The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). It is a four-year bilingual program that provides students with the opportunity to develop areas such as interpersonal collaboration, decision making, critical thinking, research and leadership. All applicants for the Bachelor Degree of Science in Nursing of the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine must meet the following admission criteria:



Our Mission, Vision and Values

The mission of our BSN program is to prepare highly qualified nursing professionals’ leaders in community service, education, research, critical thinking, and decision making to work in collaboration within a changing and culturally diverse society with the vision to be nationally recognized as a program that excels in the formation of excellent professional nurses capable of transforming the health care service research and public policy. Our program values are respect, honesty, authenticity, responsibility, justice, integrity, commitment, equality, and loyalty.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Provide a baccalaureate nursing education based in the concepts of caring in nursing practice in diverse health care settings across the health-illness continuum applying the ethics, team-based interprofessional collaboration and community services.
  • Engage in a holistic reflective nursing practice as fomented by arts, sciences, and humanities.
  • Develop competencies in critical thinking, communication, evidenced–based decision making, scholarly inquiry and nursing skills in clinical practice.
  • Integrate professional competencies in the nursing roles of provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care and participate as an active member of the profession.
  • Assume ethical and legal responsibility and accountability in nursing practice, while applying information technology.
  • Enhance leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in creating caring environments to promote health and healing in individuals, families’ communities and global population.
  • Provide caring environments that facilitate student’s learning to promote health and healing in individuals, families’ communities and global population.
  • Promote an environment that supports inter-professional education, research, academic freedom, life-long learning, and a culture of quality improvement.
  • Recruit and retain outstanding, culturally, and linguistically diverse faculty and students.
  • Prepare nursing students that will be recognized as excellent caring practitioners.
  • Manage nursing program resources with fiscal responsibility and explore new avenues for funding.
  • Improve the assessment and evaluation processes to promote program effectiveness.

Competencies: Institute of Medicine, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses

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. Led by a national advisory board and distinguished faculty, QSEN pursues strategies to build will and develop effective teaching approaches to assure that future graduates develop competencies in patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics.

The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (April 6, 2021) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

These Essentials address the key stakeholders’ recommendations and landmark documents such as the IOM’s recommendations for the core knowledge required of all healthcare professionals. Download the The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice PDF

Domains for nursing

Domains are broad distinguishable areas of competence that, when considered in the aggregate, constitute a descriptive framework for the practice of nursing. These Essentials include 10 domains that were adapted from the interprofessional work initiated by Englander (2013) and tailored to reflect the discipline of nursing.

  • Domain 1: Knowledge for Nursing Practice
  • Domain 2: Person-Centered Care
  • Domain 3: Population Health
  • Domain 4: Scholarship for Nursing
  • Domain 5: Quality and Safety
  • Domain 6: Interprofessional Partnerships
  • Domain 7: Systems-Based Practice
  • Domain 8: Information and Healthcare Technologies
  • Domain 9: Professionalism
  • Domain 10: Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development

Concepts for nursing practice

The competencies identified in this Essentials document provide a bridge between the current and future needs of practice and the requisite education to prepare a competent practitioner.

  1. Clinical Judgment
  2. Communication
  3. Compassionate Care
  4. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  5. Ethics
  6. Evidence-Based Practice
  7. Health Policy
  8. Social Determinants of Health

BSN Advisory Board

This Advisory Board is an external body composed of 12 members who are nursing professionals and other representatives from the different communities of interest. The board provides support and advice to the nursing program, assists in the development of new programs, and identifies best practices standards. Board members also serve as ambassadors to the program providing a connection to an ongoing exchange of information and ideas with members of health care systems and different academic bodies.

Advisory Board Members

Chair: Dr. Ruth Reyes Ramos
Vice-Chair: Dr. Yadira Requeira


  1. Dr. Gerardo Alvarado
  2. Dr. Abel Aponte
  3. Dr. Julio Marrero- Community Representative
  4. Mr. Héctor Colón
  5. Dr. Leticia Ubiñas
  6. Dr. Jesús M. Saavedra
  7. Ms. Maribel González- RN
  8. Miss Anamaris Torres- RN
  9. Ms. Krystal Morales López- RN
  10. Miss Valerie Molina Pérez- RN

By Law: 2019-01 Bachelor of Science in Nursing Advisory Board.pdf

Nursing Students Association

The BSN Program is part of certified student organizations.

The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine Nursing Students Association
The purpose is to assume responsibility for contributing to nursing education in order to provide for the highest quality of health care. To provide programs representative of fundamental interests and concerns to nursing students. To aid in the development of the whole person, including his/her professional role, his/her responsibility for health care of people in all walks of life.

By Law: Nursing Students Association by Law.pdf

National Students Nurses Association (NSNA)
NSNA is dedicated to fostering the professional development of nursing students. The Mission of NSNA is to bring together and mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, as well as those enrolled in baccalaureate completion programs. Convey the standards and ethics of the nursing profession. Promote development of the skills that students will need as responsible and accountable members of the nursing profession. Advocate for high quality, evidence-based, affordable and accessible health care. Advocate for and contribute to advances in nursing education. Develop nursing students who are prepared to lead the profession in the future.

Videos: Nursing activities

Capping Ceremony 2020 & 2021 BSN Class

Date: May 6, 2021
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Initiation of The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine Nursing Students Association

Date: Feb 26, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine administration training by VOCES PR

Date: Jan 26, 2021
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Expected Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

  1. Demonstrate commitment to the delivery of ethical and nurturing patient care among well and ill individuals and groups.
  2. Contribute with competent nursing care according to the health needs of diverse cultural groups, and populations in Puerto Rico and other countries.
  3. Support nursing practice through the application of knowledge that is generated by evidence-based research, the humanities, and natural sciences.
  4. Provide self-directed care and demonstrate accountability for own actions.
  5. Apply skilled oral and written communication and information technology in the delivery of nursing care.
  6. Make sound decisions and formulate independent clinical judgments.
  7. Practice effective leadership and contribute as key members of the health.

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