Objectives of the Combined BS/MS (ETP) Program for Non-Nurse College Graduates

Combined BS/MS Program

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.

Pre-Licensure:
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.

Objectives
At the end of pre-licensure studies, the student is able to:

  • Integrate knowledge from the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences in caring for individuals, families, and groups on the health-illness continuum in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate competence in the application of nursing interventions directed toward the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health, while maximizing client participation in the decision-making process.
  • Use information technology to support evidence-based practice.
  •  Analyze the health care beliefs and practices of the major socio-cultural groups in American society today for the purpose of individualizing nursing approaches.
  • Apply principles of leadership and management to the delivery of nursing care.
  • Analyze the influence of current and projected demographic, social, environmental, and political/legislative trends upon the health care needs of individuals and communities.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for individual nursing practice.
  • Collaborate with other health care professionals to promote the delivery of comprehensive health care.
  • Analyze research in terms of its clinical applicability to nursing practice.
  • Apply ethical-moral reasoning in clinical decision making.
  • Synthesize a personal philosophy of nursing care and practice framework.
  • Serve as an advocate for the consumer and the profession of nursing within the health care delivery system and the socio-political-legal arena.

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