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Nursing Degree (B.S.N.)

Why Major in Nursing?

Nursing majors integrate the University’s core requirements with additional courses in the humanities, physical and social sciences, providing you with a strong liberal arts foundation for professional nursing. The nursing labs will help you transfer theoretical knowledge to direct nursing interventions, while a wide variety of health care and community agencies will serve as placements for your clinical practice.

Requirements for Nursing Majors

Requirements for the Nursing Major

Nursing courses and science lab courses require a grade of "C" or better to remain in good standing - with the exception of NURS 0101, Introduction to Professional Nursing.  Students may repeat only one clinical course with less than a "C" grade during their entire program.

    First Year

     

      First Semester

       

      • CHEM 0103 - Chemistry of the Life Sciences
      • ENGL 0101 - English Composition I
      • NURS 0101 - Introduction to Professional Nursing
      • PHIL 0102 - Introduction to Ethics
      • SOCI 0101 - Principles of Sociology

      Second Semester

       

      • BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
      • ENGL 0102 - English Composition II: Writing About Texts
      • MATH 0123 - Mathematical Methods in the Natural Sciences
      • MOVP 0212 - Concepts of Nutrition
      • PSYC 0101 - Introduction to Psychology

      Sophomore Year

       

        First Semester

         

        • Appreciation of the Arts Core Elective Credits: 3
        • BIOL 0239 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
        • Global Diversity Core Elective Credits: 3
        • NURS 0200 - Health Assessment and Promotion
        • US History and Government Core Elective Credits: 3

        Second Semester

         

        • BIOL 0223 - Microbiology OR
        • NURS 0210 - Current Principles of Professional Nursing
        • NURS 0220 - Nursing Pharmacology
        • PSYC 0207 - Lifespan Development
        • SOCI 0202 - Race and Ethnic Relations

        Junior Year

         

          First Semester

           

          • MATH 0108 - Elementary Statistics
          • NURS 0300 - Nursing Care of the Adult and Older Adult
          • SOCI 0321 - Sociology of Aging

          Second Semester

           

          • Literary and Philosophical Analysis Core Elective Credits: 3
          • NURS 0305 - Nursing Research
          • NURS 0310 - Community Health Nursing
          • NURS 0315 - Psychiatric Nursing

          Senior Year

           

            First Semester

             

            • Appreciation of the Arts Core Elective Credits: 3
            • NURS 0320 - Nursing Care of Women and Children
            • NURS 0350 - Advanced Principles of Professional Nursing

            Second Semester

             

            • NURS 0355 - Nursing Leadership
            • NURS 0360 - Preparation for Professional Licensure
            • NURS 0397 - Nursing Capstone and Clinical Internship
            • Social Understanding Core Elective Credits: 3

            Note:

            Due to the nature of securing clinical placement sites, all clinical laboratory experiences including off-campus sites are subject to change. Students are not allowed to self-select clinical sites and days.

              Additional Graduation Requirements

              All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .