Traditional BSN plan of study
For nursing undergraduates, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is the traditional four-year degree option. As freshman and sophomores, nursing students are considered pre- nursing majors. Students are required to complete approximately 60 semester hours of general-education and prerequisite coursework while applying the clinical nursing major. After a pre-nursing student completes the pre-nursing credits, he or she must earn 60 additional credit hours to complete the clinical major. MU requires a minimum of 120 credit hours for the bachelor’s degree in nursing. Clinical-major applications are available only through the undergraduate student advisors' office (S235). Deadlines will be announced by the Student Advising Office.
Academic program 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 program plan. The program plans are also filed in the student's folder in the academic advisor's office and are used by the student and the student's faculty/advisor for planning throughout the remainder of the student's nursing program. Any alteration in a course curriculum has the potential of delaying the completion of the program one or more semesters. Students apply for admission to the clinical major during the last semester of general-education and prerequisite coursework.
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.
A condensed plan of study is below or you may download a more detailed version of the traditional BSN plan of study (PDF).
For pre-nursing majors
|1100 or 1200||Political Science or American History||3|
|varies||Humanities or Fine Arts*||3|
|2201/2203||Human Anatomy (PTH AS)||5|
|1000||English Composition 2||3|
|varies||Humanities or Fine Arts||3|
|1200 or 4170||Statistics or Educational Statistics (ESC PS)||3|
|3202||Human Physiology (MPP)||5|
|N2000||Nursing as a Profession**||3|
|2380||Diet Therapy for Health Professionals (NUTR S)||3|
|N2100||Psychosocial Issues in Nursing||2|
|2000 or higher||Upper-level behavioral science*||3|
|varies||Humanities or Fine Arts Elective||3|
For clinical majors
Old curriculum: Clinical nursing students who were admitted into clinical coursework prior to Fall 2010 should follow the old curriculum/timeline when registering on myZou for classes. The old curriculum/timeline is available in the S235 Student Advising Office, MU School of Nursing, if needed.
New curriculum (listed below): Students admitted into the clinical coursework Fall 2010 and after should follow the new curriculum when registering on myZou for classes.
|N3170||Nursing Skills, Technology and Simulations||4|
|N3200||Pathophysiology & Therapeutics||4|
|N3270||Foundations for Nursing: Physical Assessment & Nursing Process||6|
|N3300||Pharmacology & Nursing Implications||4|
|N3470||Mental Health Nursing||4|
|N3670||Nursing of Adults I||6|
|N3870||Gerontological Nursing Care||3|
|N3900||Introduction to Nursing Science||3|
|N4200***||Nursing Ethics & the Law||3|
|N4270||Nursing of Children||5|
|N4300||Nursing Issues/Leadership & Management||2|
|N4470||Nursing of Women & Newborns||5|
|N4870||Nursing of Adults II||7|
|N4970||Nursing in Communities (WI course, capstone)||5|
* A list of humanity/fine art and/or behavior science options is available in S235 School of Nursing.
** Nursing 2000 is offered only during the fall semester. N2100 is offered during both fall and spring semesters. Students must be pre-nursing majors and have a 2.8 or higher GPA to enroll or obtain permission from department/instructor.
*** N4200 should be taken for writing-intensive (WI) credit, 4 credit hours, if the pre-nursing HDFS 2400 requirement was not completed at MU OR if HDFS 2400 was taken at MU during the summer semester.
**** Please visit mathplacement.missouri.edu for more information on the ALEKS math placement requirements.