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 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:
- Integrate concepts from the Arts and Sciences in promoting health and managing complex nursing care situations.
- Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision, and oversight of nursing practice in a variety of settings.
- Translate principles of patient safety and quality improvement into the delivery of high quality of care.
- Appraise, critically summarize and translate current evidence into nursing practice.
- 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.
- Describe the effects of health policy, economic, legal, political, and socio-cultural factors on the delivery of and advocacy for equitable health care.
- Demonstrate effective professional communication and collaboration to optimize health outcomes.
- Deliver and advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community and population levels.
- Demonstrate value-based, professional behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice and respect for diversity and human dignity.
- 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.