Overview of the Nursing Curriculum
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum consists of 130 credit hours and is designed to be completed in four (4) academic years and follows the University’s 16-weeks semester for delivery of courses. Components of the curriculum incorporate, in addition to the nursing degree sequence of clinical and non-clinical courses, courses in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and liberal arts. Some courses fulfill more than one of the curricular requirements.
The nursing curriculum is based upon standards of nursing education from professional organizations, accreditation standards, state boards of nursing, and changing societal needs related to health care. The curriculum reflects a commitment to evidenced-based nursing practice for individuals, families, and communities that is grounded in an understanding of societal factors that influence health status and the delivery of health care. The student is supported throughout the curriculum with small class sizes and intensive one-on-one instruction led by highly qualified faculty in both the classroom and health care environments.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum plan includes sequenced courses that the student has to take to complete the program. These courses include 70 credit hours of nursing courses, 24 credit hours of University required courses (Integrated Curriculum [IC]), and nursing support courses. Some of the nursing degree support courses meet the university required IC courses.