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BSN School Requirements

There are three distinct tracks in the BSN Program; the BSN Traditional Track, the BSN Accelerated Second Degree Track, and the RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option. Students in each track must complete the same program learning outcomes and requirements which are addressed in a curriculum plan that is planned to meet the learner's needs. The BSN curriculum is subject to continuous evaluation and revision. If curriculum changes occur, updated information can be obtained from the academic counselor.

The BSN Traditional Track has been designed for students with no prior RN license or academic degree beginning their academic studies on the IUSON Core Campus (IUB and IUPUI campuses).  This track requires a minimum of four academic years to complete. Students in the Accelerated Second Degree Track complete 5 semesters of continuous study, and use a curriculum modified for second degree learners. Students in the RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option complete a plan of study designed for maximum flexibility, and can complete the degree in a part time or full time timeline, with most students completing the degree in 12 to 24 months.

The following is an example of a full-time plan of study for the BSN Traditional track.  Each student will develop, with the assistance of an academic advisor, a plan of study that reflects student need, student choices, availability of courses, and specific campus expectations.  Students who have already completed courses towards other majors, transfer students, part-time students, or students required to enroll in preparatory coursework may take longer than four years to finish the BSN degree.

BSN Traditional Track Sample Curriculum Plan

Freshman Year

Semester One  Credits
English Composition (W131) 3
Introductory Psychology (PSY B110) 3
Finite Math (MATH M118) 3
Life & Physical Sciences 3
Cultural Understanding 3
First Year Seminar 1
Total Credits 16
Semester Two Credits
Anatomy (BIOL N261) 5
Arts & Humanities 3
Fundamentals of Speech (COMM R110) 3
Introductory Sociology (SOC R100) 3
Total Credits 14

 Sophomore Year

Semester Three  Credits    
Physiology (BIOL N217)* 5
Health Assessment (NURS B244/245) 4
Promoting Healthy Populations (NURS B234/235) 5
Professionalism in Collaborative Practice (NURS B253) 3
Total Credits 17
Semester Four Credits     
Microbiology (MICR J210)* 4
Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (NURS B260) 5
Pathophysiology & Pharmacology for Nursing (NURS B261) 4
Health Care Delivery Systems (NURS L230) 3
Total Credits 16

*Physiology must be completed with a C grade or higher before progressing to Semester Four.  Microbiology must be completed with a C grade or higher before progressing to Semester Five.

Junior Year

Semester Five


Data Analysis in Clinical Practice and Health-Care Research (NURS H355) 3
Clinical Care I: Biophysical Processes (NURS H356) 5
Transitional Care of Families & Populations (NURS B334) 5
Open Eltive 3
Total Credits 16
Semester Six  Credits         
Clinical Care II: Interactive Processes (NURS H360) 5
Clinical Care III: Adaptive Processes (NURS H371) 5
Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice (NURS R375) 3
Total Credits 13

Senior Year

Semester Seven Credits         
Clinical Care IV: Complex Processes (NURS H476) 5
Leadership in Healthcare Delivery & Policy (NURS L 430) 5
Interprofessional Practice (NURS B453) 3
Open Elective 3
Total Credits 16
Semester Eight Credits
Nursing Synthesis (NURS S488) 2
Nursing Practice Capstone (NURS S483) 3
Heathcare Ethics (NURS S474) 3
Nursing Intensive: Managing Health & Illness Across Care Environments (NURS B444) 4
Total Credits 12                    

BSN Traditional Track Total Credit Hours 120

Last updated April 2017