Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree program strives to offer a creative curriculum for meeting the current and future health needs of society. The curriculum prepares a generalist in professional nursing and serves as a basis for graduate study.

The B.S.N. degree program is offered at several Indiana University campuses. All campuses share similar admission standards, program outcomes, and courses. Admission and transfer policies are set by individual campuses and course sequencing may vary.

There are two options to obtain a BSN from IU South Bend's School of Nursing:

Entry-level for incoming freshman
RN-BSN for returning RNs

Bachelor’s Degree Program Outcomes

The purpose of the bachelor’s degree program is to produce graduates who think critically; are culturally, ethically, and legally competent; are effective, politically aware, communicators and coordinators of community resources; and are competent providers of health care, professional role models, and responsible managers. The curriculum focuses on health and wellness as well as alterations in states of wellness and viewing persons as part of their environments.

  • A critical thinker who demonstrates intellectual engagement and uses evidence as a basis for clinical reasoning and decision making.
  • A culturally sensitive individual who provides holistic individual, family, community, and population-centered nursing care.
  • 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.
  • An individual who understands and considers the impact of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on care delivery.
  • 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.
  • An effective communicator who collaborates with interprofessional team members, patients, and their support systems for improved health outcomes.
  • A competent care provider who is prepared to practice to the full capacity of the professional nurse role in diverse health care environments.
  • An accountable leader and manager who applies principles of systems and organizational processes and who balances resources to promote quality care and patient safety.
  • An individual who embraces and employs innovations in information management and technology in the delivery of quality patient care.


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