School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Suggested Course Sequence to Graduation
Semester 1 Semester 2
CHE 111 - Chemistry for Life Sciences I 4 CHE 112 - Chemistry for Life Sciences II 4
ENG 120 - English Composition 3 ENG 201 - Research & Applied Writing 3
MAT 140 - College Algebra 4 NUR 120 - Foundations of Nursing 2
FDS - Freshman Development Seminar 1 PSY 120 - General Psychology 3
SCI/SSC 100 - The Natural World or Introduction to the Social Sciences 3 SCI/SSC 100 - The Natural World or Introduction to the Social Sciences 3
*PE or PLS 1/2 *PE or PLS 1/2
Semester 3 Semester 4****
BIO 261 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 BIO 262 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
NUR 208 - Fundamentals of Nursing 6 NUR 228 - Nursing Roles with the Childbearing Family 6
NUR 209 - Health Assessment 2 COM 119 - Interpersonal Communication 3
PSY 202 - Life Span Development 3 NUR 229 - Pharmacology in Nursing 3
NUR 207 - Human Nutrition 2 *PE or PLS 1/2
*PE or PLS 1/2  
Semester 5 Semester 6
Course Credits Course Credits
BIO 301 - Microbiology for the Life Sciences 4 NUR 318 - Nursing Roles in Mental Health 5
NUR 308 - Nursing Roles in Adult Care I 5 NUR 319 - Nursing Roles in Adult Care II 5
NUR 309 - Nursing Roles in Pediatric Care 5 SPA/FRE 132 - Functional Elementary French or Spanish II 4
SPA/FRE 131 - Functional Elementary French or Spanish I 4 HUM 115 - Introduction to Humanities 3
Semester 7 Semester 8
Course Credits Course Credits
NUR 417 - Nursing Roles in Adult Care III 6 NUR 419 - Nursing Research 3
NUR 418 - Nursing Roles in Community Health 6 NUR 424 - Nursing Leadership 5
MAT 235 - Introductory Statistics 4 NUR 422 - Issues in Nursing 2
  SOC Elective 3

*Students may elect to take one semester of Personal Life Skills (PLS) (2cr) or four semesters of Physical Education (PE) (0.5) **Students must meet the Computer Literacy Requirement to progress to 25 enrolled credits. *** (EPE) requirement must be met prior to semester five beginning Fall 2004.

****In order to enter the nursing sequence students must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

Progression Requirements
Progress within the nursing sequence of the baccalaureate nursing program will be monitored, in part, by the student’s participation in Assessment Technologies, Inc (ATI), a series of standardized assessment tests. This set of assessments provides the student with learning tools, non-proctored and proctored testing useful in gauging learning success, and content mastery. Students are required to participate in ATI testing for the following courses: N208, N228, N229, N309, N319, N318, N417, N418 and N424. Scores achieved on the ATI tests will constitute ten percent (10%) of the final grade for each course, with the higher of the scores recorded. The cost of this testing will be the student’s responsibility and will be charged as part of the University tuition and fees each semester.

Seniors are expected to achieve a predicted probability of passing NCLEX-RN at the identified benchmark stipulated by the faculty. Seniors, who do not achieve this benchmark, will not receive a Certificate of Readiness. Students must demonstrate readiness to successfully complete the National Council of State Boards Exam (NCLEX) by achieving the identified benchmark stipulated by faculty on the ATI Comprehensive Predictor Assessment Exam, which is nationally normed and made available through ATI. Those seniors, who have not achieved the required benchmark after completing the ATI Comprehensive Predictor Exam as prescribed, may elect to enroll in another structured program of review, approved by the BSN dean and faculty, and present objective evidence of success at the completion of that review. Objective evidence of success would be an achieved score on a proctored exam equivalent to the stipulated benchmark.

Any grade of less than “C” is considered a failing grade in the nursing curriculum. In addition the student must obtain a satisfactory rating on all clinical evaluations. The student must also maintain a minimum grade of “C” in all required biological science courses related to the nursing paradigm. To successfully complete these courses, the student must maintain at least a GPA of 2.0. A nursing student who earns less that a “C” in all biological science courses related to the nursing paradigm or any nursing course, or whose grade point average is below 2.0 may not continue in the nursing sequence until the deficiency is corrected.

All nursing courses may be repeated once to a maximum of two (2) courses for the entire curriculum. Any grade of less than “C” is considered a failing grade in the nursing curriculum.

Annual documentation of a physical examination, immunization status, and drug screening is required for enrollment in clinical courses. Forms can be requested from the BSN Program office. Documentation must be submitted to the Program by August 1st of each year.

To access current policies and procedures of the BSN program please click on the blue BSN Student Handbook link.

Clinical Orientation

Orientation to the hospital is mandatory. This occurs before school starts in the Fall semester one week before school starts. Please make necessary arrangements to accommodate the orientation process. Please note the schedule to ensure your attendance at these orientations. If you miss hospital orientation for whatever reason you will not be allowed to enroll in your nursing course(s) and will have to wait until the next course offering. 

Revised Fall, 2008, 8/26/2011, 4/11/2014, 12/12/2014, 04/2015