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BSN Curriculum Pattern

Undergraduate Major (Major Code: NURS)

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

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

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

Nursing Module #3
NURS 320 Community and Mental Health Nursing
(fulfills Cultural Diversity requirement)
4 units
NURS 321 Health Care Systems I: Nursing Leadership Within
Complex Adaptive Systems
2 units
NURS 325 Clinical Lab III: Community and Mental Health Nursing
(fulfills Service Learning requirement)
4 units
NURS 322 Evidence-Based Inquiry and Informatics 4 units
XXXXxxx (Core Course) 4 units
  Semester Total 18 units
  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 units
NURS 371 Health Care Systems II:
Management in Complex Clinical Systems
2 units
NURS 375 Clinical Lab IV: Medical-Surgical Nursing Management of
Comprehensive Adult Patient Care
3 units
NURS 375S Clinical Lab IV: Simulation Lab 0 units
XXXXxxx Elective(s) 4 units
XXXXxxx (Core Course) 4 units
  Semester Total 17 units
7th Semester

Nursing Module #5
NURS 420 Women's Health 3 units
NURS 421 Medical-Surgical II: Nursing Care of Children 3 units
NURS 428 Clinical Lab V: Medical-Surgical Nursing Care of
Women and Children
3 units
NURS 428S Clinical Lab V: Simulation Lab 0 units
SOC 150 Introduction to Sociology # 4 units
XXXXxxx (Core Course) 4 units
  Semester Total 17 units
8th Semester Nursing Module #6  
NURS 470 Nursing in the Jesuit Tradition II 1 unit
NURS 471 Complex Care Across the Lifespan 3 units
NURS 475 Clinical Lab VI: Complex Care Across the Lifespan 5 units
XXXXxxx (Core Course) 4 units
  Semester Total 13 units
* 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.  
FIRST YEAR (completed over the first two semesters):

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

* (B) Biology 113: Human Anatomy Lecture 3 units
  Biology 114: Human Anatomy Lab 1 unit
* (B)
Biology 115: Survey of Human Physiology Lecture 3 units
  Biology 116: Survey of Human Physiology Lab 1 unit
* (B)
Biology 134: Microbiology Lecture 3 units
  Biology 135: Microbiology Lab 1 unit
* (E)
Psych 101: General Psychology 4 units
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 that na "C" in any two (2) of these courses will be disqualified from tje 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 units per semester).

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

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 andperform 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 usign 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 accomodate 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.