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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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Those that know you well describe you as caring, nurturing, and compassionate—but also as dedicated, persevering, and a technical problem solver. If you see yourself uplifting and advocating for others in a hospital or another clinical setting, Saginaw Valley State University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree speaks directly to your interests and translates your passion into a rewarding career through a physical and behavioral sciences–rooted curriculum emphasizing meaningful clinical experiences.

Demand for a BSN degree continues to grow. SVSU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing positions you to unlock these opportunities and build the connections to get there. Upon acceptance into the program, you’ll learn to provide diligent care and encouragement to patients, families, and communities as you and your fellow nursing students progress together as a cohort. Our rigorous curriculum stresses the importance of real-world preparation from the beginning: to equip you for your future career, the College of Health and Human Services’s state-of-the-art simulation laboratory lets you try out and refine your newly acquired knowledge on a wide array of high-fidelity mannequins, under the guidance of our esteemed faculty. Clinical experience, internships, and our study abroad program expose you to a range of professional environments and allow you to practice what you’ve recently learned.

Through broad, comprehensive preparation, the Department of Nursing strives to graduate strong, effective problem-solvers who elevate the standard of care provided to patients. For this reason, entry into SVSU’s BSN program is competitive, and the department looks for motivated, well-rounded candidates. Students interested in this pathway begin with general education and pre-nursing requirements and then apply for acceptance into the BSN program during the final semester of this preparatory sequence. Review all admission requirements and prerequisites.

Once accepted, you’ll spend the next two and a half years in Michigan’s largest pre-licensure nursing program, devoting yourself to engaging clinical and internship experiences and a curriculum designed to prepare you to take the National Council Licensure Examination–Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

For more information, contact the Department of Nursing at nursing@svsu.edu or apply for acceptance today!

 

Cardinal Points

  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Saginaw Valley State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://ccneaccreditation.org).

  • SVSU has a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory and it's one of only four accredited Simulation Centers in Michigan by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

  • SVSU has one of the largest pre-licensure nursing programs in Michigan, which makes the nursing admission process competitive for well-qualified candidates.

  • The program has mentors and tutors available to help students make the transition as professional nursing students during the nursing program. 

As a BSN student, you’ll develop key relationship, communication, and advocacy tools and learn to inspire patients and families.

Providing you with a firm foundation are the pre-nursing courses, completed as part of your Basic Skills and General Education requirements. Subjects covering chemistry, biology, statistics, physiology, sociology, anatomy, nutrition, and psychology get you ready for the clinical, patient care, and technical demands of the BSN curriculum and further strengthen your written and oral communication abilities.

Once you’re accepted into the BSN program, you’ll complete 68 credits of nursing courses along with two credits of upper-division electives. Angled toward your aspirations, you’ll become familiar with the principles of pharmacology and pathopsychology, learn to conduct health assessments, and gain a more detailed understanding of chronic and acute conditions. From the classroom into the simulated labs and through your clinical experiences, you’ll see how nurses provide, coordinate, and manage care, better understand the human experience, and begin to develop your professional identity. 

Throughout, the BSN curriculum emphasizes strategic thinking, conflict resolution, health promotion, diversity, evidence-based practices, legal factors, and care management and addresses a spectrum of health care environments. Advanced courses integrate simulation labs, helping you practice your skills in a safe, controlled environment. 

Along with classroom learning and hands-on experience in the simulation labs, you’ll be assigned to a clinical site. Placements include public health departments, clinics, outpatient and surgery centers, and regional medical centers. These experiences serve to expand and strengthen your technical and clinical knowledge, refine your patient interactions, and cultivate connections to boost your career. At the same time, they fulfill SVSU’s mission of service learning and addressing the needs of local and global communities. 

In total, you’ll complete 124 credits to earn your degree. As the BSN is an interdisciplinary program, a second major or minor is not required.

Jujuan Cook Nursing Student at Hospital
I’ve gained so much experience. You are able to apply what you learn in the classroom and experience it firsthand. It makes everything click.

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— JuJuan Cook
Nursing BSN '22

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Our Students After Graduation...

Employers

Children's Hospital of Michigan
Covenant HealthCare
Spectrum Health
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Ascension
McLaren Health Care
MidMichigan Health
VA Medical Center
U of M Hospital
Munson Medical Center
Public Health Departments
Home Care Agencies

Graduate Programs

Saginaw Valley State University

Career Opportunities

Home Health Nurse
Public Health Nurse
Nurse Associate
Mental Health Nurse
Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Emergency Department Nurse

An increasing aging population has fueled demand for health care professionals, including registered nurses. The BSN qualifies you to sit for the NCLEX-RN to be certified and practice as a registered nurse.

With this credential and the enriching, multifaceted education you’ve received, you’re positioned to assist patients and promote effective care in clinics, hospitals, outpatient settings, senior centers, mental health facilities, public health departments, surgery centers, home health agencies, and hospital education institutions. Furthermore, with a bachelor’s degree, you have the background to continue your education, broaden your skills, and hone your leadership abilities in a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

  • 7% projected growth for the employment of a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree through 2029. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $71,730 is the median yearly pay for a registered nurse in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s BSN program, you’re prepared to work as a registered nurse in a variety of environments or attend graduate school to become an advanced practice registered nurse, such as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, or nurse administrator.

Cardinal Successes

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