Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Program Description

RAK College of Nursing (RAKCON)

RAK College of Nursing under RAKMHSU supports the mission and vision of the university.

RAK College of Nursing is a dynamic and evolving organization which will prepare competent professional graduate nurses for diverse health care delivery and leadership roles.

RAK College of Nursing is providing nursing scholarships for deserving students.

Philosophy of RAK College of Nursing

  • The nursing faculty believes that the purpose of University-Based nursing education is to prepare professional nurses whose practice is informed by theory and research.
  • Our philosophy is one of active participation with our students and with practicing nurses in our community, region and beyond. We are committed to providing a high quality of nursing education and to the advancement of nursing knowledge and the profession.
  • The philosophy of the undergraduate curriculum is rooted in values of excellence, diversity, community, social justice, integrity, and creativity. Preparation for the various roles in practice requires knowledge of the arts and sciences, together with content and processes foundational to the discipline. We are a community of learners and scholars—a community that is created in collaboration with students.
  • The faculty believes that their teaching styles need to take into account the diverse nature of how students learn. Ultimately, nursing education requires a commitment to community service, scholarly inquiry, interdisciplinary, and life-long learning.

RAK College of Nursing offers the following Programs:

There are two streams, A&B. Stream A – BSN and Stream B – RN-BSN.

Stream A: BSN degree program:

The four-year curriculum has been designed to provide quality education in nursing, which is comparable to international levels. It also ensures that each student is exposed to professional knowledge and practices through evidence-based learning and problem-solving approaches.

This program is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education UAE.

Stream B: RN-BSN Bridge Program

Two-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program full time for registered nurses who have completed a Diploma in Nursing and also have two years of clinical experience.

BSN Program Outcomes


On successful completion of the BSN program the graduate will be able to:

  • Describe the basic terminology, key ideas, acknowledging sources, on the accuracy, on rational argument, development of questioning attitude.
  • Describe the specific facts, terms and basic principles with the ability to understand, interpret and express coherently.
  • Identify, describe and utilize the literature and language of the discipline appropriately.
  • Incorporate historical, social, legal and ethical aspects of health care in professional nursing
  • Explain the basic concepts of nature and social sciences relevant to nursing.
  • Demonstrate the skills appropriate to the subject and laboratory skills and also to articulate clearly
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the assessment, planning, and evaluation of client care through the synthesis and application of validated knowledge and theories from nursing, humanities, and psychological, social health sciences

Skills: (B)

On successful completion of the BSN program the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to establish, maintain and terminate therapeutic relationships with clients.
  • Implement nursing processes to promote, maintain and restore the health of individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Formulate clinical judgment that is based on critical inquiry and analytical reasoning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to handle cognitive complexity, to, apply knowledge and skills in new situations.
  • Apply creative solutions/approaches in the clinical area.
  • Apply research-based knowledge and experience to reflect upon practice
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate a program of care with the clients and inter-professional health care team.
  • Demonstrate leadership and beginning competencies in managing the health care team, managing resources and coordinating health care.
  • Demonstrate effective health care teaching skills to promote behavioral and attitudinal changes in patients and other health care team members.

Competence: (C)

On successful completion of the BSN program the graduate will be able to:

Autonomy and responsibility: (C1)
  • Work independently as well as part of a team in a range of contexts
  • Take and defend positions to formulate creative solutions to problems
  • Assume responsibility for own learning both independent and collaborative.
  • Use critical thinking as a basis for identifying the health-related needs of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Integrate ethical, legal, and economic accountability into professional nursing practice.
  • Engage in activities to promote the development of the profession of nursing.
Self-development: (C2)
  • Take responsibility for his/her own future learning needs in new situations.
  • Learn from experiences gained in different contexts and assimilate new knowledge and skills into their practice.
  • Audit his/her own skills, analyses and monitor personal development.
  • Value the ideal of lifelong learning to support excellence in nursing practice.
Role in context: (C3)
  • Demonstrate professional attributes relevant to their role.
  • Articulate a personal standpoint in the context of respect for the views of others.
  • Set team objectives and take responsibility for team performance in the workplace.
  • Interact with professional colleagues in a range of settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend multiple perspectives and formulate effective actions.

RN-BSN Program Outcomes

Knowledge: (A)

On successful completion of the RN-BSN Bridge program the graduate will be able to:

  • Synthesize current knowledge from nursing science, humanities, social and natural sciences into nursing practice.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to provide comprehensive nursing care.
  • Utilize teaching and learning processes to promote and maintain health.
  • Incorporate evidence-based findings from nursing and health-related research to improve health outcomes.
  • Examine the impact of social, economic, legal and political factors on nursing and the health care system.

Skills: (B)

On successful completion of the RN-BSN Bridge program the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply previously learned skills and perform technical procedures safely and accurately.
  • Demonstrate adequate skills in rendering comprehensive nursing care to the client using the nursing care process.
  • Integrate effective communication skills consistent with the roles of the professional nurse.
  • Organize health education programs in the hospital and community environment.
  • Apply leadership, management and learning theories to enhance the development of nursing practice in the diverse context of healthcare delivery.
  • Coordinate the delivery of comprehensive healthcare by demonstrating leadership in collaboration with other disciplines.
  • Incorporate contemporary technology into nursing practice.
  • Apply research-based knowledge and experience to reflect upon practice.
  • Demonstrate the beginning skill of a teacher in the classroom.

Competence: (C)

On successful completion of the RN-BSN Bridge program graduate will be able to:

Autonomy and Responsibility: (C1)
  • Model compassionate caring, culturally competent behaviors in the delivery of comprehensive nursing care.
  • Articulate a personal standpoint in the context of respect for the views of others.
  • Assume responsibility for own learning both independent and collaborative.
  • Create a safe care environment that results in high-quality client outcomes.
Self- Development: (C2)
  • Audit one’s own skills, analyze and monitor personal development.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.
Role in Context: (C3)
  • Practice within the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of nursing and standards of professional practice, demonstrating accountability for nursing practice.
  • Engage in safe nursing practices that support quality clinical prevention and population health activities.

Admission Criteria for BSN

  • An aggregate of 70% in the grade 12 science stream/ Advanced stream of UAE GSEC of Ministry of Education. Preference in admission will be given to those with high scores in Biology and Chemistry/Physics.
  • Abu Dhabi Education Council stream students should similarly have 70% aggregate. Preference in admission will be given to those with high scores in Advanced Biology (level 3) and Advanced Chemistry (level 3).
  • For B.Pharm & BSN Programs: Proficiency in English equivalent to a TOEFL score of 500 in paper-based test, 61 in internet-based test or 173 in computer-based test OR Academic IELTS score of 5 OR EmSAT Achieve-English score of 1100 – 1225 OR Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) score of 41 OR City & Guilds IESOL Test score of B1/B2 Borderline OR Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) score range of 36-41 is required.

Admission Criteria for the RN- BSN bridge Program

Minimum eligibility for the RN-BSN Bridge program:

As Registered Nurses employed in UAE hold Associate Degree/ Diploma in nursing from accredited nursing colleges, in order to join the RN-BSN Bridge program, the following admission requirements should be fulfilled:

  • The Registered Nurse should have completed the Associate Degree/Diploma in Nursing of 3-year duration from an accredited school of nursing with at least 65%-70% aggregate (by adding 1%of credit for every one year of experience up to a maximum of 5% credit).

The following documents are to be submitted to fulfill admission requirements:

  • RN licensure from the country of origin.
  • Should produce grade 12/high school completed and attested mark sheet and obtain Equivalency for the same from the Ministry of Education(MOE, UAE) Two to 6 years of clinical working experience in hospital/community center after completion of Associate Degrees / Diploma in Nursing depending on aggregate marks secured
  • TOEFL passed with a minimum of 500 points (in paper-based) or IELTS with a score of 5.0 or EmSAT Achieve- English score of 1100 – 1225.
  • Should have obtained Equivalency Certificate from Ministry of Education (MOE) for the 3-year Diploma in Nursing/Associate Degree.
  • Should have completed the following prerequisites courses in the Associate Degree/ Diploma in Nursing.

General Education Courses: English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics.

Humanities and Social Science Courses: Introduction to Psychology; Microbiology; Pathology; Anatomy and Physiology – 1 & 2; Biochemistry; Human Nutrition; Sociology.

Nursing Courses: Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology in Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing – 1 & 2, Community Health Nursing – 1, Pediatric Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Gynecological, and Maternity Nursing.

Admission Criteria for Conversion Program leading to BSN:

Conversion Program leading to BSN:

  • The pathway from enrolment in the Conversion program, leading to admission into the BSN program at RAKMHSU. Based on the agreement signed by Ministry of Health & Prevention (MOHAP) and RAKMHSU, UAE Nationals who have completed Arts stream of UAE curriculum/12th grade with 75% or above aggregate can apply to Ministry of Health & Prevention (MOHAP) for sponsorship to join Conversion Program within the dates mentioned by them. MOHAP will provide the final list of the students selected for sponsorship to RAKMHSU.
  • All other nationalities from the Arts stream who wish to join the Conversion Program have to remit AED 13,000 after fulfilling admissions requirements.
  • The duration of the Conversion Program is 16 weeks. Upon passing the Conversion Program with a GPA of 2, and upon meeting the English Language requirements (IELTS with a score of 5 or TOEFL paper-based test with a score of 500), EmSAT Achieve- English score of 1100 – 1225, students will be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program.

Note: UAE Nationals from the Advanced/Science stream who fulfill all the requirements for the BSN program at RAK MHSU may directly approach MOH for sponsorship.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

RAKMHSU is the First Comprehensive Health Sciences University in UAE under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and Supreme Council Member, United Arab ... Read More

RAKMHSU is the First Comprehensive Health Sciences University in UAE under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and Supreme Council Member, United Arab Emirates. With the continued unstinted support from His Highness, RAKMHSU is marching forward as per its Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives. Now, RAKMHSU is fully owned and managed by the Government of Ras Al Khaimah. Further, all the programs have been fully accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation under the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research. RAKMHSU is known for its absolutely honest and transparent administration, focusing on professionalism and issue-based functioning. Read less
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