BSN Curriculum

Curriculum to be implemented Fall 2015 for Class of 2019.

This four­-year generic program for high school graduates leads to a BSN degree. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). A sample study plan also demonstrates how a BSN student might schedule the required courses. Learn more about courses for advanced degrees.

The FPB School of Nursing has the right to determine a student’s readiness to sit for the NCLEX­RN examination and the right to restrict testing until the student demonstrates a readiness to pass this examination. This examination is given by State Boards of Nursing, and satisfactory completion of this examination enables the graduate to practice as a RN in the state for which the examination was written.

The BSN program includes nursing, science and liberal arts courses. A minimum of 126 credit hours, with at least 50 credits from upper division courses, are required for award of the BSN degree. Students must meet the University requirements for graduation. The ratio of clinical hours to credit hours is 4 to 1, and for laboratory hours, it is 2 to 1.

The program plan for entry-­level students admitted after Fall 2015 to the BSN program is as follows:

First Year

Semester I (Fall)
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 110 Foundation/Discipline 1
NURS 111 Foundations of the Practice 3
BIOL 114 Principles of Biology 3
BIOL 116 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
SAGES University First Seminar 4
GER* General Education Req. 3
NURS 277 BCLS and First Aid for Health Care Providers 0
  Total 17
Semester II (Spring)
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 120 Nursing Informatics I: Introduction 2
NURS 122 Foundations of Practice 2 (Nursing Assessment) 3
NURS 201 Nutrition 2
NURS 160 Health Care in the Community 1
BIOL 117 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
CHEM 119 Molecular View of Biology 3
SAGES University Seminar 3
  Total 17

Second Year

Semester III (Fall)
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 230 Nursing Care of the Adult 5
NURS 211 Introduction to Pharmacology 1 1.5
NURS 250 Aging in Health and Illness 2
NURS 210 or 260 Teaching Learning in the Community or Evidence Based Policy in the Community 1
CHEM 121 Chemical Biology 3
SAGES University Seminar 3
  Total 15.5
Semester IV (Spring)
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 342 Medical Microbiology 4
NURS 317 Psychiatric/Mental Health 3.75
NURS 240 Nursing Care of the Adult II 4.75
NURS 260 or 210 Evidence Based Policy in the Community or Teaching Learning in the Community 1
SOCI 203 Human Dev: Med + Social 3
NURS 212 Introduction to Pharmacology 2 1.5
  Total 18

Third Year

Semester V (Fall)
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 315 and NURS 316 Parents and Neonates in Health and Illness (NURS 315) and Children & Adolescents in Health and Illness (NURS 316) 4.5
or NURS 338 Care of the Complex, Acutely Ill Adult and Older Adult 4.5
NURS 339 Care of the Perioperative Patient 3.5
STAT 201 Basic Statistics 3
NURS 310 or NURS 360 Leadership in the Community or Process Change in the Community 1
GER General Education Req. 3
NUR 277 BCLS and First Aid for Health Care Providers 0
  Total 15-16
Semester VI (Spring)
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 315 and NURS 316 Parents and Neonates in Health and Illness (NURS 315) and Children & Adolescents in Health and Illness (NURS 316) 4.5
or NURS 338
Care of the Adult and Older Adult with Complex Health Alterations 4.5 
NURS 339 Care of the Perioperative Patient 3.5
NURS 320 Departmental Seminar 3
NURS 345 Nursing Informatics II 2
NURS 360 or NURS 310 Process Change in the Community or Leadership in the Community 1
GER General Education Req. 3
  Total 17-18

Fourth Year

Semester VII (Fall) *
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 370 Information Technologies in Health 1
NURS 371 Public Health Nursing 3
NURS 372
Health in the Global Community 3
NURS 373 Global Health Practicum/Capstone 5
  Total 12
Semester VIII (Spring) **
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 343 Issues and Ethics 2
NURS 341 Nursing Management 3
NURS 350, 352, 354, 356 Senior Preceptorship 8
  Total 13

Total Credits: 125.5

(40 General Education Requirements; 85 Nursing Requirements)

* This coursework may be taken in the Summer Semester.

** If the NURS 370, NURS 371, NURS 372, NURS 373 series is completed in the summer, these courses may be taken in the Fall Semester.


The program plan for entry-­level students admitted prior to Fall 2015 to the BSN program is as follows:

First Year

Semester I (Fall)
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 110 Foundation/Discipline 1
NURS 111 Foundations of the Practice 3
BIOL 114 Principles of Biology 3
BIOL 116 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
SAGES University First Seminar 4
GER* General Education Req. 3
NURS 277 BCLS and First Aid for Health Care Providers 0
  Total 17
Semester II (Spring)
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 120 Nursing Informatics: Intro 2
NURS 122 Foundations of Practice 2 (Nursing Assessment) 3
NURS 201 Nutrition 2
NURS 160 Health Care in the Community 1
BIOL 117 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
CHEM 119 Molecular View of Biology 3
SAGES University Seminar 3
  Total 17

Second Year

Semester III (Fall)
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 230 Nursing Care of the Adult 5
NURS 211 Introduction to Pharmacology 2
NURS 250 Aging in Health and Illness 2
NURS 210 or 260 Teaching Learning in the Community or Evidence Based Policy in the Community 1
CHEM 121 Chemical Biology 3
SAGES University Seminar 3
  Total 16
Semester IV (Spring)
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 342 Medical Microbiology 4
NURS 317 Psychiatric/Mental Health 4
NURS 240 Nursing Care of the Adult II 5
NURS 260 or 210 Evidence Based Policy in the Community or Teaching Learning in the Community 1
SOCI 203 Human Dev: Med + Social 3
  Total 17

Third Year

Semester V (Fall)
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 315 and NURS 316 Parents and Neonates in Health and Illness (NURS 315) and Children & Adolescents in Health and Illness (NURS 316) 4.5
or NURS 338 Care of the Complex, Acutely Ill Adult and Older Adult 4.5
NURS 339 Care of the Perioperative Patient 3.5
STAT 201 Basic Statistics 3
NURS 310 or NURS 360 Leadership in the Community or Process Change in the Community 1
GER General Education Req. 3
NUR 277 BCLS and First Aid for Health Care Providers 0
  Total 15-16
Semester VI (Spring)
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 315 and NURS 316 Parents and Neonates in Health and Illness (NURS 315) and Children & Adolescents in Health and Illness (NURS 316) 4.5
or NURS 338
Care of the Adult and Older Adult with Complex Health Alterations 4.5 
NURS 339 Care of the Perioperative Patient 3.5
NURS 320 Departmental Seminar 3
NURS 345 Nursing Informatics III: NIS 2
NURS 360 or NURS 310 Process Change in the Community or Leadership in the Community 1
GER General Education Req. 3
  Total 17-18

Fourth Year

Semester VII (Fall) *
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 370 Nursing Informatics 1
NURS 371 Public Health Nursing 3
NURS 372
Health in the Global Community 3
NURS 373 Global Health Practicum/Capstone 5
  Total 12
Semester VIII (Spring) **
Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 343 Issues and Ethics 2
NURS 341 Nursing Management 3
NURS 350, 352, 354, 356 Senior Preceptorship 9
  Total 14

Total Credits: 126

(40 General Education Requirements; 85 Nursing Requirements)

* This coursework may be taken in the Summer Semester.

** If the NURS 370, NURS 371, NURS 372, NURS 373 series is completed in the summer, these courses may be taken in the Fall Semester.


BSN Program Contacts

Program Director:

Amy Bieda, PhD, APRN, PNP­-NC, NNP-­BC
216.368.4591
alb24@case.edu

Assistant Director:

Jesse Honsky, MSN, MPH, RN
216.368.8896
jkh50@case.edu

Department Assistant:

Patricia Flynn
216.368.8839
pxf87@case.edu

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