School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program of Study

The purpose of the baccalaureate program is to offer a program for the education of professional nurses prepared to meet current and future healthcare needs of society. The curriculum prepares a generalist in professional nursing and prepares students for graduate study. Baccalaureate education in nursing requires a broad foundation in the sciences and humanities necessary for preparing professional nurses capable of practicing as knowledgeable generalists, and who are responsible, informed citizens in a democratic society. The baccalaureate graduate in nursing uses the nursing process to assist clients in attaining mutually established health goals and in adapting patterns of functioning to promote maximum health potential. As a generalist, the graduate practices in the roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession. The baccalaureate nurse is responsible and accountable for providing quality nursing care in practice settings that include, but are not limited to, hospital, home, and community. The graduate demonstrates leadership behavior in collaborating with interdisciplinary health team members and others to design health care plans and to develop more efficient and effective approaches to health care delivery and achievement of desired health outcomes.

Program Outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing meet the nationally recognized standards: BSN Essentials for Baccalaureate Nursing Practice (2008), the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses, the ANA Standards of Practice, and the Indiana State Nurse Practice Act. Differences are based on degree track that relate to the distinctive needs of the pre-licensure and RN to BSN student.

Degree Requirements
Prospective students should study the requirements for admission to the School of Nursing, the specific curriculum requirements, course sequences, and requirements for the degree. Students are responsible for meeting degree requirements and making application for degree candidacy. The School of Nursing is not responsible for student degree certification if they do not file a graduation application. Application for the degree must be made by the deadlines published by Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing.

All candidates for the degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Meet IU residency requirements;
  2. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours that apply to the degree;
  3. Credits earned in remedial skills courses do not apply to the degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing;
  4. Credits from courses that have been repeated may be counted only one time to meet degree requirements;
  5. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and minimum 2.7 grade point average in the courses required to apply to the major;
  6. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a required course or equivalent by the second completed attempt;
  7. May repeat no more than three (3) courses totaling 11 credit hours in the general education courses to earn a C (2.0) or higher, of which no more than two (2) courses may be a science; and
  8. Students must complete all coursework within six (6) years of receipt of a first semester sophomore year nursing course grade.


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