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Bachelor of Science in Nursing – 120 Credits

Upon admission, 30 credits from the R.N.'s basic nursing program lower-division coursework, along with 30 credits (as appropriate) for completed General Education courses, will be accepted as the Academic Passport. An additional 15 credits will be awarded through completion of an entry-level portfolio evaluation. Students with more General Education credits completed may transfer the additional coursework per the University's transfer credit policy to meet the R.N.-B.S.N. 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.

A minimum grade of C is required for completion of each nursing course. Additionally, all of the University’s graduation requirements apply to the R.N.-B.S.N. program.

Freshman Year and Sophomore Year

Students in the R.N.-B.S.N. program take upper-level coursework upon admission. Typical freshman- and sophomore-level nursing courses are completed through transfer credits from the R.N.'s associate or diploma program in nursing. This also applies to required General Education courses such as English Composition I and II, the natural sciences (e.g., Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology), social sciences, etc. Students who attended a diploma program that did not award college credit for the natural sciences may take an NLN challenge examination through the Department of Nursing.

Junior Year and Senior Year

Students in the traditional classroom progress through the program's junior and senior courses taking two courses one evening per week for four semesters, along with any additional General Education courses as needed.

Online students will take three nursing courses during each of three consecutive semesters (yet only two courses at one time). It is strongly recommended that all General Education courses be completed prior to entering the nursing courses due to the accelerated nature of the program.

The following are sample progression plans according to the order in which the nursing courses are offered for traditional face-to-face students and online students. Non-nursing courses may be taken through the University, or credit may be awarded by way of transfer credits or challenge exams.

Sample Progression Plan: Traditional Part-Time, Face-to-Face Classes

Junior Year

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.


Senior Year

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.

Sample Progression Plan: Full-Time, Accelerated Online Classes

Fifth Semester
*NUR 330 Philosophy of Professional Nursing (first 8 weeks)3 crs.
*NUR 350 Health Assessment (second 8 weeks)3 crs.
*NUR 470 Family Health Nursing (16 weeks)6 crs.

Sixth Semester
Course Credits
*NUR 370 Methods of Nursing Research (first 8 weeks) 3 crs.
*NUR 450 Trends and Issues in Nursing (second 8 weeks) 3 crs.
*NUR 375 Leadership and Change in Nursing (16 weeks)6 crs.

Seventh Semester
Course Credits
*NUR 410 Research Utilization and Evidence-based Practice2 crs.
*NUR 485 Professional Development 1 cr.
*NUR 475 Community Health Nursing 6 crs.

General Education Requirements
**Humanities or Fine Arts3 crs.
**Natural Science 3 crs.
**English Composition I and II 6 crs.

**Public Speaking 3 crs.
**Technological Literacy3 crs.
**Statistics3 crs.
**Other Required Electives (includes Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, etc.)15 crs.

*Required major and related courses
**Required and recommended General Education courses