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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Upon admission, 30 credits from the RN's basic Nursing program lower-division course work, along with 30 credits for completed General Education courses, will be accepted as "The Academic Passport." An additional 12 credits will be awarded through completion of an entry-level portfolio evaluation. Students with more than 30 General Education credits completed may transfer the additional course work as appropriate to meet the RN-BSN program requirements. Students who already have another bachelor's degree are exempt from meeting the General Education requirements with the exception of public speaking and statistics, which are required by the nursing program. Students must consult with an academic adviser to determine courses needed for graduation.

Freshman Year and Sophomore Year

These four semesters are completed through transfer of course work from the RN's associate OR diploma program in nursing. This should include English Composition I and II, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, and 6 credits in the social sciences. Transfer students who attended diploma programs which did not award college credit for the sciences (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, or Microbiology) may challenge these courses by taking an NLN examination through the Department of Nursing.

Junior and Senior Years

Students typically progress through the program's junior and senior courses taking two courses one evening per week for four semesters, along with additional General Education courses as needed. The following is a sample progression plan according to the order in which the Nursing courses are offered. Additionally required non-nursing courses may be taken during any semester, including the summer session, or credit may be awarded by way of transfer credits from appropriate courses previously taken.

Sample Progression Plan

Fifth Semester
Course                                                                         Credits
*NUR 330 Philosophy of Professional Nursing3 crs.
*NUR 350 Health Assessment3 crs.
**General Education Courses as needed
 Variable crs.

Sixth Semester
Course                                                                    Credits
*NUR 370 Methods of Nursing Research   3 crs.
*NUR 375 Leadership and Change in Nursing    

6 crs.

**General Education Courses as needed
Variable crs.


Seventh Semester
Course  Credits
*NUR 410 Research Utilization in Nursing     2 crs.
*NUR 470 Family Health Nursing               6 crs.
**General Education Courses as needed
 Variable crs.

Eighth Semester
 *NUR 450 Trends and Issues in Nursing    3 crs.
 *NUR 475 Community Health Nursing           6 crs.
 *NUR 485 Professional Development        1 cr.

**General Education Courses as needed

 Variable crs.