BSN Pre-Licensure Program

SAMPLE* Nursing Program Curriculum

*This Sample Curriculum is presented ONLY to provide a conceptualization of the required coursework involved. Factors such as placement testing, course prerequisites, and course availability each semester may determine a student's actual navigation of the program curriculum. Also, all NURS courses are reserved ONLY for students who are admitted to the major upon completion of the admission criteria (See below). Admission is competitive and is NOT guaranteed.

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First Year, Semester One First Year, Semester Two

CHEM 1090 - Chemistry for Health Professions (3)

CHEM 1100 - Chemistry Lab (1)

PSYC 1010 - General Psychology (4)

Cultural Diversity in the U.S. Course (3)

GSW 1110/1100 (3)

NURS 1000 - Orientation to Nursing (1)

BIOL 2050 - Concepts in Biology II (4)

GSW 1120 - Academic Writing (3)

MATH 1150 - Intro to Statistics (3)

CHEM 1170 - Elementary Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry (3)

Social Sciences/Int'l. Perspective Course (3)



Second Year, Semester One Second Year, Semester Two

BIOL 3320 - Anatomy & Physiology II (4)

BIOL 3140 - Microbiology for Hlth. Prof. (3)

BIOL 3150 - Microbiology Lab (1)

AHS 3010 - Medical Terminology (2)

PHIL 1020 - Ethics (3)

BIOL 3310 - Anatomy & Physiology I (4)

FN 2070 - Intro to Human Nutrition (3)

PSYC 3100 - Lifespan Development (3)

Humanities & Arts Course/Int'l. Perspective Course (3)


Third Year, Semester One** Third Year, Semester Two**

NURS 3040 - Nursing to Promote Wellness Across the Lifespan (5)

NURS 3080 - Fundamentals of Nursing and Assessment Across the LIfespan (5)

NURS 3150 - Pathopharmacology (3)

NURS 3190 - Nursing Research 1 (3)

NURS 3280 - Advanced Fundamentals (3)

NURS 3300 - Nursing Care of Persons with Health Challenges (4)

NURS 3400 - Family Health (4)

NURS 3290 - Nursing Research 2 (1)

NURS 3540 - Pathopharmacology 2 (3)

Fourth Year, Semester One** Fourth Year, Semester Two**

NURS 4130 - Nursing Care of Persons in Crisis 1 (4)

NURS 4240 - Nursing Care of Persons in Crisis 2 (8)

NURS 4260 - Professional Nursing Development (3)


NURS 4510 - Population Health (4)

NURS 4620  - Precepted Clinical Practicum (5)

NURS 4710 - Nursing Care of Persons and Families (3)

NURS 4760 - Professional Nursing Competency (3)

** Courses Taken Based on Admission to the Upper-Division Nursing Program - Consideration for admission into BGSU's Basic nursing program is dependent upon completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of a "C" or better in all BG Perspective courses, nursing prerequisites, and supportive requirement courses and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in all coursework, including transfer courses. Admission is competitive and based solely on cumulative academic GPA.  Courses may be repeated to earn a grade of C or higher, but grade deletions are not permitted.  The minimum GPA for admission in 2015 was approximately 3.4 for spring and summer and 3.672 for the fall semester.

The courses taken during the freshman and sophomore years prepare students for the nursing major. Students take courses in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities while also selecting courses of special interest. The nursing major is concentrated at the upper division. Students learn in state-of-the-art mock hospital and simulation laboratories. Nursing classrooms at UTHSC are equipped with cutting-edge teaching technology.

The College of Nursing offers admissions three times per year, in May (Summer term), August (Fall term), or January (Spring term). Students pursue skills in interpersonal communication, physical assessment and use of the nursing process. They are introduced to evidence based practice and the need for lifelong learning. The development of management and leadership potential is facilitated.

The School of Nursing has collaborative relationships in nursing education, consultation and practice with numerous hospitals and community health agencies in northwest Ohio. By combining classroom theory with actual clinical experience, nursing students attain the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level professional practice.

Graduates of BGSU's nursing program are eligible to take the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse and to pursue graduate studies in nursing.

Admission Requirements and Application Process  

Admission to the Upper Division Basic BSN Nursing Program is very competitive, and involves:

  1. Completion of Program Prerequisites ("Supportive Requirements" and GSW 1120) with a letter grade of "C" or better - See Program Check Sheet.
    • Note All coursework for the BSN Basic Nursing Program must be completed with a letter grade of "C" or better.
  2. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, which reflects all courses ever taken anywhere at the college level.
  3. Completion and Submission of the Program Application to the nursing advisor by the deadline for each admission cycle. 
Semester of Entry Program Applications Available Program Application Deadline
Summer October 15 January 15
Fall February 15 May 1
Spring June 1 September 1

Since Admission is very competitive, it is recommended that applicants be in possession of at least a 3.40 - 3.60 minimum cumulative GPA if they are to realistically expect to be admitted in any given admission cycle.

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Special Considerations

Tuition for the nursing program is the same as for all other degree programs at BGSU. However, there are additional charges for uniforms, professional liability insurance, physical examinations, specific health tests, laboratory and technology fees, upper-division professional course fees, exit exam and convocation.

Students are expected to arrange for their own transportation to and from the nursing classes and clinical laboratories in Toledo and/or adjacent communities.

High School Preparation

Nursing knowledge is based on chemistry, mathematics, biology and social sciences. Most courses that nursing students take are structured on the assumption that students have a basic knowledge of these subject areas. A weak high school preparation may reduce a student's chance of being admitted to the professional nursing program since admission to BGSU in no way guarantees admission to the program.

Students should follow a college preparatory curriculum that includes four units (credits) of English, three units of college preparatory mathematics, three units of science, three units of social studies, two units of the same foreign language and one unit of the visual or performing arts. Students who have not taken all these recommended courses may be required to take University courses to make up any deficiencies.

Requirements for Transfer Students

All students requesting transfer into the upper-division nursing major will be considered on an individual basis. Admission to BGSU must be completed before seeking admission to the nursing major to determine equivalency of previous coursework.

Consideration for transfer into the nursing major is based upon:

  1. Completion of prerequisite courses.
  2. Being in good academic standing.
  3. Available space in the program.

Individual evaluation of completed nursing courses must be requested before starting upper division courses. The student must meet all standards that apply to other students in effect at the time of admission.