Completed your nursing prerequisites and ready to take the next step toward a nursing career? The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Upper Division Option is for students who have completed their first two years of education at an accredited institution of higher learning. It is a full-time, five term program with classes offered during the day. And because classes are held during the full calendar year (three terms in a year), a student can receive their degree in just 20 months.
• Program length: 20 months (five terms)
• Curriculum: 30-40 hours per week of classroom and simulation lab coursework; clinical experiences at top hospitals
• Term start: Spring, Summer, Fall
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Our Upper Division Option has many benefits to students, but here are a few of them:
We offer the Upper Division program at two locations: the Duncan Campus Site on the Washington University Medical Campus and the West Campus Site on the Missouri Baptist Medical Center.
Relevant, Rigorous Curriculum
Beyond technical skills, you’ll have access to strong core nursing courses focused on adult care, childbearing, pediatrics, mental health and community patient populations. Take a look at a sample course sequence to get an idea of what to expect.
We believe nursing education should be integrated alongside other disciplines to understand how they work together as a team to deliver patient care. We emphasize interprofessional simulations across other disciplines. You’ll have the chance to collaborate with your counterparts in medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy, social work and other related fields.
World-Class Simulation Center
Beyond the classroom, we’ve made advanced simulation technology a fundamental part of the clinical learning experience. Our Clinical Simulation Institute combines sophisticated resources with a supportive environment that teaches patient care in a realistic setting. The skills labs and hypothetical scenarios are designed to prepare you for the real-world challenges you’ll face in the field.
Clinicals are Diverse and Convenient
Your clinical experience will give you an opportunity to explore a variety of health care settings and help you determine which is the right fit for your career after nursing school. Our rotations will expose you to real-world health care environments in diverse settings throughout the St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, from rural clinics to inner-city hospitals.
Successful Program Outcomes
Goldfarb's 2016 NCLEX Pass Rate (as of 6/2016) is 86.57%, with graduates passing on the first attempt. The national average is 83.94%.
The accredited Upper Division Option prepares students to provide direct care to patients and their families in a variety of health care settings, as well as to pursue higher degrees in nursing. Passing the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX®)* exam is required to become an entry-level registered nurse. *Please note that program completion does not guarantee eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN. See the Missouri Practice Act for details. Section 335.066 of the Missouri Nurse Practice Act can be viewed online.
Interested in learning more about our Upper Division program? Read about our admissions requirements and take our virtual tour.
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