A new pathway for nursing professionals
The University of Northern Iowa is excited to offer a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, with our first cohort starting in Fall 2024. This innovative program will prepare nurses who are clinically focused and practice-ready. Students will become proficient in situational awareness and develop clinical judgment, allowing them to excel in the full spectrum of healthcare and non-healthcare settings.
Focus on Patients
540-hours of clinicals/simulation in settings such as acute, long-term, hospice, chronic, rehabilitative, and critical/trauma care, obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health, community and public health, and more.
75-hours in nursing labs to develop care competencies such as administering medications and assessing patientsʼ conditions through simulations and standardized patient examinations.
180-hour residency in an acute or critical care unit setting, mentored by RN.
Space within the University of Northern Iowa’s Innovative Teaching and Technology Center (ITTC) is currently under renovation to prepare for a brand new home for the UNI nursing program!
This new space will allow practice-based nursing education within an environment that models clinical settings. Hybrid labs will facilitate active learning simulations and hands-on experiences with patients.
*pictured here: conceptual rendering, UNI Nursing Skills & Assessment Lab
End of Program Outcomes
- Students will apply clinical judgment in the delivery of care by synthesizing knowledge, skills, and technology from the established and evolving art and science of nursing, as well as from the biological, social and behavioral sciences.
- Students will employ person-centered care by incorporating the preferences, values, needs, resources, and determinants of health unique to and in partnership with the client, identified support persons, and the healthcare team.
- Students will evaluate health equity through screenings, health promotion, community resource partnerships, and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community, and population levels.
- Students will integrate, translate, apply, and disseminate nursing knowledge to improve health outcomes of individuals, families, and communities.
- Students will apply principles of safety and quality improvement into the delivery of care to individuals, families, communities, and populations.
- Students will apply interprofessional communication and collaborative practice to optimize the patient care, promote safety, improve outcomes, and reduce costs.
- Students will apply knowledge of systems to work effectively across the continuum of care while incorporating the consideration of cost through application of innovation and evidence-based practice.
- Students will apply principles of professional nursing ethics, accountability and respect in the care of diverse populations.
- Students will utilize information technologies to deliver evidence-based care in accordance with regulatory and institutional policies.
- Students will create a personal and professional plan for long-term resilience, self-care, lifelong learning, and ethical leadership and decision making in the provision and oversight of nursing practice in a variety of settings.