The Combined BS/MS program is an accelerated combined-degree (BS/MS) program for non-nurse college graduates. The program is designed to prepare the student for a career as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Academic studies are closely integrated with clinical experience.
There are two components: pre-licensure study which provides students with knowledge of nursing science and nursing practice and specialty study which focuses on an advanced practice role in professional nursing.
The program of study in the first phase continues instruction in the biological and behavioral sciences, and incorporates the clinical and didactic learning necessary for the first professional degree. At the end of the pre-licensure studies, students are eligible to take the professional nurse licensure examination (NCLEX). Clinical education receives major emphasis, with patient experiences beginning early in the first term. Theory and precepted clinical practice are related to the promotion of health and prevention of illness, as well as to the care of the sick and their restoration to optimal health. Students work with patients in a variety of settings, such as clinics, hospitals, community centers, and the home. The curriculum is built on the integrated health model, beginning with wellness and progressing through illness to maintenance and rehabilitation. The initial focus is on health, with emphasis on promotion of health and prevention of illness. Students begin the program in late May (Summer) term. The course sequencing has been designed to allow for seamless transition into full-time specialty studies.
At the end of pre-licensure studies, the student is able to: