The Nine Essentials

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing states there are nine Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Profession Nursing Practice. The Bluefield College School of Nursing (BC SON) embraces all the essentials. “These Essentials are the curricular elements that provide the framework of baccalaureate nursing education” (AACN, 2008, p. 10). Each essential is integrated throughout our nursing curriculum. 

The nine essentials are:

  1. Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Educations for Professional Nursing Practice
  2. Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety
  3. Scholarship for Evidenced-Based Practice
  4. Information Management and Application for Patient Care Technology
  5. Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments
  6. Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes
  7. Clinical Prevention and Population Health
  8. Professional and Professional Values
  9. Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice


2013 Student Handbook


Admission Requirements for the RN-BSN Nursing Program

  1. Submit online RN-BSN application.
  2. GPA of 2.5.
  3. Present evidence of having earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  4. Have a current, unrestricted, and unencumbered registered nurse license (RN).
  5. Students must complete Anatomy and Physiology I & II as a pre-requisite with a grade of C- or better before matriculation.


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