Keene State College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree helping students gain a well-rounded education grounded in the liberal arts. We teach practices that promote the health and well-being of diverse individuals, families, communities, populations, and systems. We graduate competent nurses who make sound clinical judgments, communicate effectively, and make practice decisions using the best evidence available.
The baccalaureate program at Keene State College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
First-year students and sophomores who express an interest in pursuing acceptance into the nursing program are considered to be pre-nursing students. You will meet your nursing faculty advisor on day one, and receive the individualized attention you need to keep you on track. You may choose to live in a dedicated residence – a living/learning community of nursing students. You will gain the clinical experience you need at local and regional health care facilities. Most students enter the pre-licensure track as first-year students, but it’s possible to transfer into the program, depending on seat availability.
Admission Requirements Freshman Level “Pre-Nursing” Major:
- High School GPA of 3.25
- “B” grades or higher in math and science courses
- SAT Math score of 530 or
- ACT Math score of 22
Progression Requirements Junior Level “Pre-Licensure”:
- “B” grade or higher in the four science courses
- Anatomy & Physiology I
- Anatomy & Physiology II
- Science GPA of 3.25
- Overall GPA of 3.4
- Successful completion of the Nursing Basic Math Competency
- Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scoring at the "Proficient" level
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Career and Other Opportunities
The Institute of Medicine released a report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, in which the committee recommends that the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate (BSN) degrees be increased to 80% by 2020. Across the United States hospitals and healthcare facilities are experiencing a shortage of BSN prepared nurses. Graduates of the Keene State College Nursing Program have no problem finding employment.
The Keene State College Nursing Program’s goal for employment is 90% of the graduates who pass the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) will be employed as registered nurses (RNs) within twelve months of graduation. We exceed this goal with graduates employed in a variety of healthcare facilities both in New Hampshire as well as out of state. Recent nursing graduates started their careers at Cheshire Medical Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Catholic Medical Center, Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities, Monadnock Community Hospital, Springfield Hospital in Springfield VT, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge MA. Some graduates choose to work in the community at Home Health Care, Hospice and Community Services or as school health nurse.
Graduates also can continue their education in graduate programs or seek certification in specialty areas like the emergency room (ER) or operating room (OR). As a BSN graduate, career opportunities are varied and provide individuals many options for furthering their education to meet their career goals.
Coming from a school with a preceptorship I felt very prepared for the new graduate nursing role. I was pushed by my faculty and peers to succeed. If I needed help, I knew it was only a phone call or email away. KSC and this nursing program has helped shape me into the nurse and person I am today.
–Abbie Wright, 2017
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the nursing program at Keene State enter their profession with comprehensive skills, knowledge and experience. They are able to:
- Demonstrate accountability for practicing nursing within established moral, legal, ethical, regulatory, and humanistic principles.
- Demonstrate awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to call on system resources to provide optimal care.
- Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
- Identify, evaluate, and use the best current evidence coupled with clinical expertise and consideration of patients’ preferences, experience, and values to make practice decisions.
- Function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision-making, team learning, and development.
- Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both individual performance and system effectiveness.
- Use data to monitor outcomes and care processes, and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care.
- Influence the behavior of individuals or groups of individuals within their environment in a way that will facilitate the establishment and acquisition/achievement of shared goals.
- Deliver holistic nursing care, advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community, and global levels.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills with clients that foster mutual respect and shared decision making to enhance patient satisfaction and health outcomes.