The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing: Your Path to an Exceptional Future
King’s College is excited to offer both the RN to Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Program AND the Dual Degrees in Nursing (DDN) through a unique partnership with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC).
According to the Institute of Medicine, the expectation within the health care industry is for nurses to have at least a bachelor’s-level degree by the year 2020. At the national level, professional nursing organizations, as well as private foundations involved in health care workforce issues, support the BS in nursing as the appropriate level of education for nurses (Bastable & Markowitz, 2012). The American Association of the Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recognizes the BS in nursing as the minimum educational requirement for professional nursing practice.
BENEFITS OF NURSING AT KING'S
Nursing at King's consists of foundational level (general education and required pre-professional courses) and advanced nursing courses. Nursing students must meet general core educational requirements in addition to nursing-specific requirements to qualify for the baccalaureate degree.
The program provides learning experiences in a variety of clinical settings, including community health agencies, clinics, hospitals and homes. Students have the opportunity to analyze a variety of issues in professional nursing practice and health care. Students are also introduced to a basic understanding of how evidence is developed, including the research process and clinical judgment in nursing.
Success in every career hinges on one's ability to think critically, be an effective communicator, have quantitative and technical competencies, and make ethical and moral decisions. King's takes an interdisciplinary approach to nursing, exposing students to the transferable skills of liberal learning that are the foundation of a King's College education. Employers value the liberal arts/nursing combination, since students possess not only technical skills, but also the ability to write proposals, make presentations, and have a broader understanding of medical practice and the role of health care in our changing society. Nursing students at King's develop the ability to think critically beyond the requirements of a nursing degree. They also learn the importance of social responsibility and ethical behavior and develop the ability to make informed, responsible decisions.
MISSION OF THE KING'S COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM
Consistent with the King’s College mission, the Nursing students are prepared to become nurse leaders to advance the health of the Wyoming Valley community, the wider geographic regions, and the global community, with a focus on the underserved. This is accomplished through innovative, high quality, and accessible educational programs, clinical practice, research, and public service.