Northern Virginia Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree in Nursing
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program is a post licensure program designed for licensed registered nurses (RN) who have earned either a diploma or an associate’s degree in nursing and desire to advance their personal, professional, and educational goals.
This bachelor’s degree is intended to prepare students for professional advancement. The format and courses are designed to meet the needs of the adult learner RN, and to maximize strengths that the working RN possesses. The program builds on the pre-licensure nursing course work to help graduates fulfill the aspirational goals articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as reflected in the program purposes listed below.
1. Provide a degree completion program for RNs leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing in which students can achieve the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for professional clinical practice and leadership in health care.
2. Engage degree completion students in the review and application of research findings to support evidence-based nursing practice in the achievement of desired patient outcomes.
3. Prepare the degree completion nursing student to exercise leadership and self-direction in planning, initiating, implementing, and evaluating current and emerging roles in nursing, as well as the emerging needs of health care systems.
4. Foster the ability of degree completion nursing students to deal with professional decisions and ethical dilemmas through critical thinking and appropriate clinical judgment skills.
5. Provide a foundation for graduate education and lifelong learning. Students enrolled in the BSN degree completion degree program are required to complete 120 semester credit hours distributed as follows: general education requirements, 42 credit hours; core course requirements, 42 credit hours; elective course requirements, 6 credit hours; lower division nursing coursework (transfer credit) requirements; 30 credit hours. Please note that students who have not completed the stated general education requirements will be required to include these courses in their plan of study.
Graduates of Argosy University’s BSN degree completion program will achieve the following outcomes:
1. Provide comprehensive, culturally competent, and ethical nursing care to individuals, families, and communities.
2. Establish care priorities, delegate responsibility to members of the health care team, and make evidence based decisions to achieve desired patient and organizational outcomes.
3. Advocate for the health care needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations within professional, ethical, financial, political, and legal contexts.
4. Use information systems and manage data to inform patient care decisions.
5. Communicate nursing-specific and interdisciplinary knowledge within a complex, highly technical, and rapidly changing health care environment.
6. Utilize leadership, communication, and collaboration skills to improve the delivery of health care and meet the changing needs of society.
7. Advocate for professional nursing practice within health care systems.
8. Research and plan for educational advancement, personal and professional growth, potential career opportunities, and lifelong learning.
The BSN program at Argosy University, Northern Virginia is not available to residents of the District of Columbia.