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Make a difference in people’s lives every day.

Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) have opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge in a variety of practice areas, including patient care, education, research, and administration. BSNs often specialize in a field that matches their interests—emergency or extended care, pediatrics, obstetrics, or other nursing specialties.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
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    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
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    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
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    • Job interview questions
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  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
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Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

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Nursing – Post-Licensure BSN

Continue your professional growth.

Make a difference in people’s lives every day.

Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) have opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge in a variety of practice areas, including patient care, education, research, and administration. BSNs often specialize in a field that matches their interests—emergency or extended care, pediatrics, obstetrics, or other nursing specialties.

Career Facts

$66,640

Median salary for Registered Nurses

16%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

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Overview

Overview

Baker’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Post-Licensure program offers a curriculum created by nurses and employers for licensed Registered Nurses, giving you the opportunity to continue your professional growth by further developing your knowledge, skills, and clinical experiences. In addition to classwork, the curriculum includes three clinical experiences: Community Health Practicum, Leadership Practicum, and Nursing Seminar.

To ensure a quality learning experience, there must be at least 15 students at one location. If there is an insufficient number of students to continue offering courses at a location, you will be required to complete your program at the Online campus.

Contact the Admissions Department to learn about current course offereings and locations.

Participation requires:

  • An unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States (US), District of Columbia or US territories; or an unencumbered license as a RN in Canada. Note: Canadian RNs must complete the clinical components of this program under the supervision of a baccalaureate nurse licensed in Canada. Successful completion of the Baker College baccalaureate nursing program does not qualify the Canadian graduate to take the US NCLEX examination.
  • All students are expected to maintain licensure throughout their academic career.
  • Applicants must include a photocopy of active US or Canadian RN license or a printed page from the licensing state’s nursing website or Canadian equivalent verifying licensure status and expiration date.
Course Information

Course Information

Program Conditional Requirements:
US Registered Nurse License
Approved Credit: 73

Required Courses15 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
HSC 221

4 Quarter Hours

Applies nutritional biochemistry and physiology content to an analysis of health and illness situations from a holistic perspective. Nutritional, allopathic and alternative healing modalities will be explored and applied through the use of case studies and other varied learning experience.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 102C for Nursing, Nursing LPN to Ladder and Practical Nurse Majors.
Nutrition 4
PSY 111

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology 4
SCI 102C

5 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the structure and function of the various body systems. Laboratory work will include the dissection of mammal organs. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 101C.
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 5
SCI 131

2 Quarter Hours

Introduces basic theories about the composition of living cells. Structure and function of various microbes will be explored. The human diseases caused by these microbes in addition to their treatments will be presented.

Concepts in Microbiology 2
Nursing Major44 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
CIS 371

4 Quarter Hours

Explores the integration of healthcare practice with computer technology and information science. Students will identify, gather, process, and manage information obtained and accessed via advanced information technology. Issues related to the protection of privacy, confidentiality, ethics, and security of information in the healthcare environment will be evaluated.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Introduction to Healthcare Informatics 4
NUR 311

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the registered nurses role transition to a professional baccalaureate nurse with emphasis on leadership, management, and issues influencing nursing education and practice. Students will explore the history of nursing, and how society views the nursing profession including contemporary issues that affect the profession of nursing. Students will integrate prior learning experience and skills with the theory and practice focus of baccalaureate education.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Corequisite(s):
COL 112.
Fundamentals of Professional Nursing Practice 4
NUR 321

4 Quarter Hours

Builds on the registered nurses knowledge and skills in health assessment. Emphasis is placed on review of body systems, physical examination techniques, and documentation of findings. Students are also expected to identify and apply pathophysiological principles to selected health issues across the lifespan.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Nursing Assessment for the Registered Nurse 4
NUR 331

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the role of the experienced professional nurse in promoting optimal health, with special emphasis on the rehabilitative populations. Risk factors for illness and injury will be explored and strategies for treatment, health promotion through physical, psychological and spiritual intervention, will be addressed.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in NUR 311, B- or better in NUR 341.
Health Promotion and Vulnerable Populations 4
NUR 341

4 Quarter Hours

Explores various nursing theorists and provides an overview of evidence-based practice with an emphasis on improved quality of care. Examines the role of research in the application of the nursing process and its contribution to the development of nursing as a science. Students will be challenged to critically evaluate research and how it applies to the nursing profession and explore ethical issues inherent in the research process.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 401, B- or better in NUR 311.
Nursing Theory and Research 4
NUR 411

4 Quarter Hours

Examines the core functions and current organization of community health nursing as part of the larger healthcare system. Concentration is placed on achievement of optimal health outcomes for target populations and selected vulnerable subgroups within the community. The role of nursing will be examined in relation to public policy and emergency response and management.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in NUR 321, B- or better in NUR 331, B- or better in NUR 341
Community Health Nursing 4
NUR 412

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the application of community health and nursing principles in the care of individuals, families, and selected vulnerable subgroups within a variety of community health settings. Nurses serve as advocates, caregivers, leaders and teachers as they apply the nursing process to communities with a focus on epidemiology, environmental health, and emergency response and management.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in NUR 321, B- or better in NUR 331, Professional Liability Ins. B- or better in NUR 411.
Community Health Nursing Practicum 4
NUR 421

4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes further development of the professional nurse role by exploring contemporary trends in leadership and management of human and financial resources. Focus is on the importance of communication in the development of effective management and leadership skills. Personal leadership styles and values will be identified, and students will enhance leadership competencies by examining self in relation to professional standards, the nursing code of ethics, and leadership theories and models.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in NUR 321, B- or better in NUR 331, B- or better in NUR 341
Nursing Leadership and Management 4
NUR 422

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the development of the role of the professional nurse leader through the application of effective communication, leadership and management theory. Communication skills, various management and leadership theories, economic considerations, scope of practice standards and ethics will be integrated into leadership and management of others in the provision of health care.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in NUR 321, B- or better in NUR 331, Professional Liability Ins. B- or better in NUR 421.
Nursing Leadership and Management Practicum 4
NUR 482

4 Quarter Hours

Allows students to synthesize information obtained in this program to explore how the professional nurse can impact healthcare policy as well as how healthcare policy impacts nursing science, practice and education. Students will analyze nursing policy and position statements; political, environmental, and cultural issues; changing nursing roles; and the delivery of quality nursing care in an evolving world. Students will need to identify a preceptor, who holds a minimum of a BSN degree, to assist with the course project.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in NUR 412, B- or better in NUR 422, B- or better in NUR 431 or B- or better in NUR 441, Program Director/Dean approval, Professional Liability Ins.
Nursing Seminar 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 431

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the main concepts of global health and the link between global health and socio-economic development. This course will focus on measurement of health status, burden of disease, risk factors, and vulnerable populations.

Global Health 4
NUR 441

4 Quarter Hours

Examines alterations in functions affecting individuals across the lifespan. Students will examine pathophysiological concepts utilizing biology, microbiology, and physiological sciences as a basis for nursing practice. The scientific approach will be utilized to increase understanding of the disease process from the cellular to the multi-system level.

Pathophysiology for the Registered Nurse 4
General Education Requirements48 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
GEN 100A

4 Quarter Hours
General Education Elective 4
HUM 353

2 Quarter Hours

Fosters an appreciation of the visual arts by learning about basic art concepts, styles, vocabulary, and art-making techniques and materials (media). Students study and analyze works of art, major artists, artistic meanings, and the cultural and global communities in which the art is created.

Corequisite(s):
HUM357 Music Appreciation (2 QH) must be taken simultaneously.
Art Appreciation 2
HUM 357

2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with a greater understanding of the role music plays in human life. Students gain general knowledge of the history of music. Students are provided with opportunities to develop an appreciation of music of various genres.

Corequisite(s):
HUM353 Art Appreciation (2 QH) must be taken simultaneously.
Music Appreciation 2
HUM 401A

4 Quarter Hours

Identifies and analyzes ethical situations in modern society. Examines the philosophical foundations for personal and professional ethics.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Philosophy of Ethics 4
MTH 401

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on data interpretation and practical application of introductory level statistics. Emphasizes a conceptual understanding of the use of statistics in various fields, including the ability to interpret results. Topics include development and analysis of descriptive statistics, inferential statistics (bivariate), and regression analysis. Students determine appropriate statistical methods, calculate basic statistical values, and analyze/interpret data sets including statistical software study results.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 108 or MTH 111
Statistical Methods 4
PSY 221

4 Quarter Hours

Examines changes that occur across the human life span, from conception to old age and death. Topics include physical, perceptual, cognitive, personality, social, and emotional changes.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 111.
Developmental Psychology 4
SOC 321

4 Quarter Hours

Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.

Cultural Diversity 4
SPN 101

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the beginning study of Spanish designed for students with minimal or no experience in Spanish. The main goal of this course is to begin to learn to speak, read, write, and comprehend Spanish. Special emphasis is placed on developing communication skills and on increasing awareness of cultures in the Spanish-speaking world.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam.
Spanish I 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SPK 211

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to work effectively in groups. Students will collaborate to complete a group project and multiple presentations. Course content covers key concepts of group dynamics such as diversity, group roles, ethical issues, and conflict resolution. Students will hone group communication skills and effectively use technology to communicate with group members.

Prerequisite(s):
Education Majors: SPK 201.
Corequisite(s):
EDU 312A. All other majors: PSY 101 or PSY 111, SPK 201.
Group Dynamics 4
SPK 401A

4 Quarter Hours

Practices individual formal presentations in a business context. The format includes a variety of speaking situations such as parliamentary procedure, briefings, sales, formal and informal discussions, and formal report presentations.

Prerequisite(s):
SPK 201.
Professional Speaking 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 221

4 Quarter Hours

Studies literary analysis and provides practice of methods used to analyze the contents of literary works; includes a review of major themes and schools of literary criticism.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Critical Writing and Literary Analysis 4
ENG 231

4 Quarter Hours

Studies how and why people communicate the way they do. Habitual talking, listening, and writing behaviors of individuals and groups are examined as well as the influences of the history of the English language, home, community, and culture on the language structures and language uses of individuals. Culture, as it influences linguistic preference, is studied.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Language and Culture 4
ENG 311

4 Quarter Hours

Expands students’ writing skills beyond the expository style studied in Composition I and II and in the Workplace Communication course. This course studies poetry forms and fiction writing techniques. It is not necessary that a student be an experienced creative writer, only that he or she be committed to the writing process.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Creative Writing 4
ENG 411

4 Quarter Hours

Studies theory of behavior in communication in general and in mass media in particular. This course also focuses on the design and evaluation of public opinion studies and research topics in communication with an emphasis on the effects that various media have on consumers.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Foundations of Mass Communication 4
LIT 301

4 Quarter Hours

Studies contemporary authors who may be classified as modern or postmodern; figures include principal ethnic and minority writers.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Contemporary Literature 4
LIT 331

4 Quarter Hours

Surveys American literature of various genres from colonial times (1600) through the Civil War (1865). American literary movements and their historical contexts are revealed through works representing a full range of American ethnicities. Students learn to critically analyze many types of literature through class discussion, activities, and writing.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
American Literature I 4
LIT 332

4 Quarter Hours

Surveys American literature of various genres from Reconstruction (1865) to the present. American literary movements and their historical contexts are revealed through works representing a full range of American ethnicities. Students learn to critically analyze many types of literature through class discussion, activities, and writing.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
American Literature II 4
WRI 115

4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students’ critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student’s individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Workplace Communication 4
WRI 301A

4 Quarter Hours

Improves students ability to write for business and technical purposes relevant to student’s major field or career aspirations. Emphasis is on writing formal reports including research of published technical information and presentation of a formal paper. In addition, less formal aspects of business and technical communications are studied. Students will practice and develop skills for writing and communicating in a professional environment.

Prerequisite(s):
WRI 115
Report Writing 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ECN 301

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on economic topics of international trade theories including advantages, costs, and barriers to free trade; capital mobility; balance of payments; and foreign exchange markets.

Prerequisite(s):
ECN 201
International Economics 4
GEO 101B

4 Quarter Hours

Examines world regional geography, with special attention given to Europe, Russia, and the Americas. The concepts of regionalism, culture, and national environment are studied, along with historical, political, and economic forces that shape people’s lives.

World Geography I 4
GEO 102B

4 Quarter Hours

Examines world regional geography, with special attention given to Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The concepts of regionalism, culture, and natural environment are studied, along with the historical, political, and economic forces that shape people’s lives.

World Geography II 4
HIS 301

4 Quarter Hours

Explores the experiences of women in America and provides an overview of the present and historic influences on contemporary women in social, political, and economic roles.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Women’s Studies 4
HIS 351

4 Quarter Hours

Investigates major events and developments in world history from early human beginnings to c.300 CE, including discussion of some historiographical interpretations from the period.

World History I 4
HIS 411

4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes the patterns of political, social, religious, and economic development of emerging nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America with reference to theoretical perspectives such as globalization.

Emerging Nations 4
ITP 111

4 Quarter Hours

Provides basic knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. Begins the exploration of Deaf culture and the language of that culture. Emphasis is on comprehension and production skills. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

American Sign Language I 4
ITP 112

4 Quarter Hours

Continues the development of American Sign Language (ASL) skills for communicating with Deaf people who sign. Emphasis is on expansion of ASL vocabulary and continued development of expressive and receptive sign skills. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 111.
American Sign Language II 4
POL 401

4 Quarter Hours

Includes the study of international relations theory, development, and communications as well as American and comparative foreign policy analysis, international law, comparative politics, and peace studies, including conflict resolution and arms control.

International Relations 4
SPN 102

4 Quarter Hours

Continues beginning Spanish designed for students who have successfully completed SPN 101. This course continues to develop students ability to speak, read, write and comprehend Spanish. Special emphasis is placed on developing communication skills and on increasing awareness of cultures in the Spanish-speaking world.

Prerequisite(s):
SPN 101 or 1 year high school Spanish.
Spanish II 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
POL 201A

4 Quarter Hours

Studies the functions of government at the national, state, and local levels. Particular emphasis is placed on the effects of government policies on individuals and businesses. The areas of study include the Constitution, federalism, interest groups, courts, the bureaucracy, the economy, congress, the Presidency, and political parties.

American Political Systems 4
PSY 211

4 Quarter Hours

Equips students with a psychological foundation of theory related to death, dying, and bereavement. Prepares students who are entering a helping profession to work with others to understand and cope with death, dying, and bereavement.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 101 or PSY 111.
Psychology of Death and Dying 4
PSY 231

4 Quarter Hours

Explores selection, placement, and evaluation of personnel, work motivation, leadership, worker well-being, group organization, and processes in the workplace.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 101 or PSY 111.
Organizational Psychology 4
PSY 335

4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes the anatomical, psychological, cultural, and social aspects of a wide range of topics in the area of human sexuality. Course emphasis is on developing understanding and appreciation of variations of sexual expression and the role of sexuality throughout the various phases of the life cycle.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 101 or PSY 111.
Human Sexuality 4
PSY 351

4 Quarter Hours

Studies the nature of adolescent behavior and its underlying dynamics. This course focuses on understanding adolescents in our society. The emphasis is on behavior development in establishing skills necessary to work with this group. This includes physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth of adolescents.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 111.
Adolescent Psychology 4
PSY 401

4 Quarter Hours

Presents a study of individuals in the social context in which they live. Topics such as attitudes and attitude change, altruism, effects of being in a group, conformity, obedience, persuasion, and interpersonal attraction are studied.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 101 or PSY 111.
Social Psychology 4
SOC 201

4 Quarter Hours

Examines social organization, culture, and the relationship between society and the individual. The areas studied are social groups, roles and statuses, institutions, social stratification, socialization, social change, and social policy.

Sociology 4
SOC 301

4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes social problems of contemporary society: drugs; poverty; environment; delinquency; and gender, race, and ethnic relationships, among others.

Prerequisite(s):
SOC 201.
Social Problems 4
SOC 341

4 Quarter Hours

Examines the values and cultural contexts of global professional settings. Emphasis is on analyzing problems and possible solutions in global interactions.

Global Perspectives 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SCI 215

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the principles of physics. Concepts explored include mechanical, fluid, electromagnetic, and thermal systems.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124
Integrated Physics 4
SCI 246

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to general chemical principles, particularly emphasizing periodic properties, fundamental chemical calculations, formulas, equations, bonding, and nomenclature. Students develop selected chemistry lab skills through the practical application of techniques and procedures. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MTH 108 or B- or better in MTH 111.
Chemistry I 4
SCI 321

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a comprehensive introduction to astronomy. Topics include the solar system, stars, galaxies, cosmology, and history of astronomy. Astronomical laboratory investigations are part of the course.

Principles of Astronomy 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 180
Program Description

Program Description

The goal of the Baker College Baccalaureate Post-licensure Nursing program is to provide an opportunity for licensed registered nurses to continue their professional growth by the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed to function in healthcare settings that are responsive to individual and community needs as professional nurses. These individuals will develop into leaders of research, practice, education and administration within the healthcare environment.

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
  • Communication
  • 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: Open Enrollment

Accreditation

Accreditation

The nursing programs within the Baker College System have been approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

The Baccalaureate Post-licensure Nursing program at Baker College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, (202) 887-6791. Web address:  www.aacn.nche.edu

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Mission

Mission

The mission of the Baker College School of Nursing 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 healthcare environment.  The curriculum is designed to assist students to become critical thinkers with clinical reasoning skills who also understand the moral, ethical, cultural, and global dimensions of the issues they confront in an ever-evolving healthcare system.

As an essential component of Baker College’s academic health programs, the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (Post-Licensure) program has the following goals:

  • To develop quality nursing leaders with the ability to advance and promote the health of a diverse population within the communities they serve.
  • To practice as a self-assured, competent professional nurse, who can function in a dynamic health environment.
  • To provide leadership to promote global health.
  • To participate and utilize evidenced based practice in providing high quality nursing care.
  • To graduate nurses committed to professional and personal values and responsibilities.
  • To provide an academic foundation for further nursing education.
Philosophy / Vision

Philosophy / Vision

The Baker College School of Nursing embraces a commitment to The Theory of Human Caring, as described by Dr. Jean Watson, in the preparation of individuals for the professional practice of nursing.  “Caring is the moral ideal of nursing whereby the end is protection, enhancement, and preservation of human dignity” (Watson, 1999).  This commitment to caring permeates the entire baccalaureate program of study and is demonstrated by the dedication of faculty to students’ growth through learning.

Through an approved program of study, faculty serve as role models, and provide student feedback through continuous assessment, thus preparing students with a baccalaureate of science degree in nursing.  Upon graduation students are prepared with a liberal arts education to better meet the needs of clients in a dynamic global community.  The program provides quality education by preparing the nursing student to practice effectively within the healthcare system, to meet the ever-changing demands of the healthcare community, to provide continuing healthcare education, and to engage in caring relationships with clients.

The contemporary healthcare environment highlights continuous quality improvement, patient safety initiatives, and evidence-based care as foundational to the practice of nursing. The Baker College nursing faculty continually examines evolving practice environments to ensure consistency with current healthcare standards. The Baker College baccalaureate degree program utilizes the American Nurses Association Standards of Nursing Practice and Professional Performance, The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Michigan Board of Nursing Administrative Rules to derive concepts central to the program curriculum.

This philosophy 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 healthcare system, and this program of study provides an academic foundation for further nursing education. The curriculum fosters a learning environment preparing caring nurses committed to professional and personal values and responsibility.

Vision

The vision of the Baker College baccalaureate nursing program is to encourage both pre licensure students and licensed registered nurses the opportunity for professioinal growth by the acquisition of knowledge, and skills needed to function in healthcare settings that are responsive to individual and community needs as professional nurses. These individuals will develop into leaders of research, practice and administration within the healthcare environment.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

  • Synthesize knowledge from a liberal arts education as the basis for decision making in nursing practice.
  • Apply the nursing process to manage the diverse needs of individuals, families, and communities in diverse environments using a holistic and patient-centered approach.
  • Illustrate the importance of health promotion, disease, and injury prevention to improving populace health.
  • Use and manage information technology to communicate and provide safe and effective patient care.
  • Use evidence-based research to guide nursing practices.
  • Apply theories of leadership and management to provide quality patient care and patient safety.
  • Investigate current issues in healthcare politics, finance, and regulatory environments to guide nursing practice and client care.
  • Use inter-professional communication and collaboration for improving patient health outcomes.
  • Create an environment that adheres to professional values and behaviors, a professional code of ethics, professional standards, and legal statutes as they relate to the nursing practice.
  • Recognize the importance of lifelong learning and professional career development in the field of nursing.

Big Ideas

  • Cultural and ethnic diversity
  • Safety
  • Technology
  • Ethics
  • Nursing Practices

2011-2012 BSN Outcomes Assessement Plan

Application Information

Application Information

Prospective Students

An online application is available for Undergraduate and Graduate admission. You may also print the Application for Undergraduate Admission and apply through mail, or at the campus nearest you.

Returning Students

Returning students do not need to re-apply. Please contact the Academic Office on the campus that you plan to attend about returning to Baker College.

Current Students

Allen Park – Nursing (ADN)

  • The Baker College of Allen Park campus has been approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing to admit no more than 30 students per year beginning January 2012.
  • Application Quarter: Spring quarter 2017 for fall semester start in 2017.
  • Application Process: Applications will be available for download on the Allen Park Nursing Program Information Blackboard community during the application cycle. As the student, it is your responsibility to read the information and ask questions.
  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test: Sign up during the Meet and Greet session to be held each spring (dates and time to be determined).  Kaplan test may only be taken once every six months for a maximum of 2 attempts to qualify for any nursing programs of Baker College School of Nursing.

Auburn Hills- Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN

  • 32 students are accepted Summer Application for Fall Start
  • 22 students are accepted Fall Application for Winter Start
  • Application Quarters: Summer application for Fall start & Fall application for Winter start
  • Kaplan Entrance exam will be given in August (Fall start) & November (Winter start)
  • Application Process: Applications will be completed online through the link listed below. All applications must be submitted be the deadline. The deadline will be strictly enforced and the submission of the application via the link will be recorded. You will be contacted by an Academic Advisor once your application is submitted to schedule your entrance exam. Please contact your Program Director or Academic Advisor regarding information pertaining to your exam.

Application Deadline
Application dates for Fall 2016 start: June 27-July 29th
Application dates for Winter 2017 start: September 26th-October 28th

Student must have all pre-requisite courses completed the quarter completing the application. For example, if applying in Summer for a Fall Start, pre-requisites must be completed Summer quarter.

  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test: Sign up for the Kaplan test will occur once your application has been submitted and cleared by an Academic Advisor. You will be contacted via email to schedule your test slot. Students with incomplete applications will not be allowed to sit for the Kaplan Test. You must obtain a 66% or greater on the Kaplan test for your application to be complete.
  • Background checks will required once application is received. Further details will be included in your clearance email from the Advisor.

Cadillac – Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN

  • Cadillac – Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN
  • 24 students are accepted
  • Application Quarters: Summer for Fall  start;  Fall for Spring start
  • Application Dates:
    • Fall Quarter Nursing Start
      • Available Summer quarter Week 1
      • Due Friday Summer quarter Week 5 at close of business
      • Kaplan Entrance exam given in September
    • Winter Quarter Nursing Start
      • Available Fall quarter Week 1
      • Due Friday Fall quarter Week 5 at close of business
      • Kaplan Entrance exam given in December
  • Application Process:  Applications may be picked up in person in the Faculty office.  Applications must be completed and returned in person to the Faculty office by the designated deadline.  At this time, applicants sign up for the Kaplan Admission Assessment test.
  • Student must have all pre-requisite courses completed the quarter completing the application.  For example, if applying in the Summer for a Fall start, pre-requisites must be completed Summer quarter.  Students applying in the Fall for a Winter start must have completed pre-requisites Fall quarter.
  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test:  Sign up for the Kaplan test when application is turned in.  The Kaplan test will be given on designated dates in December for Fall applicants (Winter start) and in September for Summer applicants (Fall start).  Students with incomplete applications will not be allowed to sit for the Kaplan Test.  Must obtain a 66% or greater on the Kaplan test for your application to be complete.
  • Application Informational Meetings: Meetings are held quarterly. Specific location, dates and times are posted on campus and in the “Beacon” (Cadillac Campus Newsletter). Additionally, meeting information is available in the faculty office (231-876-3158).

Clinton Township – Nursing Pre-Licensure

  • 40 students are admitted each Fall and 40 students are admitted each Spring
  • Application Quarters:  Spring quarter for a Fall start; and Fall quarter for a Spring start.
  • Application Dates:  Applications accepted in the first five weeks of the Spring Quarter for Fall start and in the first five weeks of the Fall quarter for the Spring start.
  • Application Process:  Students must pick up application packets and return in person to the Nursing office.  Photo ID must be presented.   Applications must include the  1)Information page;  2) Current copy of Step Plan; and 3) Statement page verifying that they have completed all pre-requisite courses with a grade of B- or better.
  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test:  Open enrollment in October to test on designated dates in November.  Open enrollment in April to test on designated dates in May.  Kaplan test may only be taken once per year.

Flint – Nursing (ADN)

  • 40 students are accepted during each application cycle (80 students per year)
  • Application Quarters:  Spring quarter for a Fall start; Fall quarter for a Spring start
  • Application Dates:  Applications accepted during the month of April for Fall Quarter and during the month of October for Spring Quarter
  • Application Process: Applications will be available in the Health Science Office for pick-up and must be returned to the Health Science Office by the deadline date and time listed in the packet.
  • Students are to complete the application and the “Alternative Careers” web site card to be eligible.
  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test:  Instructions are enclosed in the application packet on when students must call to schedule their Kaplan test.  The test is not given until after the quarter ends.  Students who have not met all requirements for admission will not be permitted to sit for the test.
  • Kaplan test may only be taken once per year.

Muskegon – Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN

  • 16 students accepted for Fall; 16 accepted for Spring
  • Application Quarters:  Summer quarter for a Fall start  and Winter quarter for a Spring start
  • Application Dates:  Applications accepted during the month of August for Fall Quarter and during the month of March  for the Spring Quarter
  • Application Process:  Students pick up applications in the G-Wing reception area.
  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test:  Students sign up for the Kaplan test when picking up the application with the administrative assistant. .  Kaplan test may only be taken once per year.

Owosso – Nursing (ADN) and Post-Licensure BSN

  • 35-40 students are admitted for Fall quarter and 35-40 students are admitted for Spring quarter.
  • Application Quarters: Spring quarter for a Fall start; and Fall quarter for a Spring start.
  • Application Dates:  Applications accepted during the month of April for Fall Quarter and during the month of October for Spring Quarter.
  • Application Process:  Students must pick up and return applications in person in the Health Science Office.  Student ID must be presented.  Applications include:  1) Application page; 2) Essay on assigned topic as designated in the application packet.
  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test: Students sign up for designated test dates when completed applications are submitted.  Kaplan testing occurs in the week following the end of the application quarter (June and December).  Kaplan test may only be taken once per year.

Limited Enrollment

Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. Selection criteria have been developed to choose the most qualified students for limited enrollment programs.  Students who have successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements for their program are eligible to apply for full acceptance in to the professional track of the program. Refer to the program information supplement for program specific details on the application process, the criteria used, and the courses used in the GPA calculations.

Once selected through the limited enrollment criteria, for full acceptance into a program, students must complete program requirements including, but not limited to: program specific orientations, background checks, drug screens, etc. Please contact your campus official for additional information.

Campus Contacts

Campus Contacts

Auburn Hills (Pre-Licensure BSN)

Shelly Thomas-Katta MSN, RN
Program Director of Nursing
Office: (248)-276-6661
shelly.thomas-katta@baker.edu

Allen Park (ADN)

Irene Su RN, MSN, DNP
Program Director of Nursing
Office: (313) 425-3834
irene.su@baker.edu

Cadillac (Pre-Licensure BSN)

Lori Dewey MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Office: (231) 876-3163
lori.dewey@baker.edu

Clinton Township (Pre-Licensure BSN)

Maryam Jannesari, DNP, RN
Program Director of Nursing
Office: (586) 790-9680
maryam.jannesari@baker.edu

Flint (Pre-Licensure BSN)

Renee Gilbert BSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Office: (810) 766-4127
renee.gilbert@baker.edu

Jackson (Pre-Licensure BSN)

Debra Hadfield MSN, RN
Program Director
Office: (517) 780-4575
debra.hadfield@baker.edu

Muskegon (Pre-Licensure)

Kathleen Bonthuis MSN, RN
Program Director of Nursing
Kbonth01@baker.edu

Owosso (Pre-Licensure)

Shannon Meijer MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Office: (989) 729-3475
shannon.meijer@baker.edu

Baker Online (Post Licensure BSN)

Lesley Morgan Ph.D, M.B.A., ARNP 
Director, Baccalaureate Nursing Program
Admissions Office: (810) 766-4390
Toll Free: (800) 469-4062
lesley.morgan@baker.edu

Assessment Report

Assessment Report

2013 Assessment Information

Nursing 2013 Assessment Report

Student Resources

Student Resources

Associations

Baker College Resources

Publications
Nursing World 

Student Organizations
Student Nursing Association

  • Auburn Hills
  • Cadillac
  • Clinton Township
  • Flint
  • Owosso
Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Phyllis Bergquest
Durand Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center

Dawn Blackwell
Memorial Healthcare Center

Shelly Brandt
Shiawassee County RESD

Donna Bullen
Durand Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center

Sally Chapko
Hazel Findley Country Manor

Tina Coffman
Memorial Healthcare Center

Glenda Cross
Ingham Regional Medical Center

Becky Dahlke
Memorial Healthcare Center

Melissa Dinkins
Ovid Healthcare Center

Tina Gross
Sparrow Specialty Hospital

Jennifer Hanna
Ingham Regional Medical Center

Janice Hodges, RN
Sparrow Health System

Helen Howard
Respite Volunteers Shiawassee

Amy Huff
Hazel Findlay Country Manor

Chris Jodoin
Sparrow Health System

Carol Jones
Ingham Regional Medical Center

Jennifer Jones
Shiawassee Country RESD

Amanda Lampron
McLaren Greater Lansing

Cathy Stevenson
Memorial Healthcare Center

Robert Trout
Sparrow Specialty Hospital

Karen West
Shiawassee County RESD

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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