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Nursing, B.S.N.

College of Nursing

This program was created to develop competent, caring leaders committed to building healthier communities and advancing the nursing profession through teaching, research and service.

As the state's flagship nursing program, we are on a focused, driven mission to transform and positively impact health care. We are leading the way to meet the critical need for registered nurses in the 21st century through innovative teaching techniques and tools that support and prepare students.

Program Highlights

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    Program Excellence

    Be prepared for the field and employment in a program that is in the Top 1 percent nationally for its NCLEX pass rate.

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    Specialized Education

    Train in a program with two National League of Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designations.

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    Learn and Explore

    Pursue patient care and outcome improvements in a program with $20 million in grant funding over the past five years.

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    Research Leadership

    Take advantage of the research opportunities offered by a program whose funding ranks No. 28 nationally (National Institutes of Health).

What You’ll Study

In the pre-nursing lower division, you will take core classes such as English, history, math and basic science and nursing courses that focus on health and wellness, nursing history, nutrition and pathophysiology. You'll then apply for the upper division, which combines clinical hours, classroom instruction and work in the college’s state-of-the-art patient simulation lab.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Leadership

    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential


    Directing and overseeing the activities and resources to achieve specific goals

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

  • Research

    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Registered nurse

Workplace Settings

  • Health Care Providers
  • Health Care Systems
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Offices
  • Specialty Health Clinics

Serving in student leadership roles within the College of Nursing has helped me grow into a more confident nurse. I’ve been able to connect with students and faculty outside of the classroom.

Katie Milo
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