Begin taking nursing courses in the first semester of your sophomore year as you prepare for your career in nursing.
Extensive clinical and laboratory experience is an important part of the curriculum, and you'll practice at local hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinical facilities. You'll be guaranteed quality clinical placement in all subspecialties, including medical-surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, acute care, and community health. Your senior year culminates in a capstone clinical and classroom experience where you'll manage a patient caseload under the supervision of a preceptor and present case studies for peer critique. Seniors who carry a 3.0 grade point average or better are eligible to enroll in one graduate course.
Nurse Scholars Program - 5 year BSN/MSN program
Select high school applicants to the nursing major may be eligible for the Nurse Scholars Program. Students enrolled in this rigorous program accelerate their studies so that they graduate with both a BSN degree and an MSN degree within 5 calendar years. More than 800 students have graduated with BSN degrees since 1978. Many of these alumni have advanced their education with a master's degree and assumed positions of leadership in hospitals, health care agencies, and academia.