BSN in Nursing

Degree Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum encompasses general, foundational and professional studies within a liberal-education perspective. The curriculum is driven by the belief that nursing theory has much to offer in the education of professional nurses and in improving the health and well-being of patient populations. Nursing knowledge is developmental in nature; each course is designed to build on knowledge and skills acquired in previous nursing and non-nursing courses. The BSN program is a four-year degree option. Freshman and sophomores are considered pre-nursing majors and are required to complete approximately 60 semester hours of general-education and prerequisite coursework.  Students admitted to the clinical major must earn 60 additional credit hours to complete the degree.   The school offers a diverse range of research projects that provide care to healthy and ill people of all ages. The Essig Clinical Simulation Learning Center in the school is where students practice technical skills and learn to manipulate various equipment in this simulated clinical setting.

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Major Program Requirements

The completion of all requirements for graduation is the responsibility of the student. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is granted to candidates who have satisfactorily completed all of the following requirements:

Pre-Nursing Requirements
General Education Courses
BIO_SC 1010General Principles and Concepts of Biology3-5
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab2-4
or CHEM 1000 Introductory Chemistry
or CHEM 1320 College Chemistry I
MATH 1100College Algebra *3
HIST 1100Survey of American History to 18653
or HIST 1100H Survey of American History to 1865 - Honors
or HIST 1200 Survey of American History Since 1865
or HIST 1200H Survey of American History Since 1865 - Honors
or POL_SC 1100 American Government
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
or RU_SOC 1000 Rural Sociology
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning (MP)3
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
Humanities/Fine Arts **9-13
Nursing Pre-Requisites
MICROB 2800Microbiology for Nursing and Health Professions4
or MICROB 3200 Medical Microbiology and Immunology
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
Human Anatomy Lecture
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
H_D_FS 2400WPrinciples of Human Development - Writing Intensive3-4
or H_D_FS 2400 Principles of Human Development
or H_D_FS 2400H Principles of Human Development - Honors
or H_D_FS 2400HW Principles of Human Development - Honors/Writing Intensive
Upper-level behavioral science3
NEP 2380Diet Therapy for Health Professionals3
NURSE 2000Nursing as a Profession3
or NURSE 2000H Nursing as a Profession
NURSE 2100Communication Issues in Nursing2
or NURSE 2100H Communication Issues in Nursing - Honors
Clinical Nursing Coursework
Professional Courses
NURSE 3170Nursing Skills, Technologies, and Simulation4
NURSE 3200Pathophysiology4
NURSE 3270Foundations of Nursing: Physical Assessment and the Nursing Process5
NURSE 3300Pharmacology and Nursing Implications4
NURSE 3470Mental Health Nursing5
NURSE 3670Nursing of Adults I6
NURSE 3870Gerontological Nursing Care3
NURSE 3900Introduction to Nursing Science3
NURSE 4200Nursing Ethics and Law3-4
or NURSE 4200W Nursing Ethics and Law - Writing Intensive
NURSE 4270Nursing of Children5
NURSE 4300Nursing Issues/Leadership and Management2
NURSE 4470Nursing of Women and Newborns5
NURSE 4870Nursing of Adults II7
or NURSE 4870H Nursing of Adults II Honors
NURSE 4970WNursing in Communities - Writing Intensive5
or NURSE 4970HW Nursing in Communities - Honors/Writing Intensive

Admission to the nursing clinical major is a requirement to take clinical nursing coursework. 

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
BIO_SC 1010 or 1500^3Major Science4-5
CHEM 1100, 1000, or 1320^3ENGLSH 1000*3
HIST 1100, 1100H, 1200, 1200H, or POL_SC 1100*3PSYCH 1000^3
MATH 1100*3STAT 1200 or ESC_PS 4170^3
SOCIOL 1000 or RU_SOC 10003Humanities/Fine Arts Course*3
 15 16-17
Second Year
Major Science4-5Major Science5
NURSE 2000 or 2000H^3NEP 2380^3
H_D_FS 2400W4NURSE 2100 or 2100H^2-3
Humanities/Fine Art3Behavioral/Science Elective 2000 level*3
 Humanities/Fine Arts Course3
 14-15 16-17
Third Year
NURSE 3170^4NURSE 3470^5
NURSE 3200^4NURSE 3670^6
NURSE 3270^5NURSE 3870^3
NURSE 3300^4NURSE 3900^3
 17 17
Fourth Year
NURSE 4270^5NURSE 4870 or 4870H^7
NURSE 4200 or 4200W^3-4NURSE 4970W or 4970H5
NURSE 43002 
NURSE 44705 
 15-16 12
Total Credits: 122-126

NOTE: Curriculum subject to change.

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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