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The baccalaureate degree is recognized as the basic preparation for professional nursing practice and prepares the graduate as a generalist who may assume beginning leadership roles. As an experience-based degree, the baccalaureate nursing degree combines theory, clinical nursing course work, and foundational studies requirements. A graduate of the program is prepared as a competent and caring nurse who can work with diverse client populations. Upon completion of degree requirements, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
Baccalaureate nursing education is foundational for graduate study in nursing.
There are many and varied employment opportunities for registered nurses who have baccalaureate degrees. Baccalaureate nurses practice in ways that recognize their educational preparation and nursing competencies. Baccalaureate nurses have complex responsibilities in providing patient care. They supervise other personnel who provide nursing care. They also collaborate with interprofessional healthcare teams in developing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive plans of healthcare for patients of all ages in a variety of settings. Graduates provide care to patients, families, groups and communities with an emphasis on health care that includes rural and underserved populations.
Our alumni go on to become leaders in their respective healthcare facilities. Many also go on to pursue advanced degrees as nurse practitioners, administrators, and educators.