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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) prepares technically competent, professional practitioners of nursing through a program of study in the liberal arts and the science and art of nursing. Advanced standing admission and qualification for bypass credit is available to the registered nurse with an associate degree or diploma in nursing.

Licensed Practical Nurses (L.P.N.) are given prior learning credit for previous knowledge. A separate application is required for admission to the upper division major in nursing. This application may be made upon completion of prerequisite courses with a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher and 2.0 or higher in each science course. A separate application is required for admission to the upper division major in nursing. R.N.-B.S.N. applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to be eligible to enter the major. Pre-licensure B.S.N. students must complete prerequisite courses with a prerequisite G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher and minimum cumulative science GPA of 2.5 to meet eligibility for the nursing major. To graduate with a B.S.N., all students must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours.

For Pre-licensure and LPN-BSN students, continuation in the nursing major is contingent upon achieving a C- or better in each course and maintaining a 2.5 G.P.A. in the nursing major. R.N. to B.S.N. students are required to maintain a 2.0 G.P.A. in the nursing major.


B.S.N. Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours and meet all the required General Education/Core courses, Prerequisite courses, and nursing major courses to achieve a B.S.N.



  • Nursing major (60 credit hours)
  • Core, General Education and Support Courses (65 hours)

Courses marked with a ** have a prerequisite.

Core Curriculum

FYE 100 The Lourdes Experience

ENG 101

ENG 102

MTH 212**

Cultural Competency Requirement ***

PHL 310**

Enduring Questions Seminar

Service Learning component is met in the major with these courses:

NUR 265

NUR 335

Capstone requirement is met in the major:

NUR 490 Capstone: Professional Nursing (for pre-licensure students)

NUR 491 RN Professional Capstone (R.N.-B.S.N. students)

General Education


Any HST course


One of the following:
ENG 200 Introduction to Literature

ENG 211 Postcolonial Literature

ENG 212 Gender and Literature

ENG 213 Multiethnic U.S. Literature

ENG 214 Ecology and Literature


PHL 310 **


(six credit hours, one course must be at the 200 level or above)

Fine Art

Choose one of the following courses:

Any Music or ART course, except ART 302

Natural Science

BIO 330/BIL 330**   Anatomy and Physiology I/lab

Social /Science

PSY 110  General Psychology: An Overview

Additional Prerequisite Courses for the Nursing Major:

BIO 331/BIL 331** Anatomy & Physiology II/lab

BIO 335 General Microbiology

BIO 340** Pathophysiology

CHM 140/CHL 140** General, Organic & Biological Chemistry/lab

PSY 210 Developmental Psychology-Life Span


***Cultural Diversity Experience or Course: All students must successfully complete a cultural diversity course or experience as part of their baccalaureate degree requirement. Courses that meet this requirement are approved by the University and designated as such. Experiential learning, such as study abroad may meet the cultural diversity requirement, but needs to be approved by the University prior to the student participating in the experience.

Currently approved courses include the following:

BUS 320  International Business;

EDU 316  Multicultural & Social Issues in Education;

ENG 211  Postcolonial Literature;

ENG 212  Gender and Literature;

ENG 213  Multiethnic U.S. Literature;

ENG 315 Studies in Non-Western Literature;

GEO 250  World Cultural Geography;

GEO 260  World Regional Geography;

SOC 304  Multicultural Diversity;

SWK 209  Multicultural Perspectives;

THS 101   Introduction to Religious Studies;

THS 244   Great Religions of the East; and

THS 246   Great Religions of the West.