A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is the most desired credential in healthcare today. And at Briar Cliff, we've been preparing some of the region's most committed nurses for generations.

Hands-on experience.

Get experience where it counts most — in the field! In our program, you’ll get 800 hours of clinical practice in hospitals, community health agencies, long-term care facilities and other community-based settings.

State-of-the-art labs.

Our renovated simulation, chemistry and biology laboratories are unparalleled by any undergraduate institution our size. You’ll also get to work in one of the region’s only working educational cadaver labs!

Advance your degree.

Briar Cliff is the only place in Western Iowa where you can start as an undergraduate and work all the way up to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) — all at the same school! Or, you can also pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with tracks to become a nurse practitioner.

A tradition of excellence.

From our founding as a women's college in 1930 to the evolution of our highly sought online and graduate nursing degrees, Briar Cliff has always been passionate about nursing. Here, you'll learn from faculty who are all active in clinical practice and connected to professional nursing organizations.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, and the DNP programs at Briar Cliff University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Nursing Program Courses

  • BIOL 221 - Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 222 - Human Physiology
  • BIOL 239 - Intro to Microbiology
  • BIOL 240 - Nutrition
  • BIOL 340 - Pathophysiology
  • CHEM 109 - Chemistry for the Health Sciences I
  • MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics
  • NURS 300 - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
  • NURS 302 - Foundational Nursing Concepts
  • NURS 312 - Concepts for Beginning Nursing Practice
  • NURS 322 - Health Assessment
  • NURS 332 - Concepts for Reproduction and Sexuality
  • NURS 360 - Concepts for Intermediate Nursing Practice I
  • NURS 365 - Pediatric Growth and Development
  • NURS 370 - Concepts for Intermediate Nursing Practice II
  • NURS 400 - Psychosocial Concepts of Nursing Practice
  • NURS 402 - Nursing Practice in the Community
  • NURS 460 - Nursing Leadership & Management
  • NURS 465 - Nursing Preceptorship Experience
  • NURS 475 - Transition into Professional Nursing
  • NURS 480 - Concepts for Complex Nursing Practice
  • PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 360 - Abnormal Psychology
  • SOCY 124 - Principles of Sociology

Additional Program Requirements

Upon admission, all students are required to sign and adhere to the Professional Conduct Standard.

Documentation of physical health status must be obtained upon admission to the nursing major. Required immunizations include:

  • Hepatitis B vaccination (or signed waiver on file).
  • An annual Mantoux test.
  • A second MMR if born after 1957.
  • Proof of Varicella immunity if born after 1965 (either a positive titer or proof of a series of two immunizations and an annual influenza immunization).
  • Annual seasonal influenza vaccination.

Students also must maintain basic CPR certification throughout the program. In addition, students must have a criminal background check completed through the vendor selected by the Department of Nursing.

For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.

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