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 Specific Competency Goals

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, graduates will:

  • 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. (Communication, Diversity)**
  • Analyze client-centered care with respect to health, environment and cultural preferences across the lifespan while respecting the client as the source of control. (Diversity, Critical Thinking)**
  • Function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering teamwork and collaboration with the client, family, community and populations. (Communication)**
  • Utilize best current evidence considering clinical expertise along with client and family preferences for the delivery of optimal health care. (Critical Thinking, Professionalism)**
  • Participate in data evaluation to monitor client outcomes to continuously improve the quality of health care. (Technology)**
  • Evaluate standardized practices and technologies to minimize the risk of harm to clients and health care providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance. (Critical Thinking)**
  • Analyze information and technology resources to build knowledge, select the mode of communication, to decrease error and support decision making. (Technology)**
  • 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. (Professionalism)**

**Categories denoted in the parentheses represent relationship to Clarkson College’s student success skills, which are our institutional student learning outcomes, and include Communication, Technology, Critical Thinking, Diversity, and Professionalism.

Admission Policies

Enrollment in Clarkson College degree programs is limited through a selective admissions process. Admission policies and procedures are available from: the Admissions office, the College website, or in the Academic Policies & Procedures section (AD-1).

Curriculum Requirements

In order to complete a BSN degree at Clarkson College, students must successfully complete a total of 130 semester hours. Ninety-three semester hours are granted through either previous completion of direct coursework in associate or diploma RN program or by validation credit (credit is granted after demonstration of equivalent knowledge). Validation credit is granted upon successful completion of the RN to BSN transition courses. The RN to BSN program curriculum consists of courses which total 37 semester hours. Students are required to take a minimum of 27 semester hours (residency requirement) of classes at Clarkson College. 

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: ◊

Required Courses for Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BSN Option

General Education Courses

(12 semester hours) All RN to BSN students are required to complete the Clarkson College Health Care Core curriculum courses as listed in their specific degree plan.

Courses Semester Hours
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 12
Support Courses

(6 semester hours) **Note: Upon successful completion of HC 206 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Current Practices, the student will receive three hours of earned semester hours and three hours of validation credit.

Courses Semester Hours
HC 206 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Current Practices 3
BSN Transition Courses

(seven semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
NS 349 - Pathways for Success 1
NS 356 - Concepts of Professional Practice for the RN to BSN/MSN 3
NS 357 - Physical Assessment 3
Total Semester Hours 7

Note: Upon successful completion of the BSN transition course and HC 206 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Current Practices, the student is eligible to take the remaining BSN courses.

Major Courses

(12 semester hours) RN to BSN students with two or more years of work experience and expertise in leadership, population health, or evidence-based nursing may portfolio for validation credit in one 400-level nursing course.

Courses Semester Hours
NS 352 - Evidence Based Inquiry in Healthcare for the RN-BSN/MSN Student 2
NS 475 - Principles of Leadership and Management for the RN to BSN/MSN 3
NS 481 - Population Health for the RN to BSN/MSN 3
NS 482 - Capstone/Practicum for the RN to BSN/MSN 4
Total Semester Hours 12

Total Semester Hours in Program 130

Note: HC 206 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Current Practices (three semester hours) must be taken prior to taking 400 level nursing theory and clinical courses.

Nursing courses are offered through online education. Clinical applications may be completed at the student’s workplace with faculty approval and if clinical competencies can be met.

Last updated: 03/17/2020