BSN Program Student Learning Outcomes

The graduate of the baccalaureate (BSN) program will:

Based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008) by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

  1. Synthesize knowledge from liberal education with professional nursing
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision of high-quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
  3. Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care.
  4. Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe, effective nursing practice.
  5. Explore the impact of sociocultural, economic, legal, and political factors influencing patient care quality, workplace safety, and the scope of nursing and other health professionals’ practice.
  6. Incorporate effective communication skills to contribute the nursing perspective to interprofessional teams to optimize patient outcomes.
  7. Collaborate with members of the interprofessional team to develop an assessment and intervention plan that takes into account determinants of health and available resources that contribute clinical prevention and population health.
  8. Assume accountability for personal and professional behaviors that demonstrate the nursing standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  9. Implement holistic, evidenced-based, safe patient-centered care across the health illness continuum, across the lifespan, and in all healthcare settings.

Based on The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (2021) by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

  1.  Apply theory and research-based knowledge from nursing, the arts, humanities, and other sciences, while demonstrating clinical judgment aligned with the nursing process and founded on a broad knowledge base across different practice care settings.
  2. Communicate effectively and compassionately in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of high quality, person-centered care using evidence-based nursing practice across the lifespan and the four spheres of care.
  3.  Integrate public health principles related to population management in collaboration with a broad range of individuals, populations, and stakeholders to develop and evaluate community-based activities across a continuum of practice care services using a socioecological framework.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to access and critically appraise evidence-based studies for application to practice with diverse populations within different healthcare practice settings.
  5.  Apply quality improvement principles that incorporate best practices in care delivery, contribute to a culture of patient safety, and support the development of strategies/interventions designed to mitigate unsafe environments in diverse settings and within the four spheres of care.
  6. Collaborate with interprofessional team members, patients, families, communities, and other stakeholders across the four spheres of care in a professional, accurate, and timely manner using established tools and techniques to improve health outcomes.
  7. Describe organizational principles as they relate to equitable healthcare delivery across the life span of diverse populations and different practice care settings and the relationship between the organization, external systems, and payers.
  8. Use information and communication technologies to gather data to deliver, document, and review safe, ethical, and professional care within the four spheres of care to diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  9. Demonstrate in varied practice care settings professional and ethical behaviors across one’s professional lifespan that are well-grounded and supportive of the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.
  10. Display actions aligned with a capacity to engage in self-reflection and leadership, continued lifelong learning through a spirit of inquiry across the four spheres of care, and an ongoing commitment to personal well-being.