The Pathway to a Career in Health Care

About the Pre-licensure Nursing Bachelor's Degree Pathway

A pre-licensure bachelor's degree in nursing can open the door to a variety of career and educational options related to advanced degree practice.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Baccalaureate Nursing Program is determined on a competitive basis. The total number of students admitted to the program is based upon available facilities and faculty. Qualified applicants are admitted to the Baccalaureate Nursing Program annually in the Fall semester.

Apply by March 1. Qualified applicants are selected after the posted deadline and selection continues until all spaces in the class are filled.

Criteria for admission:

  • Official high school transcript denoting high school graduation or official GED test score transcript
  • A college GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) at the end of the semester in which application is made.
  • A grade of “C” or higher in all pre-nursing course work, which includes the first two semesters and the summer session of the pre-nursing curriculum.

    Note: Students may repeat any required science course only one time to achieve a grade of “C” or better. Science courses must be taken within 5 years of application to be considered during admission process.

To complete the admission process, you must present

  • Completion of health physical.
  • Current CPR Healthcare Provider certification.
  • State and Federal criminal background check.
  • Current negative urine drug screen (a five-panel screen).

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Students ready to commit to a four-year program can earn our rigorous pre-licensure BSN degree. If you've not previously earned any licensure and want to find a competitive role in health care after graduating, this program is structured just for you.

Program Requirements

The School of Nursing considers a grade of “C” (2.0) as the minimum passing grade for all required nursing and non-nursing courses. Courses graded with less than a “C” may result in academic dismissal from the program. Readmission to the nursing program is determined by the School of Nursing policies as printed in the current School of Nursing Student Handbook.

Degree Requirements

Requirements Hours
General Education Program 40 Hours
Required Nursing Courses 62 Hours
Required Non-Nursing Courses 19 Hours
Minimum Hours Required 121 Hours

View degree requirements in catalog

Required Nursing/Health Science Courses (69 Hours)

Special Note:  Only those students officially accepted into the pre-licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Program are permitted to take courses with the BSNR prefix.

  • BSNR 2120 - Health Assessment & Education
  • BSNR 2130 - Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
  • BSNR 2160 - Fundamentals of Professional Nursing Practice
  • BSNR 2230 - Pharmacology in Professional Nursing
  • BSNR 2260 - Adult I: Nursing Management of the Adult with Acute Illness
  • BSNR 3130 - Professional Nursing Care of the Child and Family
  • BSNR 3140 - Professional Nursing Care of the Client with Alterations in Mental Health
  • BSNR 3230 - Professional Nursing Care of Childbearing Families
  • BSNR 3270 - Adult II: Advanced Nursing Management of the Adult with Acute and Chronic Illness
  • BSNR 3343 - Introduction to Nursing Research
  • BSNR 4170 - Adult III: Advanced Nursing Management of the Adult with Complex Illnesses
  • BSNR 4230 - Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing
  • BSNR 4260 - Advanced Clinical Reasoning
  • BSNR 4453 - Leadership & Mgt. in Professional Nursing
  • BSNR 4454 - Community Health Nursing
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