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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

 

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed for a person who is currently a Registered Nurse and is seeking to complete the requirements for an earned Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum provides registered nurses with a better understanding of the ethical, cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence healthcare delivery. Critical thinking, leadership, management, research, physical assessment, and health promotion across a variety of community-based healthcare settings is emphasized in the program. This program is offered online.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Pacific College Nursing Department is to design holistic evidence-based programs that create a culture of inquiry that promotes the utilization of critical reasoning, technical and leadership skills to provide safe, quality patient care in a diverse world.

 

 

 

Mission

The mission of the Pacific College Nursing Program is to provide students with an evidence-based education that is reflective of their profession and community and prepares them for entry into professional nursing practice in today’s complex healthcare environment.

 

The student learning outcomes were developed based on professional nursing standards and guidelines from the following sources:

 

  • The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN)

 

  • Standards of Accreditation for Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Nursing Programs (CCNE)

 

  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Core Competencies (QSEN)

 

  • IOM- Institute of Medicine

 

  • California Nurse Practice Act

 

  • Public Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice

 

  • American Nurses Association Standards of Professional Practice and Performance

 

  • ANA Nursing Administration Scope and Standards of Practice

 

 

Admissions Requirements

The admissions requirements listed below have been established for students entering the RN to BSN Completion Program at Pacific College:

Have completed the Pacific College admissions process including

 

  • Hold a current, active license to practice as a registered nurse in the state where clinical experiences will be completed

 

  • Have achieved a grade point average of 2.50 or the equivalent in the basic nursing program

 

  • Be a graduate of an associate degree in nursing or meet equivalency requirements for Pacific College

 

  • Complete Online Program Orientation

 

  • The complete interview with Program Director

 

Career Opportunities

Candidates with a BSN degree may be eligible for supervisory and management positions at hospitals and managed care facilities. A BSN is also a prerequisite for admissions to graduate nursing programs in research, consulting, teaching, or clinical specialization.

Currently, 55% of nurses have a bachelor’s degree or higher. While over half the RN population have higher degrees currently it is projected to increase.

While the shortage of nurses is increasing so is the standard of education they have. Holding a Bachelor’s degree will greatly increase your chances of receiving a job offer.

Healthcare employers have a high preference for new hires to hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Currently, 55% of nurses have a bachelor’s degree or higher. While over half the RN population have higher degrees currently it is projected to increase.

While the shortage of nurses are increasing so is the standard of education they have. Holding a Bachelor’s degree will greatly increase your chances of receiving a job offer.

Healthcare employers have a high preference for new hires to hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Pacific College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

BSN Career

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed for a person who is currently a Registered Nurse and is seeking to complete the requirements for an earned Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum provides registered nurses with a better understanding of the ethical, cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence healthcare delivery. Critical thinking, leadership, management, research, physical assessment, and health promotion across a variety of community-based healthcare settings is emphasized in the program.

 

What type of work do Bachelor of Science in Nursing do?

What is the Career Outlook for Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses with at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one. Bachelor’s degree programs usually include more training in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking, which is becoming more important as nursing practice becomes more complex. They also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

 

Read more: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

 

As part of a joint report, the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and The Institute of Medicine (IOM) determined that nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.

 

The qualifications and level of education required for entry into the nursing profession have been widely debated by nurses, nursing organizations, academics, and a host of other stakeholders for more than 40 years. Although a BSN education is not a panacea for all that is expected of nurses in the future, it does, relative to other educational pathways, introduce students to a wider range of competencies in such arenas as health policy and health care financing, community and public health, leadership, quality improvement, and systems thinking. Care within the hospital continues to grow more complex, with nurses having to make critical decisions associated with care for sicker, frailer patients and having to use more sophisticated, life-saving technology coupled with information management systems that require skills in analysis and synthesis. Care outside the hospital is becoming more complex as well. Nurses are being called on to coordinate care among a variety of clinicians and community agencies; to help patients manage chronic illnesses, thereby preventing acute care episodes and disease progression; and to use a variety of technological tools to improve the quality and effectiveness of care. A more educated nursing workforce would be better equipped to meet the demands of an evolving health care system, and this need could be met by increasing the percentage of nurses with a BSN. An increase in the proportion of nurses with a BSN also would create a workforce poised to achieve higher levels of education at the master’s and doctoral levels, required for nurses to serve as primary care providers, nurse researchers, and nurse faculty— positions currently in great demand across the profession and within the health care system. The committee recommends that the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees be increased to 80 percent by 2020. While it anticipates that it will take a few years to build the educational capacity needed to achieve this goal, the committee maintains that it is bold, achievable, and necessary to move the nursing workforce to an expanded set of competencies, especially in the domains of community and public health, leadership, systems improvement and change, research, and health policy.

 

BSN Program Courses & Length

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed for a person who is currently a Registered Nurse and is seeking to complete the requirements for an earned Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum provides registered nurses with a better understanding of the ethical, cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence healthcare delivery. Critical thinking, leadership, management, research, physical assessment, and health promotion across a variety of community-based healthcare settings is emphasized in the program.

 

BSN Program Length

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program can be completed in 17 months.

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RN-to-BSN Completion Program Courses
Course Number Course Title Semester Credits
Upper-Division General Education Courses

 

GE 301 Technological Impact on Society (Writing Intensive) 3
GE 302 Working Around the World 3
GE 330 Communication for the Workplace 3
Upper-Division Core Courses

 

NUR 330 Principles of Nursing (Writing Intensive) 3
NUR 340 Health Assessment, Education and Promotion 4
NUR 410 Disease Process/Role of Nursing 4
NUR 425 Community Health Nursing (Experiential Learning) 3
NUR 427 Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 430 Transformational Leadership 4
NUR 440 Organizational Behavior (Experiential Learning & Writing Intensive) 4
NUR 445 Nursing Seminar 3
NUR 450 Pharmacology 4
NUR 455 Nursing in the Geriatric Population 3
NUR 495 Nursing Management (Writing Intensive) 3
Upper-Division Elective Courses (Choice of 1)

 

NUR 415 Ethical Decision Making 2
NUR 420 Nursing Research 2
NUR 426 Community Health Nursing Clinical
(For California RN’s pursuing Public Health Nurse (PHN) certification only)
2
NUR 435 Nursing Education and Promotion 2
BSN Salary

 

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed for a person who is currently a Registered Nurse and is seeking to complete the requirements for an earned Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum provides registered nurses with a better understanding of the ethical, cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence healthcare delivery. Critical thinking, leadership, management, research, physical assessment, and health promotion across a variety of community-based healthcare settings is emphasized in the program.

 

 

 

What is the typical wage for Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

 

West Region Nurses Salary Survey Results

 

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

 

 

 

 

Salary by Job Title
Job Title Salary
Academic $66,290
Administrator $97,595
Advanced Practice Nurse $90,975
Case Manager $74,187
Charge Nurse $81,312
Nurse Manager $93,636
Staff Nurse $70,467
Salary by Highest Degree
Degree Salary
Diploma $67,994
ADN $71,469
BSN/BS In Nursing $75,973
Bachelor’s In Other Field $71,649
MSN/MS In Nursing $87,933
Master’s In Other Field $85,870
DNP/DSN/PhD $82,897
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Pacific College

 

Bachelor’s degree Nursing (RN-to-BSN Completion)

Program Length: 18 months

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Students graduating on time

83% of Title IV students complete the program within 18 months

 

The share of students who completed the program within 100% of normal time (18 months).

Pacific College

 

$14,455 for tuition and fees
$0 for books and supplies

 

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cost information

 

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Students Borrowing Money

 

The typical graduate leaves with
$9,500 in debt

The median debt of borrowers who completed this program. This debt includes federal, private, and institutional loans.

 

 

The typical monthly loan payment
$98 per month in student loans with an interest rate of 4.45%.

The median monthly loan payment for students who completed this program if it were repaid over ten years at a 4.45% interest rate.

Graduates who got jobs

 

92% of program graduates got jobs according to the:  The future of Nursing

 

 

Program graduates are employed in the following fields: Registered Nurses

Licensure Requirements

 

 

Program does not qualify students to sit for licensure exam in: California

Some States require students to graduate from a state approved program in order to obtain a license to practice a profession in those States.

Pacific College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.

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Pacific College is approved to operate in California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

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Approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) through May 10, 2022

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