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BSN Program Outcomes
The college offers two pathways for acquiring a BSN.
- A four-year Program which prepares students for entry into practice. The curriculum
of 125 credits combines theory and practice in general education (20 credits), support
courses (39 credits), and the nursing courses (73 credits), scheduled over 8 full
semesters and one summer session. [View Curriculum]
- The RN-BSN Program offers the opportunity for registered nurses to upgrade their
qualifications to a baccalaureate level. The Program requires completion of 32 credits,
13 of which may be challenged. [View Curriculum]
Based on the vision, mission and philosophy statements of both the College of Health
Sciences and the Nursing Division, the following over competencies reflect expected
- Provide comprehensive, culturally appropriate, ethical care for clients, based on
theoretical and research-based knowledge and utilizing problem solving and critical
thinking in the decision-making processes to promote health, reduce risk, manage
disease, assist in rehabilitation, and during the end-stage of life.
- Recognise and actively address issues related to protection of clients and providing
full information for informed decision making.
- Design, coordinate, implement, and evaluate comprehensive teaching plans for clients
and identified populations.
- Coordinate client care and ensure client safety and improve quality of care by applying
knowledge of leadership and management process, and utilizing best practice where
- Initiate interactions and interact effectively with all members of health care team
and client to promote health, resolve problems, provide continuity of care, and
improve the quality of care.
- Accept responsibility and accountability for own professional judgement and actions
in accordance with the scope and standards of practice and the code of professional
conduct in Bahrain.
- Accept personal responsibility to maintain own competence and participate in life-long
learning and professional development.
- Maintain the professional values of nursing, and promotes profession within society.
The curriculum conceptual framework used for organizing the curriculum reflects
the vision, mission and philosophy of the Nursing Division. At the core lie nursing
practice, the client, health system and the context in which professional practice
takes place. The framework provides a rationale for developing Program competencies,
the selection of course content and learning activities, and a structure for ordering
and sequencing Program content.
Professional practice is the focus of the framework as the College aims to graduate
professionally competent nurses capable of meeting the healthcare needs of clients
who may be individuals of all ages, families and communities. To achieve this, the
nurse may practice in a number of roles. This may be as being a direct care giver,
counselor, advocate or a manager of care or the environment where care is given
to being a teacher, mentor, investigator, partner or collaborator as the nurse progresses
through the professional work life. The curriculum prepares nurses to provide culturally
sensitive nursing care to clients in their own environment assisting clients within
the Bahrain healthcare system achieve optimal health and well being and engage in
healthy behaviors and, when needed, access to competent, safe nursing care.
The BSN graduate is capable of undertaking the roles described in the framework
in the different healthcare modalities, namely health promotion, maintenance, disease
prevention, rehabilitation and providing palliative and end of life care as a beginning
practitioner. The specific attributes refer to the characteristics and qualities
the BSN graduate will demonstrate when fulfilling the various roles for which he/she
is responsible. They will be fostered throughout the Program by the educational
processes used, the content of the courses making up the total curriculum, and the
clinical precepting received.
The acquisition of competence in providing a professional service is a major focus
of the curriculum. The graduate will be encouraged to will build his/her professional
practice on evidence and best practice where that is available.
Key to achieving the goals of the Program will be the capacity to attain mastery
of the required competencies in all the critical areas of practice, and to become
a self-learner taking personal responsibility to maintain competence and develop
professionally throughout the work life.
Specialty RN Diplomas
The Nurse-Midwifery Program (MWF) is a Specialty RN diploma training program for
the professional nurse and leads to the Diploma in Nurse-Midwifery. Graduates of
this program are prepared to work as nurse-midwives, providing care in central and
rural maternity hospitals and health centers in the community. The nurse-midwifery
program is a one-calendar-year Specialty RN diploma training program with 10 months
academic study plus 2 months of on-job-training. Students must gain a total of 38
credits to graduate. [View Curriculum]
The Community Health Nursing Program (CHN) is a Specialty RN diploma training course
for AD general nursing or B.Sc. Nursing graduates leading to a Community Health
Nursing Diploma The aim of this program is to prepare the community health nurses
working in health centers, to provide community based primary health care in the
areas of disease prevention, health promotion, and health maintenance. The community
health nursing program is one academic year. Students must earn 41 credit hours
in order to graduate. [View Curriculum]
The College of Health Sciences offers a program for professional nurses leading
to a Specialty RN Psychiatric Nursing Diploma (PSN). Graduates will be able to work
in Psychiatric Hospitals and in the community. Graduates will also be equipped to
undertake further training in highly specialized areas of Psychiatric Nursing, and
will be able to assume nursing responsibilities in specialised units including Drug
Addiction, Child and Adolescent, Day Care, Community Psychiatric Services and Mentally
Handicapped Units. The length of the program is one academic year. Students must
gain 41 credit hours to graduate. [View Curriculum]
The Cardiac Nursing program (CNP) is a Specialty RN education program for the professional
nurse and leads to a diploma in Cardiac Nursing. The aim of the program is to prepare
the professional nurse who will be able to function as a competent, safe practitioner
when providing care for the cardiac patient. The Cardiac nurse will be prepared
to practice their skills in a variety of high-dependency cardiac settings including
CCU, CICU. The Cardiac Nursing program is a one academic year Specialty RN program.
Students must gain 32 course credits to graduate.
The Emergency Nursing Program is a Specialty RN education program for the professional
nurse leading to a diploma in Emergency Nursing. The aim of this program is to prepare
the professional nurse to work in the Emergency Department as a competent, safe
practitioner, nurse educator to the emergency client and family members. The Emergency
Nursing Program will prepare nurses to practice in a variety of high dependency
critical care settings such as RR, ED, CCU, ICU, Emergency Clinics, Theater and
minor OT. The Specialty RN Emergency Nursing Program is a one academic year program.
Students must gain 37 credit hours to graduate with a diploma in Emergency Nursing,
and BLS, ACLS, ATCN provider certificate. [View Curriculum]