The Ruth S. Coleman
College of Nursing has announced plans to begin a pre-licensure Bachelor of
Science in Nursing (BSN) Program, with unique options for clinical
concentration. The anticipated implementation date is August 2014.
The college has
offered a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion program since 1983, but that program was designed
for associate degree nursing students (A.D.N.s) or
diploma prepared registered nurses (R.N.s) looking for enhanced career
opportunities, promotions, and management positions. The new Bachelor of
Science in Nursing is a pre-licensure program and
is therefore open to students with no prior nursing experience. As a four-year
degree program, it allows enrolled students to have a more traditional college
“This new pre-licensure
program is necessary based on the changing health care environment,” said Kelly J.
Dries, dean of the College of Nursing. “Due to the increasingly complex
health care system, many healthcare agencies recommend that nurses be prepared at the BSN level. In addition, prospective students coming from
high school have indicated the desire for a pre-licensure bachelor’s program and a traditional University
An August 2012
academic program analysis by Noel-Levitz, a higher education consulting firm,
reported that only 2% of high school seniors are interested in an associate’s degree
in nursing, however 25% are interested in health professions and health
sciences, including nursing.
Stritch’s new pre-licensure
BSN program will be unique as students can select a concentration in their
clinical practice, including nursing experiences in the Hispanic/Latino community,
and faith-based nursing. The Hispanic/Latino population was selected due to the
large Hispanic/Latino community in metro Milwaukee; the faith-based nursing
concentration was chosen for its direct alignment to the mission of the
The new BSN program
will take four years or eight semesters to complete, and is designed to be delivered
face-to-face. The curriculum, based on
120 credits, is designed to allow students to take a core nursing course early
in the program and not in the sixth semester as with many other programs.
The pre-licensure BSN
program will replace the existing Associate of Science in Nursing program.
However, the existing BSN-Completion program
will continue to serve registered nurses seeking professional advancement.