Nursing Curriculum

The undergraduate nursing program offers courses at the 200, 300, and 400 levels. Students complete a minimum of 59 semester hours of prerequisite general education and support courses. The 200 level NURS prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the clinical nursing sequence.


General Education & Prerequisite Requirements

The nursing curriculum consists of required prerequisite general education courses specifically selected because of their relevance to the nursing major. This foundation contributes to students’ understanding of individuals, their environment, and health, and is a basis for students’ personal and professional development. Pre-admission advisement is available to assist students in selecting courses. Contact the Admissions Office at (815) 740-5037 for information.


General Education Courses (59 semester hours)

ACAF   110         Foundations I  4
ACAF   120         Foundations II  3
BIOL    124/5    Principles of Biology I w/Lab  4
(Pre-requisite for BIOL 211, 221, 252)
BIOL    211       Microbiology  5
BIOL    221       Human Anatomy  4
BIOL    252       Human Physiology  4
CHEM  120       Foundations of Chemistry  5
CMMA 142         Speech Comm.  3
ENGL   111       College Writing I  3
ENGL   200       Introduction to Literature  3
HIST    XXX     Approved history course  3
MATH 105       Introduction to Statistics  3
PHIL     101       Introduction to Philosophy  3
PSYC   111       General Psychology  3
PSYC   240       Lifespan Development (or SWRK 242)  3
SOCI    111       Principles of Sociology  3
THEO   101       Introduction to Theology  3


Nursing Curriculum

The nursing curriculum provides the student with the knowledge and skills to meet the nursing needs of contemporary society as well as the intellectual inquiry necessary for the continued development of the nursing profession. It prepares the student to integrate knowledge regarding the nature of individuals, their environment, and their health state and prepares the student to provide nursing care for individuals, families, and groups across the life span in a variety of health care settings. Learning activities are carried out in the classroom, low fidelity simulation laboratory, high fidelity simulation laboratory, and in a variety of acute and chronic care and community settings.


BSN Program Goals:

  1. Incorporate theoretical and empirical knowledge from the physical, social, and behavioral sciences and humanities into evidence-based nursing practice.
  2. Function effectively as a generalist providing culturally-sensitive nursing care across the lifespan and in a variety of settings in accordance with the current Illinois Nursing Act.
  3. Promote health, prevent illness and injury and provide nursing interventions that provide effective, efficient, and equitable care.
  4. Incorporate ethical/legal principles and respect for life and human dignity into nursing practice.
  5. Be accountable in safe nursing practice, resource conservation, and quality of care through leadership, clinical reasoning, and utilization of the nursing process.
  6. Use patient care technologies, informatics, and communication systems to facilitate safe, efficient, and effective nursing practice.
  7. Facilitate communication and collaboration among individuals, groups, health team members, and/or community.
  8. Act as a change agent to advance social consciousness of health care issues through political involvement and advocacy.
  9. Contribute to the advancement of the profession by engaging in leadership roles and professional organizations.
  10. Possess a strong knowledge base in preparation for graduate study.
  11. Value learning as a lifelong process for continued personal and professional growth.


Major Program (72 semester hours)

NURS   102       Pharmacologic Mathematics  1
NURS   245       Nursing Informatics  2
NURS   250       Concepts of Professional Nursing  3
NURS   260       Human Nutrition  2
NURS   275       Health Promotion & Family Assessment Across the Lifespan  3
NURS   308       Health Assessment  3
NURS   310       Professional Nursing Practice I  8
NURS   311       Pathophysiology  3
NURS   313       Pharmacology  3
NURS   350       Professional Nursing Practice II  8
NURS   362       Ethical and Legal Issues for Health Care  3
NURS   412       Nursing Research  3
NURS   420       Ministry of Nursing  3
NURS   450       Professional Nursing Practice III  8
NURS   460       Professional Nursing Practice IV  8
NURS   461       Principles of Management in Health Care  3
NURS   462       Professional Nursing Seminar  3
NURS   465       Community Health Nursing  2
NURS   XXX     Upper Division Electives (300-400 level)  3**

**Nursing Electives

Students may choose electives from non-required nursing courses or electives in related fields. Nursing electives include: NURS 364 Spiritual-Ethnocultural Aspects of Nursing, NURS 416 Client Education, and NURS 421 Pain-Concept Management.

Completion of General Education and Prerequisite course work at USF does not automatically guarantee progression into nursing clinical courses. Students are in the Pre-Nursing major until selected by the Nursing Admission and Progression Committee and before any student can progress into clinical nursing courses. Admission into the nursing program is highly selective. All students must successfully complete NURS 102, 245, 250, 260, 275 and 308 prior to entering the junior level clinical courses.

The suggested sequence:

First Semester
ACAF   110        Foundations I  4
CHEM  120       Foundations of Chemistry  5
BIOL    124/5    Principles of Biology  4
ENGL   111        College Writing I  3
Second Semester
ACAF   120        Foundations II  3
PSYC   111          Intro. to Psychology  3
BIOL    211         Microbiology  5
MATH  105        Intro to Statistics  3
CMMA   142       Speech Comm.  3

First Semester
SOC I   111          Intro to Sociology  3
BIOL    221         Human Anatomy  4
PSYC   240         Lifespan Development  3
NURS   102        Pharmacology Math  1
NURS   260       Human Nutrition  2
General Education course  3
Second Semester
BIOL    252        Human Physiology  4
NURS   245       Nursing Informatics  2
NURS   250       Concepts of Nursing  3
NURS   275       Health Prom. & Fam. Assessment  3
NURS   308      Health Assessment  3
General Education Course  3

First Semester
NURS   310       Prof. Nursing Practice I  8
NURS   311        Pathophysiology  3
NURS   313       Pharmacology  3
General Education course  3
Second Semester
NURS   350       Prof. Nursing Practice II  8
NURS   412        Nursing Research  3
NURS   420       Ministry of Nursing (WI)  3
Upper Division NURS Elective  3

First Semester
NURS   362        Ethical & Legal Issues for Health Care  3
NURS   450        Prof. Nursing Practice III  8
NURS   465        Comm. Health Nursing  2
General Education Course  3
Second Semester
NURS   460       Prof. Nursing Practice IV        8
NURS   461        Prin. of Mgmt in Health Care   3
NURS 462         Professional Nursing Seminar 3