The School of Nursing curriculum is developed, implemented, and revised to reflect clear statements of expected student learning outcomes that are consistent with professional nursing standards and guidelines and congruent with the program’s mission/philosophy, goals, and expected outcomes. The link between the AUHS’ mission, the School of Nursing’s mission and philosophy and Nursing Professional Standards is demonstrated through the interpretation of jointly held beliefs and values.

The professional value of caring, the core competencies of critical thinking, application of research-based nursing knowledge, communication, cultural competency, and technical nursing skills to guide the development of a professional provider of care are inherently present in the stated conceptual themes. For a listing of courses in the curriculum, the student is referred to the AUHS Catalog.

For those wishing to become professional nurses, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is the most common educational course. At AUHS, our BSN program combines in-classroom academics with hands-on learning to make for a program that completely prepares students to enter the nursing field. In addition to professional nursing classes, classes in our BSN program include studies in the humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, biology and more.

While most BSN programs take four years to complete, the AUHS BSN program is a fast track bachelor’s program that allows students to earn their degree in less time. Graduates of our BSN program will be fully prepared as generalists able to both administer nursing care while also working to organize, implement, and evaluate a hospital or other organization’s overall nursing care. Graduates of our BSN program are also eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse (RN).