Nursing Curriculum (Traditional BSN)

General Education & Pre-requisite 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 (62 semester hours)

ACAF    110             Foundations I   4
ACAF    120            Foundations II   3
BIOL     124/5       Principles of Biology I with 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 Communication   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
XXX         XXX       Aesthetic Awareness   3


Pre-requisite Nursing Courses (11 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     308          Health Assessment   3


Major Program (55 semester hours)

NURS     310          Professional Nursing Practice I   8
NURS     311           Pathophysiology   3
NURS     313          Pharmacology   3
NURS     350         Professional Nursing Practice II   8
NURS     412          Nursing Research   3
NURS     420         Ministry of Nursing   3
NURS     362         Ethical and Legal Issues for Health Care   3
NURS     450         Professional Nursing Practice III   8
NURS     465         Community Health Nursing   2
NURS     460         Professional Nursing Practice IV   8
NURS     461          Principles of Management in Health Care   3
NURS     462         Professional Nursing Seminar   3


**Credit hours required to graduate 128 semester hours.

*** Completion of General Education and Prequisite 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. Admission into the nursing program is highly selective. All students must successful complete all general education courses (see below for exceptions) and NURS 102, 245, 250, 260, and 308 prior to entering the junior level clinical courses.

The following courses can be taken while in the clinical nursing courses, but highly suggest having three out of the five completed prior to entering the clinical courses: speech, literature, theology, philosophy, and art/music/theater (aesthetic awareness).


**Nursing Electives

If the nursing student chooses, there are non-required electives from which to choose and include: NURS 364 Spiritual-Ethnocultural  Aspects of Nursing (3), NURS 367 Complementary Therapies in Nursing (1), NURS 416 Client Education (3), NURS 418 End of Life (1), NURS 421 Pain-Concept Management (3), and NURS 475 Caring for the Elderly:  An International Perspective (in the even years, this course requires international travel in May).