Nursing is a practice discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective and psychomotor performance requirements. Click here to view the technical standards necessary to succeed in the program.
Our program is online. There is one practicum/clinical course (community and public health) and one project course (PRIV Leadership) that have face-to-face components.
For the CPH practicum course, if you live in Iowa, we will place you in a site close to your residing address (within 100 miles) with a preceptor. You can complete the community and public health practicum course over a 16-week semester and you must have a valid Iowa nursing license.
If you live outside of Iowa, you have the option of completing the CPH practicum course in an agency in Iowa over a 16-week semester, or you may do an emersion CPH practicum in Swaziland Africa. This option would be the last two weeks of the semester and the student would be responsible for any additional travel expenses associated with the trip.
For the Leadership course project, most students can complete a quality improvement project at their place of employment if they are employed in a health care agency in Iowa. If the student is employed out of state, they will need to work with the RN-BSN Program Office to secure a contract with the College of Nursing and their place of employment. If this is not secured, the student would need to complete a quality improvement project in the state of Iowa at an assigned site.
This program is for associate degree and diploma-prepared RNs who are ready to expand their nursing skills and professional potential by earning the BSN. The BSN serves as the base for graduate study in nursing and opens many professional opportunities.
As a leader in nursing education, the University of Iowa is committed to increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the state of Iowa. We support the national goal of a nursing workforce of 80 percent BSN-prepared nurses by 2020.
Graduates of the BSN programs will be able to:
- Ensure delivery of safe quality nursing care to diverse individuals, families, groups, communities and populations throughout the lifespan and across systems of care.
- Integrate theoretical and scientific knowledge gained from natural and social sciences and culture, society and the liberal arts into nursing.
- Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills across systems of care to promote quality health outcomes.
- Use the best evidence from multiple ways of knowing to inform practice to make clinical judgments, solve problems and address systems improvements.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of how health care policy, regulation, resource stewardship, technology and economics impact nursing practice and quality health outcomes.
- Use effective interprofessional communication and collaboration strategies to promote quality health outcomes.
- Apply health promotion and disease prevention strategies to diverse individuals, families, groups, communities and populations to promote quality health outcomes.
- Demonstrate professional values fundamental to the discipline of nursing.