B.S. in Nursing

Bachelors of Science in Nursing

For those just beginning in their careers or those seeking a career change, the nursing profession offers a broad range of roles and options in meeting the health needs of individuals, families, communities and populations. The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing preparing new nurses through three tracks:

  • Full-time day track
  • Part-time evening/weekend track
  • Accelerated 2nd degree track—a 15-month program for students who already hold a baccalaureate degree in another field. (This track offers admission in the Summer only). 

Upon completion of the program graduates are able to:

Graduates of the B.S. program are prepared to:

  • Pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) 
  • Enter into professional nursing practice within 3-6 months of graduation
  • Communicate effectively on a written and oral basis
  • Deliver client-centered care that is culturally sensitive, safe and compassionate
  • Practice within the legal and ethical parameters of the nursing profession
  • Become a provider of care, a manager of care and a member of the profession
  • Advocate for equitable health care, public policy and health literacy for all individuals, families, and local and global communities
  • Use nursing science as the basis for nursing practice
  • Integrate knowledge from current technological, research and evidence-based practice for the improvement of health care
  • Practice and adhere to the ANA Code of Ethics

Admission Requirements

  • High school students must have an 85 high school average over four years of work or 1000 on the SAT.
  • Transfer students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average for all work done at other colleges and a 3.0 cumulative science average.
  • Transfer students with fewer than 24 college credits must meet both transfer and freshman requirements.
  • Upon acceptance to the nursing major, freshman (and transfer students whose English and mathematics courses have not been accepted by the University) are required to take a placement exam to assess skills in reading, English and mathematics. Exam results are used to program the student’s first courses in the appropriate English and mathematics courses.
  • Progression into the professional phase of the program requires that students maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 and earn no less than C in any science course, in addition to satisfying all prerequisite courses and passing the TEAS-V exam with the required minimum scores.
  • “Biology courses must have been completed within 5 years of progressing to the professional phase.”

University Core Requirements Credits

OS 1 Orientation Seminar                                                                           1
Speech 3 Oral Communications                                                                          3
English 16 English Composition                                                                           3
Core Seminar 50 Writing Intensive                                                            3
English 61‐64 English Literature                                                                      6
Philosophy 61, 62  Philosophical Explorations                                                    6
History 1, 2 History of Civilizations                                                             6
Math 16 Finite Mathematics                                                                    3
Social Science Requirements
Mathematics 100 or Psychology 150 Statistics or Stats in Psychology       3
Psychology 3 Intro to Psychology                                                                   3
Psychology 107 & 108 or TAL 250 Developmental Psychology                   3 or 6*** (see below)
Sociology 3 or Anthropology 4 or 5 Intro to Sociology or Anthropology     3
Science Requirements
Biology 3* Life (General 1)                                                                                      4
Biology 4*  Life (General 2)                                                                                      4
Biology 101  Microbiology                                                                                         4
Biology 137 Anatomy and Physiology 1                                                                        4
Biology 138 Anatomy and Physiology 2                                                                  4
Chemistry 3x General Chemistry                                                                    4
Chemistry 4x Intro to Org. & Biochemistry                                                    4

***A student needs General Psychology as well as Lifespan or Human Development. Childhood or Adolescent Psychology alone will not fulfill the requirement for Nursing***


Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn
School of Nursing

David M. Keepnews, Dean