IUON is chartered by the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. IUON is fully accredited by the government of St. Kitts for the Bachelors Degree in Nursing.
The U.S. institutions affiliated with IUON for the purpose of offering the last year of the BSN program are all fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the appropriate institutional accrediting bodies, and/or applicable state boards of nursing.
IUON is affiliated with Colorado State University, Louisiana College, Morehead State University, and Nipissing University in Canada.
All Canadian partner schools are approved by their respective provincial College of Registered Nurses such as the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) and accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).
Students that have successfully completed our BSN program receive a degree from both IUON and our U.S./Canadian partner school. As a graduate of an accredited U.S. or Canadian program, students qualify for licensure in the United States. Pass rate on the NCLEX currently exceeds 90%.
Licensure for Graduates Choosing to Practice Nursing in the United States
All students, who have successfully completed the BSN program and have graduated from a U.S. partner school, and who wish to practice in the U.S. must first pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Students, who have successfully completed the BSN program and have
graduated from a U.S. or Canadian partner school are eligible to sit for
the NCLEX-RN examination.
Each state has its own regulations pertaining to licensure. As a result,
students should be made aware that the requirements for licensure vary
from state to state. The nursing board of each state publishes detailed
information on licensure. A listing of each state nursing board may be
obtained on the web site of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
A comprehensive NCLEX-RN prep program is in place, to insure high pass
rates. To accomplish this, IUON has contracted with Educational
Resources Incorporated to provide ongoing computerized competency
testing throughout the curriculum, inclusive of simulated NCLEX
exam-type questions. This step testing program is self-paced and
available to IUON students on-line or in the learning resource center.
All of our U.S. affiliates incorporate step testing into their
curriculum to measure basic competency and ensure success on the NCLEX.
Upon passing the NCLEX-RN, graduates are eligible for licensure as a
Registered Nurse (RN) in the state where the U.S. affiliate is located.
Graduates can apply for licensure in other states through reciprocity,
if that exists between each state's Board of Nursing, or through an
application process. Based on current workforce needs, IUON graduates
should not have any issues with locating positions in the nursing field.
Licensure for Graduates Choosing to Practice Nursing in Canada
Students, who have successfully completed the BSN program, and have
graduated from a Canadian partner school, are eligible to apply to sit
for the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE), the nursing entrance test
for the nursing profession in Canada. The exam must be written in the
province of the partner school. Successful passing of the exam licenses
the nurse to practice in that province. There are no testing offices outside of Canada and the exam is only offered three times per year. If the Canadian students want to sit for the NCLEX, they can apply for
that exam. The NCLEX exam is offered in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
Professional nurse opportunities exist in public health, hospitals,
managed care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, schools, and other
health care facilities. Nurses may specialize in acute care areas such
as surgery, critical care, pediatrics, geriatrics, labor and delivery.
Pursuing an Advanced Degree
For many individuals, a BSN is an excellent way to begin a career in
nursing. Successful completion of these degrees qualifies one to sit for
the nursing licensing examination to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
However, many individuals choose to continue their education after
completing their respective program. The BSN qualifies graduates to
enroll in in a master's degree program. Some graduates may choose to
advance their education by continuing on for a doctoral degree in
Advanced academic degrees widen career possibilities. These degrees
provide those, with a love of knowledge, a deeper understanding and
appreciation of the field of nursing. Advanced degrees are required for
credentialing in advanced practice.