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
FRESHMAN - 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 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)*** 4 credits
  Semester Total 15 credits
SOPHOMORE - 4th Semester - Nursing Module #2
NURS 270 Nutrition 2 credits
NURS 271 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II 3 credits
NURS 272 Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals Across Lifespan:
Alterations in Health and Illness
4 credits
NURS 275 Clinical Lab II: Alternations in Health and Illness 3 credits
NURS 275S Clinical Lab II: Simulation Lab 0 credits
SOC 150 Intro to Sociology 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
     
JUNIOR - 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 378 Clinical Lab IV: Medical-Surgical Nursing Management of
Comprehensive Adult Patient Care
4 credits
NURS 378S Clinical Lab IV: Simulation Lab 0 credits
XXXXxxx Elective(s) 3 credits
XXXXxxx (Core Course) 4 credits
  Semester Total 17 credits
     
SENIOR - 7th SemesterNursing - 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
XXXXxxx (Core Course) 4 credits
XXXXxxx (Core Course) 4 credits
  Semester Total 17 credits
NOTE: Students should file a "Petition to Graduate" at this point in the curriculum.
     
SENIOR - 8th SemesterNursing - Module #6
NURS 472 Senior Seminar 2 credits
NURS 471 Complex Care 3 credits
NURS 478 Clinical Lab VI: Complex Care 4 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.  

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.

Concurrent CORE Courses

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