For Students Seeking Initial Licensure
For students preparing to seek Registered Nurse (RN) licensure, the program of study is four years in length. The first two years are comprised of General Education courses that provide a foundation for the nursing curriculum. Admission to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences is required before any nursing courses are taken. The nursing courses are taken in the Junior and Senior years and include classroom content and clinical practicums. The clinical practicums provide experiences with clients across the lifespan in medical/surgical, maternal/child, mental health/psychiatric, and community health settings. The nursing curriculum is community based with a focus on health promotion and prevention of disease. Critical thinking, critical problem solving, and decision-making are stressed in all aspects of the curriculum.
Following graduation, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), one of the components of the licensure process. Licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse is granted by the Board of Nursing in the state in which the applicant wishes to practice. An application to take this examination is completed by the applicant upon graduation from a nursing program. Applicants with any civil or criminal convictions greater than a traffic violation must declare such convictions on the application. Convictions will be acknowledged by the state Board of Nursing and appropriate documents relating to such may be requested by the Board.