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 and we are fully accredited by the Commision on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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.
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.