Curriculum

The curriculum of the BSN program encompasses general, foundational and professional studies within a liberal-education perspective.

The curriculum is driven by the belief that nursing knowledge and skills are essential to improving the health and well-being of patients and populations. Academic curriculum plans are developed for each student by the academic advisor based on pre-requisite and co-requisite courses. All students are provided a copy of their plan. The plan is also filed in the student’s folder in the academic advisor’s office. Any alteration in the curriculum plan has the potential of delaying the completion of the program one or more semesters.

Nursing knowledge is developmental in nature. Each course is designed to build on knowledge and skills acquired in previous nursing and non-nursing courses. Therefore, the faculty strongly encourage students to keep syllabi, notes, and required texts from previous courses so that they can refer to them as needed.

Sample curriculum pattern for accelerated option:

Summer Semester (10 weeks)
Number Course Credit Hours
N3100 Nursing Pharmacology 3
N3170 Nursing Skills, Technologies and Simulation 4
N3270 Foundations for Nursing Assessment and Nursing Process
(changing to 5 cr hr spring 2017)
6
N3900 Introduction to Nursing Science 3
Total Hours   16
Fall Semester
Number Course Credit Hours
N2100 Communication Issues in Nursing 2
N3750 Nursing of Childbearing Family 3
N3760 Pediatric Nursing 3
N3470 or N3670 Mental Health Nursing (Changing to 5 cr hrs fall 2017) or Nursing of Adults I  4 or 6
N4200 Nursing Ethics and Law 3
Total Hours   15 or 17
Spring Semester
Number Course Credit Hours
N3670 or N3470 Nursing of Adults I or Mental Health Nursing (Changing to 5 cr hrs fall 2017) 4 or 6
N3870 Gerontological Nursing Care 3
N4970 Nursing in Communities (capstone) 5
Total Hours   12 or 14
Summer Semester (10 weeks)
Number Course Credit Hours
N4870 Nursing of Adults II 7
N4400 Nursing Issues/Leadership/Management 2
Total Hours   9
Total Accelerated BSN Nursing Hours: 54