The comprehensive nursing curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Nursing Education (2008) and prepares the nurse generalist to practice safely and effectively in all health care environments. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on leadership, diversity, evidence-based practice, and care of the older adult. As an academic major in a practice discipline, nursing students have opportunities to apply principles and concepts from the liberal arts and nursing science to the provision of nursing care for individuals across the lifespan, families and communities.

CSB/SJU offers a range of learning environments suited to development of the professional nurse including classroom, nursing laboratory, and clinical settings. Nursing faculty have high expectations for student professional behavior and continuously strive to develop challenging learning situations, such as with simulated learning, to represent actual care situations.


Curriculum Policies

Any changes to course descriptions or learning outcomes must be approved by the Department Curriculum Committee.   These changes may also be subject to review by the appropriate committee of the Joint Faculty Assembly. (Approved 5/06)

The theory/clinical ratio used in the nursing department is 1:4 (one theory hour = 4 clinical hours).  For example, a 3 credit clinical course should expect 120 clock hours of learning activities.  Courses must allot clinical hours accordingly. (Approved 5/06)