The Department of Nursing in the Division of Health-Related programs at Pfeiffer University offers an undergraduate program leading to the bachelor of science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The pre-licensure BSN program is open to qualified high school graduates and college students who wish to pursue a nursing major. The program, which can be completed in four years, consists of classroom and clinical experiences designed to prepare students to provide patient-centered care to a variety of patients across the lifespan and across diverse populations.
A bachelor's degree with a major in nursing at Pfeiffer University requires a total of 125 semester credit hours of study. Lower division course work is composed of 70 credit hours that include liberal arts and nursing prerequisites. The remaining 55 credit hours are taken in the junior and senior years in the nursing major and are completed within the Department of Nursing. Graduates are awarded a bachelor of science in Nursing degree and are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which is required for practice as a registered nurse. Graduates are prepared to provide care in and across all environments as a generalist nurse.
Pfeiffer University's nursing curriculum is based on the caring theoretical perspective. The concept of caring will direct teaching approaches, student learning activities, teacher-student interactions and the climate of the program.
Pfeiffer University nursing students benefit from both the applied sciences and a core curriculum based in the liberal arts.
Upon completion of the Pfeiffer University baccalaureate program in nursing, the graduate will have the ability to:
- Integrate evidence-based knowledge from nursing, theories and concepts from liberal education, including the humanities and behavioral, mathematical, natural and physical sciences into the practice of professional nursing.
- Incorporate critical thinking skills in autonomous decision-making and effective therapeutic communication in the application of the nursing process with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
- Practice professional nursing competently in the roles of advocate, clinician, coordinator/collaborator, educator, leader, and consumer of research in a variety of health care settings to promote quality improvement and patient safety.
- Facilitate therapeutic, caring, and interprofessional collaborative relationships with clients and members of interdisciplinary health teams using written and emerging technology communication strategies.
- Integrate knowledge of leadership/management/administrative and information technology skills and health care policies in providing direct and indirect care to clients.
- Provide comprehensive, culturally competent client-centered care to promote, restore, and maintain the maximum health potential of individuals, families, groups and communities across the lifespan while promoting health care literacy.
- Assume accountability and responsibility for personal and professional growth through commitment to participation in servant leader activities, continuous self-evaluation, and lifelong learning.
- Incorporate professional values, professional standards, and ethical, moral, and legal aspects of health care into nursing practice to promote advocacy, collaboration, and social justice.
- Incorporate knowledge and leadership skills related to system management into personal responsiveness to the health care needs of the Piedmont region, the state, the nation, and the global society.
- Integrate Caring principles and concepts into the holistic nursing care of clients and families, groups, and communities across the lifespan.