Nurses with a liberal arts background have a more holistic approach to treating patients. Their broad academic education gives them greater depth of understanding across cultures and disciplines, plus skills in critical thinking, communication and problem-solving.
Understanding “the whole person” — not just being a technically trained nurse — is important to helping improve patients’ health and well-being. These better patient outcomes lead to greater responsibility and higher-paying positions for nurses with a four-year bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree.
Besides study across the liberal arts, a B.A. from Augustana includes more science study than a typical four-year B.S.N. (bachelor of science in nursing), and includes much of the same coursework and laboratory experience taken by pre-meds and students preparing for other advanced health-care degrees.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
The Augustana nursing program is not a graduation major, so a departmental major must be completed if the student intends to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree. The choice of graduation major is not critical for acceptance by a school of nursing, but the majority of students matriculating in advanced nursing programs have a major in the biological sciences or psychology.
After graduating with a B.A. from Augustana, nursing students pursuing the R.N. may gain technical training through one of two routes: a 15-month “accelerated” B.S.N. (the A.B.S.N.) or a two-year direct-entry master of science in nursing (M.S.N). After the first year of either one of these programs, students are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Exam for R.Ns.
Augustana has a dual degree B.A./B.S.N. articulation agreement with nearby Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences. This means the Augustana B.A. and Trinity A.B.S.N. overlap, with students taking their first nursing course during the summer before their senior year at Augustana.
The Augustana College B.A. and Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences M.S.N.
A partnership between Augustana College and the Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers students with the passion for the nursing profession efficient preparation in just six years.
The efficiency and savings of the Augustana-Trinity dual-degree program can lead to higher pay, more responsibility and greater options for future nurses.
In this accelerated master’s program, students complete the bachelor of arts (BA) at Augustana College, with an overlap of nursing prerequisites and a summer course, and the master of science in nursing (MSN) at Trinity College.
Trinity College offers a state-of-the-art teaching lab and guaranteed local clinical placements. It provides students access to the same electronic health records system used by area hospitals, which makes the transition into the workforce seamless. Additionally, Trinity College nursing students get more hands-on practice, with 944 hours in a variety of settings, compared with only about 650 hours at other schools.
Here’s how it works:
Students can take one of two paths for the B.A./M.S.N. articulation program:
1). Apply to the master’s program as part of the application to Augustana, for the Combined Acceptance Articulation Agreement, or
2). apply to the master’s program while enrolled at Augustana, for the Dual-Degree Articulation Agreement.
Most students have a biology major and psychology minor, or psychology major and biology minor. To continue as a full-time M.S.N. student at Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences, they complete the following courses (maximum 34 credits) with a grade of C or better and graduate from Augustana with at least a 3.2 GPA.
Students complete the following pre-nursing courses by the end of the Augustana junior year:
BIOL351 Human Anatomy (4 credits including lab)
BIOL 362 Human Physiology (4 credits including lab)
CHEM 131,132 General Chemistry I and II (8 credits including lab)
PSYC 216 Human Development (4 credits)
Students take the first Trinity College nursing course in the summer after their junior year:
NUR 511: The Art and Science of Nursing Practice for the M.S.N.
The following are completed by the end of the senior year at Augustana, before full acceptance into Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences:
PSYC 240 Statistics or SOC 230 Statistics (4 credits)
PSYC 246 Research Methods (4 credits)
BIOL 343 Microbiology (4 credits including lab)