The Nebraska Wesleyan University Pre-Licensure BSN program offers a traditional 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree combining clinical and foundational knowledge including liberal arts courses to receive a more comprehensive education.
Students will gain hands on experience with over 1,100 clinical hours completed upon graduation from the program. Students will further develop critical thinking, decision-making and communication skills through clinical and preceptorship experiences. Students will also train in a fully equipped skills lab. Access to a simulation lab will be included in the clinical coursework.
This program has small class sizes with experienced faculty in all specialty areas of nursing. A prep course is built into the curriculum to help students succeed on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
Students will first complete prerequisite coursework totaling 34-36 credits before admission to the program. All nursing courses will be offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Most nursing courses are in 8 week formats to better focus on content material.
A BSN degree will help you develop management, leadership, and communication skills, as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills so you will be able to communicate your ideas effectively. Additionally, it will prepare you to assist individuals, groups, and communities to prevent disease and achieve optimum levels of wellness.
Generally, RNs with at least a bachelor's degree will have better job prospects than those without a bachelor's. While 60 percent of nurses work in hospitals, BSNs also work in schools, doctor's offices, government agencies, nursing homes, and hospice centers. A bachelor's or higher degree is often necessary for securing nursing positions in today’s job market.