Traditional BSN Degree Requirements (For Graduating Classes of 2021 and 2022)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree consists of a liberal core curriculum rooted in the values and beliefs expressed in the Rockhurst mission statement (see the Overview section of the Rockhurst University Catalog) and the nursing curriculum which is rooted in the values and beliefs expressed in the Research College of Nursing mission found in this catalog. The curriculum for the BSN degree program has four categories of courses: the modes of inquiry, proficiencies, prerequisites for the nursing major, and the nursing major.

“The modes of inquiry—that is, the methods or systems by which the human intellect pursues some essential knowledge, truth or aspect of truth—give structure to the core curriculum (that set of required courses taken by all degree-seeking undergraduate students) in a way that encourages the full development of students in various aspects of their humanity. As methods or systems, each mode suggests the appropriate kinds of questions to be asked in its study, organizes the steps by which study is furthered, and measures what counts as progress in its particular sphere” (Rockhurst University Catalog 2014-2016).

Proficiencies consist of oral and written communications and math, representing basic skills and abilities required of all degree-seeking undergraduate students. Prerequisites are those required courses that establish a foundation for the nursing major.

Honors Program

Rockhurst and Research offer the Honors Program for outstanding students who want to make the very most of their education. Honors Program students take specially designed liberal arts courses and modified nursing courses which meet program requirements. Nursing students participating in the Honors Program should consult the director of the Honors Program for the appropriate course substitutions. Additional information about the Honors Program, including course descriptions, is available in the Rockhurst University catalog.

Course Information

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires successful completion of the equivalent of 128 semester credit hours which must include:

  1. A total of 65 semester credit hours in liberal arts and sciences as follows.
    • Courses (12 hours) in the Liberal Arts and Sciences designated to meet proficiency requirements:
      • Proficiency in Oral Communication (OCP): CT 2000 Fundamentals of Communication (3 credits)
      • Proficiency in Written Communication (WCP): EN 1110 College Composition I (3 credits) and EN 1120 College Composition II (3 credits)(Note: Advanced Students may satisfy the proficiency in written communication by the single semester course EN 1140 English Composition.)
      • Proficiency in Mathematics: MT 1190 Precalculus (3 credits) or completion of an approved equivalent course.
    • A total of 40 hours in the Modes of Inquiry as follows:
      • Artistic-1 level-one course (3 credits)
      • Historical-1 level-one course (3 credits)
      • Literary-1 level-one course (3 credits)(Note: Level-one requirements in the artistic, historical, and literary modes of inquiry may all be satisfied simultaneously by the two semester sequence of HU 2110 and HU 2120, Integrated Humanities.)
      • Either Historical or Literary 1 level-two course (3 credits)
      • Scientific Causal-1 level-one course (4 credits) | CH 1050/1060 Principles of General Chemistry
      • Scientific Relational-1 level-one course (3 credits) | PY 1000 Introduction to Psychology | 1 level-one or level-two course from an area that is not psychology (3 credits)
      • Either Scientific Relational or Scientific Causal (3 credits)-1 level-two course | PY 3400 Developmental Psychology
      • Philosophical 1 level-one course (3 credits) | PL 1100 Reality and Human Existence | 1 level-two course (3 credits) | PL 3100 Ethical Theory
      • Theological*1 level-one course (3 credits) | TH 1000 Christianity I: Foundations, TH 1020 Introduction to New Testament, or TH 2000 Introduction to World Religions | 1 level-two course (3 credits) | Any TH course in the 3000s or 4000s
      • Philosophy or Theology* level-two course (choose one)Swing PL/TH Level II – any course in the 3000s or 4000s *Note: At least one theology course must be designated as having a Christian focus.
  2. A total of 63 semester credit hours in the nursing major as follows.
    • Each theory (T) credit hour is equivalent to one clock hour
    • Each clinical (C) credit hour is equivalent to three clock hours.
    • Each lab (L) credit hour is equivalent to two clock hours.
  3. A minimum grade of C in all math and science courses. Note: Students must have a C or better in BL 3030/3031 prior to enrollment in BL 3040/3041.
  4. A minimum Rockhurst grade point average of 2.8 at the end of freshmen year and 3.0 at end of first semester sophomore year to initially enroll in any NU 2000 nursing courses. Students with a 2.8 grade point average at the end of first semester sophomore AND at least a B- in A&P II may begin NU 2000 nursing courses.
  5. Students must successfully complete at least one approved three-hour, upper-division course with a Global Perspectives designation. Students can also fulfill this requirement with two semesters of the same college-level foreign language or a nursing elective course with Global Perspectives designation.
    Courses (13 hours) in the liberal arts and sciences which are required support courses for the nursing major.
    • BL 2929 Cellular Basis for Human Anatomy and Physiology (1 credit)
    • BL 3030/3031 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
    • BL 3040/3041 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
    • BL 3100/ 3101 Microbiology (4 credits)
  6. A final minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and a minimum grade of C in all nursing courses for graduation.

TBSN Curriculum Plan

1000 Level Course (1 credit hour)

 

2000 Level Courses (5 credit hours)

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 1000 Freshmen in Nursing (1T) – required for first-time college students only
NU 2750 Normal Nutrition 2T
NU 2850 Pathophysiology 3T

3000 Level Courses (37 credit hours)

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 3010 Fundamentals of Nursing 4T/1L
NU 3080 Population Based Health Care 2T/2L
NU 3150 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 2T/1C
NU 3190 Professional Development 1 2T
NU 3220 Older Adult 2T
NU 3330 Pharmacology I 2T
NU 3350 Pharmacology II 2T
NU 3470 Adult Health I 3T/3C
NU 3490 Mental Health 2T/1C
NU 3590 Evidence Based Practice 2T
NU 3690 Professional Development II 1T
NU 3800 Intro to Statistics 3T
NU ___ Nursing Elective 2T

4000 Level Courses (20 credit hours)

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 4170 Maternal-Child, Family & Women’s Health Nursing 4T/2C
NU 4190 Professional Development III 1T
NU 4270 Adult Health II 3T/3C
NU 4390 Professional Development IV 2T
NU 4500 Capstone 1T/4C

Required Courses for:

NU 2850 Pathophysiology Required Courses

Course # Course Title
CH 1050/1060 Principles of General Chemistry
MT 1190 Precalculus (or approved equivalent course)
PY 1000 Introduction to Psychology
BL 2929 Cellular Basis for Human Anatomy and Physiology
BL 3030/3031 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BL 3040/3041 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

NU 3000 and 4000 Level Courses Required Courses

Course # Course Title
EN 1110/1120 College Composition I & II
BL 3100/3101 Microbiology
CT 2000 Fundamentals of Communication
PY 3400 Developmental Psychology
NU 2750 Normal Nutrition
NU 2850 Pathophysiology

Typical Four-Year Curriculum (Traditional BSN)

Students work closely with their advisors throughout their college years to fulfill program requirements. To illustrate the degree requirements a curriculum guide has been developed. This is intended as a model only. Actual sequence and course selections are developed by individual students and their advisors, following guidelines for prerequisites and progression.

First Year – Fall

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 1000 Freshman in Nursing 1
CH 1050/1060 General Chemistry 4
EN 1110 College Composition I 3
PL 1100 Reality and Human Existence 3
PY 1000 Introduction to Psychology 3
MT 1190 Precalculus 3
Total Credits 17

First Year – Spring

Course # Course Title Credits
BL 2929 Cellular Basis for Anatomy and Physiology 1
BL 3030/3031 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
EN 1120 College Composition II 3
TH level one Christianity I: Foundations, TH 1020 Introduction to New Testament or TH 2000 Introduction to World Religions 3
SR Science Relational Level 1 or Level 2 (not psychology) 3
HS Level 1 3
Total Credits 17

Second Year Fall

Course # Course Title Credits
BL 3040/3041 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
PY 2400 Developmental Psychology 3
HS/EN ___ Historical or Lit Mode Level 2 3
AR/MS/TA Artistic Mode Level 1 3
BL 3100/3101 Microbiology 4
Total Credits 17

Second Year – Spring

Course # Course Title Credits
CT 2000 Fundamentals of Communication 3
EN _____ Literary Mode Level 1 3
NU 2750 Normal Nutrition 2T
NU 2850 Pathophysiology 3T
PL 3100 Ethical Theory 3
Total Credits 14

Third Year - Fall

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 3010 Fundamentals of Nursing 4T, 1L
NU 3080 Population Based Health Care 2T, 2C
NU 3150 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 2T, 1L
NU 3190 Professional Development I 2T
NU 3330 Pharmacology I 2T
Total Credits 16

Third Year – Spring

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 3220 Older Adult 2T
NU 3350 Pharmacology II 2T
NU 3470 Adult Health Nursing I 3T, 3C
NU 3490 Mental Health Nursing 2T, 1C
NU 3690 Professional Development II 1T
TH level II or NU 3800 Any TH course numbered in the 3000s or 4000s or Introduction to Statistics 3T
Total Credits 17

Fourth Year Fall

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 3590 Evidence-Based Practice (1/2 of the class as assigned) 2T
NU 3800 Introduction to Statistics 3T
TH level II TH course, any 3000 or 4000 level 3T
NU 4170 Maternal-Child/Family/Women’s Nursing 4T, 2C
NU 4190 Professional Development III 1T
NU 4270 Adult Health Nursing II 3T, 3C
Total Credits 16 - 18

Fourth Year – Spring

Course # Course Title Credits
NU ____ Nursing Elective (GPR if needed) 2-3T
NU 3590 Evidence-Based Practice (1/2 of the class as assigned) 2T
NU 4390 Professional Development IV 2T
NU 4500 Capstone 1T, 4C
PL/TH ____ PL/TH swing course, any 3000 or 4000 level 3T
Total Credits 12 - 15

Traditional BSN Degree Requirements (Effective for Class of 2023)

Students in the traditional BSN program complete their general education courses elsewhere prior to beginning the nursing program. Certain prerequisites are necessary for progression to the nursing major. An evaluation of transcripts of credit will determine readiness for progression.

The Traditional BSN requires successful completion of the equivalent of 120 semester credit hours.

1. A total of 60 semester credit hours in Liberal Arts and Sciences* as follows.

Prerequisite courses and minimum semester credit hours required:

Prerequisite courses Minimum semester credit hours
Statistics 3
Nutrition 3
College Algebra 3
Chemistry with lab 4
Anatomy and Physiology with lab 6
Microbiology with lab 4
English Composition I 3
English Composition II 3
Social Science elective 3
Communication elective 3
Introduction or General Psychology 3
Developmental Psychology 3
Humanities, Philosophy, or Theology 9
Electives 10
Total 60
*Anatomy & Physiology credits must be earned within five years of applying to the program.

2. A total of 60 semester credit hours in the nursing major as follows:

The following are nursing courses taken during the two years of nursing curriculum. Each theory (T) credit hour is equivalent to one clock hour; each clinical (C) credit hour is equivalent to three clock hours; each lab (L) credit hour is equivalent to two clock hours.

Nursing Curriculum

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 3000 Medical Terminology 1T
NU 3030 Pathophysiology 3T
NU 3010 Fundamentals of Nursing 4T, 1L
NU 3080 Population Based Health Care 2T, 2C
NU 3150 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 2T, 1L
NU 3190 Professional Development I 2T
NU 3330 Pharmacology I 2T
NU 3350 Pharmacology II 2T
NU 3470 Adult Health I 3T, 3C
NU 3490 Mental Health 2T, 1C
NU 3590 Evidence Based Practice 3T
NU 3690 Professional Development II 2T
NU 3800 Statistics 3T
NU 4170 Maternal-Child, Family & Women 4T, 2C
NU 4190 Professional Development III 2T
NU 4270 Adult Health II 3T, 3C
NU ___ Nursing Elective 3T
NU 4390 Professional Development IV 2T
NU 4500 Capstone 1T, 4C

3. A final cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and a minimum grade of C in all nursing courses.

4. All 60 credit hours of nursing coursework must be completed at Research College of Nursing.

Traditional BSN Curriculum Plan

Students work closely with their advisors throughout their college years to fulfill program requirements. To illustrate the degree requirements a curriculum guide has been developed. This is intended as a model only. Actual sequence and course selections are developed by individual students and their advisors, following guidelines for prerequisites and progression.

Junior Year – Fall

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 3000 Medical Terminology 1T
NU 3030 Pathophysiology 3T
NU 3010 Fundamentals of Nursing 4T, 1L
NU 3080 Population Based Health Care 2T, 2C
NU 3150 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 2T, 1L
Total Credits 16

Junior Year – Spring

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 3190 Professional Development I (Term A) 2T
NU 3030 Pathophysiology 3T
NU 3330 Pharmacology I 2T
NU 3470 Adult Health Nursing I 3T, 3C
NU 3490 Mental Health Nursing 2T, 1C
NU 3690 Professional Development II (Term B) 2T
Total Credits 15

Fourth Year – Fall

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 3350 Pharmacology II 2T
NU 4170 Maternal-Child/Family/Women’s Nursing 4T, 2C
NU 4190 Professional Development III 2T
NU 4270 Adult Health Nursing II 3T, 3C
Total Credits 16

Fourth Year – Spring

Course # Course Title Credits
NU ____ Nursing Elective 3T
NU 3590 Evidence-Based Practice 3T
NU 4390 Professional Development IV 2T
NU 4500 Capstone 1T, 4C
Total Credits 13