The BSN Curriculum

The nursing curriculum is integrated, progressing along a life span continuum. This approach to learning allows the student to progress through the nursing program along a path similar to that of the growth and development of individuals.

BSN students in their first semester will be introduced to nursing at USF in a 1 credit course, NURS 120 Nursing in the Jesuit Tradition and the following semester they will be introduced to the profession of nursing in a 1 credit course NURS 170, Introduction to Professional Nursing. These two courses encourage engagement into the university and the SONHP as well as provide foundational information to the nursing program and profession. These introductory courses as well as anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and general psychology must be successfully completed (grade of C or better) before enrolling in the first clinical semester.

The nursing semesters are offered in a consecutive manner throughout the eight semester nursing program, which includes the nursing major courses and the university Learning Core courses. These courses are arranged in a prescribed sequence and each block of courses must be taken concurrently and passed successfully with a "C" or better in order for the student to proceed to the next level of courses. Adherence to the undergraduate curriculum pattern will ensure completion of the nursing program in eight (8) semesters, 128 credits.

The pre-licensure course work for the nursing curriculum is divided into didactic and clinical courses. Clinical courses also include time in the nursing Learning Resource Center (LRC) and the Nursing Simulation Center (Sim Lab). Students are placed in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, clinics, public health, and a variety of community agencies to apply what they have learned in their didactic classes, the nursing LRC, and Sim Lab.

Curriculum Details

Core Curriculum Requirements (44 credits)

Area A: Foundation Communications (8 credits)

  1. Public Speaking (4 credits)
  2. Advanced Writing/Composition (4 credits)

Area B: Math and Sciences (8 credits)

  1. Statistical Reasoning (4 credits)
  2. Additional requirements met through nursing science requirements.

Area C: Humanities, Literature and History (8 credits)

Area D: Mission: Philosophy, Theology and Ethics (12 credits)

Area E: Social Sciences (4 credits)

     met by General Psychology

Area F: Fine and Performing Arts (4 credits)

Nursing Pre-Licensure Requirements

Lower-Division Credits

  • NURS - 120 Nursing in the Jesuit Tradition I
  • NURS - 170 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
  • NURS - 220 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I
  • NURS - 221 Essentials of Pharmacology: Principles and Concepts
  • NURS - 222 Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals I: Health and Wellness
  • NURS - 225 Clinical Lab I: Applied Assessment in Health and Wellness
  • NURS - 270 Nutrition
  • NURS - 271 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II
  • NURS - 272 Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals II: Alterations in Health and Illness
  • NURS - 275 Clinical Lab II: Alterations in Health & Illness

Upper-Division Credits

  • NURS - 320 Community and Mental Health Nursing
  • NURS - 321 Health Care Systems I: Nursing Leadership within Complex Adaptive Systems
  • NURS - 322 Evidence-Based Inquiry & Informatics (formerly NURS 273)
  • NURS - 325 Clinical Lab III: Community and Mental Health Nursing
  • NURS - 370 Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Management of Comprehensive Adult Patient Care
  • NURS - 371 Health Care Systems II: Management in Complex Clinical Systems
  • NURS - 378 Clinical Lab IV: Medical-Surgical Nursing Management of Comprehensive Adult Patient Care
  • NURS - 420 Women's Health
  • NURS - 421 Medical-Surgical Nursing II: Nursing Care of Children 
  • NURS - 428 Clinical Lab V: Medical-Surgical Nursing Care of Women & Children
  • NURS - 472 Senior Seminar
  • NURS - 471 Clinical Lab VI: Complex Care

Required Support Courses (16 credits)

Twelve Credits of Sciences

  • BIOL - 113 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL - 114 Laboratory in Human Anatomy
  • BIOL - 115 Survey of Human Physiology
  • BIOL - 116 Laboratory in Survey of Human Physiology
  • BIOL - 134 Microbiology
  • BIOL - 135 Laboratory in Microbiology

Eight credits of Psychology

  • PSYC - 101 General Psychology

Additional Requirement (CA BRN)

The California Board of Registered Nursing requires that before nursing graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX, they must successfully complete courses (earn a "C" or better) in the basic sciences and communication as well as nursing.

At USF, aside from the Nursing requirements and required support courses, students must successfully complete a course in group, verbal, and written communication. These courses include Public Speaking (RHET 103), Advanced Written Communication (RHET 120), and Introduction to Sociology (SOC 150). These courses are met by the core curriculum requirements of the university. Due to the uniqueness of the School of Nursing and Health Professions curriculum, clinical courses are not graded "A" through "F" as most courses are, but graded "S" (Satisfactory) or "U" (Unsatisfactory). Clinical courses in nursing will be counted toward a nursing student's full-time status. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to make the Dean's Honor Roll.

The nursing faculty has adopted the Quality, Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies as major pre-licensure threads in the BSN curriculum in order to promote improved quality and safety of the health care system. These competencies include: teamwork and collaboration, evidenced-based practice, quality improvement, informatics, safety, patient-centered care. In addition, the nine essentials outlined in the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice document provide a framework for baccalaureate nursing education. These include: liberal education, leadership and organization, evidence based practice, information management, health care policy and finance, inter-professional communication, prevention and population health, and general nursing practice.

The proposed BSN curriculum also adheres to the Standards of Competent Performance mandated by the CABRN Excerpt From California Code of Regulations Title 16 - Chapter 14. A registered nurse shall be considered to be competent when he/she consistently demonstrates the ability to transfer scientific knowledge from social, biological and physical sciences in applying the nursing process.