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2021-2022 Rivier University Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Rivier University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Day)

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The Division of Nursing and Health Professions offers a four year Bachelor of Science Degree program.

Nursing education includes extensive hands-on experience in the clinical area. Clinical nursing courses may include one-two clinical days in addition to two theory classes each week. Students may be assigned to clinical agencies within a 60-mile radius of the University.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Nursing are prepared to function as generalists who practice professional nursing in a variety of health care settings, are prepared to pursue graduate studies, and are prepared to:

  • Provide patient-centered, priority-based nursing care to individuals, families, and groups through independent and collaborative application of nursing process;
  • Implement factors that create a culture of safety and a just culture;
  • Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, inter-professional perspectives and patient preference in planning, implementing and evaluating outcomes of care;
  • Incorporate the use of technology that supports clinical decision-making, patient education, error prevention, and care coordination;
  • Use inter- and intra-professional communication and collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care;
  • Participate in the use of quality indicators and core measures to evaluate the effect of change in the delivery of care as derived through health policy.

Progression/Retention Requirements

  • Receive a minimum grade of 2.67 (B-) in any nursing course;
  • Receive a passing clinical evaluation in each nursing course with a clinical laboratory component.  A notation of failure in the clinical laboratory component of a nursing course will result in a grade of F for the course;
  • Receive a minimum grade of 2.67 (B-) in science courses;
  • Receive a passing grade in each of the required general education courses;
  • Attain a 2.67 grade-point average at the completion of each semester.

Any student who fails to meet the Division of Nursing requirements in any required course must repeat that course.  Students are not allowed to take any challenge or CLEP examinations for a course for which they did not meet the minimum required grade.

General Education Requirements (57 credits)

In fulfillment of the general education core degree requirements, the following courses must be taken.


Behavioral Sciences

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Students who do not achieve the required score on the University’s math placement examination are required to take MA 112.

Degree Requirements (minimum 120 credits)

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