Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Why choose a four-year nursing degree? There are many reasons. A baccalaureate degree is the preferred entry-level credential for today’s professional nurse. More and more employers today demand it because research shows that hospitals with a high proportion of bachelor’s-degree nurses have better patient outcomes.
A four-year degree prepares you not only to be a nurse, but to be a nurse leader. You’re poised to achieve more in your career and continue your education if you choose. Click here for more information on the value of a four-year degree.
At Cedar Crest we offer a BS (bachelor of science) degree, which many employers prefer. You’ll get a solid foundation in nursing practice, but it will be anchored in a strong liberal arts education. We believe this is essential to developing the critical thinking and communication skills you need for success.
The nursing program at Cedar Crest prepares you to function as a nurse generalist committed to lifelong learning. Our program teaches you how to promote the health of individuals, families and groups from a variety of cultures and in a variety of settings including home, hospital and community. You’ll learn to participate on interdisciplinary health care teams and take responsibility for your actions and decisions. Your courses will include plenty of clinical practice.
To graduate you will need to earn at least 120 credits, including 63 general education credits and 57 nursing credits. To qualify as a registered nurse you must then pass the National Council Licensure Examination. Cedar Crest graduates consistently score above the mandated State Board of Nursing pass rate on their licensing exams. From the time you enter our program, we provide standardized study and testing programs to help you prepare.