Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Academic Level
Issue Area
Academic Program
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Bilingual /ESL,


The program’s mission is to prepare nurse generalists who are key members of an interdisciplinary team that can have a positive impact on health care outcomes in our communities. Their goal is to expand the pipeline of entry level Latino nurses with critical professional and technology skills, and increase the NCLEX-RN® First Time pass rate. Students become active learners, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and health care collaborators. The institution develops its bilingual nursing faculty through professional training and certifications, and applies curricular revisions, technology enhancements, and learning resources aligned with identified educational needs of Latino nursing students.

Program Description

To foster success in coursework, licensing, and entry level professional practice in increasingly complex, technology supported health care settings, BSN provides: a) anintegration of new technologies across the curriculum in the development of nursing core competencies, problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making skills aligned with NCSBN NCLEX RN Test Plan’s entry-level nursing competencies and QSEN concepts; b) HRSA-funded Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students awarded in a 4-year grant of to increase financial support, retention, and degree completion of aspiring nursing professionals; c) updates to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy to assist graduates in achieving passing scores on national certification examinations, and better support the attainment of all program outcomes; d) faculty orientation, training, and certification in technology platforms and data reporting to measure students; success, and e) a BSN Students’ Success Coordinator, all focused on increasing the number of graduates and licensed bilingual nurses. Affiliations for BSN program’s clinical experiences include Primary Care/Acute Care settings that serve Latinos, 67% of these in Medically Underserved Communities.


The NCLEX® has posed challenges for English Learners (EL) in the past. The US Educated nursing graduate NCLEX® First Time pass rate averaged 85% in 2015-2017, while the rate for Internationally Educated nursing graduates was 38%. Students, 100% of whom were EL at enrollment, benefited from the program with embedded technology preparing them for standardized testing and the NCLEX®. Prior to enhancements, the NCLEX® First Time pass rate for SUAGM-CAC BSN graduates was 67% (2017).

After full implementation of technology enhancements in AY 2017-2018, the BSN program reported a 100% First Time NCLEX® pass rate in the first and second quarters of that academic period, a 50% improvement over the previous year.

Overall, program retention has increased by 11%, enrollment grew 25%, and on-time graduation increased by 75% over the past two years due to the implementation of BSNs new program model.