Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum

The bachelor of science degree in Nursing is a four-year program that offers a broad foundation in liberal arts and science and an extensive range of nursing courses. Graduates are eligible to take the national examination for licensure (NCLEX) as registered nurses.

A four-year education helps nurses navigate the increasingly complex medical field; in its Future of Nursing Report, the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of all nurses have, at minimum, a baccalaureate degree by 2020. Hospitals applying for Magnet status employ a larger proportion of nurses with a B.S. degree than without. Many institutions also have higher pay grades for bachelor's-prepared nurses. A four-year degree also is the foundation for the advanced education needed to become a nurse educator, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse administrator, or nurse researcher.

Typical Course Sequence

Below is a typical course sequence for the Nursing bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest.  For further information refer to the B.S. Student Handbook.

Current students: Refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements. Or find other resources on the Current Students page.

Semester 1 Credits Semester 2 Credits
Mammalian Anatomy 4 Introductory Physiology 3
Rhetoric and Composition 3 Introductory Physiology Lab 1
Introductory Psychology 3 Intro to Human Development and Family Studies 3
Humanities Course 3 Intro to Principles of Nutrition 3
Arts Course 3 Effective Speech 3
First-Year Seminar 1 Math Course 3
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 16
Semester 3  

Semester 4

Professional Role Development I: Intro to Professional
Issues in Nursing Practice and Nursing Informatics
2 Intro to Sociology 3
Chemistry 3 Statistics or Biostatistics 3-4
Elementary Microbiology 3 Pathophysiology 3
Elementary Microbiology Lab 1 Intro to Fundamentals of Nursing 4
Health Assessment 3 Humanities Course 3
Elective 2-3 Total Credits 16-17
Total Credits 14-16    
Semester 5   Semester 6 Credits
Intro to Pharmacological Concepts 3 Understanding and Applying Nursing Research 3
Nursing Care of the Adult 4 Professional Role Development II: Ethics, Legal,
and Genetic Issues
Therapeutic Nursing Care of the Older Adult 3 Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents 3
Arts Course 3 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 3
Elective 3 Effective Writing 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 14
Semester 7   Semester 8 Credits
Professional Role Development III: Leadership and
3-4 Professional Role Development III: Clinical Capstone 3
Nursing Care of the Adult with Complex Health Problems 4 Nursing Care of the Adult with Complex Health Problems 4
Community and Family Health Nursing 4 Mental Health Nursing 4
Elective 3 Nursing Elective 3
Total Credits 13 Total Credits 14