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Nursing (3-2 Program)

The special relationship that often develops between nurses and patients is so important in the health care industry. BSC’s 3-2 Bridge nursing program prepares you for admission into Vanderbilt University’s graduate-level advanced practice nursing program. You will receive a bachelor’s degree from BSC (in biology, for instance) and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt in nursing.

Many BSC students intend to pursue careers in health professions like nursing or various others: dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, public health, or occupational/physical therapy. Pre-nursing students should note that the nursing program is not a major offered by Birmingham-Southern, but coursework that can be applied to the Vanderbilt School of Nursing.

Alternately, students may complete a bachelors degree at BSC before they enter the professional program at Vanderbilt or before applying to the graduate program of their choice. BSC students had  an 85% acceptance rate into nursing school over the period from 2004-2012.

Why spend the first two or three years of a nursing program at a liberal arts college?

  • You’ll be steeped in the basics, taking a range of math, science, and other courses useful for the data analysis, reading comprehension, and mental calculations required in clinical training.
  • You’ll gain a broad understanding of the world that will help you to collaborate better with patients and medical and administrative staff.
  • BSC’s emphasis on service-learning provides hands-on experiences that are excellent preparation for a career in nursing.
  • BSC offers top-notch pre-professional advising and internship or other opportunities.
  • You’ll get to enjoy a classic small college experience, with a full range of extracurricular and other activities. 

The college’s Health Professions Advisory Committee consists of math and science, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences faculty. HPAC provides a composite evaluation for students who are applying to graduate/professional schools in health care. You can find out more about BSC’s courses and other requirements for the nursing program in the College Catalog or at the HPAC website

For more information about the master’s in nursing, click here.