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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum

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.

Required Courses
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.

BSN Proposed 4-Year Curriculum Plan

  Fall Semester Spring Semester

Freshman Year

  • Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab
  • Foundations of Chemistry w/Lab*
  • First Year Seminar*
  • Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • Introduction to Psychology*
  • Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab
  • Organic and Biochemistry w/Lab
  • Theoretical Nursing Foundations
  • Life Span Development
  • Foreign Language

Sophomore Year

  • Pathophysiology
  • Health Assessment w/Lab
  • Pharmacology w/Lab
  • Introduction to Concepts in Nursing Practice
  • Fine Arts Foundation Course*
  • Foundations of Nursing Care w/Clinical
  • Microbiology w/Lab
  • Human Nutrition
  • Statistics

Junior Year

  • Nursing Care of Clients with Acute & Chronic Health Conditions I w/clinical
  • Childbearing Family and Newborn Nursing w/Clinical or Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing w/Clinical
  • Bio-Medical Ethics*
  • Nursing Care of Clients with Acute and Chronic Health Conditions II w/clinical
  • Childbearing Family and Newborn Nursing w/Clinical or Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing w/Clinical
  • Introduction to Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Theme Course I*

Senior Year

  • Community Health Nursing w/Clinical (Theme II)*
  • Critical Care Nursing w/Clinical
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Pediatric Care Nursing w/Clinical
  • Professional Role Development and Transition w/Clinical (124 clock hours of preceptorship)
  • Senior Capstone*
*These courses meet the University's Integrative Core curriculum requirements and/or general requirements.
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