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University of Phoenix (Nursing Programs)

At University of Phoenix, we've been thinking ahead for more than 30 years.

In fact, we were founded in 1976 on an innovative idea: make higher education highly accessible for working students. Still guided by this idea, University of Phoenix has helped transform the landscape of higher education in widely recognized ways. Many of the conveniences that 21st-century students now take for granted—evening classes, flexible scheduling, continuous enrollment, a student-centered environment, practitioner faculty, online classes, online library, ebooks, computer simulations—were pioneered or made acceptable through University of Phoenix's efforts.

Not surprisingly, our unique approach has helped us grow from our humble origins as an upstart institution serving the unrecognized needs of working students. Today, University of Phoenix is the largest private university in North America, with nearly 200 convenient locations, as well as Internet delivery in most countries around the world.

We're also a comprehensive university. University of Phoenix has more than 100 degree programs at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels in much-desired employment areas, from business and technology to health care and education.



When University of Phoenix was founded more than three decades ago, the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation was just turning 30 and the first personal computers were introduced.

It was in this context that Dr. John Sperling, a Cambridge-educated economist and professor-turned-entrepreneur, anticipated the confluence of technological, economic and demographic forces that would herald the return of working adults to higher education.

He saw a growing need for institutions that were sensitive to and designed around the learning characteristics and life situations of the working adult population. He suggested how institutions would pioneer new approaches to curricular and program design, teaching methods and student services. These beliefs eventually resulted in the creation of University of Phoenix and they continue to inspire the University’s mission, purposes and strategies today.


Six goals—essential in the workplace as well as the classroom—are incorporated into the experience of every student and every faculty member at University of Phoenix:

Professional Competence and Values
Graduates will have mastered a specific array of disciplinary knowledge and abilities, and will be able to apply their knowledge in real-world settings. They will demonstrate values and ethics appropriate to their discipline and engage in lifelong learning to improve their professional competence and practice.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Graduates will reason clearly and critically. They will be problem solvers, able to identify and evaluate problems, utilize critical-thinking skills to recommend and select among alternative solutions, implement solutions, and evaluate the consequences.

Graduates will communicate verbally and in writing in a clear, concise and correct manner. They will use proper grammar and punctuation. They will analyze the needs and abilities of their audiences, choose from a variety of communication tools, adjust the content of messages and deliver their messages accordingly.

Information Utilization
Graduates will be adept at accessing and utilizing information. They will research issues, gather information from a variety of sources, analyze the plausibility and accuracy of information regardless of source, and utilize information appropriately to address issues or inform action.

Graduates will work effectively in diverse groups and teams to achieve tasks. They will be collaborators, able to function well in team settings as both leaders and followers. They will respect human diversity and behave in a tolerant manner toward colleagues and those they serve.

Team Learning
Team learning focuses on the development of students as effective members and leaders of teams. Courses are designed to combine individual and group activity with interaction among students and the instructor. Team learning promotes intellectual and technical knowledge, provides validation and a place to explore new ideas, and enhances valuable skills in teamwork, negotiation and cooperation.


At University of Phoenix, we know working students need not only a quality education, but also convenience. That's why we have nearly 200 campuses and learning centers. This includes locations across the United States, as well as in Puerto Rico, Alberta, British Columbia, the Netherlands and through a subsidiary in Mexico.

Easily accessible from major highways, our many locations enable you to attend classes near your home or workplace.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), is a program designed to develop the professional knowledge and skills of registered nurses. The curriculum builds on a foundation of biological, physical, and social sciences, which contribute to the science of nursing. The liberal arts components enhance the development of the intellectual, social, and cultural aspects of the professional nurse.

This baccalaureate program includes behavioral objectives that concentrate on the development of the nurse's role as caregiver, teacher, and leader. Utilizing human caring as a framework, registered nurses are prepared as generalists who are able to apply critical thinking, progressional skills, and knowledge to client outcomes and health care systems.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program has a 41-credit required course of study and a 6-credit elective requirement. The required course of study includes a capstone course that synthesizes baccalaureate outcomes. The required course of study fulfills only part of the 120-minimum-credit requirement for degree completion.


The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Services (BSHCS) Degree Program is designed to integrate a foundation of general education and applied sciences with the expertise that prepares graduates for management positions in health care. The BSHCS curriculum addresses the basic body of knowledge, understanding, and skills identified as relevant to health care services.

The program delves into such topics as structure and positioning of health organizations; financial management under alternative financing mechanisms; leadership, interpersonal and communication skills in diverse organizational environments; managing and using business and health information in decision-making; statistical, quantitative, and economic analysis; law and ethics; health policy utilization; health status of populations; health systems in diverse communities; and outcomes measurement and related methods for process improvement in health organizations. This 54-credit major fulfills only part of the 120-minimum credit requirement for degree completion.

School name:University of PhoenixNursing Programs
Address:4605 East Elwood Street, Phoenix Hohokam Campus
Zip & city:AZ 85040  Arizona

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