Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Nursing is one of the most highly regarded professions in the world. Nursing requires both physical and emotional strength and by definition nurses are compassionate, caring individuals committed to the healing and well-being of others.
Northwest University offers a combination of academic excellence and spiritual foundation needed to face the challenges of the nursing profession. The Buntain School of Nursing blends scientific, clinical, and holistic health studies—enhanced by cross-cultural study abroad experiences—to give students a global perspective on engaging with human need.
Why Nursing at NU?
- Earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN).
- Engage with faculty who have extensive teaching and clinical experience.
- Integrate faith and learning to prepare for effective practice and ministry in cross-cultural contexts.
- Study abroad for a one-month cross cultural immersion experience.
- Participate in high and low fidelity clinical simulation.
- Prepare for the National Council Licensure Exam – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).
The Buntain School of Nursing is Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.
Common Career Paths
Students who pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and successfully pass the National Council Licensure Exam – Registered Nurse have many career options. They are also well-prepared to enter graduate school and obtain additional certifications related to their clinical specialty areas. Careers often include:
- Maternity, Neonatal, and Pediatric Nursing
- Medical and Surgical Nursing
- Psychiatric Nursing
- Community or Public Health
- Missionary/Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Work
- Teaching and Health Education
- Nursing Research
- Health Policy
The primary purpose of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is to prepare students for entry-level nursing practice positions in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, schools, home health care services, and community health centers as registered nurses.
Nursing Jobs Are In High Demand
Nurses are in high demand and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the job outlook for registered nurses to grow by as much as 15% between 2016 and 2026. The BSN offers students a broad base of scientific knowledge that is indispensable as well as a broad education in management and leadership; two skills sought after by employers. The critical thinking skills imparted by a BSN translate to improved patient care and safety.
Nurses with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing experience greater career mobility and flexibility. It also grants entry to master’s or doctoral nursing programs, leading to career advancement and career opportunities outside of the traditional nurse practice roles; BSN graduates are positioned for a range of specialized nursing jobs. In addition, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing points out that the unique value of BSN-prepared nurses is recognized by “nurse executives, federal agencies, military decision makers, leading nursing organizations, healthcare foundations, magnet hospitals and minority nurse advocate groups.”