BSN Curriculum

Curriculum:  The 124-credit Bachelor of Science in Nursing -Prelicensure Track (Prelicensure BSN) is completed through full-time study in preceptored clinical settings.  The following course sequence is required for this curriculum of study. This foundational level of this program centers on general education courses that will provide introductory knowledge on the physiological, psychosocial, environmental, and political factors that affect the health of individuals and communities.  Nursing courses, recognized as upper-level undergraduate courses, will prepare BSN students as nurse generalists who can provide holistic nursing care to various populations in complex environments.

Pre-Nursing Intent
The following course sequence is required for this curriculum of study. Students with no prior baccalaureate degree will be accepted to CDU as a Pre-Nursing” Intent Phase, which will offer students the opportunity to complete general education requirements, including science and laboratory courses that are required by the BSN degree program. After the satisfactory completion of the pre-nursing major courses, students will be evaluated and requested to apply for the nursing major courses.

Nursing Intent
MMDSON requires completion of a supplemental application to allow potential students the opportunity to apply for the “Nursing Intent Phase” either following completion of the GE requirements at CDU or as a transfer student.  Applicants for the nursing major must have completed general education requirements at the school where currently enrolled (CDU) or previously enrolled and the equivalent of all of the non-nursing preparation for the major courses. Applicants who apply for the BSN Nursing major will be expected to transfer up to 49 units that will consist of general education courses (aligned with Pre-Nursing major courses), including four major science courses (Chemistry w/Lab, Anatomy w/Lab, Physiology w/Lab, and Microbiology w/Lab) . Accepted students into BSN Nursing major will complete nursing degree requirements at CDU, starting with Year 2, Semester 2 (see list of the required courses below).

Through a series of designed learning activities, students are able to learn how to care for patients and their families within a supportive environment that promotes the spirit of inquiry and application of research to nursing practice. This program provides coursework in nursing research, issues/theory, community health and a final clinical immersion experience in a preceptored course where students can further develop the professional RN role through patient care experiences at the point of care, delegation, prioritization of care, interdisciplinary communication, and team management. Students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam after completion of the Prelicensure BSN program.

Click here for the sample full-time plan of study: Prelicensure BSN Program (Please hyperlink the following PDF titled “Prelicensure BSN Curriculum PDF”

Pre-Licensure BSN Track (Sample Plan of Study)

 

Course No.

Course Title

Credits

Lab/Clinical Hours

   

PRE-NURSING Intent Phase

   

Year 1 Semester 1

 
CHM 100

Basic Chemistry 

 
4

 
45

 

MTH 126

College Algebra 

3

 
 

ENG 111

English Composition
Information Literacy and Computer Applications
Information Literacy Research

      3
2
1

 
 

CPU125
ILR101

   
   

Total Semester Credits/Hours

13

45

Year 1 Semester 2

 
BMS 310L

 
Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab

 
4

 
45

 

    SOC 141

Introduction to Sociology 

3

 
 

ENG 112

Critical Thinking and Text Analysis

3

 
 

HIS 141

United States History
Total Semester Credits/Hours

3
13

 
45

         

Year 1 Semester 3

       

BMS 311L

Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab
Public Speaking
Introduction to Humanities I 

4
3
3

45
 

 

   COM 111

 

   HUM 231

 

PSY141

General Psychology

      3

 

Year 2, Semester 1

BMS 320L
ART 131
POL 141
HUM 232
COM 231

Total Semester Credits/Hours

General Microbiology w/Lab
Health & Creative Arts
U.S. Political Systems
Intro to Humanities II
Spanish for Health Care Professionals
Total Semester Credits/Hours

13

4
3
3
3
3
    16

45

45

45

   

NURSING MAJOR

   

Year 2 Semester 2

 
NUR420

 
Essential Concepts for Professional Nursing

 
3

 
 

NUR421

Nursing Fundamentals

5

90

 

NUR424
NUR426

Physical Assessment in Nursing Practice
Essential Pathophysiology

3
3

45

   

Total Semester Credits/Hours

14

135

Year 2 Semester 3

       

NUR 427

Nursing Pharmacology

3

 23

 

NUR 428

Medical Surgical Nursing I: Essentials

5

135

 

NUR 430

Nursing Care for the Aging Population

3

 45

 

NUR 432

EBP: Informatics and Quality Improvement
Total Semester Credits/Hours

3
14

 
203

   

Year 3, Semester 1

NUR 435
NUR436A
NUR436B

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
Essential Care of Mother and Infant 
Essential Care of Children 

3
3
3

 
68
68
68

 

   NUR403

Culture, Spirituality, & Health

3

 

Year 3, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 3

NUR 450
NUR417
NUR416

NUR452
NUR460
NUR415
NUR409

Total Semester Credits/Hours

Medical Surgical II: Entry into Nursing Practice
Public, Community, & Global Health Nursing
Biomedical Statistics, Research, and Evidence Based Practice
Total Semester Credits/Hours

Transformational Leadership in Nursing Practice
Clinical Decision Making for Safe Practice
Healthcare Policy and Aging
Legal/Ethical Decision Making in Nursing
Total Semester Credits/Hours

12

     5
6
4
15

5
3
3
3
14

204

135
90

225

135

135

   

 
Total Program Credits/Hours

 
124

 
1082