The purpose of the baccalaureate program in nursing is to prepare students to be professional nurses in a Christian academic environment with the values, core competencies, core knowledge, and role development essential for leadership and service for the nursing profession. The nursing major builds on a solid foundation in the liberal arts. The program includes study in the natural, behavioral, and social sciences, as well as, the humanities and nursing sciences. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which is required for practice as a Registered Nurse. Graduates will be prepared to provide care in and across all environments as a generalist nurse. An educational foundation in the university setting provides the distinguishing cornerstone for the study and practice of professional nursing and prepares the graduate for lifelong learning and graduate level study.