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Nursing is at the forefront of our changing health care system. This degree program will prepare you as a professional nurse with the theoretical foundation and clinical competence to thrive in various health care settings. You will learn to think critically, use evidence to make decisions, work collaboratively and innovate in interprofessional health care environments.
Through a curriculum centered upon evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, innovation, interprofessional communication and information technology, the BSN degree program prepares students to provide high-quality professional nursing care. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing may be earned through several unique pathways.
Traditional Prelicensure Nursing Program
The traditional prelicensure clinical nursing program is a full-time, upper-division nursing program designed for students who wish to become a registered nurse by completing a Bachelor of Science in nursing. The program has three start dates per year --- spring, summer and fall and may be completed in a 16-month year-round schedule or a 24-month academic year schedule. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination to gain licensure as a registered nurse.
Students advance into the program in one of two ways: direct admission or the competitive advancement process. Direct admission is offered to incoming first-time freshman who meet specific admission criteria. Students admitted directly must meet continuing eligibility criteria while attending ASU to advance into the upper-division nursing program. Directly admitted nursing students who do not meet continuing eligibility criteria, transfer students or ASU students who are changing majors may apply for advancement to the upper-division nursing program by competing for any remaining spaces.
Postbaccalaureate Clinical Nursing Program
The postbaccalaureate clinical nursing program is a full-time, 12-month upper-division clinical nursing program designed for students with a bachelor's degree in another discipline who wish to become a registered nurse by completing a BSN. Selection is competitive and students start the program in the spring semester.
Students pursuing advancement to the postbaccalaureate clinical nursing program complete prerequisite coursework and apply for advancement to the program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination to gain licensure as a registered nurse.
Online RN to BSN Program
The online RN to BSN program is available online to students who have earned an associate degree in nursing and have a current RN license in good standing with the state board of nursing. The RN to BSN program courses are offered online in 7.5-week sessions and can be completed in 14 to 24 months. There are five starts per year: two in the fall, two in the spring and one in the summer. Assignments may include readings, discussions, papers, presentations and practical application activities completed wherever the student resides.
Transfer pathway agreements are in place with all community colleges in Arizona, which provide additional benefits to students. The RN to BSN program does not have approval from the Boards of Nursing in Tennessee, Rhode Island or Washington to be offered to RNs licensed in those states.
Concurrent Enrollment Program
The concurrent enrollment program pathway is offered through participating community colleges. This program is designed for qualified nursing students who are interested in earning their Bachelor of Science in nursing while simultaneously pursuing their associate degree in nursing. Selected students enroll in the community college program and the ASU RN to BSN courses at the same time (concurrently). RN to BSN courses taken at ASU are delivered in an online format.
Eastern Arizona College Partnership
The ASU and Eastern Arizona College partnership has two options: the concurrent enrollment program and the RN to BSN. The concurrent enrollment program is designed for qualified students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in nursing from EAC while simultaneously earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from ASU. Another option allows students with an associate degree or diploma in nursing to pursue the ASU BSN at Eastern Arizona College on the Thatcher campus. Courses in this program are delivered in a hybrid format on the Thatcher campus.
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Graduates deliver nursing care to individuals, families and communities. Completion of this degree program also prepares individuals for entrance into graduate study in nursing at the master's or doctoral degree levels, which is essential for teaching, administration, clinical specialization and research.
Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.