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Undergraduate Curriculum

Our Curriculum

Alverno College’s outcome-oriented curriculum is known nationally and internationally for its innovative focus on you, the learner. In every course, you’ll learn up-to-the-minute information about the course subject while also developing the abilities needed by today’s and tomorrow’s nurse. You’ll learn how to think analytically, be an effective team member, write proficiently for various audiences, speak clearly and “on-your-feet,” and hone many other important abilities. You’ll also develop the abilities of an effective problem solver and care provider and the capacities to be a responsible world citizen.

 

Within the nursing courses, you develop skill or ability in social interaction, problem solving, and valuing in decision-making at the advanced levels of those abilities as well as the other Alverno abilities. Both clinical experiences and class content are designed to assist you, the learner, to apply abilities with individuals, families, and groups across the developmental span and in a variety of health care settings.

 

Clinical practice necessitates that you care for a variety of individuals in various settings. These practice experiences are designed so that you have diverse experiences in meeting the health care needs of individuals, families and groups in contemporary society. For weekday college (WDC) students, clinical nursing experiences occur in the School of Nursing Clinical Nursing Resource Center (CNRC), acute care, extended care and community health settings beginning in the second year of the curriculum. For weekend College (WEC) students, RN to BSN and Master's Degree program students, clinical experiences occur in the CNRC and the community. You are expected to provide nursing care that reflects the principles outlined in the most current edition of the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Standards of Clinical Practice, ANA’s Code of Ethics for Nurses and the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of College and University Education for Professional Nursing.

 

Within the context of the School of Nursing’s mission, the faculty has developed outcomes for you to achieve in the baccalaureate program in nursing that are derived from Alverno’s institutional outcomes. The ANA’s Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice, ANA's Code of Ethics for Nurses and AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice form the basis for all nursing practice. Faculty members use these documents to underpin the development of the curriculum and to structure clinical