Nursing (BSN)

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Major: Nursing
Program Code: 3611

About This Major . . .

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program was developed to prepare a professional nurse generalist for practice in a variety of healthcare settings. The program integrates nursing theory, practice, and science with a broad liberal arts education. Graduates of the program enter the nursing profession with the knowledge and skill necessary to provide high-quality nursing care. The program also provides the foundation for graduate study in nursing. The BSN program utilizes a holistic admissions process that includes completion of all prerequisite courses and evaluation of GPA and Kaplan Nursing School Entrance exam score. Applicants who meet the qualifications are invited to interview for possible acceptance into the program. More information about the admission process can be found on the Department of Health Sciences website (  The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at CMU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Construct a practice-based performance/project drawing on knowledge, skills, and attitudes specific to the discipline of nursing. (Specialized Knowledge)
  2. Employ quantitative reasoning in making judgments and reaching conclusions. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Make and defend assertions about a nursing practice topic in a well-organized evidence-based document or presentation. (Communication Fluency)
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking behaviors as a basis for practice. (Critical Thinking)
  5. Utilize information from relevant sources to improve health among diverse populations. (Information Literacy)
  6. Engage in ethical reasoning to provide optimal nursing care. (Personal and Social Responsibility)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA1 23
Select one History course3
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 150General Psychology-GTSS33
PSYC 233Human Growth and Development-GTSS33
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences
Select one Natural Sciences course3
BIOL 250Introduction to Microbiology-GTSC13
BIOL 250LIntroduction to Microbiology Laboratory-GTSC11
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Must receive a grade of “C” or better and must be completed by the time the student has 60 semester hours.


This is a 4 semester credit hour course. 3 credits apply to the Essential Learning requirement and 1 credit applies to Electives.

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1

Essential Learning Capstone must be taken after completion of the Essential Learning English and Mathematics requirements, and when a student has earned between 45 and 75 hours.

Foundation Courses

(15-16 semester hours, must pass all courses with a grade of “C” or higher)

BIOL 209Human Anatomy and Physiology3
BIOL 209LHuman Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory1
BIOL 210Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 210LHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory1
BIOL 241Pathophysiology4
STAT 200Probability and Statistics-GTMA13-4
or STAT 215 Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences
Total Semester Credit Hours15-16

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(64 semester hours, must pass all courses with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in coursework in this area.)

NURS 350Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3
NURS 350LHealth Assessment Across the Lifespan Laboratory1
NURS 353Foundation of Nursing Practice4
NURS 353LFoundations of Nursing Practice Laboratory3
NURS 370Pharmacology for Nurses I3
NURS 372Professional Development I: Nursing Theory, Roles and Ethics2
NURS 373Acute and Chronic Illness I4
NURS 373LAcute and Chronic Illness I Clinical4
NURS 388Mental Health Nursing3
NURS 388LMental Health Nursing Clinical2
NURS 394Nursing Research: An Evidence-Based Practice2
NURS 457Obstetrical Nursing2
NURS 458Pediatric Nursing 2
NURS 459LObstetrical and Pediatric Nursing Clinical3
NURS 472Professional Development II: Health Informatics2
NURS 473Acute and Chronic Illness II4
NURS 473LAcute and Chronic Illness II Clinical3
NURS 482Professional Development III: The Professional Nurse2
NURS 487Community and Population Nursing3
NURS 487LCommunity and Population Nursing Clinical2
NURS 490Nursing Leadership and Management3
NURS 490LNursing Leadership and Management Clinical1
NURS 492Pharmacology for Nurses II2
Complete one of the following Capstone course pairings:4
Senior Capstone
and Senior Capstone Clinical
Senior Capstone and Senior Capstone Clinical I
and Senior Capstone and Senior Capstone Clinical II
Total Semester Credit Hours64

Students who are currently passing their courses and will be completing the BSN program in the Spring Semester may be eligible to take NURS 493A in December & NURS 493B in January between the Fall and Spring semester. These course offerings are the same courses as NURS 493 and NURS 493L.  The number of community clinical sites and faculty availability over December (NURS 493A) and January (NURS 493B) determine space availability in these special course sections.

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total semester hours to 120 hours. 3-4 semester hours

MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA11
Select additional elective(s)2-3
Total Semester Credit Hours3-4
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
PSYC 150 General Psychology-GTSS3 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
Essential Learning - History 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
PSYC 233 Human Growth and Development-GTSS3 3
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
KINA Activity 1
BIOL 209
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 250
Introduction to Microbiology-GTSC1
and Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory-GTSC1
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
MATH 113 College Algebra-GTMA1 4
General Elective (2-3 credit hours as needed) 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
BIOL 210
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
BIOL 241 Pathophysiology 4
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
STAT 200
Probability and Statistics-GTMA1
or Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences
 Semester Credit Hours15-16
Third Year
Fall Semester
NURS 350
Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
and Health Assessment Across the Lifespan Laboratory
NURS 353
Foundation of Nursing Practice
and Foundations of Nursing Practice Laboratory
NURS 370 Pharmacology for Nurses I 3
NURS 372 Professional Development I: Nursing Theory, Roles and Ethics 2
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
NURS 373
Acute and Chronic Illness I
and Acute and Chronic Illness I Clinical
NURS 388
Mental Health Nursing
and Mental Health Nursing Clinical
NURS 394 Nursing Research: An Evidence-Based Practice 2
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
NURS 457 Obstetrical Nursing 2
NURS 458 Pediatric Nursing 2
NURS 459L Obstetrical and Pediatric Nursing Clinical 3
NURS 472 Professional Development II: Health Informatics 2
NURS 473
Acute and Chronic Illness II
and Acute and Chronic Illness II Clinical
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
NURS 482 Professional Development III: The Professional Nurse 2
NURS 487
Community and Population Nursing
and Community and Population Nursing Clinical
NURS 490
Nursing Leadership and Management
and Nursing Leadership and Management Clinical
NURS 492 Pharmacology for Nurses II 2
NURS 493
Senior Capstone
and Senior Capstone Clinical 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours120-121

Students who are currently passing their courses and will be completing the BSN program in the Spring Semester may be eligible to take NURS 493A in December & NURS 493B in January between the Fall and Spring semester. These course offerings are the same courses as NURS 493 and NURS 493L.  The number of community clinical sites and faculty availability over December (NURS 493A) and January (NURS 493B) determine space availability in these special course sections.

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.