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.

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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

Second Semester

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Second Semester

Junior Year

First Semester

Second Semester

Senior Year


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking ability for clinical judgment
  • Interpersonal skills sufficient for professional interaction with a diverse population of individuals, families and groups
  • Communication adeptness sufficient for verbal and written professional interactions
  • Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces
  • Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe and effective nursing care
  • Auditory and visual ability sufficient for observing, monitoring and assessing health needs
  • Ability to make observations in connection with other identified professional nursing student competencies
  • Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment
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