Gilbert, Ariz. – Gilbert, Arizona is excited to announce that the University of Arizona (UA) will begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the University Building with classes scheduled to start in Fall 2019. The UA will lease the entire third floor the University Building and in the first year, the BSN program expects to enroll 72 students, with a projected total enrollment of 216 students at year 3.
“Gilbert has been committed to attracting a higher education partner that could take advantage of the state-of-the-art nursing education infrastructure that the University Building offers,” said Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels. “We are thrilled that the University of Arizona is bringing their nationally ranked nursing program to Gilbert and I look forward to supporting this great institution in their efforts to fill the demand in Arizona’s rapidly growing healthcare industry.”
A blend of online and traditional classroom learning, the four-semester, upper-division BSN-IH program differs from the Conventional BSN pathway in that it focuses on integrative health and wellbeing assessment and promotion. Offering an alternative to traditional biomedical and pharmacological options, integrative health promotes a healing-oriented, whole-person approach to health care. Conditions are clinically treated through a variety of methods, including lifestyle enhancement, nutrition and appropriate biomedical therapies.
The four-semester, upper-division BSN-IH program will help enrolled students get the education and experiences they need to become a successful registered nurse. The University Building is equipped with a nursing simulation suite designed to replicate a hospital patient care setting, which was a major factor in UA choosing to locate in Gilbert. This infrastructure aligns itself with the UA’s commitment to their 100% engagement initiative, which focuses on incorporating experiences beyond the classroom to provide a framework for students to enrich their professional and personal growth.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to launch our new BSN Integrative Health program in Gilbert at the University Building,” said UA Nursing Interim Dean, Ki Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN. “This will be the first program nationally to incorporate integrative health content and interventions into a BSN program. We will use state of the art simulation for helping students master clinical skills and innovative technology to deliver course content as we prepare the next generation of professional nurses.”
“This new BSN-IH program is unique in highlighting nurses’ role in leading integrative healthcare to consider whole person/whole system, relationship-based, and person-centered approaches to care,” said Connie Miller, DNP, Chair, General Nursing and Health Education Division. “Online courses, complimented by face-to-face skills development and maximized simulated learning experiences, will take full advantage of this wonderful simulation suite in Gilbert.”
The UA will also continue to offer the Coding Boot Camp’s that began in the University Building in July of 2017.
About the University of Arizona College of Nursing
Established in 1957, the University of Arizona College of Nursing has been transforming nursing education, research and practice to help people build better futures for 60 years. Consistently ranked among the best programs in the nation, the college is strengthening health care’s largest workforce and the public’s most trusted profession through its undergraduate and graduate programs, offered online and on-campus in Tucson and Phoenix. Headquartered in Tucson, Ariz., where integrative health has been pioneered, the UA College of Nursing is home to the world’s only Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship. With key focal strengths in integrative health, cancer prevention and survivorship, and nursing informatics, the college has more than 7,000 alumni worldwide promoting health and wellness in their workplaces and communities. For more information: www.nursing.arizona.edu
For enrollment information, please visit www.nursing.arizona.edu/bsn.