EMY D. DELGADO, PHD, RN Department Chair Undergraduate Studies
FRANCISCO S. OBMERGA, PHD, RN Associate Department Chair for RLE
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year program consisting of general education, major and professional nursing courses. The professional courses are embedded from the first to the fourth year with emphasis on nursing concepts with corresponding related learning experiences (RLEs). The BSN program provides an intensive nursing practicum that will refine further the nursing competencies to ensure achievement of the BSN program outcomes required of an entry level nurse.
BSN was first recognized by the Department of Education in June 9, 1958 as a three-year diploma program leading to a non-degree Graduate in Nursing (GN) certification. A two-year supplemental advanced professional post-graduate program was soon offered to provide opportunity for GN program graduates to broaden their knowledge, appreciation and understanding of clinical teaching and public health nursing.
In June 1961, the five-year straight baccalaureate program leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) was established. The following year, a supplemental BSN program for graduate nurses began. The last batch of the GN program graduated in 1964 while its supplemental program was terminated in 1976, the same year that the baccalaureate program became a four-year program.
In 1984, the BSN curriculum was revised into a competency based, community-oriented curriculum. Five years later, the BSN program was mandated as the sole program intended as the academic preparation of nursing professionals, a milestone in nursing education.
The BSN program has undergone several revisions and changes since then, adhering with changing government policies and meeting the shifting industry standards of the nursing profession. One of these curricular revisions occurred in 1998 under CHED memorandum order no. 27, series of 1998, which required students to undertake the Associate in Health Science Education (AHSE), a two-year certification program with an option to continue to the full BSN program.
In 2006, the university established the In-house Nursing Review Program for BSN graduates, which ran for three years until it was integrated into the curriculum as part of the Nursing Competency Appraisal in 2009. Around this time, the institute began to optimize and utilize technologies for e-learning such as video discussions, demonstrations and examinations in addition to traditional classroom teaching. This included the Virtual Integrated Nursing Education Simulation (VINES) Laboratory, where students can practice their skills through human patient simulators and other state-of-the art equipment in a realistic hospital setting. The program also established linkages with hospitals and clinic affiliations across Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, and Batangas.
Another BSN program revision occurred in 2008 following the issuance of CMO no. 05, s. 2008, which abolished the AHSE program and allowed students to take some professional courses as early as during their first year in the program. The CHED also proposed a new curriculum for AY 2009 to 2010. This also marked the shift towards utilizing the Nursing Online platform and the practice of evidence-based nursing.
In 2011, the program started promoting a research culture among its faculty and students and establishing international partnerships and linkages, such as with Anhui and Taishan Universities in China. Curriculum changes began again following the implementation of the K-12 basic education program and the country’s paradigm shift from competency-based to outcomes-based education.
Presently, BSN has achieved Level III accreditation status under the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) valid until November 2021. The program is currently working to achieve Level IV accreditation status as it strives to create and shape globally competitive nurse leaders.
BSN graduates belong to Level VI (Baccalaureate) of the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) under qualification code number 60913 and are also recognized under the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF). They are also qualified to take the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination (PNLE) under the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), along with any other certification assessments for global professional practice in the nursing field. Graduates may also opt to pursue post-graduate degrees or take the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) to pursue a degree in medicine.
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The BSN program aims to develop a professional nurse who is able to assume entry level positions in health facilities or community settings. The professional nurse is capable of providing safe, humane, quality and holistic care to individuals in varying age, gender and health- illness status; healthy or at risk families; population groups; and community; singly or in collaboration with other health care providers to promote health, prevent illness, restore health, alleviate sufferings and provide end of life care.
Upon completion of the program, BSN graduates can:
Apply knowledge of physical, social, natural and health sciences and humanities in managing clients, teams, and programs in any setting
Perform safe, appropriate, and holistic care to individuals, families, population groups, and community utilizing nursing process.
Apply guidelines and principles of evidence-based practice in nursing management.
Practice nursing in accordance with existing laws, legal, ethical and moral principles.
Communicate effectively in speaking, writing and presenting using culturally appropriate language to clients and teams.
Report and document up-to-date client care accurately and comprehensively
Collaborate effectively with inter, intra-, and multi- disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
Practice beginning management and leadership skills using systems approach in the delivery of client care.
Conduct research with an experienced researcher.
Engage in lifelong learning with a passion to keep current with national and global developments in general, and nursing and health developments.
Demonstrate responsible citizenship and pride in being a Filipino.
Apply techno- Uphold the nursing core values in the practice of the profession intelligent care systems and process in health care delivery.
Uphold the nursing core values in the practice of the profession
Apply entrepreneurial skills in the delivery of nursing care.
Demonstrate the core values of FEU (Fortitude, Excellence and Uprightness) in the practice of nursing profession.
A graduate of the BSN program may venture to various professional career paths, including the following:
Licensed Registered Nurse
Public Health Nurse
Clinical Nurse or Hospital Nurse
Private Duty Nurse
School Health Nurse
Occupational Health Nurse
Health Policy Maker
The program’s curriculum, which is based on the three frameworks: competency, community, and evidence, is the core of its success in producing world class nurses.
Course offerings evolve from a philosophical belief that the goal of nursing is to assist consumers of care to reach their health goals. The nurse uses caring behaviors and the science of nursing to achieve these goals.
The first two years of the program focuses mostly on General Education (GE) courses designed to hone learners’ core competencies such as critical and analytic thinking, oral and written communication skills and independent learning. Using a liberal approach to education, GE courses such as Scholarly Inquiry and Purposive Communication prepare learners for their advanced professional courses and research work required later in the program.
The product then, of FEU’s BSN program, is a nursing leader or a nurse with a potential for leadership who is value driven, a critical thinker, technologically proficient, committed to the profession and who cares very deeply about providing safe, quality, and humane care.
This mission is accomplished through modeling behavior, mentoring, and motivating by faculty members.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program prepares graduates to provide and manage client care and to become members of the discipline of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the National Licensure Examination given by the Professional Regulations Commission Board of Nursing.
The BSN curriculum is organized around a clearly defined conceptual framework which combines general education and nursing education. The nursing education courses, which are held in our beautiful campus and are enhanced by clinical instruction in both our state-of-the-art Virtual Integrated Nursing Education Simulation (VINES) Laboratory and selected healthcare institutions in the community. Students gain valuable experience in the care of clients of all ages in a variety of health care settings.
Upon completion of the program, students can enroll in the Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) program, which prepares them for leadership positions in the areas of clinical practice, administration, education, and research.
Well-being and work-life balance is also a key feature of the BSN curriculum. Throughout the program, learners are encouraged to plan their own Wellness and Recreation Program (WRP), a university-wide course which intends to develop their physiological and psycho-social fitness as well as encourage social responsibility and community involvement.
The BS Nursing program uses various teaching-learning approaches designed to respond to the needs of our students and to empower them as lifelong learners and professionals in the field of nursing and health care. These approaches include the following:
Following the university’s educational philosophy and learning paradigm, the BSN program uses dynamic and collaborative activities and methods which encourage active learning among our students. These include simulation exercises, project supervision, oral presentations and fieldwork, among others.
The program recognizes the need to develop the students’ theoretical knowledge in nursing practice and other related health disciplines, which can be facilitated through activities such as lectures, discussions and demonstrations.
The professional courses under BSN allows students to understand and adopt multi-disciplinal lenses from different allied health science fields. Meanwhile, students are also exposed to the humanities and social science disciplines through the liberal structure of the GE curriculum.
In recognition of fast-paced technological advancements, the program utilizes online virtual classrooms, self-study modules, video presentations and other ubiquitous learning technologies. FEU utilizes Canvas, a world-class learning management system, to facilitate this mode of delivery.
The program adopts the use of case studies, situational analysis and problem-solving tools in developing students’ critical thinking skills.
BS Nursing encourages students to develop their research interests and undertake research endeavors in the form of academic papers and presentations throughout their stay in the program. This is designed to nurture their critical thinking skills and inherent curiosity towards scientific inquiry.
Assessment and research work
The BSN program utilizes varied assessments and assessment tasks based on the needs of the students. Under the tenet of academic freedom, teachers and students may freely negotiate their assessment tasks for the course. Teachers are also encouraged to develop relevant formative assessments designed to help learners prepare for capstone summative assessments.
Assessment tools and techniques include summative tests and quizzes, preparation of laboratory reports, case analysis, and practical examinations. Research work is also a common feature among majority of the courses, while the students are also required to perform return demonstration and defend their thesis before they complete the program.
Students must complete 2,754 hours of internship in nursing graduates, which they may complete in partner institutions and affiliates of the university.
BSN learners must complete a total of 5,418 hours of coursework including 2,754 of internship. They must also achieve a minimum QPA of 2.4 towards the end of the program to graduate.