Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Science


Program Description

The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Science Program is designed to prepare generalist nurses with the skills for leadership, interdisciplinary teamwork, use of technology, information skills, principles of quality management, and the development of a culture of quality and safety centered in the patient/client. Includes principles of research, evidence-based practice, as well as communication and the application of clinical judgment for decision-making. Graduates from this program will be able to perform in public or private institutions that require healthcare services. Upon completion of their degree, students will be prepared to take the licensure examination offered by the Puerto Rico Examining Board of Nurses. This program consists of 120 credits distributed in 9 academic terms to be completed in approximately 3 years to a maximum of 4.5 years.


The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice:

The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice:
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing” (AACN) has defined the nine Essentials that describe the curricular elements and competencies that must be present in all accredited programs that award a Bachelor Degree in Nursing Science. These Essentials provide the student learning outcomes and are detailed in The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008). The faculty of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has implemented the tools, learning strategies, program improvement opportunities, and resources recommended in this document, which are aligned with the Student Learning Outcomes and are used as a guide in the teaching learning process.

Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)

The Institute of Medicine (2003) competencies for nursing, QSEN faculty have defined pre-licensure and graduate quality and safety competencies for nursing and proposed targets for the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be developed in nursing pre-licensure programs for each competency


Quality and Safety Education for Nurses

Other Resources

Institute of Medicine


Colegio de Profesionales de la Enfermería de Puerto Rico

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Nursing (INACSL)

Society for Simulation (SSH)

Asociación de Simuloeducadores de Puerto Rico (ASEPUR)

Federación Latinoamericana de Simulación Clínica y Seguridad del Paciente (FLASIC)

Admission Requirements

Atenas College Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit the Application for Admission at the Admissions Office.
  • Present high school diploma, official transcript or evidence of high school equivalency exam.
  • Certificate of Immunization (P-VAC-3 Form) if under 21 years of age
  • Provide copy of College Board.

Requirements for enrollment

  • Having met Atenas College admission requirements.
  • Complete a study agreement. Once admitted, the applicant is referred to the Collections Office to complete the study agreement.
  • If the applicant is under 21 years of age, the application for admission and the study agreement must signed by the father, mother, guardian, or legal tutor.

Requirements for Admission to the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Science Program

Enrollment for the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Science Program is carried out three times a year during the months of January, May, and August. Candidates for admission must meet each of the admission requirements established by the institution.

  • Coming from high school (generic)
  • Minimum high school general points average of 2.00 or its equivalent
  • Transfer
  • Minimum high school general points average of 2.00 or its equivalent
  • Official credits transcript from institution of origin
  • RN to BSN
  • Hold an Associate of Science in Nursing from an institution recognized by the US Department of Education
  • Minimum general points average of 2.00 or its equivalent
  • Active United States or Puerto Rico RN license

Clinical Practice Requirements
  • Health certificate issued no less than one month prior to the date of practice
  • Certificate of Negative Criminal Record issued no less than one month prior to the date of practice
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (3 doses; necessary for all clinical practice). May present laboratory results that certify immunization.
  • Atenas College student identification card
  • Influenza vaccine
  • 2 doses of Varicella or serological test
  • Resume
  • 4 2 x 2 photos
  • Certification of medical insurance coverage
  • Current CPR Certification (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  • Original and certification copy
  • Evidence of compliance with Law 300 – Puerto Rico Law for the Verification of Criminal Record of Care Service Providers for Children and Elderly.
  • Additional requirements may be requested by the clinical practice site; these requirements may include a drug test. The process will take place in accordance with the clinical practice/practice site.
Requirements to Practice the Profession

Steps for processing provisional license and the nursing board examination

Step I: Complete the Application for Provisional License, Examination, and Associate or Generalist Nurse License.

Page 1:

  1. 2×2 photo
  2. Affidavit and notary seal
  3. Part A. Personal and Academic History: complete personal information requested.

Page 2:

  1. Part B. Nursing Education Program Certification: submit the application to the Office of the Registrar to be completed by the Registrar.
  2. Part C. Additional Education
  3. Part D: Personal References

Page 3:

  1. Part E: Health Certificate
  2. Part F: Indicate if you hold a provisional or permanent nursing license. Mark Yes or No.

Page 4: Instructions:

Step II: Gatherthe documents required in the application.

Step III:Submit the application and required documentation to the Puerto Rico Examining Board of Nurses (See instructions in the back of the form)


HETS, Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) is a database designed by Cengage Learning where you can find NCLEX practice exams. Atenas College students have this resource available to prepare for the NCLEX exam. For additional information and instructions visit the Learning Resource Center (Library).

Program Accreditations

The Baccalaureate Degree in Science in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326; (404) 975-5000. See the public information released by ACEN regarding these programs at: