Bachelor of Science
The Department of Nursing offers a three- or four-year program for Licensed Practical Nurses, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and eligibility to take the required RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). This program is designed specifically for graduates of state-approved Practical Nursing programs.
Students must present evidence of a license to practice nursing in Iowa as an LPN or a state in the interstate compact. The potential ability to give safe nursing care is a prerequisite for admission to the nursing major.
Licensed practical nurses, because of their previous learning in other settings, are considered sophomore-level transfer students on entry into the university. Previously earned academic credits may be applied to the BSN.
Prior to enrolling in the nursing courses, the student must:
- Present a current LPN license in the state of Iowa or a state in the interstate compact Present content from college course work or credit by examination equivalent to Briar Cliff courses in each of the following areas: PSYC 110 Introductory Psychology; BIOL 221 Anatomy; PSYC 280 Developmental Psychology; BIOL 222 Physiology; BIOL 240 Nutrition
- Meet with the chairperson of the Department of Nursing to evaluate your education record
- Complete the Application for Admission to the Nursing Major form, and sign the declaration of major form
This option represents an opportunity for a broad-based liberal education and a strong base for professional nursing practice. Theoretical nursing knowledge is applied in a variety of practice settings, including hospitals, community health agencies, long-term care facilities and other institutional and community based settings.
BIOL 222 - Human Physiology
BIOL 239 - Intro to Microbiology
BIOL 340 - Pathophysiology
CHEM 109 - Chemistry for the Health Sciences I
CORE 100 - Franciscan Life
LIBA 410 - Global Society
MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics
NURS 220 - Health Assessment
NURS 230 - Nursing Care of the Adult Client I
NURS 305 - Evidence-based Practice and Research in Nursing
NURS 330 - Nursing Care of the Childbearing/Childrearing Family
NURS 335 - Nursing Care of the Adult Client II
NURS 340 - Nursing Care of Clients with Acute Mental Health Issues
NURS 355 - Nursing Care of Clients in Acute and Critical Settings
NURS 410 - Community and Public Health Nursing Science I
NURS 435 - Nursing Leadership in the Health Care Delivery System
NURS 440 - Nursing Care of Clients with Chronic Mental Health Issues
NURS 445 - Nursing Care of the Complex Client
NURS 455 - Community and Public Health Nursing Science II
NURS 465 - Nursing Preceptorship Experience
NURS 475 - Transition into Professional Nursing
PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology
PSYC 360 - Abnormal Psychology
SOCY 124 - Principles of Sociology
SPEC 111 - Public Speaking
THEO 204 - Christian Morality
WRTG 109 - Introduction to College Writing
Studentsin the LPN-BSN option may opt out of some of these courses by meeting selected requirements through transfer credits.
A letter grade of "C" must be attained in both theory and clinical components of all nursing courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is needed for admission to and progression in the program.
Documentation of physical health status obtained upon admission to the major must also be on file in the Health Office. Immunization must include hepatitis B vaccination (or signed waiver on file), a second MMR if born after 1957, an annual Mantoux test and proof of varicella immunity. The Nursing faculty will certify the general education service component and competencies in information technology, moral/ethical reasoning, oral communication, research and writing in this major.
LPN-BSN students are not required to take NURS 215.
NOTE: PHIL 210 & 212 are interchangeable with THEO 204.