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College of Nursing

BSN Program Information

Retention and Progression in the Nursing Major

In order to progress to Semester III, sophomore level in the nursing major, students must:

  • Earn a 3.0 GPA in all designated asterisked (*) courses, listed below. Grade Forgiveness does not supersede this progression requirement, i.e. a grade may be forgiven by the University, however, the College of Nursing requires that each grade from every designated (*) course taken be calculated into the GPA.
  • Have no more than one (1) science with a grade below "C".

Lower division nursing students may not enroll in Semester III's BIOL 250/250L, NURS 212, or NURS 216 without a grade of 3.0 in the designated (*) courses.

All designated (*) courses from the freshman and first sophomore semesters (I – III) must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 with no more than one science or lower division nursing course grade below "C" to apply for upper division.

When all designated (*) courses are complete with a "C" or better grade, the student may apply to the Upper Division of the College of Nursing.

Enrollment in upper division is competitive and limited. The following criteria are used for admission to the upper division nursing course sequence through a competitive selection process:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in designated (*) courses required for the BSN degree.
  • No more than 1 science course or lower division nursing course with a grade below C.
  • Completion of designated (*) courses in required general education and pre-nursing courses prior to the semester in which the application is submitted. A grade of "C" or better is required in all designated (*) courses in order to apply to upper division.
Admission to the baccalaureate degree in nursing major does not guarantee admission to the upper division. Admission to the upper division is a competitive process and the meeting of minimum admission criteria (GPA of 3.0) does not guarantee admission to the upper division. Students who are not accepted to the upper division should talk with their advisor regarding the feasibility of reapplication. If the student chooses to reapply to the upper division, the student must submit a new application for the next admission date and must compete with the new applicant group.

The table below is a sample BSN curriculum plan through the fourth semester.  Courses marked with an asterisk count toward progression toward upper division.  

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
*ENGL 101* Critical Reading and Composition 3
*CHEM 102* Fundamental Chemistry II (with lab) – an introduction to organic and biochemistry 4
*BIOL 243/243L* Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab) 4
*PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
ELECTIVE #1 MATH 111 (if needed) or UNIV 101 3-4
*ENGL 102* Rhetoric and Composition  3
*STAT 112 Statistics and the Media 3
*BIOL 244/244L* Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab) 4
*PSYC 420 Survey of Developmental Psychology 3
NURS 112 Introduction tot he Nursing Profession 1
SOCY 101 Introductory Sociology 3
*BIOL 250/250L* Microbiology (with lab) 4
*NURS 212* Evolution of Nursing Science 2
*NURS 216* Biophysical Pathology 3
STAT 205 or MATH 122 Elementary Statistics for the Biological and Life Sciences or Calculus for Business Administration and Social Sciences 3
GEN ED FORL 109 (if needed) 3
Apply to Upper Division by Deadline
HISTORY HIST 101 - 112 or another approved GHS course 3
ELECTIVE #2 FORL 110 (if needed) or a non-NURS elective 3
NURS 220 Clinical Nutrition 3
PHIL 213 Communicating Moral Issues 3
BIOL 206 Genetics and Society 3
Fine Art Any approved AIU course 3