BHSN curriculum progresses logically and prepares students to achieve program outcomes. Students must meet all course requirements to advance to the next course. Student advancement from Level I to Level II Nursing courses is sequential and requires prerequisite and /or co-requisite non-nursing courses. All course requirements must be successfully completed in the prescribed order according to the curriculum plan.
Level I students begin to develop core knowledge and nursing theory. The co-requisite non-nursing courses, Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Psychology, and Child Psychology enhance the students’ perception of the physiological and psychosocial integrity of individuals across the lifespan. English composition, a pre-requisite to Level I, improves students’ written communication and helps to develop the students’ critical thinking skills.
Nursing courses in Level I help students focus on the fundamentals of nursing care. Students use the nursing process to practice a variety of nursing roles, with an emphasis on the teacher, advocate and caregiver. Students care for clients exhibiting needs in health preservation or common threats to physiological or psychosocial integrity. As students progress through Level I, their focus extends to caring for the childbearing family and clients with medical-surgical problems.
Level II students continue to build on their core knowledge of sciences. Here, the study of Microbiology increases biological knowledge, but also broadens the students’ scope of information related to environmental response and care, and health and healing. Areas of social responsibility are further developed through the study of Sociology enhancing students’ knowledge about the psychosocial nature of humans. A course in Effective Speaking improves the ability of students to communicate within groups, cultivating and reinforcing collaborative practice.
Nursing courses focus on care of clients with increasingly complex alterations in physiological and psychosocial integrity. Therapeutic communication skills are refined through the experience of interacting with clients with psychopathology. The Level II student develops the ability to manage client care by delegating to and collaborating with members of the health care team in a variety of settings. Level II concludes with clinical experiences in specialized areas of practice.