Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
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.
FYE 100 The Lourdes Experience
Cultural Competency Requirement ***
Enduring Questions Seminar
Service Learning component is met in the major with these courses:
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)
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)
Choose one of the following courses:
Any Music or ART course, except ART 302
BIO 330/BIL 330** Anatomy and Physiology I/lab
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.