Nursing

  • Major

Program Details

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was designed for students who are interested in becoming well-rounded, compassionate Registered Nurses. We focus on patient-centered care with a bio-psycho-social-spiritual emphasis.

In our state-of-the-art simulation lab, you’ll hone in on your nursing skills each semester. Simulations force you to think critically through complex clinical scenarios—like attending to multiple patients with the goal of providing safe, quality care—so you’ll immediately feel confident working in a clinical environment.

 

Simulations include:

  • Birthing simulator with high-fidelity newborn
  • Pediatric simulator
  • Three adult simulators (lovingly named “SimMan,” “Megacode Kelly,” and “Annie” by our students)
  • Mental health clinical simulation scenarios with live patients

 

What it’s like to be a Jimmie nursing student

We make your journey to your nursing degree personal. Our faculty don’t just push students through the program. Instead, they are known for treating students like family. That means opening their homes for movie nights and a home-cooked meal, where students develop close-knit relationships with peers and faculty!

BSN programs are notorious for being rigorous and all-consuming. Although we expect the best from our students, we also encourage them to stay involved. Here’s how:

  • Athletics and other organizations
    We work closely with students involved in athletics, the arts, and other campus organizations, so they can participate in the activities they love and still earn their nursing degree.
  • Student Nursing Association
    We have a very active Nursing Student Association (NSA). They put on picnics, participate in blood drives, community blood pressure checks and community hands-only CPR training, among others. It’s no coincidence that the NSA has taken home the award for “Most Active Chapter” in North Dakota on multiple occasions at state competitions.

 

Life after graduation

Upon completion of our program, you’ll be eligible take the National Council Licensure Examination to gain licensure as a Registered Nurse. 99% of our students who choose to work as bedside nurses and leaders in their field have gained employment at the time of graduation. They go on to work in (among others):

  • Emergency Department (ED): Assess patient conditions, prioritize treatments and work with doctors in a fast-paced environment.
  • Operating Room (OR): Specialize in care for patients in all phases of surgery.
  • Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (NICU/PICU): Care for infants and adolescents with a wide range of ailments.
  • Home Health/Hospice: Provide aid (including end-of-life care) in a home setting.
  • Transplant Unit: Assist in every phase of organ/tissue donation and transplant.
  • Oncology: Coordinate and administer cancer treatment.
  • Obstetrics: Provide prenatal, postpartum, and reproductive healthcare.
  • Neurology: Treat patients with neurological injuries and disorders.

Students who choose to move on to graduate school can become CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), FNPs (Family Nurse Practitioners), and Nurse Educators.

How to Apply

There are two different routes to apply to the nursing program at UJ:

  • Direct Entry: Incoming students are guaranteed a spot in the nursing program upon acceptance to UJ
  • Sophomore Entry: Students who hold the status of sophomore or higher at UJ can apply to the program

Nursing Student Handbook

Rich Clinical Experiences

Clinical experience is crucial to your career as a Registered Nurse. While you’re still in school, you can apply the theories you learn in class to real-life settings—expanding your skills, knowledge, and confidence.

Work in Patient Care Unit, Family Birthplace, Emergency Department, Home Health/Hospice, Operating Room, and Same-Day Surgery.

Provide care for individuals with different abilities.

Provide short-term acute inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse treatment and intermediate psycho-social rehabilitation services.

Provide medical services to inmates in a medium custody prison.

Provide nursing services to the community and promote public health.

Provide care to seniors in this assisted living facility.

Students can work in pediatrics, Neonatal ICU, and Pediatric ICU.

Work with life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

Why UJ?

  • The UJ Nursing Difference

Smaller is better

Our small class sizes and clinical groups allow for more personalized support and discussion.

Earn Certifications

UJ nursing students can become certified from the American Heart Association in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support).

Nursing Faculty helping student with AED simulation

Outstanding Faculty

We prioritize your success by providing an academic advisor (who is also nursing faculty) from day one. Our clinical instructors also teach in the classroom for un-matched, hands-on experience.

Gain real-life experience.

We graduate nurses who are prepared to make a difference in our ever-changing healthcare system. This outcome is accomplished, in part, through a senior capstone practicum experience. Nursing majors may choose one of the following options:

Senior Capstone Practicum

This capstone consists of working 1:1 with a Registered Nurse for 172 hours (that’s more hours than many other universities offer. More experience = a better career!). You can choose to practice in a variety of locations from several states.

Nursing Abroad

Be immersed in a different culture while gaining hands-on clinical experience. As part of your senior capstone, you’ll travel abroad for 3.5 weeks with nursing faculty to Africa—specifically Kenya and Malawi. Here, you will experience healthcare in the most rural of areas, including:

  • Remote hospitals
  • Crisis nurseries/orphanages
  • Mobile medical clinics
  • Feeding lines
  • Community outreach clinics

This life-changing experience ends with a three-day safari. Once you return home, you’ll complete your senior capstone with a 64-hour preceptorship working 1:1 with a Registered Nurse in a local Jamestown facility.

Jimmie Voices

“Attending UJ was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The nursing program is so committed to their student’s success and goes above and beyond to facilitate growth. I can't say enough good things about UJ.”
Alumni Quote
Class of 2020
“I love my time in the UJ nursing program. It provided well-rounded education that greatly prepared me for my career. The professors also focused on us as people to help in all aspects of our lives and provides opportunities for us to grow as a class and form those lifelong friendships.”
Alumni Quote
Class of 2020
“I am very thankful for my education in the UJ Nursing program. We are given so many different learning opportunities: SIM lab, ACC, nursing homes, Fargo ICU/Peds, JRMC, state hospital, preceptorships, internships and ACLS/PALS. The program has challenged me in ways I never know possible, but I know I will be a good nurse due to my education here at UJ.”
Alumni Quote
Class of 2020
“I am very grateful for choosing this university. The nursing program has been absolutely amazing, and I would recommend this program to anyone. Each and every opportunity that I have been given is all because of this program and the professors. It definitely shaped the person that I am today and the nurse I will be in the future.”
Alumni Quote
Class of 2020

Curriculum

Freshman Year

Course Title Credits

Biol 120

Essentials of Biology and Chemistry

3

Biol 216

Microbiology

4

Psyc 203

Developmental Psychology

3

Soc 101

or

Soc 230

Introduction to Sociology

 

Sociology of the Family

3

 

3

Sophomore Year

Course Title Credits

Biol 208

Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lec/Lab

5

Biol 209

Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lec/Lab

5

Nrsg 205

Nutrition

2

Nrsg 206

Health Assessment

3

Nrsg 210

Nursing Foundations

6

Junior Year

Course Title Credits

Nrsg 331

Child/Adult Health I

7

Nrsg 332

The Childbearing Family

5

Nrsg 333

Child/Adult Mental Health III

5

Nrsg 334

Child/Adult Mental Health

5

Psyc 302

or

Psyc 365

Abnormal Psychology

 

Dynamics of Addiction

3

 

3

Senior Year

Course Title Credits

Nrsg 424

Child/Adult Health III

6

Nrsg 425

Community Health Nursing

6

Nrsg 426

Nursing Management

7

Nrsg 427

Nursing as a Profession

2

Nrsg 428

NCLEX Success

2

Nrsg

Special Topics (Elective)

1-2

Nrsg 497

Nursing Research

2

Nrsg 498

ACLS/PALS (Elective)

3

Total Semester Credits Required: 90-91

View General Education Requirements

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Nursing Student Handbook

National Accreditation 

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Jamestown is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (https://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

State Board Approved:
North Dakota Board of Nursing
919 S. 7th Street, Suite 504
Bismarck, ND 58504

Our Faculty

You’ll get to know the nursing faculty, both in and outside of the classroom, from day one. They’re not just leaders in their field; they’re also caring individuals committed to helping you.

Wendy Hager

  • RN - BSN Program Director
  • Instructor of Nursing

Katie Webster

  • Residence Life & Public Safety Coordinator
  • Nursing Administrative Assistant
Alumni News

Julianna (Ogren) Lindgren (’09) Receives Nursing Award

Oct 24, 2019

Julianna (Ogren) Lindgren (’09) was presented with the 2019 Legendary Nurse Leadership Award by the North Dakota Center for Nursing. Julianna is a Nurse Manager for the Emergency Department and…

Alumni News

Trisha Jungels(’02): Legendary Nurse Award

Nov 29, 2018

  Congratulations to Trisha Jungels for being recognized with a 2018 Legendary Nurse Award. The award began in 2015 as a way to honor exemplary nurses across the Legendary State…

Alumni News

Sada Aschnewitz(’11) Joins Tri-County Health Care

Nov 28, 2018

Sada Aschnewitz, family nurse practitioner, has joined the Tri-County Health Care team to practice family medicine at the Wadena clinic. Aschnewitz practiced as a registered nurse for seven years, most…

Tuition and Financial Aid

We believe every student, regardless of their financial situation, should have access to a UJ education. 100% of our full-time undergraduate students have some type of financial aid, with scholarship packages starting at $8,000 minimum. Your counselor for admissions personally walks you through financial aid, including the process of filing a FAFSA, maximizing your eligibility for aid, and answering any questions you may have along the way.