Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-Licensure Program — Day and Evening/Weekend Tracks
Our BSN program allows for a unique and flexible experience. We are one of the only programs in the Chicago area with an evening/weekend program option that is perfect for students with weekday obligations. We also offer a day program that may be completed in as little as 16 months. The BSN program at Oak Point has three start dates per year for both BSN-Day and BSN-Evening/Weekend tracks. You can start the nursing program whenever you feel ready.Oak Point provides its students with supportive in-class experiences and top-notch clinical experiences. As an upper-division transfer school, BSN candidates will need to transfer in about 61 semester credits in General Education and Pre-Nursing Support courses. We highly recommend completing a transcript evaluation prior to applying in order to understand the classes that would transfer and the classes still needed.
Your career as a Registered Nurse
Nurses are crucial to quality patient care. For over 100 years, Oak Point University has been known for producing some of the best nurses in the country. Our BSN program is designed for those who wish to begin their career in nursing equipped with the tools to hit the ground running.
When you earn your BSN at Oak Point, you’ll have the skills you need to impact patient care and become a healthcare leader ready to shape the future of patient care. You’ll also become part of the Oak Point family connected to a vast and growing professional network. Your degree will open the door to clinical and managerial career paths that are only limited by your own personal ambition and your professional goals.
Upon completion of this program of study, graduates will:
- Use effective modes of communication with patients, and healthcare providers in order to provide quality healthcare.
- Compose effective sentences, paragraphs, and theoretic papers to express ideas, information, and opinions.
- Integrate critical thinking processes in professional nursing practice in an effort to make logical decisions.
- Engage in collaborative practices with patients, families, communities and other health care providers to improve health care delivery.
- Evaluate and apply evidence based data as a basis for effective nursing practice and professional activities.
- Model professional behaviors that adhere to standards, practice and ethical codes.
- Apply personal attitudes and skills critical to leadership in professional nursing.
- Provide culturally competent, effective and patient-centered professional nursing care to individuals, families, and communities across the life span.
- Articulate the role of the nurse in relation to healthcare policy.
BSN Sample Program Plan, Pre-licensure Day, Full-time (assumes all pre-requisite coursework is complete).
The Pre-licensure BSN Weekend/Evening course program consists of the same courses over 5 semesters.
- NUR 3233: Health Assessment (3)
- NUR 3140: Pathophysiologic Mechanisms (3)
- NUR 3141: Foundations of Nursing Practice (4)
- NUR 3240: Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing (3)
- NUR 3241: Adult Health Nursing I (5)
Total Credits: 18
- NUR 4445: Mental Health Nursing (5)
- NUR 4242: Ethics in Nursing (2)
- NUR 4225: Pediatric Health Nursing (5)
- NUR 4440: Research in Nursing (2)
Total Credits: 14
- NUR 4545: Women and Newborn Health Nursing (5)
- NUR 4540: Gerontological Health Nursing (2)
- NUR 4145: Community and Population Focused Health (5)
- NUR 4910 Nursing Elective (For Daytime program cohorts only. Evening/Weekend program cohorts may take the elective in the second or fourth semester) (2)
Total Credits: 12-14
- NUR 4640: Leadership and Management in Nursing (3)
- NUR 4641: Adult Health Nursing II (5)
- NUR 4642: Professional Role Transition (5)
Total Credits: 13
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Transition Success Seminar
This is a zero-credit, pass/fail course designed to facilitate academic success and promote retention for new BSN pre-licensure students. The focus is on the development and application of study skills required for college-level work as well as the identification and minimization of barriers that impede individual student achievement. This course is taught using a combination of classroom presentation and discussion, small group activities, ongoing personal reflection, independent readings and assignments, guest speakers, and individual meetings with the Student Service staff.
This course focuses on the holistic health assessment of the client throughout the lifespan. Health promotion, primary and secondary prevention strategies are incorporated into the assessment process. Students will practice communication, interviewing and assessment skills in the laboratory setting. This course includes a clinical lab.
Foundations of Nursing Practice
The essential concepts of nursing and nursing practice are introdued. Core concepts introduced in this course include nursing process, therapeutic communication, critical thinking, professionalism, professional role, and standards of practice and performance. Foundational nursing skills and technologies required for safe and competent nursing care are developed. Students actively learn through classroom, Simulation Center, and clinical experience.
This course focuses on the pathophysiology, etiology, and associated clinical findings of selected diseases. Diseases include those selected according to their prevalence. Clinical application of this knowledge is emphasized.
Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing
This course focuses on the pharmacological interventions for selected diseases Diseases include those identified from the Healthy People 2020 objectives in accordance to their prevalence. Acquisition and clinical application of this core knowledge are emphasized.
Adult Health Nursing I
This course focuses on nursing and collaborative healthcare in the acutecare setting. The concepts of health assessment, health promotion, pathophysiology pharmacology will be integrated. Students continue to expand their foundation of the nursing care of adult clients. The nursing process, development of professional relationships, planning, and provision of care to adults with health alterations are emphasized in the class and clinical area.
Women and Newborn Health Nursing
This course focuses on the healthcare of the childbearing family in a variety of settings. The role and responsibilities of the professional nurse from conception to post-partum are the focus for discussion and experiences. Care of the newborn infant and common gynecological alterations are included. Clinical experience with the childbearing family occurs.
Pediatric Health Nursing
This course focuses on the healthcare of children and their families in acute, primary and community settings. Students gain knowledge of the comprehensive scope of healthcare for children and the role of the nurse. Core concepts and constructs include health promotion of the developing child, common varietions of health parameters, and engagement with families and communities. Contemporary issues affecting the child and family are discussed. Clinical experiences occur in pediatric focused healthcare sites.
Ethics in Nursing
This course explores theories, models and principles of ethical decision-making in nursing situations across the lifespan and in a variety of settings. Nursing and healthcare dilemmas are identified and analyzed. Critical and analytical thinking skills and the advocacy role of the nurse are emphasized.
Research in Nursing
This course focuses on the research process and evidence based practices in nursing and their significance to nursing as a discipline and profession. Emphasis is placed on understanding the nurses’ role as a discriminating consumer of research, critiquing published nursing research, and utilizing research for continuous quality improvement in nursing practice. This course incorporates ethical, cultural, and collaboration issues in healthcare research.
Mental Health Nursing
The focus of this course is the role of the professional nurse in meeting the mental health and psychiatric needs of individuals, families and groups in their communities. Theoretical concepts related to clients’ biopsychosocial and cultural responses, mental health promotion, risk reduction and multidisciplinary psychiatric illness management are explored. Clinical experiences promote development of self-awareness, effective communication techniques and therapeutic use of self.
Community and Population Focused Health
This course includes health promotion and primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of health alterations as applied to the care of individuals, families and groups in the community. Evidence based nursing practice with groups and populations is emphasized. Community and public health frameworks including Healthy People 2020 are addressed. Community assessment and collaboration with community partners are explored as essential components in community-focused clinical decision-making. Community-based clinical experiences occur at a variety of settings.
Gerontological Health Nursing
This course focuses on healthy aging and the nursing care of older adults. Students explore physiological, functional, cognitive, affective, cultural, ethical and social aspects of the aging process. Research and theoretical perspectives related to nursing management of selected aspects of aging are examined.
Leadership and Management in Nursing
This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse as a leader and manager. Orientation structures and leadership and management theories are examined. Healthcare economics, policy, and regulatory environment issues inherent in leadership and management are analyzed. Critical thinking, research, and decision-making in diverse healthcare settings are discussed.
Adult Health Nursing II
This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed in previous nursing courses. Adult Health II focuses on nursing and collaborative care of adult clients with complex health problems. Clinical management within acute, long-term or home care settings are incoporated. Clinical experiences integrate more complex knowledge and skills, and priority setting activities during nursing care.
Professional Role Transition
This course is designed to assist students with transition to the professional nurse role through a preceptor based clinical experience. The focus of clinical practice is centered on the use of the nursing process, refinement/expansion of clinical skills, time management and priority-setting skills, and consistent application of professional behaviors. This experience fosters professional socialization through the process of self-evaluation and self-directed professional development.