BSN Curriculum

New curriculum | A new curriculum will begin for students entering the program in August 2023. This innovative curriculum was built to prepare the next generation of nurses with the tools they will need to be successful. Nursing is evolving at a rapid pace and nurses need to be ready to navigate this new landscape of healthcare. The improvements to the curriculum will provide students with the best preparation for delivering quality and safe patient care.

Required nursing courses
Foundational Knowledge for Nursing Practice I
Nursing Pathophysiology & Pharmacology I 
Art of Professional Nursing I 
Introduction to Social Justice & Health Policy
MINDSTRONG or Nursing Survey 1100 (MINDSTRONG integrated)
Foundational Knowledge for Nursing Practice II
Nursing Pathophysiology & Pharmacology II
Art of Professional Nursing II
Foundational Principles of EBP and Nursing Science
Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults I
Nursing Care of Women and Families During Reproductive Transitions
Motivational Interviewing
Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults II
Nursing Care of Children and their Families
Evidence-Based Nursing Care for Patients in Palliative and End of Life Care 
Population Health Local to Global
Synthesis of Determinants of Health to Address Population Health Outcomes
Nursing Clinical Judgement in the Care of Psych & Mental Health Conditions 
Innovative Strategies in Leadership and Systems-Based Practice
Synthesis of Nursing Practice and Patient Care in Complex Healthcare Systems
Practicum for the Utilization of Nursing Clinical Judgement
Science of Wellness and Self-Care
Utilization of Information and Healthcare Technologies to Drive Decision Making in Nursing
Sample Schedule

View a four-year BSN sample schedule* for students entering the program in August 2022 and beyond. 

*The BSN sample schedule is tentative and the sequence of coursework may change based on a number of different factors. Deviations may occur based on the prerequisite course/option a student elects to enroll in, credit earned through post-secondary and/or AP and/or test scores, such as the math placement test score, changes to class requirements, falling below academic progression standards and other reasons.

The sample schedule does not provide a list of prerequisite courses required for admission into the BSN major. For a comprehensive list of approved prerequisites courses, grade requirements and an overview of the BSN application process please visit the BSN admissions page

General Education (New) Requirements

View an overview of general education requirements specific to BSN students entering the university in August 2022 and beyond

All students who have begun the BSN program prior to autumn 2023 will continue with the curriculum plan below. 

Coursework in the first year (sophomore level) includes knowledge about the discipline of nursing, basic health assessment, clinical nursing skills and clinical experiences. The integrated health science series encompass physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and scientific inquiry in nursing. The other courses are: life span development, human nutrition, therapeutic communication and microbiology.

The second year (junior level) of courses is a combination of classroom, laboratory simulations and clinical experiences. The courses with required clinical experiences are nursing care of adults and older adults, childbearing families and children and their families. Students spend an average of 12 hours per week in clinical settings. The other course is cultural competence in health care.

The third year (senior year) of courses is a combination of classroom, simulations, and primarily precepted clinical experiences. The four courses include community care of vulnerable populations, psychiatric mental health nursing and transitions and leadership in clinical nursing practice. Students spend an average of 16 to 24 hours per week in clinical settings depending upon the courses enrolled.

Required nursing courses
Credit Hours
NUR 2420 A Nursing Perspective: Life Span Development of Individuals within a Family Context 3
NUR 2100 Introduction to Professional Nursing: Concepts and Practice 3
NUR 2270 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults I 5
NUR 2410 Health Assessment 3
NUR 2450 Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice 3
NUR 2460 Introduction to Therapeutic Communication for Health Professionals 3
NUR 2470 Introductory Pharmacology for Nurses 3
NUR 2780 Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 3270 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults 7
NUR 3430 Cultural Competence in Health Care: US and Global Contexts 3
NUR 4240S Concepts in Community Health Nursing 4
NUR 4260 Nursing Care of Children and Their Families 4
NUR 4270 Transition to Professional Nursing 6
NUR 4280 Nursing Care of Women and Their Families During Reproductive Transitions 4
NUR 4340 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 4
NUR 4400 Leadership and Management of Nursing Practice
(for students who begin Nursing program Autumn 2012 and beyond)
Total credit hours 61
General Education (Legacy) Requirements

View legacy general education requirements specific to BSN students entering the university prior to August 2022