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Bachelor of Science program in nursing
This program aims to prepare students for entry level general nursing career in all levels of health care while imbibing in them lifelong learning, and research skills. The 4 levels of the program start with introductory courses in Basic Medical Sciences, Fundamentals of Nursing, First Aid, Applied Hygiene, and General University requirement courses. Thereafter the complexity of courses gradually increases across the three years exposing the students to Medical Surgical Nursing, Maternal and Child Health, Aged Care, Psychiatric Nursing, and other specialized areas. The students also take courses that enhance Study skills such as Scientific Study, Education Studies along with statistics, ethics, legal aspects, and research skills Research Skills. The program concludes with a Bachelor Project and Internship.
Elective courses are offered in Semester 8 – Training, Communication and Counselling Programs, Care of Specific Patients Groups with Health Problems, Clinical Research. The student has the privilege to choose an elective of interest. Management and Leadership courses are offered to harness and equip the students to function as competent nursing leaders and graduate health professionals. As mandated by Ministry of Higher Education Entrepreneurship course is included in the program.
Research courses spread across 3 semesters starting from Semester 5 to Semester 7, which provide an in depth understanding on the research process. The program also requires the student to complete individual research projects before graduation.
Practical Courses are offered from Semester 3 to Semester 7 that are enhanced by laboratory practice and clinical training. The nursing laboratories are equipped with models, simulators, mannequins and other laboratory equipment, which ensure achievement of professional practice skills. In Semester 8, students are exposed in tertiary care settings for Clinical Internship. It offers opportunity for the students to be trained in specialized areas of nursing practice.
Nursing graduates of the UOB are capable of serving in primary, secondary, and tertiary health care settings. They can play a significant role in influencing health care outcomes in hospitals. In addition, they can effectively contribute in school health and community health programs and institutions. They are exposed to the level of autonomous services that nurses can offer to society and when the conditions permit such independent initiatives they will be able to implement, and oversee such services. For instance, they are trained to manage personal care for the aged and differently abled.
Graduates can pursue a career in Nursing Education, and Research. Furthermore, they will be able to serve in agencies and institutions that are responsible for standards and quality in nursing service provision. They are trained to independently conduct deliveries in a community situation and provide first level care in emergencies. They can also be employed in Mental Health Institutions as their curriculum includes relevant courses to prepare them for such a role. They are taught and trained to offer healthcare services to student communities in schools and higher education institutions through the clinics of such institutions. For terminally ill patients they are trained to provide required Palliative care. They are taught about the nexus between nursing care information administration and nursing research through a set of core course that will enable them to effectively contribute to the management of health information in health care setting and allied research initiatives.