On the Cutting Edge of Undergraduate Nursing Education

For ENTRY-INTO-PRACTICE BSN students, the curriculum features:

  • additional elective courses
  • reflective practice
  • more community and clinical experiences
  • a renewed focus on resiliency and wellness for workforce retention
  • a two-part professional development series in the first and four semesters, focused on wellness, mindfulness, and mental health
  • exploration of a breadth of career options.

The new curriculum is outlined under the "Courses You'll Take" accordion on the BSN webpage.

For Bachelor of Science in Nursing students (both entry into practice and RN-to-BSN) entering in fall 2022, you will participate in an updated, enhanced curriculum.

In April 2021, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s new The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education was approved by all member schools. UMSON is on the leading edge of nursing schools nationwide to reconceptualize its BSN curriculum to meet these new Essentials.

The new competency-based BSN curriculum, based on years of student and employer feedback and on course and program evaluations, will go into effect for incoming BSN students in fall 2022.

The revised program outcomes are:

  1. Integrate knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences to enrich nursing knowledge and practice.
  2. Implement the nursing process to provide person-centered, holistic nursing care.
  3. Advance equity in all health care settings using principles of social justice, advocacy, and collaboration, both intra- and interprofessionally.
  4. Engage in scholarly inquiry to identify best evidence to deliver effective, innovative, and ethical nursing care.
  5. Incorporate quality improvement principles to promote a culture of safety.
  6. Coordinate care that anticipates and meets the needs of diverse populations, informed by an understanding of nursing practice, health policy, and social determinants of health.
  7. Integrate information management and patient care technologies to provide equitable and safe care for individuals and communities.
  8. Use self-reflection and feedback from others to promote personal well-being, leadership capacity, and lifelong professional development.
  9. Develop a nursing identity guided by principles of ethics, legal responsibility, emotional intelligence, and social justice to ensure excellence in nursing practice.
  10. Recognize and appreciate the unique aspects of being human within person-centered nursing practice with an emphasis on equity, cultural humility, and compassion.

While the plan of study for the RN-to-BSN program will not change, the courses will be redesigned to address the program outcomes.