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Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program Overview

As a nurse you’ll have the chance to transform a patient’s experience—just by the way you administer medication, treat wounds, communicate essential information, provide emotional support and so much more.

Through the challenging classes and clinical program at BJU, you’ll be equipped with the skills and the confidence you need to succeed. But beyond that, you’ll be inspired to view nursing as a calling, not just a career. To view your patients as souls, created in the image of God. To view your daily tasks as a chance to show Christ’s love in tangible ways.

Your Future

    The nursing major at BJU opens the door to many career possibilities including:

    • Nursing fields
      • Anesthesiology
      • Acute Care
      • Cardiology
      • Cardiovascular ICU
      • Dialysis
      • Emergency Department
      • Labor/Delivery
      • Long-term Care
      • Medical Missions
      • Medical Surgical ICU
      • Neonatal ICU
      • Neuro-trauma ICU
      • OB Clinical Nurse Education
      • Operating room
      • Oncology
      • Orthopedics
      • Pediatrics
      • Rehabilitation
      • Wound Clinic
    • Public and private hospitals
    • Doctors’ offices
    • Missionary service
    • Nursing homes
    • Health departments
    • Rehabilitation centers
    • School nurse
    • Public health nursing
    • Large teaching hospitals
    • Other community services

Career Support

BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on Career Central, our online job board. In addition, more than 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs.

Career Services also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.

View Gainful Employment data for this program.

BJU’s nursing graduates have typically outscored state and national NCLEX pass rates for more than a decade.

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Learning Experience

As a nursing student at BJU, you’ll gain a solid academic foundation through intensive courses such as Human Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology and Microbiology (to name just a few). You’ll also gain important hands-on experience through a patient simulator lab with adult, maternal, child and newborn simulators, providing as life-like an experience as possible, complete with breath sounds and vital signs.

Before graduating, you’ll complete six semesters of clinical experience (most RN programs feature only four semesters of clinicals). Practicum, a capstone experience during your senior year, will solidify your nursing skills and judgment, as well as give you opportunities for development of leadership and management skills.

To ensure your success, you’ll use ATI as a resource to supplement your mastery of nursing school content; track your progress and ultimately prepare to pass the state board NCLEX exam.

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BJU Core

You’ll also benefit from the BJU Core, a unique combination of Bible and liberal arts courses taken by every BJU student. Bible courses, as well as daily chapel services and godly professors, will nurture your growth in Christlikeness. Liberal arts courses will broaden your horizons and equip you with skills essential both for nursing and for all of life—skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving, effective communication, ethical decision making, adaptability and much more.

Electives

The nursing program is highly specialized, leaving little room for elective classes. However, nursing faculty members do encourage nursing students to take extra counseling, ministry or Bible classes as they are able, in order to further prepare themselves for serving the Lord.

Accreditation & Recognition

Our nursing program is approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing.

The nursing program is a new applicant pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887–6791. New applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Faculty Spotlight

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Valarie Petersen holds a master’s and doctorate in nursing. She is one of the few nationally certified Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialists across the country teaching in a nursing school. She is also certified as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and works part-time in an occupational health setting in Simpsonville, S.C.

Courses/Objectives

Program Objectives

Each student will:

  • Implement safe patient-centered care that integrates critical thinking, problem-solving principles and evidence-based practice across the lifespan and in all healthcare settings.
  • Utilize appropriate biblical worldview and ethical principles when applying clinical reasoning and judgment to make decisions and solve problems in the healthcare filed.
  • Utilize interpersonal communication skills in order to establish and maintain therapeutic and collaborative relationships in the healthcare setting.
  • Demonstrate accountability for personal and professional behavior.
  • Apply leadership principles to the management of care including collaboration with clients and healthcare professionals.

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