Nursing is a field with endless possibilities. When you choose a career as a nurse, you will have choices of many specialties such as emergency room (ER) nurse, cardiac nurse, nurse anesthesiologist, critical care nurse, geriatric nurse, psychiatric nurse, public health nurse and many more. There are opportunities to be a nurse educator or a nurse manager. it is even possible to be a travelling nurse and work in different states for several months at a time. Whichever path you choose, nursing provides a stable and satisfying career helping others.
There is a great need for more nurses and our students find that there are many job opportunities. It is a career that offers flexibility in scheduling as nurses are needed at all hours–some people prefer a night shift, others like to work a few longer days a week and then having several days off. Being able to make these kinds of choices is a definite plus.
We have an Extern Program–an internship you do in a hospital at the end of your studies. Many students in our Bellevue Hospital Extern Program have been offered jobs there.
View the pre-requisite and nursing course sequence for Day and Evening/Weekend programs. (PDF)
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Nursing Academic Program Maps
Required Common Core
- Micro-organisms pathogenic to humans: their characteristics, pathogenicity and modes of transmission are studied. Instruction includes a study of the sterile technique and maintenance of the sterile field. Required in selected programs in the Health Sciences; available to other students through Departmental approval.
Prerequisites: BIO 426 and CHE 118, or CHE 121, or departmental approval
- This two-semester course explores the human body as an integrated, functional complex of systems. Terminology, structure and function of each organ-system, with emphasis on their interrelationships, are explained. Required of students in the health services technologies; available to all other students for elective credit.
Prerequisite for BIO 426 is BIO 425. Two terms required. Prerequisite: CHE 118 or CHE 121, or departmental approval NOTE: BIO 425 and BIO 426 do not meet the science requirements in the liberal arts curriculum.
- This course is an introduction to the bio-psycho-social and cultural factors that influence the nursing care of any patient/client who needs minimum assistance in the maintenance of health. Concepts and principles are stressed in relation to the application of the nursing process to basic nursing care. Clinical experiences are provided in general hospitals and a nursing home. Prerequisite: Completion of the required pre-requisite courses, Corequisites: BIO 426, PSY 240
- 8 CRS.4 HRS.4 LAB HRS.Nursing Process II: Obstetrical and Psychiatric Nursing Care
- This course is composed of a seven-week Maternal and Newborn Care component and a seven-week psychiatric Mental Health Nursing component. The Maternal and Newborn Care component focuses on the role of the nurse in the care of the child-bearing family during the antepartal, intrapartal and the postpartal phases of the maternity cycle, as well as the immediate care of the normal newborn and premature infant. The Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Component introduces the student to basic mental concepts, interventions in crisis and family violence, severe mental health disorders, and substance use disorders highlighting treatment for individuals and families within the community. Prerequisites: NUR 112, BIO 426, PSY 240, Corequisites: BIO 420.
- 8 CRS.4 HRS.4 LAB HRS.Nursing Process III: Pediatric and Basic Medical-Surgical Nursing Care
- This course is composed of a seven-week component in Nursing Care of Children and a seven-week component in Basic Medical-Surgical Nursing Care. The Pediatric Nursing component focuses on the child's physical, social, and emotional reaction to illness, the nurse's role in providing support to the child and the members of his/her family during periods of stress. Emphasis is placed upon differences between each phase of growth and development trends in care and measures utilized to promote a healthy childhood and adolescence. The Basic Medical-Surgical Nursing component builds upon previous nursing knowledge and techniques already introduced. Major emphasis is placed upon common recurring health problems. Psycho-social nursing techniques are emphasized as they relate to the care of the client with selected health problems. Prerequisites: NUR 211 and all previous prerequisites, Corequisites: SPE 100, ENG 201.
- This course is composed of a semester of medical-surgical nursing. It is a continuation of medical-surgical nursing introduced in NUR 313. There is emphasis on selected medical-surgical problems and students receive supervision of more advanced medical-surgical nursing skills in the hospital lab. Prerequisites: NUR 313 and all previous prerequisites, Corequisite: NUR 415
- 2 CRS.2 HRS.NULL LAB HRS.Professional Issues in Contemporary Nursing Practice
- With an emphasis on the process of transitioning from Student Nurse to Registered Professional Nurse, Professional Issues in Contemporary Nursing Practice surveys the issues, challenges and current trends faced by the new Associate Degree Nurse as an individual practitioner, and as a member of the nursing profession. This course encourages students to think critically about the nursing profession and career opportunities, historical and theoretical nursing frameworks, the legal and ethical aspects of nursing, cultural and social issues, standards of nursing practice, delegation and supervision, communication and inter-professional collaboration, technology in the clinical setting, evidence based practice and quality improvement. Prerequisite: NUR 112, NUR 211 and NUR313 Corequisite: NUR411
- These courses are prerequisites for the Nursing program.
- For students whose first language is not English, SPE 102 will satisfy this requirement.
Please note, these requirements are effective the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.