Traditional Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Program
The Moravian College Department of Nursing offers an innovative curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree with the major in Nursing. The program is designed to address the changing role of the nurse within the health care system during the 21st century. Development of this curriculum was based on the belief that a strong background in the liberal arts and sciences is necessary to prepare professional nurses to manage the complexities inherent in the current health care system, as well as to provide safe, quality care to individuals and populations that represent diverse backgrounds.
The nursing curriculum fully integrates nursing requirements with the Moravian course requirements for Learning in Common (LinC). Nursing majors are introduced to nursing science early by taking their first nursing course in their first semester of study. They begin their first clinically-based course in their first semester sophomore year. In tandem with these requirements, they also are fully engaged in the Moravian LinC curriculum, by taking non-nursing courses from their first-year through senior year. This provides for a rich, transformative educational experience.
Nursing students are exposed to a variety of clinical experiences and log over 1,000 hours in a variety of patient care, simulation and laboratory practice settings. All students are placed in similar types of quality clinical practice settings and benefit from rotations in inpatient and outpatient medical/surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatric/behavioral health, rehabilition, and critical care. Students receive hands-on supervision in these settings, with clinical faculty supervising no more than 8 students at a time. The curriculum is unique in that it features two full rotations in community health practice settings. During the final semester, all students engage in a hands-on clinically relevant nursing research project and participate in a one-on-one precepted internship experience with a registered nurse in an acute-care hospital setting.
The expected learning outcomes for graduates of this program can be found here: Program Objectives. A sample program of study for students can be found here: Program of Study. For more information about application to this program visit the Admissions section of the Moravian College website.