Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Pre-Licensure)

Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Program Prerequisites

A grade of C or higher and GPA of 3.0 is required for all prerequisite courses.  Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The following courses must be completed prior to applying to the BSN program.  

BIOL 1200Human Biology (strongly recommended)3-5
or BIOL 1010 General Biology (LS)
or BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
Elementary General/Organic Chemistry (PS)
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab (LAB)
5
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA)3

The following courses must be completed prior to admission to the BSN program.

NURS 39003
or BIOL 4400 Pathophysiology
FSHD 1020Sci Foundations of Nutrition (LS)3
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS) (GC)
NURS 1005
NURS 1007
Certified Nursing Assistant
and Nursing Assistant Clinical
4
or current CNA certification
or LPN licensure

Program Requirements

NURS 3005Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care I1
NURS 3050Pharmacology4
NURS 3210Health Assessment2
NURS 3215Health Assessment Lab1
NURS 3320Care of Patients Across the Lifespan I5
NURS 3321Care of Patients Across the Lifespan I Clinical2
NURS 3505Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care II1
NURS 3650Evidence Based Practice and Research Methods3
NURS 3710Foundations of Professional Nursing3
NURS 3820Care of Patients Across the Lifespan II5
NURS 3821Care of Patients Across the Lifespan II Clinical3
NURS 4010Care of Patients Across the Lifespan III6
NURS 4011Care of Patients Across the Lifespan III Clinical3
NURS 4300Community/Global Health Nursing4
NURS 4301Community/Global Health Nursing Clinical2
NURS 4500Contemporary Nursing4
NURS 4700Leadership and Management Capstone5
NURS 4701Leadership and Management Capstone Clinical3
NURS 4750Concept Synthesis3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Compete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Program Requirement course.
Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOL 1200
Human Biology
or General Biology (LS)
or Principles of Biology I (LS) and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
FSHD 1500
Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
or Human Development Through Lifespan (SS) (GC)
3
First Year Recommended Elective 3
Elective (MATH 1000 if needed) 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (MA) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
Elective 1
 Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
Elementary General/Organic Chemistry (PS)
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab (LAB)
5
Elective (CNA - NURS 1005/1007 recommended) 4
Elective 2
 Hours15
Spring Semester
FSHD 1020 Sci Foundations of Nutrition (LS) 3
NURS 3900

or Pathophysiology
3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
NURS 3005 Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care I 1
NURS 3050 Pharmacology 4
NURS 3210 Health Assessment 2
NURS 3215 Health Assessment Lab 1
NURS 3320 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan I 5
NURS 3321 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan I Clinical 2
 Hours15
Spring Semester
NURS 3505 Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care II 1
NURS 3650 Evidence Based Practice and Research Methods 3
NURS 3710 Foundations of Professional Nursing 3
NURS 3820 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan II 5
NURS 3821 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan II Clinical 3
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
NURS 4010 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan III 6
NURS 4011 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan III Clinical 3
NURS 4300 Community/Global Health Nursing 4
NURS 4301 Community/Global Health Nursing Clinical 2
 Hours15
Spring Semester
NURS 4500 Contemporary Nursing 4
NURS 4700 Leadership and Management Capstone 5
NURS 4701 Leadership and Management Capstone Clinical 3
NURS 4750 Concept Synthesis 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120