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Curriculum, BSN

Freshman and Sophomore Years of Study

Through our systematically structured nursing curriculum, first-year full-time day students are introduced to the discipline of nursing as a profession. In the second year, students learn about the individual as a client with social, cultural, spiritual, and economic elements that interact to facilitate health. Students have hands-on experiences in the Center for Simulation and Computerized Testing where they learn nursing skills and procedures in preparation for their clinical practicums in the junior and senior years.

Junior and Senior Years of Study

In the junior year and senior year, students work in clinical practice in hospitals, psychiatric facilities, and long-term care facilities two days per week. Community-based experiences also take place in various settings, which include a senior citizens' apartment complex, adult day care centers, schools, and clients' homes.

Fall of Freshman Year (14.5)

    • CHEM 105/106 General, Organic, & Biochemistry w/ Lab (4)
    • ENGL 101 Reading, Thinking, & Writing (3)
    • PSY 105 Introduction to Psychology (3)
    • Freshman Seminar (1)
    • Humanities Elective (F/S) (3)
    • Physical Education Elective+ (0.5)

Spring of Freshman Year (16.5)

  • BIOL 121/123 Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab (4)
  • ENGL 102 Advanced Composition & Literature (3)
  • SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • NURS 125 Introduction to Nursing (WE/SL) (3)*
  • Social Science 100-Level Elective (F/S) (3)
  • Physical Education Elective+ (0.5)

Fall of Sophomore Year (16)

  • BIOL 122/124 Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab (4)
  • NURS 202 Introduction to Gerontological Nursing (3)*
  • PHIL 350 Ethics (F/S) (3)
  • Sociology or Psychology 200-Level Elective (F/S) (3)
  • Humanities Elective (F/S) (3)

Spring of Sophomore Year (16)

  • BIOL 219/220 Microbiology w/ Lab (4)
  • NURS 205/206 Pharmacokinetics & Medication Administration w/Lab (3)*
  • NURS 216 Nutrition in Health Care (F/S) (3)
  • NURS 261/262 Health Assessment w/Lab (3)*
  • ALLH 390 Statistical Methods (F/S) (3)

All freshman and sophomore year courses must be completed by the end of sophomore year summer in order to enter the junior year courses. Students must have a minimum cumulative average of 3.0 or higher and earn a C or higher in all required and elective courses; a C- is not acceptable.

Fall of Junior Year (14)**

  • NURS 301 Introduction to Informatics (1)
  • NURS 305 Pathopharmacology I (2)
  • NURS 330 Medical/Surgical Nursing I (CLNC) (5)
  • NURS 333 Family-Focused Maternal-Newborn Care (CLNC) (5)
  • NURS 374 Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing Practice I (1)

Spring of Junior Year (17)***

  • NURS 306 Pathopharmacology II (2)
  • NURS 331 Medical/Surgical Nursing II (C) (5)
  • NURS 334 Family Focused Care of Children (C, F/S) (5)
  • NURS 371 Research Design and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (W) (4)
  • NURS 375 Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing Practice II (1)

Fall of Senior Year (16)#

  • NURS 405 Pathopharmacology III (2)
  • NURS 432 Medical/Surgical Nursing III (C) (5)
  • NURS 465 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (C, F/S) (5)
  • NURS 474 Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing Practice III (1)
  • Nursing Elective (W, S, F/S) (3)

Spring of Senior Year (13)##

  • NURS 445 Nursing Leadership (C) (5)
  • NURS 485 Population Health (C, F/S) (5)
  • NURS 475 Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing Practice IV (3)

Accelerated Program

* Courses offered in Fall I Semester in addition to NURS 103 Nursing Seminar                                                           ** Courses offered in Spring I Semester                                                                                                                       *** Courses offered in Summer Semester

# Courses offered in Fall II Semester

## Courses offered in Spring II Semester

Total Credits: 123

For more information about courses in nursing, see the course catalog.