ABSN Curriculum & Program Goals

The ABSN curriculum takes place in five consecutive quarters, including summers and prepares professional nurses as generalists in clinical practice. This professional program builds on a foundation of knowledge in science, humanities and related professional disciplines.

ABSN Curriculum


ABSN Course Substitutions Policy

ABSN students are required to conform to the published pre-RN curriculum. Course substitutions, appeals, waivers, out-of-sequence courses, extracurricular, or non-PCE courses are not allowed.


Program Goals for the ABSN

The ABSN program prepares graduates to:

  1. Integrate concepts from the Arts and Sciences in promoting health and managing complex nursing care situations.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision, and oversight of nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  3. Translate principles of patient safety and quality improvement into the delivery of high quality of care.
  4. Appraise, critically summarize and translate current evidence into nursing practice.
  5. Integrate knowledge, processes, and skills from nursing science; information and patient care technologies; and communication tools to facilitate clinical decision-making, and the delivery of safe and effective nursing care.
  6. Describe the effects of health policy, economic, legal, political, and socio-cultural factors on the delivery of and advocacy for equitable health care.
  7. Demonstrate effective professional communication and collaboration to optimize health outcomes.
  8. Deliver and advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community and population levels.
  9. Demonstrate value-based, professional behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice and respect for diversity and human dignity.
  10. Demonstrate critical thinking, clinical decision making, and psychomotor skills necessary for the delivery of competent, evidence-based, holistic, and compassionate care to patients across the life span.

The BSN/ABSN program goals were approved February 2010.