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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. 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 credit hours.

For pre-licensure and L.P.N.-B.S.N. 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 credit 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 Prerequisite Courses (65 credit hours)

Courses marked with a ** have a prerequisite.

Core Curriculum
FYE 101 College Connections
ENG 101
ENG 102
MTH 212**
Cultural Diversity 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

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
Any one of the following:
Any Music course or ART course, except ART 302

Natural Science 
BIO 330/BIO 330** Anatomy & 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