Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing

The nursing program at IU Kokomo is a high quality bachelor's degree program that prepares nurses as effective leaders, capable of collaborating with the interdisciplinary health team to promote safety and to achieve optimal patient outcomes across a variety of settings, including the hospital, home, and community. The B.S.N. degree program integrates a strong background in the sciences and liberal arts with an excellent education in the profession of nursing. It is tailored to meet the needs of beginning students as well as experienced nurses returning to complete a B.S.N. A strong background is provided for students in practice and for future graduate study.

Degree Tracks

There are two degree tracks available to students. The Pre-licensure track is for the traditional nursing student, while the R.N. to B.S.N. track is for the already registered nurse who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Upon completion of the R.N. to B.S.N track, a student could go on to earn their master's degree in nursing with an additional two years of course work if they meet the requirements and go through the competitive application process.

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Pre-licensure Track

Nursing students in the Pre-licensure track are provided a solid, holistic foundation preparing them for a lifetime of success. In six semesters, students will have over 800 practicum hours caring for diverse clients across the health care continuum. In the school’s continuing quest to enhance academic excellence, Dedicated Educational Units were instituted in spring 2015. This is an innovative high-impact practice, whereby students work one-on-one with experienced nurses to gain real-world skills that will stand up to time. Along with the school’s state-of-the-art Simulation Center, students are immersed in health care experiences that provide opportunities to build clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills, which provide the foundation needed for a successful career in the highly complex health care system of today.

R.N. to B.S.N. Track

The R.N. to B.S.N. track is a 12-month program designed to prepare nurses for a lifetime of success. Students have the option to take the courses either completely online or in a hybrid format. The courses are designed using teachers who are experientially prepared and who strive to inspire students to achieve their dreams. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with other professionals to develop skills that stand up to time. The graduates will have the knowledge and skills to provide safe, culturally competent care as they continue on their life-changing journey toward achieving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Hybrid Format

The R.N. to B.S.N. track hybrid format is a transition track for the registered nurse (R.N.) to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.). Based on the needs of working professionals, the degree is offered in a convenient format that builds on the experience and education of the R.N. Courses and assignments are designed for both convenience and maximum applicability to the student's work setting.


Online Format

The R.N. to B.S.N. track online format is designed for the R.N. to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.). This track offers a flexible curriculum for the education of professional nurses competent in meeting the current and future health needs of society. The curriculum prepares graduates to function as practitioners in acute and long-term care, community settings, home care, and other nontraditional settings, and also provides a foundation for leadership positions and graduate study. The graduate of the B.S.N. program possesses a broad knowledge of nursing, the humanities, the biological and social sciences. The graduate applies well-developed problem-solving skills in caring for individuals, families, communities, and populations.

Classes are all online with options to graduate in 12, 18, or 24 months, after general-education requirements are completed. Nursing courses are delivered in condensed eight-week learning modules, designed to allow students to continue working while taking classes. Students do not have to travel to campus for class. The track builds on courses that students have already completed so that previous general education may be counted towards credits.

Applicants must have an Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) degree or nursing diploma from a nationally accredited (NLNAC/ACEN) program. Applications may be accepted at any time of year to the IU campus closest to the student's residence. The applicant must hold a current, unencumbered R.N. license in the state in which you are practicing and/or plan to meet your clinical requirements, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5, comply with immunization, CPR, and other requirements, and complete a national criminal background check.

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Program Learning Outcomes

The IU Kokomo B.S.N. graduate will meet program learning outcomes and embody them in their professional practice as a nurse who is:

  1. a critical thinker who demonstrates intellectual engagement and uses evidence as a basis for clinical reasoning and decision making.
  2. a culturally sensitive individual who provides holistic individual, family, community, and population-centered nursing care.
  3. a knowledgeable care coordinator who facilitates access to resources across the continuum of health care environments in order to meet the evolving health care needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  4. an individual who understands and considers the impact of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on care delivery.
  5. an individual who embodies the professional identity of the nurse and who translates the inherent values of the nursing profession into the ethical and legal practice of nursing.
  6. an effective communicator who collaborates with interprofessional team members, patients, and their support systems for improved health outcomes.
  7. a competent care provider who is prepared to practice to the full capacity of the professional nurse role in diverse health care environments.
  8. an accountable leader and manager who applies principles of systems and organizational processes and who balances resources to promote quality care and patient safety.
  9. an individual who embraces and employs innovations in information management and technology in the delivery of quality patient care.