The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions
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UG Nursing BSN

BSN Curriculum Pattern

Undergraduate Major (Major Code: NURS)

(Student may enter in either the Fall or Spring semester) 

FRESHMAN
1st Semester
   
BIOLxxx Prerequisite Biology (Lecture and Lab)* 4 credits
RHET Written Communication II (Core A)** 4 credits
PSYC General Psychology (Core E)* 4 credits
NURS 120 Nursing in the Jesuit Tradition 1 + 1 credit
XXXXxxx Elective(s) 2 credits
  Semester Total 15 credits
     
2nd Semester    
BIOLxxx Prerequisite Biology (Lecture and Lab)* 4 credits
BIOLxxx Prerequisite Biology (Lecture and Lab)* 4 credits
RHET111 Public Speaking for Health Prof (Core A)# 4 credits
NURS 170 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice+ 1 credits
XXXXxxx (Core Course) 4 credits
  Semester Total 17 credits
     
SOPHOMORE
3rd Semester   

Nursing Module #1
 
NURS 220 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I 3 credits
NURS 221 Essentials of Pharmacology: Principles and Concepts 2 credits
NURS 222 Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals
Across the Lifespan I: Health and Wellness
4 credits
NURS 225 Clinical Lab I: Applied Assessment in Health and Wellness 2 credits
MATH 101 Elementary Statistics (Core B)***  
  Semester Total 15 credits
     
4th Semester Nursing Module #2 2 credits
NURS 270 Nutrition 4 credits
NURS 271 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II 3 credits
NURS 272 Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals Across Lifespan:
Alterations in Health and Illness
2 credits
NURS 275 Clinical Lab II: Alternations in Health and Illness 3 credits
NURS 275S Clinical Lab V: Simulation Lab 0 credits
XXXXxxx (Core Course) 4 credits
  Semester Total 16 credits
     
JUNIOR
5th Semester

Nursing Module #3
 
NURS 320 Community and Mental Health Nursing
(fulfills Cultural Diversity requirement)
4 credits
NURS 321 Health Care Systems I: Nursing Leadership Within
Complex Adaptive Systems
2 credits
NURS 325 Clinical Lab III: Community and Mental Health Nursing
(fulfills Service Learning requirement)
4 credits
NURS 322 Evidence-Based Inquiry and Informatics 4 credits
XXXXxxx (Core Course) 4 credits
  Semester Total 18 credits
  NOTE: Students should file a "Petition to Graduate" at this point in the curriculum.  
     
6th Semester Nursing Module #4  
NURS 370 Medical-Surgical Nursing I:
Management of Comprehensive Adult Patient Care
4 credits
NURS 371 Health Care Systems II:
Management in Complex Clinical Systems
2 credits
NURS 375 Clinical Lab IV: Medical-Surgical Nursing Management of
Comprehensive Adult Patient Care
3 credits
NURS 375S Clinical Lab IV: Simulation Lab 0 credits
XXXXxxx Elective(s) 4 credits
XXXXxxx (Core Course) 4 credits
  Semester Total 17 credits
     
SENIOR
7th Semester

Nursing Module #5
 
NURS 420 Women's Health 3 credits
NURS 421 Medical-Surgical II: Nursing Care of Children 3 credits
NURS 428 Clinical Lab V: Medical-Surgical Nursing Care of
Women and Children
3 credits
NURS 428S Clinical Lab V: Simulation Lab 0 credits
SOC 150 Introduction to Sociology # 4 credits
XXXXxxx (Core Course) 4 credits
  Semester Total 17 credits
     
8th Semester Nursing Module #6  
NURS 470 Nursing in the Jesuit Tradition II 1 credit
NURS 471 Complex Care Across the Lifespan 3 credits
NURS 475 Clinical Lab VI: Complex Care Across the Lifespan 5 credits
XXXXxxx (Core Course) 4 credits
  Semester Total 13 credits
  MINIMUM TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS 128 CREDITS
     
* General Psychology, Human Anatomy, Survey of Human Physiology, and Microbiology (in any order) are
prerequisites to the third semester (Nursing Module #1)
 
** Must be taken before the fifth (Nursing Module #3) semester.  
*** Prerequisite to NURS 322.  
# BRN requirement for NCLEX. Can be taken anytime in the program.  
+ Must be taken before the third semester, Nursing Module #1.  

Course descriptions can be found in the catalog.

FIRST YEAR (completed over the first two semesters):

Prerequisites (nursing support courses) that must be successfully completed before beginning Nursing Module #1 (NURS 220, 221, 222, 225 courses):

* (B) Biology 113: Human Anatomy Lecture 3 credits
  Biology 114: Human Anatomy Lab 1 credit
* (B)
Biology 115: Survey of Human Physiology Lecture 3 credits
  Biology 116: Survey of Human Physiology Lab 1 credit
* (B)
Biology 134: Microbiology Lecture 3 credits
  Biology 135: Microbiology Lab 1 credit
* (E)
Psych 101: General Psychology 4 credits
Rhetoric and Composition Courses must be completed by the 5th semester (first JUNIOR semester, Nursing Module #3) and may only be taken at USF
Successful completion of a nursing support course or a nursing major course is defined as a final course grade of "C" or better.
Students who earn less than a "C" in any one of these course must repeat the course and earn a "C" or better in the second attempt.

Students who earn less than a "C" in any two (2) of these courses will be disqualified from the nursing program.

As undergraduate students enroll in the above courses, they may also enroll in any of the CORE courses listed below to insure that they retain their full-time student status (12 credits per semester).

#      Sociology      4 credits
(preferably Introduction to Sociology 150)
(A) Public Speaking 4 credits
(A)
Advanced Written Communication 4 credits
(B) Math 101: Statistical Reasoning 4 credits
Natural Science 4 credits (met by Survey of Human Physiology)
(C) Literature 4 credits
(C)
Humanities: History 4 credits
(D) Theology and Religious Studies 4 credits
(D) Philosophy 4 credits
(D) Ethics 4 credits
(E) Social Sciences 4 credits (met by General Psychology and/or Sociology)
(F) Fine Arts 4 credits

Mental and Physical Qualifications for Professional Nursing

The following are MINIMUM mental and physical qualifications for admissions to the professional program:

  1. Frequently work in a standing position and do frequent walking.
  2. Lift and transfer patients up to 6 inches for a stopping position, then push or pull weight up to 3 feet.
  3. Lift and transfer patients from a stooped to an upright position to accomplish a variety of transfers.
  4. Physically apply up to 10 libs. of pressure to bleeding site or in performing CPR.
  5. Respond and react immediately to auditory instructions/requests/monitor equipment and perform auditory auscultation without auditory impediments.
  6. Physically perform up to 12 hours clinical laboratory experience in a day.
  7. Perform close and distance visual activities involving objects, person and paperwork as well as discriminate depth and color perception.
  8. Discriminate between sharp/dull and hot/cold when using hands.
  9. Perform mathematical calculation for medication preparation and administration.
  10. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing using appropriate grammar, vocabulary and work usage.
  11. Make appropriate and timely decisions under stressful situations.
All students in the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) are expected to meet these qualifications and successfully complete course requirements.  The School of Nursing and Health Professions will endeavor to make reasonable modifications and otherwise reasonably accommodate students with disabilities. Students with disabilities should consider their ability to meet the above qualifications with reasonable accommodations. The nursing faculty will evaluate any requests for accommodations with representation from outside the USF SONHP as appropriate.