Bachelor of Science: Nursing, BS
The Andrews University Department of Nursing offers two undergraduate programs, which are listed below.
Students just beginning their college education will enroll in the BS (Pre-Licensure) program.
Students already holding an associate's degree and/or are already an RN will enroll in the RN-BSN Completion program for RNs.
The BS (Pre-Licensure) program prepares students for a career in professional nursing; it is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing, and has full accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The programs focus on the provision of care and the promotion of health for individuals and families through classroom and laboratory experiences in a variety of settings. Strong and varied clinical experience is gained through hospital and community agencies and work with clients of diverse cultural and socioeconomic groups. Certain GPA requirements, training and medical requirements must be met for progression in both programs.
The baccalaureate program provides a complete spectrum of professional study, as well as a general education in the arts, humanities and sciences. The program can be completed in eight semesters of full-time study, with 65 nursing credits needed for completion. Through coursework and hands-on experience students are given the background needed to pass the NCLEX licensure examination. Graduates of the program are prepared to pursue graduate studies.
RN-BSN Online Completion Program for Registered Nurses
The baccalaureate online completion program is for RNs already holding an associate's degree. It takes two years of full-time study to be awarded the BS in Nursing. The program consists of 34 credits of upper division nursing. The BS completion student is expected to identify health needs, assess health status, plan and implement suitable nursing interventions, utilize previously mastered concepts and skills to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, and readjust plans as needed. Having established career goals and having refined their clinical competency, RNs can seek further education, which will strengthen their professional image, challenge their scholastic abilities, and prepare them for graduate school, if desired.
A 1-credit practicum meets for 60 clock hours, a 2-credit practicum course meets for 120 clock hours. Practicum hours are indicated in the bulletin description of the course (i.e., see NRSG216).