Nursing Program, BS (BSN)

Today’s healthcare environment demands nurses who can function in a constantly changing healthcare setting, deal with emerging healthcare needs, and incorporate evidence and research in their practice. The BSN program is an innovative design that enables the graduate nurse to provide care to individuals, families, and communities in health promotion, acute or chronic illness, and at the end of life. By focusing on the current research in nursing education and nursing practice, the BSN program educates nurse generalists with a strong foundation for developing specialized clinical practice and the skills and credentials necessary to pursue graduate education.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing, the arts and sciences in the holistic practice of professional nursing.
  • Apply theory-based decision-making related to safe, competent, and culturally congruent nursing care to individuals, families, and communities in diverse settings across the lifespan emphasizing the concept of caring.
  • Critically evaluate and utilize relevant findings of nursing research in professional nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate professional values and behaviors consistent with professional standards.
  • Assume responsibility for ongoing professional development in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

Nursing Program Admission Requirements for BSN Students

Admission to the nursing foundational core is based on the National American University (NAU) admission criteria.

Admission to the nursing foundational core does not guarantee admission in the nursing clinical core. Admission to the nursing clinical core is selective and highly competitive.

Completed applications to the nursing clinical core must be received at least 90 days prior to the start of each nursing clinical core cohort.*

The criteria to be eligible to apply for application to the clinical core of the BSN program is identified below (the cost of the items required is the student's responsibility):

  • Admission to NAU must be made before application to the nursing clinical core.
  • All foundational core courses must be successfully completed before the start of any clinical core course. Students who have not successfully completed all foundational core courses must apply for the next clinical core start.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.8 on all nursing foundational courses must be accomplished.
  • All required foundational core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
  • All science courses must have been completed within five (5) years of application to the nursing foundational core.
  • Non-native English speaking students must provide evidence that they are in compliance with the university and the respective State Board of Nursing requirements for the English competency. (The nursing clinical core application can be obtained from the School of Nursing program administration.  The cost of the items required is the student's responsibility. The following items are required at the time of application.
    • Clinical core application
    • Evidence of medical terminology course work or similar knowledge provide though other programs of study. For students without evidence of prior medical terminology course work, NA has available self-paced, self-pay courses, located on the university website under continuing education programs (HTH11 Survey of Medical Terminology OR HTH120 Introduction to Medical Terminology).
  • Copy of state specific verification of active certification of a nursing assistant (CNA), emergency medical technician (EMT), medical assistant with associate degree including clinical training (MA), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), or licensed practical nurse (LPN).
  • Successfully completed a pre-entrance examination. The student must take the pre-entrance exam at a NAU School of Nursing campus program location or arrange for an official transcript of previous exam scores to be sent to the NAU School of Nursing. In an  attempt to gain a higher score, applicants may retake the pre-entrance exam up to three (3) times in a one-year period and must have a minimum of 14 days between testing dates. All components of the pre-entrance exam are considered as a whole, composite score.
  • Documented evidence of an advising session with a financial services representative to discuss program costs.
  • Complete a national criminal background check and drug screen with a NAU chosen vendor with a successful result.

The following items are required before the start of the nursing clinical core courses (the cost of the items required is the student's responsibility):

  • Clinical core acceptance letter.
  • Evidence of meeting all eligibility and application criteria for the nursing core.
  • Copy of current active CPR certification (American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers).
  • Evidence of a health examination (current within six months of admission) if applicable. Check with the respective program office.
  • Evidence of active health insurance.
  • Evidence of up-to-date immunizations or evidence of serologic immunity as required by clinical agencies signed by a healthcare provider.
  • Documentation of a negative TB skin test (taken within one year) or a chest x-ray (taken within five years) signed by a licensed professional.
  • The BSN student applying to the clinical core should review and sign the functional abilities form. The signature implies the student can meet the physical needs to support the physical duties required of a nursing student.

Articulation Policy for LPN to BSN Students

The following policy applies ONLY to the LPN Bridge to BSN program offered at the NAU Overland Park and Wichita West, Kansas campuses.

LPNs who desire to become a professional nurse with BSN degree will take the NS3315 LPN to RN Transition course. Admission for articulation is based on academic criteria and complies with Kansas State Board of Nursing policies, 1202 commission report and follows recommendations of the Council for Nursing Articulation in Kansas.

All LPNs will make application for acceptance into the BSN program and complete the following requirements. Acceptance is based on available resources and the overall ranking of the following items:

  • Admission to NAU must be made before application to the nursing clinical core.
  • In-state applicant must be a graduate of a Kansas State Board of Nursing approved practical nursing school/program with a CGPA of 2.8 or above. Individual evaluation of credits will be accomplished by reviewing an official transcript from the previous nursing school/program and course syllabi. Validation of nursing competencies in selected skill sets will be conducted following the recommendations of the Council for Nursing Articulation in Kansas. Non-nursing course credits may be transferred according to NAU policy.
  • Out-of-state graduates from other State Board of Nursing approved practical nursing schools/programs will be evaluated individually by reviewing applicants' official transcripts and course syllabi. Validation of nursing competencies in selected skill sets will be conducted following the recommendations of the Council for Nursing Articulation in Kansas. Non-nursing course credits may be transferred according to NAU policy.
  • Current active unencumbered LPN license from any state within the United States must be on the completed application for admission.
  • The NS3315 LPN to RN Transition course, 4.5 credit hours, to be taken in the fall quarter. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" to progress in the clinical core. Failure to meet this requirement will result in removal from the program.
  • Nine (9) credit hours will be held in escrow for the LPN bridging student. The student must successfully pass the first nursing courses NS3320D, NS3330, and NS3331 to have the nine (9) credit hours fully transferred into the program.
  • Students who have completed nursing foundational course work at NAU will be given priority consideration but not guaranteed admission into the nursing clinical core.

Criteria to be considered for acceptance into the nursing clinical core:

  • Minimum CGPA of 2.8 on all nursing foundational courses must be accomplished by the student.
  • All nursing foundational courses must be completed by the clinical core application deadline.
  • All nursing foundational core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
  • All science courses must have been completed within five (5) years of application to the nursing foundational core.
  • All nursing foundational core courses may be transferred into the program.
  • Successfully completed a pre-entrance examination. The student must take the pre-entrance exam at a NAU School of Nursing campus program location or arrange for an official transcript of previous exam scores to be sent to the NAU School of Nursing. In an attempt to gain a higher score, applicants may retake the pre-entrance exam up to three (3) times in a one-year period and must have a minimum of 14 days between testing dates. All components of the pre-entrance exam are considered as a whole, composite score.

* For a new start BSN clinical core, the application timeline may be modified.

Note that completed applications must be received at least 100 days prior to start of each nursing clinical core cohort at the Austin, Texas campus.

** Check with the Austin, Texas BSN program office for Texas specifics.

The general education transfer courses for the nursing foundational core must meet the same NAU admissions criteria. All nursing prefix (NS) courses must be completed at NAU.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: BSN Degree Requirements

186 Credits

This program is offered through Albuquerque, Austin, Bloomington, Overland Park, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Wichita West, and Zona Rosa. Some courses may only be available online, and students may be required to attend classes at different locations. Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Nursing Clinical Core (107)

(All of the following 107 credits must be earned at NAU.)

NS3320DPathophysiologic Concepts I

4

NS3321DHolistic Health Assessment

4

NS3325Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

3

NS3326DProfessional Role Development

2

NS3330Foundations of Holistic Nursing

7

NS3331Foundations of Holistic Nursing Clinical

3

NS3340DPathophysiologic Concepts II

4

NS3343Holistic Nursing Care in Chronic Illness I

6

NS3345Holistic Nursing Care in Chronic Illness I Clinical

4

NS3346Pharmacology for Nurses

4

NS3360Holistic Nursing Care in Acute Illness I

7

NS3361Holistic Nursing Care in Acute Illness I Clinical

3

NS4000DIssues in Transcultural Nursing

4

NS4043Holistic Nursing Care of the Community

6

NS4045Holistic Nursing Care of the Community Clinical

2

NS4060DCaring for Vulnerable Populations

4

NS4143Holistic Nursing Care in Acute Illness II and End of Life

6

NS4145Holistic Nursing Care in Acute Illness II and End of Life Clinical

4

NS4210DResearch and Evidence Based Practice

4

NS4243Holistic Nursing Care in Chronic Illness II and End of Life

6

NS4245Holistic Nursing Care in Chronic Illness II and End of Life Clinical

4

NS4300Concept Integration for the Professional Nursing Role I

5

NS4310Concept Integration for the Professional Nursing Role II

5

NS4400DLeadership and Management in Nursing

6

NS3346D: The course delivery format may vary by campus in order to meet the respective Board of Nursing requirements.

NS4400D: Capstone course.

Nursing Foundational Core (79)

(Not Available for Block Transfer)

Communications

EN1150Composition I

4.5

EN1300Composition II

4.5

 

EN2100Speech

4.5

OR

EN2150Interpersonal Professional Communication

4.5

 

EN3050Technical Communications

4.5

Science

NOTE: All science courses must have been completed within five (5) years of application to the nursing foundational core.

SC1200Principles of Nutrition

4.5

SC1232Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

6

SC1332Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

6

SC1422Microbiology with Lab

6

Mathematics

MA2000Quantitative Reasoning

4.5

MA3010Statistics for Health Professions

4.5

Humanities

Humanities Electives

9

Behavioral/Social Science

SO1050Introduction to Sociology

4.5

PS1050Introduction to Psychology

4.5

PS2000Human Growth and Development

4.5

General Education

CS1201Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

5

CS2086Career Path Planning

2

Minimum of 2.8 cumulative grade point average in the nursing foundational core. All nursing foundational core courses must be completed with a "C" grade or higher.

All nursing students are encouraged to complete some advanced or upper division general education course work.

Admission to the nursing foundational core does NOT guarantee enrollment in the nursing clinical core.

Students must have a state specific verification of active certification of a nursing assistant (CNA), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), or licensed practical nurse (LPN) and be officially accepted into the nursing clinical core to register for nursing (NS) courses.

Minimum course grade of "C", "P", or "S" is required for progression in all courses within the nursing clinical core.

Failure to achieve a passing grade in a theory or clinical course will result in the failure of the associated theory or clinical course.

All 3000-level nursing courses must be completed for progression to 4000-level nursing courses.

(The university reserves the right to correct clerical errors.)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: LPN to BSN Degree Requirements

186 Credits

This program is offered through Overland Park and Wichita West. Some courses may only be available online, and students may be required to attend classes at different locations. Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

NOTE: LPN bridging into the BSN clinical core students must have a practical nurse (PN) diploma (32 credits) with a 2.8 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) or above and a current active unencumbered licensed practical nurse (LPN) license.

LPN to RN Transition (4.5)

LPN TO RN TRANSITION (4.5) ONLY for bridging LPNs.

NS3315LPN to RN Transition

4.5

The LPN to RN Transition course must be completed with a minimum grade of "C"

NS3315: The course delivery format may vary by campus in order to meet the respective Board of Nursing requirements.

Nursing Clinical Core (107)

(All of the following 107 credits must be earned at NAU. Except LPN escrow courses.)

NS3320DPathophysiologic Concepts I

4

NS3321DHolistic Health Assessment

4

NS3325Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

3

NS3326DProfessional Role Development

2

NS3330Foundations of Holistic Nursing

7

NS3331Foundations of Holistic Nursing Clinical

3

NS3340DPathophysiologic Concepts II

4

NS3343Holistic Nursing Care in Chronic Illness I

6

NS3345Holistic Nursing Care in Chronic Illness I Clinical

4

NS3346Pharmacology for Nurses

4

NS3360Holistic Nursing Care in Acute Illness I

7

NS3361Holistic Nursing Care in Acute Illness I Clinical

3

NS4000DIssues in Transcultural Nursing

4

NS4043Holistic Nursing Care of the Community

6

NS4045Holistic Nursing Care of the Community Clinical

2

NS4060DCaring for Vulnerable Populations

4

NS4143Holistic Nursing Care in Acute Illness II and End of Life

6

NS4145Holistic Nursing Care in Acute Illness II and End of Life Clinical

4

NS4210DResearch and Evidence Based Practice

4

NS4243Holistic Nursing Care in Chronic Illness II and End of Life

6

NS4245Holistic Nursing Care in Chronic Illness II and End of Life Clinical

4

NS4300Concept Integration for the Professional Nursing Role I

5

NS4310Concept Integration for the Professional Nursing Role II

5

NS4400DLeadership and Management in Nursing

6

NS3326D, NS3346: The course delivery format may vary by campus in order to meet the respective Board of Nursing requirements.

NS3321D, NS3325: LPN to RN transition course ONLY for LPNs bridging into BSN clinical core. A total of nine credit hours of nursing in escrow until successfully passing of first nursing courses (NS3320D, NS3330, and NS3331).

NS4400D: Capstone course.

Nursing Foundational Core (79)

(Not Available for Block Transfer)

Communications

EN1150Composition I

4.5

EN1300Composition II

4.5

 

EN2100Speech

4.5

OR

EN2150Interpersonal Professional Communication

4.5

 

EN3050Technical Communications

4.5

Science

NOTE: All science courses must have been completed within five (5) years of application to the nursing foundational core.

SC1200Principles of Nutrition

4.5

SC1232Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

6

SC1332Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

6

SC1422Microbiology with Lab

6

Mathematics

MA2000Quantitative Reasoning

4.5

MA3010Statistics for Health Professions

4.5

Humanities

Humanities Electives

9

Behavioral/Social Science

SO1050Introduction to Sociology

4.5

PS1050Introduction to Psychology

4.5

PS2000Human Growth and Development

4.5

General Education

CS1201Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

5

CS2086Career Path Planning

2

Minimum of 2.8 cumulative grade point average in the nursing foundational core. All nursing foundational core courses must be completed with a "C" grade or higher.

All nursing students are encouraged to complete some advanced or upper division general education course work.

Admission to the nursing foundational core does NOT guarantee enrollment in the nursing clinical core.

Students must have a state specific verification of active certification of a nursing assistant (CNA), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), or licensed practical nurse (LPN) and be officially accepted into the nursing clinical core to register for nursing (NS) courses.

Minimum course grade of "C", "P", or "S" is required for progression in all courses within the nursing clinical core.

Failure to achieve a passing grade in a theory or clinical course will result in the failure of the associated theory or clinical course.

All 3000-level nursing courses must be completed for progression to 4000-level nursing courses.

(The university reserves the right to correct clerical errors.)