The nursing program curriculum is built around outcomes relating to Professional Role Competencies, Effective Communication, Clinical Reasoning, and Personal Knowing, Spirituality, and Cultural Humility. The nursing major curriculum is four semesters long with each semester building upon the previous one.
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.
Simulation is an interactive experience that allows learners to develop, refine, and apply knowledge and skills in a realistic clinical situation. Through simulation, real world care scenarios replicate instances where the situation may occur infrequently, but is significant in the provision of quality patient care. Simulation provides learning opportunities within a safe, supervised setting without posing a risk to a patient. The safety of the simulation environment facilitates the development of critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and nursing skills.