The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is derived from the institutional mission statement of the College. The mission of the Notre Dame College Nursing Program is to prepare a professional nurse who is responsive to the health needs of a diverse global society. This mission is implemented through fostering personal, professional, and social responsibility within the context of a values-based faith environment. Liberal arts and the sciences serve as the foundation for the professional education and the development of core competencies.
The baccalaureate nursing program provides unique opportunities for service to meet the health needs of society, especially the vulnerable and underserved. International educational opportunities are also integrated throughout the program to prepare students for practice in a rapidly changing global health care environment. The baccalaureate nursing program prepares individuals for practice in a variety of health care settings and serves as a foundation for further graduate education. Upon successful completion of the licensure examination, the graduate is licensed by the state in which they test.
Multiple entry levels for the program are designed to meet the needs of the life-long learner. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program has two tracks. The Pre-Licensure Track is designed to prepare the student to become a professional nurse. Upon completion of the program the graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN®) to become a registered nurse. The second track is the Post-Licensure RN to BSN Track. This track is designed for the registered nurse (RN) who has a diploma in nursing or an Associate of Science degree with a major in nursing and who wants to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
Graduates of the BSN Program will be able to:
- Synthesize concepts and theories from the liberal arts, sciences, and the discipline of nursing to promote the health and well-being of individuals, groups, communities, and populations.
- Communicate effectively using oral, written and other forms of information technology.
- Demonstrate competence in technological skills used in professional nursing practice.
- Apply critical thinking to evaluate alternatives and make decisions that affect the health and wellbeing of self and others.
- Integrate personal and professional values to practice within the legal and ethical standards of the profession.
- Respect human diversity in the provision of health care to populations of different gender, socioeconomic, religious, or cultural traditions.
- Demonstrate leadership and management in the delivery of health care within complex adaptive systems.
- Support a commitment to life-long learning for personal and professional development.
- Use evidence-based practice in the provision of health care services for individuals, groups, communities, and populations in a variety of settings.
- Participate in political processes that influence the economic, legal and social direction of health care policies.