Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Integrative Health Emphasis

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Program Description

Located in downtown Gilbert, our Integrative Health Pathway is our newest pathway, blending conventional medicine with complimentary approaches to Mind-Body-Spirit and Wellbeing.

Join the nation's first Bachelor of Science in Nursing that incorporates integrative heath practices to bring holistic care to a world in need. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Integrative health is the first B.S.N. in the nation that blends conventional health care with complementary approaches to mind-body-spirit wellbeing. Located at the university building in downtown Gilbert, Arizona, the Integrative Health emphasis provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful registered nurses with a focus on integrative management of chronic conditions and serious illnesses. Students pursing an Integrative Health degree in Nursing learn how to clinically treat conditions through a variety of methods, including lifestyle enhancement, nutrition and appropriate biomedical therapies. Additionally, students benefit from a rigorous program at a nationally renowned and highly ranked Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

This program is offered in Gilbert, AZ and is delivered in-person. If you are interested in obtaining a BSN and reside in Tucson, AZ, consider applying to our conventional BSN program instead.

  • Synthesize knowledge from liberal education, professional nursing, and life experiences as a basis for professional nursing practice.
  • Apply leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety skills to improve patient care outcomes.
  • Integrate information management and patient care technology to deliver, manage, and evaluate quality patient care.
  • Incorporate knowledge about healthcare policy, finance, and regulations into professional nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate effective professional communication and collaboration behaviors.
  • Implement health promotion, disease prevention, and health restoration strategies to improve individual and population health.
  • Model professional values and personal wellness behaviors.
  • Implement culturally sensitive, evidence-based, integrative care for patients across the lifespan and across healthcare environments.

Program Facts

17
Months

Program Length

124

Credit
Hours

1000+

Clinical & Simulation
Hours

96%

First-Time
NCLEX
Pass Rate

Hybrid

Program
Delivery

16
Weeks

Course Length

72

Cohort
Size

Spring,
Summer,
& Fall

Program Start

Admissions


Pre-Nursing Major

  • Designed for students who intend to apply to the BSN-IH program
  • Pre-Nursing majors receive extra support while preparing to apply for the BSN-IH program
  • Not required to be admitted to the BSN-IH program

Prerequisite Coursework

  • First Year Composition Sequence
  • One year General Chemistry
  • One year Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • One semester Introductory Biology
  • One semester Microbiology
  • One semester Statistics
  • One semester Lifespan Development
  • One semester Nutrition

Admission Criteria

  • Prerequisite GPA 3.0
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0
  • HESI Admission Assessment
  • Behavioral Interview
  • Holistic Criteria (Experience, Service, etc.)

Jennifer McFee Portrait

Jennifer McFee, Class of 2020

“Our professors helped us navigate the unexpected challenges that come with attending a new program while providing us with unparalleled support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the difficult circumstances of 2020, I graduated from the College of Nursing feeling prepared and excited for my future in nursing."

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BSN-IH Curriculum


Students admitted to the BSN-IH professional program must complete a rigorous curriculum consisting of 59 credit hours of upper division Nursing coursework as well as meet the general education requirements of the University. It is highly recommended that applicants complete the University's general education requirements prior to enrolling in upper division Nursing courses. 

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Level 1 – 15 Units

Level 1 BSN-IH Course – 1 Unit

This is the first in a series of three courses that provide a conceptual, integrative approach to selected pathophysiological phenomena and human responses to illness. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of pathophysiological concepts and their application to clinical practice. In addition, the course will integrate concepts related to aging, genetics-environmental factors, and emerging research topics that influence health and disease.

Level 1 BSN-IH Course – 6 Units

This theory course is focused on comprehensive health/wellbeing assessment of diverse healthy populations including adults, children, families, and communities. Principles of integrative health are explored to enhance health/wellbeing through culturally congruent, relationship-based nursing practice. Health promotion models/theories provide the basis for behavioral support and change strategies.

Level 1 BSN-IH Course – 5 Units

In this field immersion course, basic nursing skills essential to health/wellbeing assessment and promotion will be practiced in skills laboratory, simulation, acute care, and community-based care systems. Skill development will be focused on comprehensive health/wellbeing assessment; interprofessional and therapeutic communication; and clinical decision making with application of culturally congruent, evidence-based integrative therapeutics for health promotion.

Level 1 BSN-IH Course – 2 Units

This course is an overview of nursing knowledge development as a systematic yet innovative process linking research to professional nursing practice. The main goal is to help students learn about the research process and other important patterns of knowing that together comprise the larger picture of the scientific process and scholarly inquiry in nursing. Students will acquire knowledge and experiences to help them achieve the following: Integrate evidence-based knowledge into practice; critically read reports of research for their own practice; and develop beginning attributes of a nurse seeking knowledge through scientific and clinical inquiry.

Level 1 BSN-IH Course – 1 Unit

This is the first in a series of three courses that provides terminology and basic concepts involved with the approval and regulation processes, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmaocodynamics, interactions, adverse effects and monitoring of commonly used drugs, with emphasis on clinical applications in various patient populations.

Level 2 – 15 Units

Level 2 BSN-IH Course – 1 Unit

This is the second in a series of three courses that provide a conceptual, integrative approach to selected pathophysiological phenomena and human responses to illness. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of pathophysiological concepts and their application to clinical practice. In addition, the course will integrate concepts related to aging, genetics-environmental factors, and emerging research topics that influence health and disease.

Level 2 BSN-IH Course – 6 Units

This theory course is focused on nursing care for diverse individuals and families experiencing common acute and chronic physical and/or behavioral health conditions across the lifespan (including pediatrics, childbearing families, and geriatrics). Emphasis is on culturally congruent, evidence-based integrative therapeutics for the restoration/preservation of health/wellbeing.

Level 2 BSN-IH Course – 5 Units

This field immersion course is focused on nursing care for diverse individuals and families experiencing common acute and chronic physical and/or behavioral health conditions across the lifespan (including pediatrics, childbearing families, and geriatrics). Emphasis is on culturally congruent, evidence-based integrative therapeutics for the restoration/preservation of health/wellbeing.

Level 2 BSN-IH Course – 2 Units

This course provides a comprehensive overview of high quality, safe care, and patient-care technology. Focus will be on knowledge and application of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School Competencies in quality and safety as they relate to healthcare in nursing and patient-centered care. Students integrate knowledge related to quality and safety into patient-care technology. Concepts learned and applied in the course include professionalism, teamwork, and evidence-based practice.

Level 2 BSN-IH Course – 1 Unit

This is the second in a series of three courses that provides terminology and basic concepts involved with the approval and regulation processes, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmaocodynamics, interactions, adverse effects and monitoring of commonly used drugs, with emphasis on clinical applications in various patient populations.

Level 3 – 15 Units

Level 3 BSN-IH Course – 1 Unit

This is the third in a series of three courses that provide a conceptual, integrative approach to selected pathophysiological phenomena and human responses to illness. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of pathophysiological concepts and their application to clinical practice. In addition, the course will integrate concepts related to aging, genetics-environmental factors, and emerging research topics that influence health and disease.

Level 3 BSN-IH Course – 7 Units

This theory course is focused on nursing care of diverse individuals and families experiencing complex physical and/or behavioral health conditions across the lifespan. Emphasis is on culturally congruent, evidence-based integrative therapeutics for the restoration/preservation of health/wellbeing of individuals with severe and/or complicated care needs.

Level 3 BSN-IH Course – 6 Units

In this field immersion course, clinical decision making with application of culturally congruent, evidence-based integrative therapeutics for restoration/preservation of health/wellbeing in the context of severe and/or complicated care needs across the lifespan will be practiced in skills laboratory, simulation, and inpatient/outpatient settings.

Level 3 BSN-IH Course – 1 Unit

This is the third in a series of three courses that provides terminology and basic concepts involved with the approval and regulation processes, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmaocodynamics, interactions, adverse effects and monitoring of commonly used drugs, with emphasis on clinical applications in various patient populations.

Level 4 – 14 Units

Level 4 BSN-IH Course – 5 Units

This course prepares baccalaureate nursing students as population focused nurse generalists. Through synthesis of nursing and public health sciences, students develop population-focused skills to promote and protect population health.

Level 4 BSN-IH Course – 4 Units

This course introduces core systems management and leadership content, including leadership roles and their application to a variety of health care settings.

Level 4 BSN-IH Course – 5 Units

This course applies core management and leadership content, including leadership roles and their application to a variety of health care settings. Clinical practice provides a Clinical Preceptorship opportunity to perform in the roles of the professional nurse in various settings, to gain experience with critical thinking, and to apply theory to nursing practice with diverse client populations across the life span and in various stages of health.

More About the BSN-IH Program

Honors Program

As a member of the Honors College, you’ll be part of a small cohort of the best and brightest minds from across the country and around the world, all within a large university setting that offers matchless opportunities. If you’re looking to engage hands-on, grow personally and academically, and make your place in the world, the Honors College is the place for you.

Gilbert University Center

At the beginning of your journey to your BSN degree, you will be working in simulation-based learning spaces to practice the skills necessary to be a nurse. You will utilize these facilities during classroom learning, but they are also open and available for students to come in on off hours and practice. The College of Nursing has facilities in Tucson, Phoenix, and Gilbert for students enrolled in our programs.

Connect With Us


We have a number of ways you can connect with someone to learn more about the BSN program. Arrange a tour, attend a virtual information session, or join an application academy to get your questions answered. Our goal is to make the information-gathering and admission process as simple and straight-forward as possible.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are intended for students who are exploring Nursing options and have not yet completed prerequisite coursework.

Register for an Information Session

Application Academies

Application Academies are  ideal for students who are ready to apply and want more details on the application process.

Register for an Application Academy

Tours

Tours are a great way to learn more about the program by visiting the College and getting a preview of the classrooms, simulation facilities, and learning spaces available to BSN students.

Register for a Tour

Frequently Asked Questions


How many applicants do you have each application cycle?

  • 150-200 applicants for the fall and spring cycles
  • 50-100 for the summer cycle (BSN-IH only)

How many students do you admit each cycle?

  • BSN: 54 fall and spring
  • BSN-IH: 72 fall, spring and summer
  • Average Prerequisite GPA: 3.6 – 3.9
  • Average Cumulative GPA: 3.5 – 3.9
  • Average HESI: 92

Besides GPA and test scores the following criteria are also evaluated for admission: 

  • Behavioral Interview
  • Healthcare Experience
  • Service
  • Scholarship
  • Volunteer
  • Leadership

 

No, applicants are not required to be pre-nursing majors to apply.

Pre-nursing: 

  • College Freshmen: 3.6 unweighted high school GPA
  • Current UA students: 3.4 GPA after completing at least 12 units at UA
  • Transfer students: 3.4 cumulative college level GPA

BSN: 

  • Minimum prerequisite GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0

Minimum overall HESI score must be at least 75. A TEAS exam score cannot be used.

No, all applicants (regardless of major) must apply to the BSN program. The highest ranked applicants will be selected for admission and major is not a consideration in the selection of admitted students.

In-State Coursework from Public Institutions

For courses taken at a public institution in Arizona (state university or community college), students may download the Arizona Course Equivalency Chart, which includes the exact courses that are acceptable for prerequisite transferability.

Out-of-State Coursework and In-State Private Institutions

Pre-established equivalencies can be searched and viewed on the University of Arizona's Transfer Credit Guide.  If a course does not appear in this guide students will need to submit a course equivalency request to the Office of Transfer Credit & Articulation.

  • Fall admission: 2 prerequisites can still be in progress on Feb. 1 deadline
  • Spring admission: 2 prerequisites can still be in progress on Sept. 1 deadline
  • Summer admission (BSN-IH only): all prerequisites must be complete by Dec. 15th deadline
  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: September 1
  • Summer: December 15
  • BSN: Two (fall + spring)
  • BSN-IH: Three (fall + spring + summer)

Ready to take the next step?

See the full admissions requirements and application process on the BSN Admissions page.

Admissions

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at The University of Arizona College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The University of Arizona College of Nursing is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Western Institute of Nursing

Contact Information

Office of Student & Academic Affairs
Location: College of Nursing, Room 112
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Phone: 520-626-3808 or 1-800-288-6158
Email: CON-OSAA@email.arizona.edu

BSN-IH Program Director

Betty Parisek, EdD, MSN, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor and BSN-IH Program Director

Disclosure Statement: DOE 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v)

In accordance with regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) by the Department of Education, The University of Arizona College of Nursing discloses that the curricula of the BSN, BSN-IH, and MS-MEPN programs meet licensure requirements of all states and territories except the following, which have not yet been determined: California, Vermont, American Samoa, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Although The University of Arizona has sought information from other jurisdictions regarding licensure requirements, these requirements are subject to change. If you intend to seek professional licensure or certification outside of Arizona, you should contact the appropriate state licensing agency to obtain the most up-to-date information regarding licensure or certification requirements in your desired state of practice prior to accepting admission offers. For further information, please visit the Eligibility & State Authorization webpage.

**Please note: Before applying for RN licensure, the state of California requires applicants successfully complete a microbiology lab. This is not a requirement of the UA BSN or MS-MEPN programs. Students anticipating applying for an RN license in California are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to take a microbiology lab before applying for RN licensure in California.**