Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Director of Undergraduate Nursing
Marsha Cravens, M.Ed., M.S.N., R.N.
PH 402.552.6287  TF 800.647.5500

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Nursing
Mary Dishman, M.S.N., R.N.
PH 402.552.6134  TF 800.647.5500

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program, all BSN graduates will demonstrate the ability to operationalize nursing as the human science of caring. In addition, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Evaluate caring relationships and behaviors that contribute to positive outcomes for clients, families, communities and populations, as well as health care providers and health care systems.
  • Analyze client-centered care with respect to health, environment and cultural preferences across the lifespan while respecting the client as the source of control.
  • Function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering teamwork and collaboration with the client, family, community and populations.
  • Utilize best current evidence considering clinical expertise along with client and family preferences for the delivery of optimal health care.
  • Participate in data evaluation to monitor client outcomes to continuously improve the quality of health care.
  • Evaluate standardized practices and technologies to minimize the risk of harm to clients and health care providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
  • Analyze information and technology resources to build knowledge, select the mode of communication, to decrease error and support decision making.
  • Analyze behaviors consistent with the ANA Code of Ethics, Nursing’s Social policy Statement and Standards of Practice into the role of the professional nurse.

Upon graduation, students are prepared to practice in a variety of settings, both independently and collaboratively, with colleagues in other disciplines. Graduates from the baccalaureate nursing program have a solid preparation for graduate studies in nursing and are encouraged to pursue advanced education as one means of lifelong learning.

BSN graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses.

Comprehensive Student Assessment

Baccalaureate nursing students are enrolled in the Assessment Technology Incorporated (ATI) program. This comprehensive program prepares individuals for the NCLEX-RN. Individual ATI tests are administered upon completion of each area of study. Areas of student weakness are addressed and remediation is provided to those students. At the completion of the nursing program, the Comprehensive Predictor examination is administered to further identify strengths and weaknesses.

Curriculum Requirements

In order to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Clarkson College, students must successfully complete a total of 130 semester hours. These hours must be distributed as follows:

  • General Education = 41 semester hours (which must include nine semester hours of the Clarkson College Core Curriculum).
  • Support Courses = 21 semester hours (at least eight semester hours of Anatomy and Physiology, four semester hours of Microbiology, four semester hours of General Chemistry I, three semester hours of Pathophysiology and two semester hours of Gerontology).
  • Major Courses = 68 semester hours (includes 43 semester hours of nursing theory and 25 semester hours of clinical nursing courses).

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Curriculum plan of required courses for BSN: Traditional Option

View course descriptions for Nursing Program or General Education

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
BI 211 Anatomy 4
CH 110 General Chemistry 4
EN 101 English Composition I 3
HC 104  ◊ Core I: Effective Interactions in the World of Health Care 3
MA 101 Introduction to Algebra 3
    Total 17
Second Semester Semester Hours
BI 210 Microbiology 4
BI 213 Physiology 4
NS 115 Introduction to Concepts through Quality and Safety 2
NS 125 Foundational Skills and Assessment: Theory 3
NS 126 Foundational Skills and Assessment: Clinical Application 2
NS 128 Populations Health I 1
    Total 16

Second Year

First Semester Semester Hours
BI 122 Nutrition Science 3
BI 227 Pathophysiology 3
NS 233 Assessment and Care of the Adult with Abnormal Findings: Theory 2
NS 234 Assessment and Care of the Adult with Abnormal Findings: Clinical 2
NS 235 Pharmacology I 2
NS 257 Population Health II 1
HC 204 Core II: A Cultural History of the Healing Arts 3
    Total 16
Second Semester Semester Hours
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
NS 254 Managing the Nursing Care of the Adult: Theory 4
NS 255 Managing the Nursing Care of the Adult: Clinical Application 4
NS 256 Pharmacology II 2
PY 200 Human Development 3
EN 102 English Composition II 3
    Total 19

Third Year

First Semester Semester Hours
HC 304 Core III: Ethical and Cultural Frontiers in U.S. Health Care 3
NS 340 Behavioral Health: Theory 3
NS 341 Behavioral Health: Clinical 3
ST 310 Statistics 3
HC 220 Gerontology 2
  Electives 3
    Total 17
Second Semester Semester Hours
NS 342 Nursing Care of Women and Child-Bearing Families: Theory 3
NS 343 Nursing Care of Women and Child-Bearing Families: Clinical 2
NS 344 Family-Centered Nursing Care of Children: Theory 3
NS 345 Family-Centered Nursing Care of Children: Clinical 2
NS 347 Population Health III 1
NS 346 Evidence-Based Inquiry in Health Care 2
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
    Total 16

Fourth Year

First Semester Semester Hours
NS 468 Concepts of Complex Multisystem Clients I: Theory 4
NS 469 Concepts of Complex Multisystem Clients I: Clinical Application 4
NS 476  ◊ Population Health IV: Theory 2
NS 477 Population Health IV: Clinical 2
  Electives 3
    Total 15
Second Semester Semester Hours
NS 467 Transition into Practice 1
NS 470 Concepts of Complex Multisystem Clients II: Theory 3
NS 472 Principles of Nursing Leadership and Management: Theory 3
NS 473 Preceptorship: Clinical Capstone 4
NS 474 Pharmacology III 1
  Electives 2
    Total 14

Total Semester Hours in Program 130