Excellent employment opportunities await graduates with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). When you earn a BSN degree, you are prepared for employment in any health care setting. You possess a higher level of education and your competencies are in high demand in the community and health care systems.
Only 39 percent of the current registered nurse population hold baccalaureate in nursing or higher degrees. In fact, by the year 2015, the Division of Nursing of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projects that 114,500 full-time equivalent jobs for registered nurses will remain vacant. Core Curriculum and required support courses augment the nursing courses to prepare you for the challenges of professional nursing in the 21st century.
Independent projections indicate that the largest demand for a high-paying occupation in 2002 to 2012 will be for registered nurses.
A variety of opportunities exist for the nurse with a baccalaureate degree. Some opportunities are nursing in the hospital, school, home, public health, armed forces, nursing informatics, and case management. The BSN nurse is also prepared for graduate study. The roles open to the graduate prepared nurse include (but are not limited to) nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist.
The Bachelor of Science degree Nursing Program provides intensive preparation for the first-time entering student, baccalaureate degreed graduate, and licensed practical nurse seeking licensure as a registered nurse and for the registered nurse pursuing baccalaureate education in the nursing discipline.
The program is based on the Betty Neuman Systems Model, emphasizing Person, Health, Environment, and Nursing. Core Curriculum and required support courses augment nursing courses in preparing a professional nurse who is able to function at the client's side in a diverse health-care delivery system.
The program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing, PO Box 656, Jefferson City MO, (573) 751-0681.
According to Section 335.066 Missouri Nursing Practice Act (1-16), granting of the Nursing baccalaureate degree does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the licensure examination or guarantee issuance of a license to practice nursing in the state of Missouri. Eligibility requirements to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), as specified in section 335.046-1 of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act, in addition, include that the applicant should: 1) be of good moral character; 2) have completed high school or equivalent; 3) have successfully completed basic professional curriculum in accredited school of nursing. Section 335.066, Missouri Nursing Practice Act (1-2) to (1-16), provides rules for denial, revocation, or suspension of license, and grounds for civil immunity. The Board may refuse to issue any certificate of registration or authority, and permit or license stated in subsection two of this section. Detailed information may be obtained through the Missouri State Board of Nursing Website.
The program is nationally accredited by the:
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
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Students are required to have completed a physical examination/health verification as a condition of admission to the nursing program. Students will be required to demonstrate physical and/or emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of each course in the program. Such essential requirements include freedom from communicable diseases, the ability to perform certain physical tasks, and suitable emotional fitness. Any appraisal measures used to determine such physical and/or emotional fitness will be in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Core performance standards for admission and progression which comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 are available in the office of the Department of Nursing.