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Nursing Program

Bachelor of Science — Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is the most desired credential in health care today, and it allows you to work in nearly any medical setting. A BSN is also required for different clinical and leadership positions, and for entry into any graduate degree in nursing program.

Why should you get your BSN at Briar Cliff?

Our graduates have a 100-percent employment rate, and every BCU nursing alum who has applied to graduate school has been accepted. No other nursing program in Iowa provides more clinical experience (800 hours, including a 100-hour senior clinical preceptorship). Our faculty are all active in clinical practice and professional nursing organizations. Our programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at Briar Cliff University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Program Details

This is a basic program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and eligibility to take the required RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). This option represents an opportunity for a broad-based liberal education and a strong base for professional nursing practice. Theoretical nursing knowledge is applied in a variety of practice settings, including hospitals, community health agencies, long-term care facilities, and other institutional and community based settings. 

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Core Nursing Courses

BIOL 221 - Human Anatomy
BIOL 222 - Human Physiology
BIOL 239 - Intro to Microbiology
BIOL 240 - Nutrition
BIOL 340 - Pathophysiology
CHEM 109 - Chemistry for the Health Sciences I
CORE 100 - Franciscan Life
MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics
NURS 215 - Systems and Processes in Nursing
NURS 220 - Health Assessment
NURS 230 - Nursing Care of the Adult Client I
NURS 250 - Pharmacology
NURS 300 - Evidence-based Nursing Practice
NURS 330 - Nursing Care of the Childbearing/Childrearing Family
NURS 335 - Nursing Care of the Adult Client II
NURS 340 - Nursing Care of Clients with Acute Mental Health Issues
NURS 355 - Nursing Care of Clients in Acute and Critical Settings
NURS 429 - Community and Public Health Nursing Science I
NURS 435 - Nursing Leadership in the Health Care Delivery System
NURS 440 - Nursing Care of Clients with Chronic Mental Health Issues
NURS 445 - Nursing Care of the Complex Client
NURS 455 - Community and Public Health Nursing Science II
NURS 465 - Nursing Preceptorship Experience
NURS 475 - Transition into Professional Nursing
PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology
PSYC 360 - Abnormal Psychology
SOCY 124 - Principles of Sociology
SPEC 111 - Public Speaking
THEO 204 - Christian Morality
WRTG 109 - Introduction to College Writing

Additional Program Requirements

Upon admission, all students are required to sign and adhere to the Professional Conduct Standard.

Documentation of physical health status obtained upon admission to the nursing major must also be on file in the Student Health Office. Immunizations must include:

  • Hepatitis B vaccination (or signed waiver on file)
  • An annual Mantoux test
  • A second MMR if born after 1957
  • Proof of Varicella immunity if born after 1965 (either a positive titre or proof of a series of two immunizations and an annual influenza immunization).

Students also must maintain basic CPR certification throughout the program. In addition, students must have a criminal background check completed through the vendor selected by the Department of Nursing.

A grade C or better must be attained in both theory and clinical components of all nursing courses, and the majority ot the related support courses.


PHIL 210 & PHIL 212 are interchangeable with THEO 204.