Overview of the BSN Curriculum
The baccalaureate curriculum may be completed in several ways. In general, it requires a minimum of four academic years (including the prerequisites) to complete. Under certain circumstances, it may take more than four years, depending on the length of time it takes to complete the prerequisite courses. Students often choose to take summer classes to complete general education courses and lighten the fall and spring semester course load. Any linked schedule does not reflect developmental course work a student may need based on the Office of Admissions Compass Skills testing.
The required general education courses are divided into six areas of study and are intended to give you a broad knowledge base. Within each cluster there are required courses that must be taken. In addition, there are suggested courses within each cluster that allow you to choose from an array of courses within that area of study. This will allow you to arrange courses to complete a minor or a certificate in another area. In each cluster, the number of credits required for that cluster is given.
A sample full-time schedule for students pursuing a BSN shows the sequencing of these general education courses, as well as the nursing courses, within the curriculum. These required general education courses may be taken prior to admission to the baccalaureate program. However, once a student begins the nursing major courses, all courses listed within each semester, which have not already been completed, must be taken within the year the course appears in the curriculum.