The mission of the Nursing Program at Baker College is to prepare graduates who are life-long learners with the core knowledge and skills needed to provide competent, holistic nursing care in a diverse and ever-changing health care environment.
The Department of Nursing of Baker College embraces a commitment to the Art and Science of Human Caring, as described by Dr. Jean Watson, in the preparation of individuals committed to providing safe, compassionate, quality care, while promoting positive health outcomes. This Baker College associate degree program will provide practical instruction and experiential learning in a complex, technologically-advanced, culturally-diverse health care environment. This program of study will provide an academic foundation for life-long learning and nursing practice in dynamic, contemporary healthcare systems.
This framework is congruent with the mission and vision of Baker College to provide quality higher education that enables graduates to be successful throughout challenging and rewarding careers. Nursing is a career that requires life-long learning in a dynamic health care system, and the program of study will provide an academic foundation for further nursing education. The curriculum will foster a learning environment preparing caring nurses committed to professional and personal values and responsibilities.
Baker College School of Nursing Overview
The School of Nursing offers a wide range of program options:
- A Practical Nurse Certificate program at the Jackson campus
- Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs at the Allen Park campus
- A Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program of study at the Cadillac, Clinton Township, and Muskegon campuses (beginning Fall of 2014) and at the Flint campus (beginning Fall of 2015)
- A Post-License RN to BSN Baccalaureate program of study at the Owosso campus and through Baker College Online
- All students completing the Associate Degree in Nursing Program and the Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
At the foundation of the nursing program curriculum are eight key program outcomes that permeate all courses within the program. These outcomes include:
- Critical thinking and clinical reasoning
- Therapeutic Interventions
- Teamwork and Collaboration
- Global and Cultural Awareness
- Informatics and Information Literacy
- Professional Behaviors
- Patient-Centered Care
These concepts are stressed throughout the program and students work toward proficiency in each of these areas. Within each quarter of study, students participate in theoretical courses, laboratory courses, and clinical practicum courses. A progression of learning occurs from basic to complex in a wide range of learning environments. Clinical practicum courses may be found in long term care settings, acute care hospitals, as well as in a variety of community settings. Students are guided to take what they learn in the classroom, and to apply that learning to actual patient care situations under the supervision of experienced nursing faculty.
Baker College is proud to provide an educational experience that prepares graduates for a challenging and rewarding career in the profession of nursing. A caring philosophy is emphasized throughout the nursing program along with a strong technological and academic foundation necessary for meeting the demands of healthcare environments of today.
Program Status: Limited Enrollment.