Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is located in Alabama's premier center of nursing education. It is ranked nationally by the U.S.News and World Report in the top 10% of programs. The School of Nursing is established as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for International Nursing in the United States, one of only 37 of these centers in the world. The school's reputation is supported by quality educational programs, a wealth of opportunities for clinical experiences, and an outstanding faculty. The school maintains long-standing partnerships with the world renowned UAB Medical Center, Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Alabama's Children's Hospital, and many other agencies that foster development of clinical skills and critical thinking for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students.
The BSN Curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for entry into professional nursing practice. This foundation offers both academic and professional nursing courses that provide the base for clinical competence and informed judgments about health care situations and care of patients in both in and out-patient settings. The curriculum prepares nurses who:
- Apply theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, scientific, and humanistic disciplines to make evidence-based practice decisions.
- Participate in quality improvement processes to provide high quality, safe nursing care in a variety of settings.
- Engage in critical inquiry to improve the nursing care of individuals, families, groups, and communities.
- Use information technology and patient data for ethical clinical decision-making.
- Advocate for the healthcare needs of society in a changing economic, demographic, and cultural environment.
- Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills with patients and interprofessional teams to improve healthcare outcomes.
- Provide professional nursing care to individuals and populations that includes health promotion and maintenance, illness care, end-of-life care, restoration, and rehabilitation.
- Demonstrate a commitment to professional nursing values, ethical practice, and life-long learning.
- Demonstrate the ability to independently and collaboratively apply the problem-solving process to facilitate patient, family, and community adaptation to internal and external environmental variables for the purpose of achieving maximum health.
BSN study options include: