Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
Being a nurse in today’s world means being part of a healthcare team that brings together different approaches to providing quality healthcare. That’s why studying nursing at Barton gives you an edge. Barton’s liberal arts foundation enables us to integrate the biological, physical, and social sciences with the humanities and arts—and that gives you the skills and knowledge to practice nursing in the 21st century. And every step of the way, our nurturing faculty will challenge you, ensuring that you become an engaged learner, a critical thinker, an effective communicator, and a leader in the profession. The baccalaureate nursing program at Barton College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, and fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Barton’s faculty combine academic and clinical expertise in all areas of nursing. Through our team-teaching approach, your professors combine their expertise to provide an integrated curriculum that focuses on every aspect of nursing care delivery. You’ll also benefit from small learning groups, engaged-learning activities, and faculty leadership.
We believe that great nurses embody professionalism, a thorough understanding of the nursing process, a commitment to holistic care, and clear communication. These are the core concepts we stress in every course.
To engage you fully in the learning process, we employ new and innovative teaching methodologies, such as web-enhanced software, computer-assisted instruction, and simulation mannequins.
Clinical learning experiences are crucial to your nursing education. At Barton, you’ll receive experience in both rural and urban settings. During your senior year, you’ll collaborate with faculty members to develop your personal learning goals for your preceptorship.
To teach the importance of cultural awareness in nursing firsthand, our students have studied in Honduras, Peru, Costa Rica, rural Pennsylvania, and a Cherokee Indian reservation in the western part of North Carolina.
We’ve designed our curriculum so that you enroll in foundational courses in the liberal arts and sciences during your freshman year before beginning your nursing courses as a sophomore. This allows you to complete your prerequisite science requirements in your sophomore year.
Once you begin your nursing courses, you’ll continue taking courses in the arts and humanities. Doing so helps you learn to synthesize knowledge and think across disciplines as you’re introduced to increasingly complex concepts, content, and practice situations.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Along with the endowed scholarships Barton offers, as a nursing major, you may qualify for a North Carolina Nurse Scholars award.
We partner with facilities to provide you with specific clinical experiences that fulfill particular course objectives and the overall goals of the program. These experiences span nearly every type of nursing—from pediatrics to hospice, school-based healthcare to surgical nursing, psychiatric care to epidemiology.
We have partnership and cooperative agreements with many facilities and agencies, such as:
- Britthaven of Wilson
- Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority
- Duke University Medical Center
- Halifax Regional Medical Center
- Hattie Daniels Day Care Center
- Home Health & Hospice Care, Inc.
- Johnston County Health Department
- Johnston Memorial Hospital
- Nash Healthcare Systems
- Peak Health, Inc.
- Pitt County Memorial Hospital
- Rex Healthcare
- Springmoor Health Center
- University of North Carolina Hospitals
- Wake County Human Services
- Wake Medical Center
- Wayne Initiative for School Health
- Wayne Memorial Hospital
- Wilson County Department of Public Health
- Wilson Medical Center
Many of these partnerships offer tuition remuneration or pay competitive salaries during the externship experiences.
Barton sponsors several professional organizations and academic societies for student nurses:
- Barton College Association of Nursing Students (BCANS)
- Theta Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society
- Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
We urge you to get involved and take advantage of opportunities to develop leadership skills and grow professionally.
Clubs and Organizations
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
Established on April 5, 1986, the Theta Iota Chapter #199 of Region 13 of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing includes faculty and community leaders among its membership. Barton College’s chapter adopted the STTI bylaws and is a student-chartered organization. Our senior nursing students are inducted early in the fall semester so they can actively participate in our chapter’s activities and nursing research conference. All of our nursing students are encouraged to strive for membership in this honor society.
The STTI Honor Society of Nursing, founded in 1922, is the only international honor society of nursing and the second largest individual-member nursing organization with more than 200,000 members and with chapters in 359 colleges and universities. Membership is conferred on students in baccalaureate and graduate programs who demonstrate excellence in nursing and is available by invitation through active Sigma Theta Tau chapters.
Purpose of the STTI Honor Society:
• Encourage and recognize superior scholarship and leadership achievement at the undergraduate and graduate levels of nursing
• Foster high professional standards
• Strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of nursing
• Recognize the development of leadership qualities
- Professional development including continuing education
- Small grants programs to support nursing research
- Regional, national, and international conferences, seminars, and workshops
- Awards recognizing outstanding nurses and representatives of the medical field
- Informational exhibits
- Directory of Nurse Researchers
- Publications – Image: The Journal of Nursing Scholarship (quarterly journal); Reflections (quarterly magazine)
- Films and videotapes depicting nursing history, nursing leaders, and the multiple images of the profession
For more information on the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, visit http://www.nursingsociety.org.
Dr. Sharon I. Sarvey, Dean
School of Nursing
Nixon Nursing Building