Undergraduate Nursing Program
The Brigham Young University College of Nursing is fully approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing
and offers a baccalaureate program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. The baccalaureate degree
program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org
All students completing the Bachelor of Science program are eligible to sit for the National
Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) necessary to become a registered nurse.
The baccalaureate nursing program prepares general practitioners with the knowledge,
skills, leadership abilities, values, and competencies commensurate with roles of
professional nursing practice. Nursing education builds on the sciences, humanities,
and religious studies to develop the strong theoretical and practical base necessary
to understand and meet the health needs of people in various health care settings.
At the completion of the baccalaureate program, graduates may seek employment opportunities
in hospitals, clinics, community agencies, home health, and world health agencies.
Graduates function as colleagues on various health care teams. The nursing program
gives students a broad array of learning experiences in helping to prepare them
for the complex "professional nurse" role.
The baccalaureate nursing curriculum is designed for the full-time student. Students
carry as many as 16 credits most semesters. The six semesters of nursing courses
include up to 12 hours of clinical experience each week in addition to course work.
Because of the rigors of this study plan, students should not expect to be employed
more than 10-12 hours a week during their program.
Students working part-time or having family or other outside responsibilities are
encouraged to complete as many of the required general education courses as possible
prior to applying for acceptance into the nursing program. Currently, Nursing students
spend about 30 hours weekly in course preparation.
Learning Comes Alive
Learning comes alive as students move from the classroom to actual patient care
through the clinical simulation laboratory. Students assess, diagnose, and treat
actual and potential health problems in an effort to promote, restore, or maintain
health. Baccalaureate graduates develop their ability to be sensitive to the welfare
of others, communicate effectively, evaluate research findings, think critically,
solve problems, and utilize appropriate technology as they provide quality nursing
care to people of all ages.
Student resources include a fully equipped Nursing Learning Center with audiovisual
and computer learning aides, as well as a research center, and a state-of-the-art
clinical simulation laboratory. Clinical practice opportunities exist in a variety
of urban and rural hospital, home, and community settings along the Wasatch Front
and beyond. Students gain extended experiences with specialized national and international