Bachelor of Science in Nursing

What is Nursing?

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health in the care of individuals, families, and communities. It combines science and technology with the art of compassion and caring. Nursing care includes performing physical assessments, providing health education, administering medication, providing wound care, interpreting patient information and making critical decisions about needed actions. Nurses also manage patient care with interdisciplinary interaction and coordination.

The demand for nurses is projected to increase more than any other profession due to the increased care needs of the aging population and the anticipated retirement of seasoned RNs in the field. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a need for over 1 million new nurses in the next decade.

Who is Nursing targeting?

The nursing profession attracts people who enjoy interaction with others and promoting health. Nursing roles, which require partnerships with patients, families, and communities, attract students who strive to develop skills in therapeutic communication, emotional intelligence, and human caring. Students often have a passion for biological sciences, understanding how the human body works, and disease processes which are essential to providing nursing care. 

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education acknowledges the outstanding quality in all aspects of Miami’s nursing program. Job placement and employers’ evaluations of nursing graduates are excellent.

Exceptional Clinical Experiences

Our hospital and clinical agencies are located in the Cincinnati, Dayton, Fairfield, Hamilton, Middletown, and Oxford areas, including the following:

Community Partnerships

Our students have multiple opportunities to partner with organizations to improve health and safety in the local communities. These include projects to improve mental health access, women’s health and education, and pediatric health promotion.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Miami Nursing in Oxford offers a competitive, rigorous program to selected high school applicants. Students must be selected for direct admission to the Oxford Nursing Cohort based on a holistic application review. A student’s academic credentials (cumulative high school GPA, ACT/SAT score, and high school curriculum) will factor in heavily to the Nursing admission decision. Minimally, students must complete high school curriculum requirements in Chemistry and Algebra II. Students hoping to gain admission to the Oxford Nursing cohort should apply by Miami University’s priority consideration deadline. There is no additional application for the Oxford Nursing cohort. Students who wish to be considered should choose “Nursing” as their intended major on the application for admission.

Our clinical agencies require for us to have current health and safety documentation on file for all students. Beginning sophomore year of the program, all students will be required to submit annual documentation of liability insurance, CPR certification, health screenings immunizations (Tuberculosis, Tdap, MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, influenza), and criminal background check.

What courses would I take?

In the first year of study, students will take science course requirements and begin to complete courses in the Global Miami Plan. Sophomore year, students will begin to take nursing courses which focus on health promotion, prevention, restoration, and maintenance with patients, families, and communities. Clinical experiences begin with one day a week in the sophomore year and increase to two days a week in the junior and senior years. View a complete list of the Nursing BSN curricular plan.

What can I do with this major?

All Miami BSN graduates will be qualified to take the National Council Licensing Examination – RN (NCLEX-RN) to become an RN registered nurse in Ohio or any other state. The BSN program prepares graduates for roles in all areas of nursing, including acute care settings in medical-surgical, maternal newborn, operating room, emergency, and intensive care. Other non-acute care settings that attract our graduates include home care, school nursing, rehab facilities, extended care facilities, health clinics, and public health roles.

The BSN also provides a pathway for nurse leadership roles and entry into a master’s program in advanced practice nursing. Nurses with a master’s degree in Nursing may pursue roles as a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, nurse researcher, or nurse administrator.

Who can I contact for more information?

Brooke Flinders, DNP, RN, CNM
Nursing Department Chair and Associate Professor 

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