Bachelor of Science, Nursing Science

Students pursuing the baccalaureate degree in Nursing Science are provided both the theory and clinical base to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate health care to meet the needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The program is offered through the University of Alaska Anchorage and based in Anchorage, but admits students in a growing number of other communities throughout the state. The BS Nursing Science program also offers a direct articulation option for AAS RN Nurses. An accepted, degree seeking UAA nursing student who has successfully passed the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) and has current RN Licensure in the State of Alaska may be granted up to 31 course credits upon admission to the Nursing Science major.. 

Outreach Program

All BS students are enrolled in a specific local cohort. Students are expected to test, attend classes, labs, and clinical experiences with their cohort. Students are required to complete the program at the location they originally accepted placement.

Students enrolled in programs RN to BS programs based outside of Anchorage (Outreach) may be required to attend some portion of their clinical experience in Anchorage. Access to required facilities and classes will be provided to outreach students who are required to travel to Anchorage for intensive clinicals as part of the RN to BS Nursing curriculum. Students traveling for intensive clinicals are responsible for obtaining and paying for transportation, housing, and all other related expenses.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking by making evidence-based nursing judgments through the use of intellectual, interpersonal, and technical competencies to promote safe and effective client-centered care.
  • Implement caring behaviors in the practice of professional nursing using established standards, evidence based practice, and innovation to prevent illness and promote and restore health in order to meet the changing needs of diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Utilize principles of management and leadership to collaborate as a member of the interprofessional care team by using a spirit of inquiry to direct clinical nursing practice.
  • Compare and contrast roles of the professional nurse in promoting optimal healthcare and policies locally nationally, and globally.
  • Develop an individual plan for ongoing professional development and professional identity.

Graduation Requirements

As graduates of the BS Program, pre-license students will be prepared to take the national licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.

RN to BS student graduates will have an enhanced degree in nursing and additional options for employment.



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