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Bachelor of Nursing

Program Level :  
Bachelor
Duration :  
Three to Four year academic degree
School Name :  
Univerity of California Los Angeles
Introduction
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a three/ four year academic degree in the theory and principles of nursing. It helps students with no prior experience obtain licensure and gives current Registered Nurses (RN) an opportunity to boost their careers. Many RN positions, especially those with supervisory roles, require applicants to have a BSN. Students without nursing experience can complete the degree in four years, while RNs can get credit for proven education and experience, permitting them to complete their degree course faster.
Curriculum
A degree in nursing educates students in the areas of human biology, pharmacology basics, clinical concepts, nutrition, and interpersonal skills. In the first two years, students complete general education requirements to gain a more complete understanding of the world through studies of the humanities and the social and natural sciences. In their third and fourth years, students enroll in nursing courses and complete clinical work. Students receive practical training through the clinical component, which includes a set minimum number of hours working in a health-care facility.

Areas of Study
Physiology / Pathophysiology
Pharmacology
Microbiology
Immunology
Mental Health
Community Nursing
Leadership / Interpersonal Communication
Emergency Nursing
Neonatal / Pediatric Theory
Nephrology
Entry Requirements
To enter a BSN program, a student should have a high school diploma, with a background in mathematics and science, and a satisfactory GPA. ACT or SAT scores may be required for some programs. RNs must have a current license and a diploma or associate degree in nursing from an accredited institution.

A few BSN programs offer an accelerated option to highly qualified RN applicants, which lets students complete their degree in twelve to twenty months rather than in two or more years. Those with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree can also enroll in a BSN program; some general education requirements may be satisfied by previous academic work. Specific admission criteria vary by program.
Career Prospects
As healthcare standards continue to rise, the job market is great for male and female nurses who access almost unlimited opportunities in the healthcare industry. Their roles are more than mere handmaids for doctors. Nursing has become a very diverse career as disease and health status become complex, and so the profession has progressed to a powerful and professional form.

The BSN prepares nurses for a professional role away from the bedside with coursework in nursing science, clinical research, leadership, and nursing informatics. They can work in almost any setting, including in traditional settings such as clinics, nursing homes and hospitals; in businesses such as book publishers, pharmaceutical, insurance and legal firms; and in other bodies such as schools, community, rehabilitation centres, mental psychiatric units and home-care agencies.

Many nurses work long hard hours, as many as 60 hours per week; however, the warm feelings that come with being with patients and making a worthwhile difference in their lives more than offset this unrelenting demand.
Further Study
The B.S.N. also prepares a student for graduate-level education. Postgraduate options include:
Master in Nursing