Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 407 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 5
NURS 308 Nursing Care of Infants/Children: A Family Perspective 4
NURS 402 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 5
NURS 418 Directive Elective (if not previously completed) 3
  Total 17
Fourth Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 403 Community Health Nursing 5
NURS 425 Organizational Leadership and Management 3
NURS 487 Clinical Emphasis Practicum and Seminar 6
  Total 14
Total Credits 61
General Education & Prerequisite Courses 59
Total Credits for BSN Option 120

For registered nurses, UMSON also offers an RN-BSN option. Take classes in person, online, or both.

Admissions Requirements

Before applying to the BSN program, you must have:

What You’ll Do

 

Program Outcomes for Students Enrolled Fall 2014 and Later

  • Combine theoretical knowledge from the sciences, humanities, and nursing as a foundation to professional nursing practice that focuses on health promotion and prevention of disease for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  • Use the nursing process to manage care for individuals, families, communities, and populations integrating physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, and environmental considerations. Integrate competencies in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety to improve health and promote interdisciplinary care.
  • Use the research process through translation of evidence-based findings to advance professional nursing and the delivery of health care.
  • Incorporate information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality patient-centered care.
  • Integrate knowledge of health care policy from social, economic, political, legislative, and professional perspectives to influence the delivery of care to individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  • Employ interprofessional communication and collaboration to ensure safe, quality care across the lifespan.
  • Use principles of ethics, legal responsibility, and accountability to guide professional nursing practices across the lifespan and across the health care continuum.
  • Accept personal accountability for lifelong learning, professional growth, and commitment to the advancement of the profession.

Program Outcomes for Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2014

  • Articulate a personal philosophy of nursing that serves as a framework for professional practice.
  • Adhere to ethical, legal, and regulatory mandates and professional standards for nursing practice.
  • Use insight, intuition, empathy, empirical knowledge, reasoning and creative analysis for critical thinking in all aspects of professional practice.
  • Use evidence-based knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to shape practice.
  • Use communication skills to establish therapeutic, caring, and collaborative relationships.
  • Conduct assessments of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations as the basis for planning and delivering care.
  • Demonstrate clinical competencies needed for the delivery of safe and effective nursing care in a variety of health care settings and additional competencies in an individually selected emphasis area.
  • Provide nursing care that reflects sensitivity to physical, social, cultural, spiritual, and environmental diversity of persons.
  • Use current and emerging information handling and other technologies as integral components of professional nursing practice.
  • Use resource management, delegation, and supervision strategies in planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care.
  • Critique research findings for their applicability to theory-based practice.
  • Collaborate with experienced investigators in identification of clinical problems, access to sites, protection of human subjects, data collection, and dissemination of findings.
  • Use political, economical, organizational, educational, and advocacy strategies to improve health care delivery to individuals, groups, families, communities, and national and global populations.
  • Function as a leader in health care systems, in professional organizations, and within interdisciplinary teams for the promotion of health, prevention of disease, and management of care delivery.
  • Accept personal accountability for lifelong learning, professional growth, and commitment to the advancement of the profession.