Program Overview

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • RN to BSN Completion Degree
  • Doctoral Degree

WHEREVER YOU ARE IN YOUR CALLING, WE HAVE THE DEGREE PATH FOR YOU.

Our quality programs provide students the opportunity to advance in a successful nursing career.

Baptist University offers a quality education to students who have “a calling” and aptitude to become successful nurses and to nurses who are ready to explore their career potential for growth and advancement from a baccalaureate through the doctoral level.

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Why Choose Baptist

  • Personal, one on one instruction from nursing faculty
  • Outstanding clinical experience
    that provides you with first-hand training in the most advanced scientific and medical concepts
  • A collaborative learning environment
    that includes strong mentoring, tutoring and academic support
  • A safe, friendly campus environment
  • Integration
    of the baccalaureate nursing program with the Baptist Memorial Health Care system
  • Faith-based atmosphere
Anne Plumb, Dean of Nursing

"Welcome to Baptist University! If you want to pursue a Nursing career in a Christian environment that offers rich clinical experiences, you’ve come to the right place. We provide a well-rounded education that now extends to the graduate level. And because we’re part of the Mid-South’s largest health care system, our students can gain experience in a number of clinical settings. We have been training future nurses for more than a century. Come visit our campus and apply for admission so you can see all we have to offer."

Anne Plumb, DNSc, RN | Dean of Nursing
DNP students in the hallways of the facility

Nursing Specialties

  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Maternal Newborn Nursing
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Population Health/Community Health Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Nursing Administration

Licensure

Registered Nurse (RN)

  • Students successfully completing all degree requirements in the pre-licensure program will receive the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Upon graduation or successful completion of degree requirements (eligibility for graduation), graduates can make application to become candidates for licensure by exam as a registered nurse (RN) as awarded by the State Boards of Nursing. Additional requirements for licensure may be required by the state in which you practice.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

  • Students successfully completing all degree requirements for the BSN-DNP program will receive the Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Upon graduation or successful completion of degree requirements (eligibility for graduation), graduates can make application to become candidates for certification in their advanced practice area of specialty. Once certified, they are then eligible to apply for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) as awarded by the State Boards of Nursing. Additional requirements for licensure may be required by the state in which you practice.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate in nursing degree program at Baptist Health Sciences University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791).

The doctor of nursing practice degree program at Baptist Health Sciences University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791).

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The baccalaureate in nursing degree program is also approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing (Health Related Boards 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243, 1-615-532-5166; tn.gov/health).

The doctor of nursing practice degree program has been granted initial approval by the Tennessee Board of Nursing (Health Related Boards 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243, 1-615-532-5166; tn.gov/health).

Technical Standards

The following technical standards outline reasonable expectations of a student enrolled in the nursing program for the performance of common nursing functions:

Communication  

Ability to communicate with a wide variety of  people, and the ability to be easily understood.  Reading, writing, recording and documenting patient information required.

Analytical Skills/Critical Thinking 

Analytical skills sufficient to process information, to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, and to prioritize tasks. Critical thinking ability sufficient for safe, clinical judgment.

Hearing 

Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess patient needs; to detect and respond to alarms, emergency signals, and cries for help.

Vision  

Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for the care of patients and operation of equipment.

Tactile 

Tactile ability sufficient for patient assessment and operation of equipment.

Mobility 

 Physical ability, flexibility, strength and stamina sufficient to provide safe and effective care.

Fine Motor Skills  

Fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care.

Behavioral  

Emotional and mental health sufficient to establish therapeutic boundaries, to perform multiple tasks concurrently and to handle strong emotions.

Program Goals

The goals of baccalaureate nursing education at Baptist University are to:

Prepare professional nurses as generalists who:

  • Provide comprehensive direct and indirect patient-centered care for diverse populations along the health-illness continuum, in a variety of health care settings.
  • Promote quality and safety, as well as stewardship of health care resources.
  • Use research to guide evidence-based practice.

Prepare graduates to successfully pass the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Provide an avenue for graduates of Associate Degree of Nursing and Diploma programs to attain the knowledge and competencies of the professional nurse at the baccalaureate level.

Learning Outcomes

Using previously learned concepts (i.e., from the liberal arts, sciences and nursing) the graduate will:

  • Apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills to address simple to complex situations.
  • Translate research-based evidence into practice for safe, high-quality patient-centered outcomes.
  • Practice holistic care in a variety of health care settings for diverse populations across the lifespan and the health-illness continuum.
  • Integrate cultural, economic, social, environmental, genetic, regulatory, and political factors in designing care for individuals, families, and communities.
  • Use standardized terminology, information systems, and patient care technology effectively.
  • Use effective communication and collaboration skills with members of the health care team, patients, and support networks.
  • Synthesize principles of leadership and management, accountability, and life-long learning while functioning in multiple roles of care (i.e., provider, designer, manager, and coordinator) to ensure a safe practice environment.
  • Incorporate legal and ethical precepts, as well as standards of practice, in serving as advocates for the patient and the profession.
  • Integrate principles of quality improvement and safety to ensure optimum care.