BSN Four-Year Degree Plan

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program can be completed in eight regular semesters and two summer semesters.  It is a comprehensive degree, which does not require a minor.  This plan assumes the following:

  • No remedial coursework is required.
  • The student does not fail any classes.
  • The student does not change majors.
  • The student must maintain full-time enrollment status.

Also, a four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that a student may bring with him or her upon admission to the University.

Until a student is accepted into and begins the program, he or she is considered a pre-nursing major.

The grades students receive the first time they take the following courses will be considered during the nursing program admission process: chemistry, anatomy, and Math 135 (college algebra) or higher.

Sample schedule

Below is a sample four-year schedule for the nursing program.  This schedule should not replace meetings with an advisor but should serve only as a guide.  To ensure students will meet all requirements for graduation, courses should be completed in exactly the order they are listed on this sample schedule.  It is required to have all pre-nursing coursework completed or in progress by the time of application to the Generic BSN program. Students may enter the Generic BSN program with no more than 3 (three) credits of general education courses outstanding and NUR 472 to be incorporated into their Generic BSN course scheduling if accepted into the program.

Students should check out the course rotation before scheduling classes.

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
ENG 110 Writing I3
MTH 135, 138, 181, 261 or 2873
BMS 110 Intro to Biomedical Sciences (recommended) OR BIO 121 General Biology I4
GEC Elective (GEC 111 recommended)3
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
CHM 116 or CHM 160. (See CHM 160 note below)4
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
GEC Elective (GEC 113, GEC 114 or SOC 150 recommended)6-9
Total hours13-16

Third semester (fall)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
BMS 307 Human Anatomy (preferred) OR KIN 250 Applied Human Anatomy3-4
BMS 240 Introduction to Nutrition3
GEC Elective (GEC 112, 116, or PSY 121 recommended)6-9
Total hours12-16

Fourth semester (spring)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
BMS 308 Human Physiology (preferred) OR KIN 252 Applied Human Physiology3-4
BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology3
PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods3
GEC Elective (GEC 115: SWK 219 recommended)3
**NUR 472 Writing II Research Methods and Technologies (see advisor for recommendations on this course)**3
Total hours12-16

Fifth semester (summer)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
NUR 302 Concepts in Nursing4
NUR 303 Art and Science of Nursing I3
Total hours7

Sixth semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
NUR 304 Art and Science of Nursing II5
NUR 342 Nursing: Health Assessment4
NUR 360 Introduction to Pharmacology3
NUR 565 Advanced Human Pathophysiology3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
NUR 323 Nursing: The Pediatric Client and Family Didactic3
NUR 312 Nursing: The Adult Client6
NUR 331 Nursing: The Mental Health Client3
NUR 311 Introduction to Family Health Nursing2
NUR 472 Writing II: Nursing Research and Scholarly Writing3
Total hours14-17

Eighth semester (summer)

Ninth semester courses Credit hours
NUR 323- Nursing: The Pediatric Client and Family Clinical 2 (clinical)
NUR 475 Nursing Internship (Optional)3
Total hours2-5

Ninth semester (fall)

Tenth semester courses Credit hours
NUR 322 Nursing: The Childbearing Family4
NUR 416 Nursing: The Older Adult Client2
NUR 442 Nursing: Community Health6
Elective or HUM or NUR 4723
Total hours15

Tenth semester (spring)

Eleventh semester courses Credit hours
NUR 482 Nursing: Leadership and Management6
NUR 478 Nursing: Senior Seminar2
Nursing OR Health Care Management Elective3
Undergraduate elective OR requirement3
Total hours14

* CHM 160 Notation

Note: CHM 160 is the recommended chemistry course for entrance into the Generic BSN program. Please note CHM 160 does not meet the physical science requirement for general education requirements. Therefore, CHM 116 may be taken to fulfill both general education and Generic BSN prerequisite requirements.