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Pre-Nursing

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The Augustana bachelor of arts (BA) is a smart path for future nurses. 

First, with the same rigorous intro courses as all Augustana pre-health fields, you’ll get more science study than a typical four-year BSN (bachelor of science in nursing) at other schools.

This is because Augustana believes in preparing nurses for the future of health care — which is your future — and not just for nursing practice right now.

Second, with your liberal arts background you can better treat patients. You’ll have more knowledge of the whole person, plus sharper skills in communicating, thinking fast and solving problems. Seeing the bigger picture of health — not just using technical skills — leads to better well-being for patients. And better patient outcomes can lead to more responsibility and higher pay.

In pre-nursing here you’ll major in biology or psychology, with built-in laboratory experience and devoted professors teaching and advising you.  After Augustana you’ll go on to nursing school: an accelerated 15-month BSN program or a two-year MSN. Either way, after one year you’ll be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Exam for RNs, and on your way to making a difference as a talented nurse.

What you'll learn

Disciplinary knowledge

Disciplinary knowledge

Gain a deep understanding of your subject and how it connects to other subjects.

Critical thinking and information literacy

Critical thinking and information literacy

Judge and construct arguments, raise questions and define problems. Make a conclusion based on evidence.

Communication competence

Communication competence

Read and listen carefully. Express ideas (writing or speaking) suited to the audience.

Quantitative literacy

Quantitative literacy

Interpret, represent and summarize information. Use math and statistics to solve problems.

Collaborative leadership

Collaborative leadership

Make decisions and act for the good of the community as a group.

A professor and student working in one of many lab spaces on campus.

A smart path for future nurses "I found what I am truly passionate about,” said Autumn Anderson ‘20

Distinctions

• Through a unique, accelerated B.A./M.S.N. partnership with the Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences here in the Quad Cities, students can complete the B.A. at Augustana, with an overlap of nursing prerequisites and a summer course, and the master of science in nursing (M.S.N.) at Trinity College in just six years.
 
• Students can apply to the master’s program at Trinity College as part of their application to Augustana College, for the Combined Acceptance Articulation Agreement — or they can apply to the Trinity College master’s program while enrolled at Augustana, for the Dual-Degree Articulation Agreement.
 
• Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences provides students access to the same electronic health record system used by area hospitals, which makes the transition into the workforce seamless. Trinity College’s nursing students also get more hands-on practice, with 944 hours in a variety of settings, compared with only about 650 hours at other nursing schools.
 

Autumn
More Than I Imagined Autumn Anderson
“Through an internship I was able to determine what I wanted to do with my life, which is to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner.”
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Diangelo Gonzalez
More Than I Imagined Diangelo Gonzalez
“After taking an introduction to public health course, I absolutely fell in love with the field. ”
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Sierra Rood
More Than I Imagined Sierra Rood
“My peak experience was the medical service trip to Nicaragua. It inspired me to pursue nursing. ”
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