The department offers two programs leading to a bachelor's degree in nursing: 1) an RN to BSN program for registered nurses who have an associate or diploma degree in nursing and 2) a generic BSN program. Both programs are designed to prepare a liberally educated person to function as a professional nurse in a variety of roles and health care settings. Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to be professionally competent generalists in nursing who recognize the need for continued personal and professional development throughout life and who possess the educational background for post-baccalaureate study in nursing. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The generic BSN program is designed for first time students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing. The program begins with a pre-nursing year. Admission to the major occurs in the spring of the first year. The remaining three years comprise the nursing major. Graduates of the generic BSN program are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards examination in nursing (NCLEX) for licensure as registered nurses.