School of Nursing
Undergraduate Programs at PLU
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs are comprised of the Traditional BSN program for students who are not licensed nurses and the LPN to BSN bridge for the LPN (licensed practical nurse) returning for a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
You will find a learning environment where students work with outstanding faculty and staff to gain knowledge and skills, share professional experiences with expert clinical preceptors, and become exceptional nurses. Our professional and educational standards, our innovative responses to changing health care markets, and our distinguished history of educating students for lives of service have earned the School of Nursing a reputation for excellence in the Pacific Northwest. Our esteemed alumni include a member of the United States House of Representatives. We invite you to become a part of our tradition.
A PLU Baccalaureate Nursing Education
A Pacific Lutheran University Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum is based on the American Associate of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education in Nursing (2008) and achievement of the program outcomes will enable graduates to practice as generalist nurses within a complex healthcare system. The BSN curriculum builds on the PLU core liberal education in the arts, humanities and sciences as the cornerstone for the practice of nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes:
- Demonstrate the ability to incorporate the dimensions of person, nursing, and environment to promote health in a variety of nursing situations.
- Provide evidence-based clinically competent care of individuals, families, and communities in a variety of settings across diverse populations.
- Enact the role of service as a professionally educated member of society.
- Employ principles of ethical leadership, quality improvement, and cost effectiveness to foster the development and initiation of safety and quality initiatives within a microsystem or entire system.
- Collaborate in the interprofessional design, management, and coordination of safe, quality care.
- Pursue practice excellence, lifelong learning, and professional engagement.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how healthcare policy, including financial and regulatory, affect the improvement of healthcare delivery and/or health outcomes.
- Demonstrate the use of information systems, patient care technologies, and interprofessional communication strategies in support of safe nursing practice.
The School of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. The baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master’s degree in nursing at Pacific Lutheran University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation). The Care and Outcomes Manager curriculum meets the requirements for several national certification examinations, including Clinical Nurse Leader and nurse educator.