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Your path to a rewarding career in nursing.
Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Nursing prepares you for the critical and expanding role of the nurse in today's healthcare system. The program's philosophy and focus emphasize the ethic of care, critical thinking, and a spirit of inquiry in education, practice, service, and research.
Bachelor of Science
Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON). Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, you are eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.
You enter the Nursing major upon admission to Stevenson, which provides you with program-specific guidance and continuity from the first semester. Clinical nursing courses begin in the third year and engage you in dealing with real-life issues in the world of healthcare. Small classes and clinical groups afford rich opportunities for you to build one-on-one professional mentoring relationships with nursing faculty.
As a Nursing student, you will complete clinical experiences at local hospitals and community-based settings to ensure breadth and depth in your applied nursing education.
What Will You Learn?
- Integrate the concepts of caring in nursing practice in diverse healthcare settings.
- Engage in holistic reflective nursing practice informed by the arts, sciences, and humanities.
- Exhibit competencies in critical thinking, communication, evidence-based decision making, scholarly inquiry and technical skills in the practice of nursing.
- Integrate professional competencies in the nursing roles of provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care and participate as an active member of the profession.
- Assume ethical and legal responsibility and accountability in nursing practice, exemplifying the values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.
- Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in creating caring environments to promote health and healing in individuals, families, and communities.
A complete listing of learning objectives for the Nursing program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
Why Study Nursing?
Stevenson nursing graduates are prepared to meet the challenges and demands of nursing in the 21st century. As members of a multidisciplinary health team, nurses address various health needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Nurses practice in a wide variety of settings – clinics, schools, hospitals, businesses, and urgent care centers, to name a few. In addition to the satisfaction a person gains from helping others in needed, the reasons to consider nursing as a profession include intellectual stimulation, continued educational development, and the opportunity to work with allied health professionals. Nurses deliver expert, compassionate, complex and holistic care.
Courses & Requirements
Courses and Requirements
The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree with a major in nursing for students following the full-time curriculum plan beginning fall, 2017. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).
Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.
In general, students take lower-level (100- and 200-level) courses in freshman or sophomore years and upper-level (300- and 400-level) courses in junior or senior years. Courses in the nursing program are carefully sequenced to provide students with a growing theory base to promote success in subsequent courses. It is critical that nursing students on this plan consult their academic advisor when planning their course schedule.
FYS 100 First Year Seminar BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics BIO 113L General Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics BIO 203 Microbiology BIO 222 Human Anatomy BIO 240 Nutrition BIO 322 Human Physiology CHEM 110 Foundations of General, Organic and Biochemistry CHEM 110L Foundations of General, Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory MATH 135 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning NURS 110 Computer Technology in Nursing NURS 310 Introduction to Clinical Nursing NURS 310SE Nursing Simulation Experience NURS 311 Communication and Cultural Competence in Professional Nursing NURS 317 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I NURS 318 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II NURS 330 Health Assessment NURS 337 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing NURS 337SE Nursing Simulation Experience NURS 338 Care of the Childbearing Family NURS 338SE Nursing Simulation Experience NURS 360 Medical/Surgical Nursing I NURS 360SE Nursing Simulation Experience NURS 405 Care of Vulnerable Populations in the Community NURS 405SE Nursing Simulation Experience NURS 409 Care of Children and Families NURS 409SE Nursing Simulation Experience NURS 435 Professionalism in Nursing NURS 437 Introduction to Nursing Research NURS 440 Leadership Practicum in Contemporary Nursing Practice NURS 460 Medical/Surgical Nursing II NURS 460SE Nursing Simulation Experience NURS 470 Medical/Surgical Nursing III NURS 470SE Nursing Simulation Experience PHIL 215 Ethics PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology PSY 108 Human Growth & Development SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Students have clinical experiences in the Nursing Resource Center, hospitals, and community-based settings. As students progress through the program, the opportunity to learn from experienced registered nurses in real-world settings allows the student to apply theory content to clinical practice. By the last semester for the final practicum experience, students work with a preceptor, following a typical nursing schedule. Throughout the program, clinical experiences may be scheduled for day or evening hours on weekdays or weekends. More detail on clinical requirements is included in the School of the Sciences Nursing Student Guide.
In order to participate in clinical experiences, students must maintain current certification in the American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers course.
Clinical site requirements
Many hospital and community health facilities require background checks, fingerprinting and drug screens as well as Influenza vaccines (when available) prior to allowing students to participate in clinical experiences. Therefore, all students must complete these requirements prior to the junior year and again senior year to validate eligibility to continue in the nursing program. Students should plan ahead for these extra expenses, as well as the cost of travel to clinical sites. Facility requirements may dictate that students come to the university and/or clinical sites prior to the start of courses to fill out necessary paperwork and complete necessary training. Students are not permitted to arrange their own clinical placements.
Transportation to and from clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student. Some clinical facilities may be at a distance from Stevenson University, so students should plan for extra time and expenses related to this travel.
Students must meet the requirements for medication administration as outlined in the School of Health Professions Nursing Student Guide and NURS 310.
Personal Health Insurance
Students are required to have personal health insurance coverage by the time they are eligible to take their first clinical course (NURS 310) and are encouraged to receive routine health care. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Department of Nursing in writing of any changes in health insurance carrier, benefits, or policy information. Students without health insurance may not participate in clinical experiences. The University does not provide or assume responsibility for student health care. The University requires a pre-entry physical examination for all incoming students.
Last Updated: 06/07/2017
Tracks & Minors
Tracks and Minors
A minor in Nursing is not available.
Last Updated: 06/07/2017