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Professional nurses provide direct care to individuals and work with others in a variety of settings to address the health needs of individuals, families, and communities. The practice of nursing aims to help people of all ages experience optimal health. Respect for human dignity and a commitment to caring are essential to nursing practice. Expectations of the baccalaureate nursing graduate include professional growth and scholarly approaches to practice. The profession of nursing provides opportunities for graduates to assume many roles in a variety of clinical areas. A baccalaureate degree in Nursing also provides a foundation for graduate study and further specialization.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program has two tracks, the RN to Baccalaureate Track and the 4-Year Track.
The RN to Baccalaureate Track serves registered nurses who live and work in various geographical areas. Courses are offered in block schedules, and some components are offered on the Internet and on-campus. Students may enroll in liberal education courses and selected Nursing courses prior to being admitted to the Nursing major.
The 4-Year Track serves students who are entering Bemidji State University as freshmen and are seeking a baccalaureate nursing education that will prepare them to take the NCLEX RN exam after graduation.