Bachelor of Science in Nursing
This Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a demanding, selective, and highly respected program that provides a solid foundation in nursing care in a variety of settings.
This nursing major builds upon the College’s liberal arts foundation, basic and applied sciences, and behavioral and social sciences. The program produces professional nurses who can provide care to individuals, families, and communities, in a wide diversity of environments.
Graduates qualify to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination in the state of their choice after graduation, and each graduate has a firm foundation for continuing education and graduate study.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Saint Joseph’s College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The pre-licensure baccalaureate program is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.
At a Glance
- Nursing students start nursing courses immediately in the freshman year.
- Nursing students start hands-on clinical experience in the sophomore year.
- Nursing students get close supervision, mentoring, and individual attention from their faculty.
- Caring in the Mercy tradition is an integral part of the nursing major.
- Students in clinical internships in other regions or states can take live, virtual classes online.
The professional nurse is accountable to society and uses the processes of teaching-learning, communication, research, and leadership by applying the nursing process to meet needs of clients in all settings. The faculty supports the baccalaureate degree as the minimum educational preparation for the professional nurse and believes learning best occurs in an environment where mutual respect exists between teacher and learner.
The framework of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum is built around understanding how human beings, health-illness, nursing, and environment interconnect as the four major elements of nursing theory. All nursing courses are organized around these concepts and the assumption that people are shaped by interrelated systems – biological, psychological, and social – and are in constant interaction with a changing environment.
Application of the conceptual framework ensures implementation of the philosophy and objectives of the Department, which are in accord with the philosophy and objectives of Christian humanism as set forth in Saint Joseph’s mission statement. Humans are viewed as holistic adaptive beings endowed by God with dignity and free will. Health is viewed as the harmonious interrelationship of body-mind-soul and the environment. Nursing is viewed as an art and a science that facilitates the mobilization of external and internal resources available to individuals, families, and communities, so health is achieved, promoted, and/or maintained.
The nursing program enrolls a limited number of students each year and admission is very selective. To view a full list of courses available and admissions details, visit the catalog.
Our Nursing Clinical Sites
During their nursing courses, our students learn through clinical hours at the following hospitals. We also have many agencies including visiting nurse agencies, schools, long-term care agencies, and corporations where they learn community health nursing. For their final capstone internship, many hospital locations throughout Maine and in other states are available to them.
- Southern Maine Medical Center
- Maine Medical Center
- Mercy Hospital
- Central Maine Medical Center
- MidCoast Hospital
- St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
- Stephen’s Memorial Hospital
- Spring Harbor Hospital
Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6 million jobs. About 60 percent of RN jobs are in hospitals.
Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average and, because the occupation is very large, 581,500 new jobs will result, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of job openings will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) require a Master of Science in Nursing degree for teaching in RN preparation programs.