Nursing Major, Bachelor of Science (BSN)

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Required Nursing Major Courses

NURS 308 Evidence Based Practice (4.5)

NURS 309 Professional Development II: Ethical Reasoning and Decision Making Processes in Nursing (4.5)

NURS 311 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing (6)

NURS 315 Nursing Practice: Health and Illness (6)

NURS 316 Introduction to Nursing Practice in Health and Illness: Theory (3)

NURS 317 Health Assessment (4.5)

NURS 322 The Human Experience of Diversity and Health (3)

NURS 324 Nursing Concepts in Acute and Chronic Illness in the Adults (6)

NURS 325 Nursing Practice in Acute and Chronic Illness in Adults (7.5)

NURS 328 Introduction to Gerontological Nursing (3)

NURS 408 Professional Development III: Leadership and Management (4.5)

NURS 409 Professional Development IV: Transition to Practice (3)

NURS 414 Child and Family Health: Theory (4.5)

NURS 415 Children and Families as the Focus of Nursing Care (3)

NURS 416 Childbearing Health of the Family (4.5)

NURS 417 Nursing Care of Childbearing Families (3)

NURS 424 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Concepts (4.5)

NURS 425 Nursing Practice: Psychiatric/Mental Health (3)

NURS 426 Community Health Nursing Theory (3)

NURS 427 Community Health Nursing Practice (4.5)

NURS 430 Senior Practicum (4.5)


Tier III/Upper Division Elective (4.5)

Total credits for above major    94.5 credits


Nursing Program for Registered Nurses Required Courses

BSN for RNs Admission Criteria

  • Washington State RN licensure eligibility (National Background Check clearance upon acceptance to the WSU College of Nursing);
  • junior year standing (60 semester hours (s)/90 quarter credits (q);
  • cumulative GPA 3.0 in college courses and in course prerequisites to nursing;
  • minimum course grade in each course prerequisite to nursing (C, 2.0);
    Lower Division Prerequisites to the Nursing Major
    Anatomy and Physiology (8s/12 q)
    Chemistry course with lab (4s/6q)
    Human Nutrition (3s/4.5q)
    Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems (3s/4.5q)
    Life Span Development (3s/4q)
    Microbiology (4 s/6q)
    Statistics (4s/6q)
  • computer skills, word processing, World Wide Web and email are essential;
  • some travel to the College of Nursing in Spokane may be required.


Semester I

NURS 360 Professional Nursing Concepts and Issues (2)

NURS 365 Assessment and Application of Physiological Concepts I (3)

NURS 400 Nursing Research and Informatics (3)

Semester II

NURS 366 Assessment and Application of Physiological Concepts II (3)

NURS 477 Ethics in Health Care (2)

Semester III

NURS 405 Nursing Leadership (2)

NURS 440 Community Health Nursing Concepts (2)

NURS 462 Psychiatric Mental Heath Concepts (2)

NURS 465 Community and Psychiatric Mental Heath Practice (3)
(8 hours per week; 108 hours total)

Semester IV

NURS 406 Nursing Management (3)

NURS 495 Advanced Clinical Practicum (80 hours as arranged) (2)

Tier III Upper Division Elective (3)

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • provide competent nursing care to individuals, families, groups and communities through promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health; prevention of illness, and physical, emotional, and spiritual support throughout life span;
  • formulate nursing practice decisions using evolving knowledge and research from nursing science, the biological and behavioral sciences and humanities;
  • use developmentally appropriate teaching-learning principals to assist clients to achieve their heath goals and to assist colleagues to improve the quality of their nursing care;
  • provide compassionate, ethical care to individuals of diverse cultures, values, beliefs, and lifestyles;
  • demonstrate the values central to nursing practice including: altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice;
  • protect the rights of people to receive optimum care and make informed decisions affecting their health welfare.