Registered Nurses are leaders in health care and work collaboratively with allied health care providers. They are in high demand as vital members of the interdisciplinary health care team. They practice in multiple and diverse environments that require the management of an array of complex patient care levels of acuity. Registered Nurses are crucial to the health care arena since their role as patient advocate and manager of patient care has become crucial to positive patient outcomes.
The Nursing (BSN) degree at Appalachian State University prepares students for this exciting career field, which offers great flexibility regarding hours, work settings and patient populations.
Appalachian’s BSN program provides a generalist degree that exposes students to professional nursing practice in areas such as pediatrics, women’s health, adult health, community health and mental health. The curriculum builds upon the study of arts, humanities, mathematics, and the natural and social sciences. Graduates are prepared to provide holistic care through application of evidence-based findings to individuals, families and communities.
Employment: Students who graduate and successfully pass the NCLEX-RN examination pursue nursing careers in a variety of areas including medical-surgical, pediatrics, neonatal, neurology, cardiology, anesthesiology, public health, school health, community health, and other practice areas and other specialties. Some areas may require additional training and specialization.
Graduate School: A master’s degree will help students to prepare for advanced practice nursing including clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist and administrative roles.
Students take 77 hours in the Nursing core, plus foundation courses in chemistry, psychology, nutrition, sociology and philosophy/ethics.
A minor is not required.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
Each year, Nursing students participate in a study abroad program in Mexico. This degree program also supports a domestic learning opportunity which enables students to travel to New York City with faculty members in order to volunteer and participate in service-learning activities.
Admission to the Appalachian Nursing program is highly competitive and has strict requirements. Accepted students will begin the nursing program in the first summer session which begins each May. A complete list of requirements is detailed here.
- Students benefit from a comprehensive nursing skills lab and simulation where learning experiences strengthen their skill in working with patients.
- The Nursing program actively seeks to advance students’ cultural, intellectual, educational and personal development in order to prepare them for professional practice as Registered Nurses.
- Faculty members are committed to student success, excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.
- The program instills in students an appreciation for and commitment to lifelong learning, scholarship and service in order to promote their personal growth, advance the profession of nursing, and meet the health needs of society.
- The Department of Nursing is housed in Appalachian’s Beaver College of Health Sciences.
Method of Delivery
On campus only
Dr. Jean Bernard