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University of Rhode Island — Nursing

Knowledge and Skills
What will I know and be able to do when I graduate?

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires 121 credits for graduation and is comprised of credits in nursing courses, required non-nursing courses in the physical and social sciences, general education credits, and free elective credits. The program plan is four years, and courses must be completed in the appropriate sequence.

The curriculum is based on the belief that nursing is interdependent with all other disciplines concerned with health. Nursing knowledge is viewed as a unique synthesis drawn from the humanities and the natural, biomedical, and social sciences. Students use a systems perspective as a conceptual basis of nursing practice. This conceptual approach to nursing incorporates the whole person and his or her environment with the nursing process. The nursing curriculum provides opportunities for students to function professionally in a variety of health care settings (including hospitals and community and home care), to utilize physical and behavioral assessment skills with patients, and to integrate concepts of growth and development in various life stages into their practice.

The curriculum also explores many of the legal, ethical, and professional issues impacting contemporary nursing practice such as end-of-life care, delegation strategies, and the effective use of technology. Throughout the course of study, students are supported in their development of critical thinking skills to foster a meaningful transition to professional practice.

The baccalaureate nursing curriculum is designed to facilitate an orderly, rational, and progressive course of study. The contents and learning experiences are sequenced from simple to complex, from knowledge and value development to application, synthesis, and evaluation, and from dependent to independent functioning. It includes courses in general education as well as specific nursing knowledge.

The College has developed a set of graduation learning outcomes for each program. They focus on seven major areas of professional development: role and leadership, theoretical knowledge, nursing practice, inter/intrapersonal relationships, professional responsibilities, societal responsibilities, and research.

For more detailed information about the courses available in this field, go to the Curriculum Tab.