Post RN Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Two-Year) Programme
The Post RN Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) was introduced by AKU-SONAM in 1988. This programme focuses on preparing its graduates to function as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and head nurses. Since its inception, a total of 731 students have graduated. Currently, 182 students who come from multicultural and multilingual backgrounds are enrolled for the programme. These students are nationals from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Syria.
In 2011, AKU-SONAM took the initiative of introducing Blended Learning in all of its courses. Blended learning is a formal education programme in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path or pace. It includes face-to-face classroom methods with computer-mediated activities.
Its first pilot phase has been successfully completed and has been endorsed by the blended review team in April, 2014. The courses covered are Health Assessment, Culture Health & Society, and Teaching & Learning: Principles and Practices, Pathophysiology, Concepts of Behavioral Psychology in Mental Health Nursing, Professional Development and Leadership in Healthcare, Nursing Research & Advanced Concepts in Community Health Nursing.
The goal of the programme is to optimize student learning, and provide a flexible learning environment for those who find it difficult to attend face- to -face classes. The soft feedback reflects that it has been a welcoming intervention. Not only this, but that it has also been proven as useful for supporting international capacity building of AKU-SONAM in East Africa, Pakistan and Central Asia.