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.
As first year and second year students, 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.
Students apply for admission to the clinical major during the last semester of general-education and prerequisite coursework. After admission, a student must earn 60 additional credit hours in nursing to complete the clinical major. MU requires a minimum of 120 credit hours for the bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Academic curriculum plans are developed for each student by the academic advisor. 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.
A four-year plan of study can be found in the University Catalog.
Cultural Competency Course Requirement
Students will be required to complete three (3) credit hours of coursework that fulfills the cultural competency course requirement. These courses are intended to prepare nursing students to interact with diverse patient populations, work to address health disparities, understand how different cultures interact, gather knowledge of other cultures, and use this knowledge to adapt to various cultures as they are encountered. Students will take one (1) of the three (3) humanity/fine art courses OR the upper level behavioral science course to fulfil this requirement.
The Student Advising Office will maintain and distribute the list of approved courses to students on a regular basis. This course will be built into a student’s personal timeline during their first advising appointment. (Approved by Faculty Assembly 4.25.2016)