The Catholic University of America

  Undergraduate Traditional Program of Study - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The traditional program or curriculum plan is designed for the beginning nursing student; high school graduates or students with limited college transfer credit.  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, 2017)


 Admissions Requirements into Nursing Exploratory Program housed in the School of Arts and Sciences

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

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


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 


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


Intermediate Clinical Applications 


Advanced Clinical Applications


Clinical leadership  2




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
Business & Economics