Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Nursing at the University of Saint Francis exists to prepare you for a career in the professional nursing practice.

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program will prepare you for entry-level nursing practice as a nurse generalist. In the ASN program, you will develop service-oriented and caring behaviors in clinical practice by recognizing, responding to and valuing caring as the foundation for the profession of nursing.

You will integrate concepts from the physical, social and behavioral sciences, and humanities with nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice. Using the nursing process as a critical thinking framework, you will learn to provide safe, quality and individualized nursing care to patients and families within a community context. You will be able to care for a variety of patient populations across the life span and healthcare continuum in acute care, long-term care and community-based settings.

Upon completion of your degree, you will be eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

LPN to ASN

The Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate of Science in Nursing (LPN-ASN) program recognizes and gives credit for your previous education as a licensed practical nurse. Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). As a registered nurse, you will benefit from expanded nursing knowledge and skill, greater career mobility, increased employment opportunities and increased income.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program will also prepare you for entry-level practice as a nurse generalist. With a BSN, you can practice professional nursing with individual clients, families, groups and communities across the life span in a variety of settings.

Guided by the Franciscan values, you will value service, lifelong learning and caring behaviors as the foundation for professional nursing. In addition to basic nursing roles, you will practice in structured and unstructured settings, fulfill leadership roles, and evaluate and apply research to improve client outcomes. Knowledge from humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and life and physical sciences are synthesized with nursing theory and practice. The curriculum provides an academic background that will serve as the basis for graduate education, and continued personal and professional growth.

Upon completion of your degree, you will be eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

RN-BSN

The baccalaureate program for registered nurses (RN-BSN program) prepares registered nurses for leadership roles in a variety of healthcare settings. The curriculum provides an academic background which serves as the basis for graduate education and continued personal and professional growth. The program builds from a liberal arts foundation, integrating nursing knowledge with the humanities, and behavioral and social sciences. Registered nurses who choose to complete the baccalaureate degree are prepared for career advancement in the clinical setting of their choice.