The Brigham Young University College of Nursing is 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 (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 professional nursing practice roles. Nursing education builds on the sciences, humanities, and religious studies to develop the solid theoretical and practical base necessary to understand and meet the health needs of people in various healthcare 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 healthcare 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 typically carry 15-16 credits most semesters. The six semesters of nursing courses include up to 12 hours of clinical experience each week and coursework. Because of the rigors of this study plan, students should not expect to be employed more than 10-15 hours a week during their program.
Students working part-time or having family or other outside responsibilities are encouraged to complete as many required general education courses as possible before applying for the nursing program. Currently, nursing students spend about 30 hours weekly in course preparation.