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The BSN Pre-Licensure Program at Catawba College

Catawba College offers the BSN Pre-Licensure degree, approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON), beginning August 2017.  Admission to Catawba is required for admittance to nursing upper division.

Department of Nursing Mission Statement

The Catawba College Department of Nursing seeks to prepare competent, diverse nurse professionals to meet the holistic health care needs of a culturally diverse society; using an interdisciplinary approach to blend the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies, and evidence-based practice healthcare models to embrace nursing education, nursing practice, critical thinking, scholarship, and service.


The Catawba College Department of Nursing will be recognized for preparing professional nurse generalists to function at their highest level of excellence in education and practice.  These nurse professionals will serve as leaders while meeting the complex health and wellness needs of individuals, local communities, societies, and global populations using evidence-based and best practice health care models in the provision and promotion of safe, culturally appropriate, and quality nursing care.

Department of Nursing Philosophy Statement

Consistent with the mission of Catawba College and the Department of Nursing, the nursing faculty believes that the Baccalaureate degree provides foundational support in the sciences and liberal studies that are necessary in preparing professional nurse leaders to provide and direct care for a dynamic and diverse society both locally and globally.  The faculty also believes that life-long learning is critical to advancing the nursing discipline and therefore recognizes the need for graduate education preparation; along with the continuous need to cultivate critical thinking, enhance evidence-based practice, and to serve with community and interdisciplinary partners as active co-participants in education, scholarship, and service. The metaparadigm concepts of nursing, environment, person, and health are also important to this philosophy.


Admission and Applying

You must first apply for admission and be accepted to Catawba College before applying to the BSN Pre-Licensure program:

  STEP 1: Apply to Catawba

  STEP 2: Apply to Nursing Program

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