Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Pre-licensure Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have some questions about our Pre-licensure track? The list of questions and answers below can help.

What kind of job can I get with this degree?

There are more than 2.5 million nurses in the United States, and the need for nurses is projected to grow in the future!  Over half the nurses in the U.S. work in hospitals in such specialty areas as medical surgical, intensive care, pediatrics, women's health, and others.  There are a wide variety of nursing roles outside the hospital, including hospice, corporations, community health, and more.  Nurses are involved with nearly all aspects of a patient's care, and can be generalist or obtain specialty certifications, master's or doctoral degrees.  Nurses can also practice in advanced roles including nurse practitioners, researchers, and more.

Why choose a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?  What difference does it make in patient care?  The American Association of Colleges of Nursing summarizes the reasons for seeking the baccalaureate degree in nursing, in a position statement for prospective students.

How many classes do I have to take?

A minimum of 120 credits is required. See the degree requirements and application requirements for the Pre-Licensure track.

What kinds of classes will I have to take?

B.S.N. - anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, math, English, speech, and general education  core courses.  There are 24 nursing courses which include clinical and lab experiences.

What is accreditation and what does it mean?

The Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the baccalaureate degree program is  accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, from which we recently  earned a ten-year reaccreditation (2010-2020).  Being accredited means that verifiable steps have been taken by the school to assure that you  receive a quality education. Graduating from an accredited school of nursing means that your credits should transfer more easily if you should choose  to pursue another degree and potential employers will have confidence that you received a quality education.

How many students will be in my classes?

Up to 10 in practicum/clinical courses, 7 to 15 in lab courses, between 30 and 60 in nursing classroom (didactic/lecture) courses.  Some science  lectures have more than 100 in a class, but lab sections are smaller. 

What are faculty qualifications?

All have at least a master’s degree—approximately 25% have doctorate degrees, and another 25% are actively pursuing doctorates. Several have specialty certifications.  

Can I do an internship with this program?

Nursing students often have more than one clinical course each semester.  During the final semester students participate in a capstone experience,  working in a healthcare setting with an RN. 

Can I study abroad with this degree?

The school of nursing has active cultural and service programs in Guatemala and Korea.  Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in any  study abroad program through IU for which they are qualified.

Will you help me find a job when I graduate?

The Office of Career Services offer assistance on resume writing and interviewing.  Often students find their first job in nursing at the facility where  they complete their capstone experience. Healthcare employers looking for staff often ask the school of nursing to post their help wanted ads at the  school. 

Are there student organizations for this degree?

There are two student organizations for nursing students: the Student Nurses’ Association and Nurses’ Christian Fellowship.  Both meet on campus.

Additionally each cohort of students elects two representative Student Nurse Leaders. These student leaders act as representatives of their cohort to  assist in planning/conducting/evaluating IU Kokomo School of Nursing programs (curriculum, student handbook, resources, etc) and the celebrations  (induction and recognition ceremony).

How can I get in touch with my professor?

Faculty in the School of Nursing are available by email, phone, and through Canvas. Office hours are posted so students can stop by and confer with faculty without an appointment. We highly recommend getting acquainted with your instructors early and staying in contact throughout the program. 

Do I get an advisor to help me schedule classes?

Students may apply to the School of Nursing upon successful completion of pre-requisite courses.  Our advisors are very knowledgeable about how to  be successful in preparing to apply for admission to the School, and provide assistance to identify when courses should be taken given the specific  student’s needs.  It is highly recommended students remain in contact with their advisors throughout the program and check in with an advisor at least once each semester until they graduate.