Bachelors (BS) in Nursing

The nursing major offers a 100-semester-hour course of study that is designed to prepare students to function in increasingly complicated health care environments. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C in all courses taken for the major.

All nursing majors are required to pass junior- and senior-level mastery of content through standardized measurement testing. These individual milestones will be used as prerequisites for progression in the nursing major. Nursing majors will not be recommended for graduation until all milestones have been met.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BS in nursing will:

  • Synthesize theories and concepts from a Christian liberal arts education to build and understand the human experience in nursing practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes in leadership, quality improvement and patient safety in the provision of excellent nursing care within complex organizational systems
  • Use evidence generated by research as a foundation for nursing practice
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision making
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments, including local, state, national and global health care trends
  • Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision making and conflict resolution to achieve quality patient care
  • Assess determinants of health, including genetics, which influence the well being of individuals, families, groups and communities to promote health, prevent disease and reduce health disparities
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting health with excellence and integrity and as imitators of Christ through caring with compassion and hope

Major Requirements


Required Course for Nursing Majors (34 hours)
BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I* 4
BIOL 222 Human Anatomy and Physiology II* 4
BIOL 367 Essentials of Microbiology 4
CHEM 151 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I* 4
COMM 100 Introduction to Communications* 3
HUMA 205 Philosophy and Literature 3
MATH 180 College Algebra* 3
PSYC 150 General Psychology* 3
PSYC 240 Statistical Procedures 3
PSYC 310 Lifespan Human Development 3
*Prerequisite courses for admission into the nursing program.

Nursing Core Coursework (66 hours)
NURS 201 Nursing Fundamentals 5
NURS 204 Introduction to Nursing Professional Practice 2
NURS 210 Health Assessment 2
NURS 301 Nursing Care of Adults with Acute Conditions 7
NURS 302 Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Conditions 7
NURS 311 Pathophysiology 3
NURS 312 Pharmacology 3
NURS 313 Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Practice 3
NURS 324 Evidence-based Nursing for Clinical Practice 2
NURS 370 Nursing Care of the Child-rearing Family 3
NURS 411 Mental Health Nursing 5
NURS 421 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 6
NURS 430 Population Health Nursing 6
NURS 442 Nursing Leadership and Management 3
NURS 450 Application of Clinical Genetics in Nursing Practice 2
NURS 452 Gerontological Nursing 2
NURS 490 Nursing Capstone 4
Nursing Elective Course 1
Successful completion of Junior Nursing Proficiency Milestone and Senior Nursing Content Mastery Milestone.