The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is the preferred degree for many professional nurses. The BSN does two things. It gives you the skills and practice theory necessary to think critically in patient care as a professional RN. It positions you for the advanced study if you choose to pursue it at some later date.
The nursing program provides the health care systems with a useful tool for producing competent professional nurses to respond to priority health needs and emerging issues of people by providing holistic nursing care that is ethical, safe, and evidence-informed to positively impact the health and quality of life of sick individuals, families, groups, and communities.
The program adopts the primary health care approach and cross-sectoral actions to tackle social determinants of health. It is within this context that the curriculum encompasses the management and care of the mental, psychological, emotional, and physical health of the sick.
This three-year nursing curriculum comprises twenty-four competency-based modules, which are covered in six semesters.
The courses are sequenced in such a way that, during the first year, you gain a sound knowledge of scientific principles and related health determinants for the nursing discipline.
The modules are built on the scientific foundation and progress achieved in a way that offers learners opportunities to acquire critical thinking skills by their final year increasingly.
The courses are also sequenced in such a way that learners are provided with a theory which is immediately followed by a clinical module to allow for adequate exposure to experiential learning for developing required competencies.
The curriculum is competency-based and learner-centered, with emphasis on the learners’ development of nursing competencies, including lifesaving skills. Implementation involves learner-centered approaches such as problem-based learning, which incorporates the principles of self-directed learning and group processes.
Mentorship during clinical attachment will be provided by nursing educators and mentors to ensure that the learners acquire clinical competencies in the various domains being studied.
The curriculum is built upon the eight key concepts of humankind, environment, research, legal/ethical/political dimensions, information processing, teaching/learning, health promotion, and management. The development of these eight key concepts leads to four outcome abilities inherent to nursing practice. These outcome abilities are caring, critical thinking, communication, and professional practice.