The Department of Nursing offers three tracks to a Bachelor of Science in nursing: one for traditional undergraduate students (1st BS degree), a second for non-nursing college graduates (2nd BS degree), and a third for registered nurses (RN). Baccalaureate preparation for the practice of professional nursing requires a substantial liberal education base for the study of the theory and practice of nursing.
1. Traditional BS in Nursing for 1st BS degree seekers who wish to become registered nurses (RN). In this four year program, the first two years focus on general education and supporting courses that provide the foundation for a liberal education as well as the nursing major. These courses are offered by departments within the University or students may transfer approved, comparable courses from other educational institutions.
The nursing component of the curriculum is four semesters in length. Courses in the theoretical basis of nursing practice with a wide variety of related clinical laboratory experiences are designed in collaboration with health care delivery institutions and other health related agencies in the area.
2. 2nd Degree BS in Nursing for those with a bachelor's degree in another field who wish to make a career change. The curriculum, acknowledging the education, career and life experiences of the individual requires fewer pre-requisites for the nursing courses than the basic baccalaureate nursing program of study. Students may complete the second bachelor's degree in three semesters of full-time study.
3. RN to BS for Registered Nurses (RNs) for those who already hold a resident state or compact state license as a RN. The students typically have a previous Associates Degree or Diploma Degree in Nursing, and may or may not hold a Bachelor's Degree in a non-nursing field. Depending on the individual's academic coursework, the RN to BS may be completed in two years of part-time study.
SU nursing graduates have one of the highest 5-year average NCLEX-RN pass rates in Maryland for baccalaureate programs at 92.28% (2009 - present). Our recent accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the maximum period is further validation of the quality of our curriculum, faculty and resources.
The Department of Nursing also offers two options within its Master of Science in nursing, the Nurse Educator and Health Care Leadership tracks. A Registered Nurse without a BS in nursing degree can also elect the RN-to-MS option and move directly through undergraduate courses into one of these tracks without stopping to complete the BS degree.
Students in SU nursing programs pride themselves on involvement, participating in a host of community service projects, on and off campus. Our Student Nurses Association has been nationally recognized for community service and has a 21-year record of success with passage of its resolutions at the annual NSNA Convention.
Our faculty engage in research and clinical practice publishing their work in such esteemed journals as Journal of Nursing Education, Nurse Educator, and Journal of Professional Nursing and practicing at area hospitals and clinics. They also lend their expertise to national and regional health organizations and advisory boards.
|“SU nursing has given me the tools and stepping stones I need to build a successful career in nursing, and I can always look back and remember where I began and be thankful.”
— Kelsey Flagg, Class of 2009
At SU, there are countless opportunities for personal and professional growth including study in South Africa and Ecuador. The popular summer Nurse Extern work-study program pairs students with expert registered nurses in area hospitals for a paid 10-week immersion in patient care while earning three credits though an online class at the University.
Close faculty supervision in clinical courses. For all direct care experiences, clinical groups are typically no larger than eight students. This allows for personal attention and coaching while learning how to think like a nurse. Students also develop close friendships with classmates that last through their years at SU and beyond.
Expert faculty who practice what they teach. All classroom teachers also supervise clinical practice so what is taught in the classroom is readily applied and reinforced in a clinical setting bridging the gap between the “textbook” and the “real world.”
Excellent clinical facilities. SU has clinical affiliations at a variety of hospitals, clinics, health departments and mental health care facilities. Among the hospitals is an award-winning regional trauma center that recently received recognition as one of the “Most Wired Hospitals” in the U.S.
An advisor in your field. All nursing students are assigned a nursing faculty member for academic advisement.
“The Nurse Extern Program allowed me to bridge the gap between student and professional. Working full- time in a healthcare environment allowed me to apply what I learned in the classroom to real-life experiences.”
— Aaron Sebach, RN; Class of 2008
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Career options are endless as professional nursing is projected to have one of the largest number of new jobs according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. There are opportunities for employment in hospitals, long-term care and rehabilitation centers, health departments, hospice and home care, and occupational health. Some of our nursing graduates are practicing in unusual areas such as law, research, international health, pharmaceutical sales, and even on cruise ships!