The Catholic University of America

The traditional program or curriculum plan is designed for the beginning nursing student; high school graduates or students with limited college transfer credit (12 credits maximum).  College graduates with non-nursing degrees should apply to the second degree program.

Basic Program of Study for BSN Students (PDF)

Basic Program of Study for BSN Students (PDF) (Classes of 2016 and 2017)

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (Classes of 2016 and 2017)

 

Admissions Requirements into Nursing Exploratory Program (Pre-Nursing) housed in the School of Arts and Sciences

 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree - Basic Program Option 

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Pre-Nursing (First two years in the School of Arts and Science)

During the first two years of study at CUA in the School of Arts and Sciences, students are advised by the central advising center and the School of Nursing's nursing liaison.  Those students who meet requirements for admission into the upper division of the school will be assigned a nursing faculty adviser who is available for consultation on academic matters.  Full-time and part-time study is available.  Students who attend classes on a part time basis will require more than 4 years to complete all degree requirements. 

The complete program consists of 120 credits that are articulated below. The program course plan requirements may be modified in instances of individual academic program progression issues, which may be limited and are authorized by The School of Nursing and the School of Arts and Science.

Advance Placement course credits for courses taken in High School are evaluated by the School of Arts and Sciences for potential transfer as CUA college credit.

Natural Science and Math - 18 credits

Chemistry (inorganic and organic
chemistry content)
4 credits
Human anatomy and physiology 8 credits
Microbiology 3 credits
Statistics 3 credits

English-3 credits

All students are required to take one English writing course. The particular course is grounded on the English placement criteria at the time of admission to the university. English 101 is part of the first year experience and the freshman learning communities (LC).

Philosophy-6 credits

All students are required to take Philosophy 201 and 202, both of which are a part of the first year experience and learning communities (LC).

Religion-9 credits (6 credits while in A&S)

Of the three required religion courses, the first must be TRS 201, "Faith Seeking Understanding", a learning community course (LC).  The second Theology course can be any sequence of courses in the School of Theology   The third required theology course is a biomedical ethics course; either Theology 333 or Philosophy 303 (*this course is taken after matriculating into the School of Nursing; junior year).  Bioethics must be taken at CUA and is not transferablefrom another university. 

Humanities/Liberal Studies - 18 credits

All students are required to take the following coursework before matriculating into the School of Nursing:

Psychology 3 credits
Human Growth and Development 3 credits
Electives 12 credits

Required Pre-Nursing courses (before matriculation into the upper division of the School of Nursing)

Introduction to Health Systems and Professions 3
Population Health 3
Health and Wellness across the Lifespan 3
Nutrition 3
Total number of credits in A&S
63
Upper Division Courses (required after acceptance into the School of Nursing)  
Health Assessment 4
Pathophysiology/Pharmacology 6 (3/3)
Community and Environmental Nursing Lecture and Clinical Applications 3 (2/1)
Fundamental Applications 4
Mental Health Nursing (Lecture & Clinical) 5 (3/2)
Adults in Health and Illness I (Lecture & Clinical) 5 (3/2)
Adults in Health and Illness II (Lecture & Clinical) 5 (3/2)
Women in Health and Illness (Lecture and Clinical) 5 (3/2)
Children in Health and Illness (Lecture & Clinical) 5 (3/2)
Adults in Health and Illness III (Lecture & Clinical) 4 (2/2)
Management of Health Care Delivery 2
Transition to Professional Practice 2
Adults in Health and Illness III (Lecture & Clinical) 3 (1/2)
Strategies for Professional Practice 2
Evidence Based Care/Health Informatics 2
Nursing Research 3
(Optional - Practicum in Complex Nursing) (2)
Total number of credits in Nursing 60

Nursing Courses in the 2nd half of the program after matriculation.

Course descriptions are available on the Web at https://cardinalstation.cua.edu.

Introduction to Health Systems, Population Health, Health and Wellness & Nutrition are open to non-nursing students on a space available basis. Students from other schools should check with the School of Nursing before registering for these courses.

The number of hours of meeting/contact time per week is determined by the type of nursing course and credits and does not include out of class study time or work on out of class assignments. P/F indicates the course is graded with either Pass or Fail.  The following ratios are used:

Didactic Course 1 credit=1 hour/week
Clinical/Lab Course 1 credit= 3 hours/week
NURS Title (credit hours)
   
151 Introduction to Health Systems & Professions (3) *
256 Population Health (3) *
254A Health and Wellness across the Lifespan (3) *
257 Nutrition and Health (3) *
258 Health Assessment (4)
309 Fundamental Applications (4)
275L Adults in Health and Illness I : Lecture (3)
275C Adults in Health and Illness I :Clinical (2) P/F
371 Pathophysiology (3)
370 Community & Environmental Nursing Lecture (2)
372 Community & Environmental Nursing Clinical Applications (1)
310 Pharmacology (3)
375 Mental Health Nursing Lecture (3)
377 Mental Health Nursing Clinical Applications (2) P/F
376L Adults in Health and Illness Intermediate II : Lecture (3)
376C Adults in Health and Illness Intermediate II : Clinical (2) P/F 
378 Health Informatics (2)
403 Introduction to Nursing Research (3)
420 Child and Adolescent Health and Illness Lecture (3)
421 Child and Adolescent Health and Illness Clinical Applications (2) P/F
423 Women in Health and Illness Lecture (3)
428 Women in Health and Illness Clinical Applications (2) P/F
424 Management of Health Care Delivery (2)
430L / 430C Adults in Health and Illness Lecture & Clinical Leadership (4 - 2/2) Graded & P/F
427 Transition to Professional Practice (2)
481A Practicum in Complex Nursing (2) - OPTIONAL
448 Guided Study in Nursing (1) P/F  
449 Guided Study in Nursing (2) Graded  
450 Guided Study in Nursing (3) Graded
452 Guided Study in Nursing (3) P/F
454 Guided Study in Nursing (4) P/F
469 Spirituality and Care of the Sick (3)
480 Strategies for Professional Practice (2)
   
 *  Indicates courses are taken during the first 2 years of study under the managment of Arts and Sciences


Electives

All undergraduate nursing students in the 4 year plan BSN program must take 12 credits of electives. The requirments for these electives is consistent with the School of Arts and Sciences.  Please see specific school announcements for particular degree requirments.

 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree - Basic Program Option Classes of 2016 and 2017

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Full-time and part-time study is available. All nursing students will be assigned a faculty adviser who is available for consultation on academic matters.  

The program consists of 120 credits in the following distribution.  The program course plan requirements may be modified in instances of individual academic program progression issues, which may be limited and are authorized solely by the School of Nursing. 

Advanced Placement course credits for courses taken in high school are evaluated by the School of Arts and Sciences for potential transfer as CUA college credit. 

Natural Science and Math- 22 credits

Chemistry (inorganic and organic chemistry content) 4 credits
Human anatomy and physiology  8 credits
Microbiology  3 credits
Statistics  3 credits

English - 3 credits

All students are required to take one English writing course. The particular course depends on the criteria for placement at the time of admission to the university. Transfer credit will be evaluated on an individual basis. All students for whom English is a second language must complete the English placement examination offered at the university, English 101 is part of the first year experience and learning communities (LC).

Philosophy-6 credits

All students are required to take Philosophy 201 and 202 both of which are a part of the first year experience and learning communities (LC).

Religion-9 credits

Of the three required religion courses, the first must be TRS 201, "Faith Seeking Understanding", a learning community course (LC).  The second Theology course can be any sequence of courses in the School of Theology from TRS 200 through TRS 281 OR a Nursing/Spirituality course number NURS 569 Spirituality in Nursing.  The third theology course is a biomedical ethics course, either Theology 333 or Philosophy 303. Bioethics must be taken at CUA and is not transferable from another university.  At least one of the 200 level TRS courses must be taken to progress in TRS; students of non-Christian background may take TRS 291 to fulfill this requirement.  

Humanities/Liberal Studies-9-18 credits

All students are required to take the below courses:

Psychology  3 credits
Statistics (Soc 301 or Mat 114 or NURS 465)   3 credits

Electives

9 credits

(6 credits of electives must be in humanities/social science; 3 are free electives; see below)

Nursing-73 credits

Introduction to Professional Nursing 2
Foundations of Nursing Practice  3
Health Assessment  4
Health and Wellness across the Lifespan 4
Nutrition and Health  2
Pathophysiology/Pharmacology  7 (4/3)
Community and Environmental Nursing Lecture and Clinical Applications  3 (2/1)
Nursing Applications  4
Growth and Development Concepts for Nurses  3
Mental Health Nursing Lecture and Clinical Applications  5
Evidence Based Care/Health Informatics  1
Introduction to Nursing Research 3
Children in Health and Illness Lecture and Clinical Applications  5(3/2)
Women in Health and Illness Lecture and Clinical Applications 

5(3/2)

Management of Health Care Delivery 2
Transition to Professional Practice  2
Strategies for Professional Practice 3
Adults in Health and Illness: Clinical Applications in Medical Surgical Nursing  
Basic Clinical Applications

5(3/1)

Intermediate Clinical Applications 

5(3/1)

Advanced Clinical Applications

5(3/1)

 
Clinical leadership  2

 

Electives

 

All undergraduate nursing students in the 4 year plan BSN program must have 9 credits in electives. Six of those credits must be in the humanities or social sciences (including American Sign Language, ASL), as defined below. Three of those credits can be “free” electives, where the student can select based on their interests. If the student desires, all 9 credits may be humanities or social science  courses (including ASL).

Humanity Social Sciences
Humanity
Art
History
Language
Law
Literature
Music
Anthropology
Business & Economics
Education
History
Politics
Psychology
Sociology