Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed to prepare graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and enter the professional field of nursing. Learning takes place in a variety of settings including; the classroom, simulation laboratory, and supervised clinical practice experiences to ensure students have a solid foundation for practice.

Curriculum

Coursework will cover six to eight semesters, depending on previous college work. Students will be placed in a cohort-based program that will provide students a network of colleagues throughout the program. Courses are offered on-campus and clinical experiences take place with affiliated clinical partners. We ask that students dedicate their studies full-time to this program to ensure success.

Pathways to a BSN Degree

The BSN Program curriculum is the same online and on campus and is completed in four semesters.  Our BSN Program has four distinct ways to complete your degree.  Each option offers Lab, Simulation and clinical practice experience in local health care facilities.

Campus-Based BSN:
The campus-based BSN is four semesters over two academic years (consecutive fall & spring terms). The delivery method for student learning is a traditional classroom and face to face clinical and lab/simulation facilitated learning.

Online RN to BSN: The online RN to BSN is an 18-month program with courses taken over 4 consecutive semesters. The online RN to BSN is asynchronous and offers nurses an opportunity to take the knowledge from their RN studies to completing their BSN.

Hybrid Accelerated BSN: The hybrid Accelerated BSN can be completed in 16 months over 4 consecutive semesters. The hybrid Accelerated BSN follows a blended learning model comprising online nursing theory coursework, hands-on experiential learning in our nursing simulation labs in Portland and real-world clinical practice in local health care facilities.

Campus-Based Accelerated BSN: The Campus-Based Accelerated BSN can be completed in 16 months over 4 consecutive semesters. The campus-based Accelerated BSN uses the same and face to face classroom, lab/simulation and clinical practice model as the Campus-Based BSN.

 

Career Potential

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed to prepare graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and to enter the nursing profession as a generalist in a variety of care settings, serving culturally diverse clients of all ages in an ever-changing, dynamic health care context. Students will be prepared for baccalaureate generalist practice where they will advocate for high quality health outcomes for the diverse populations they will serve.

The program will instill the value of ongoing professional education and life-long learning that will serve as the foundation for further academic progression towards graduate education and advanced roles. Students will gain an understanding of leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and evidence-based practice concepts that will allow them to impact patient outcomes positively.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Concordia University Saint Paul is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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