The nursing program curriculum is built around the university-wide outcomes of Knowledge, Communication, Higher Level Thinking, and Personal, Social and Spiritual Development . The curriculum is four semesters long with each semester building upon the previous one.
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Courses in the pre-licensure nursing major are designed to prepare the student as a graduate nurse to practice in a variety of settings. Avila's nursing program is grounded in the natural and social sciences, arts and humanities, as well as the theoretical knowledge and skills needed to practice nursing. The curriculum is designed to develop personal and professional values that enable the student to better assume the responsibilities they will face in contemporary society. An emphasis is placed on safe and quality nursing practice, effective communication, professional competencies, clinical reasoning grounded in evidence, and socially and globally responsible health care.
Nursing students participate in clinical/lab courses through four semesters of the nursing major. Diverse types of experiences in traditional settings, such as the acute care setting (e.g., hospital) and in less traditional settings (e.g., hospice, school settings, postpartum home care, medical offices, residential treatment centers) help integrate community and societal health concepts and prepare students for nursing careers across a wide variety of emphasis areas.