BS in Nursing

Degree Requirements

Summary of Requirements
Pre-Nursing Studies57
Course Requirements in the College of Nursing63
Total Hours120

Course Requirements—Pre-Nursing Studies

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
BIOS 350General Microbiology a3
CHEM 122General Chemistry I Lecture b,f4
CHEM 123General Chemistry Laboratory I b,f1
CHEM 130Survey of Organic and Biochemistry b,f5
KN 251Human Physiological Anatomy I5
KN 252Human Physiological Anatomy II5
NUEL 250Human Development Across the Life Span3
HN 196Nutrition3
STAT 101Introduction to Statistics g4
or STAT 130 Introduction to Statistics for the Life Sciences
Exploring World Cultures course c3
Understanding the Creative Arts course c3
Understanding the Individual and Society course c,d3
Understanding the Past course c3
Understanding U.S. Society course c,d3
One 3-semester-hour, 200-level, upper-division course in the arts and sciences e3
LAS electives (hours vary)
Total Hours57
a

BIOS 100 is a prerequisite for this course.

b

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

c

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category. 

d

For the Understanding the Individual and Society requirement, PSCH 100 is recommended; for the Understanding U.S. Society requirement, SOC 100 is recommended. 

e

Upper Division Elective: Students may choose a course from one of these categories: physical sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, social sciences, fine arts, performing arts, or humanities. Must be 200-level or above at a four-year college or university. Though the requirement may be completed after entry to the program, it is very highly recommended that students complete an upper division elective with other prerequisite courses prior to enrollment.

f

Students applying for the RN/BSN Program are required to take a total of 4-5 hours of chemistry. This requirement can be fulfilled by taking any of the following UIC courses which are approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category: CHEM 100, CHEM 105, CHEM 122/CHEM 123, CHEM 124/CHEM 125, CHEM 116, CHEM 118, or CHEM 130. These students may need to take additional course/s approved for General Education to meet the university requirement of 24 hours distributed across the six categories.

g

Students applying for the RN/BSN Program are not required to take introductory statistics. As a result, these students will need to take hours of LAS electives to meet the 57 hours of pre-nursing requirements.

Course Requirements in the College of Nursing: BSN

Required Courses
NURS 204Professional Nursing 14
NURS 212Health Assessment and Communication3
NURS 221Foundations of Nursing Practice6
NURS 223Concepts in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 14
NURS 233Concepts in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 (Concepts in Pathophysiology & Pharmacology II)3
NURS 254Professional Nursing 2 (Professional Nursing II)3
NURS 304Professional Nursing 3 (Professional Nursing III)4
NURS 321Nursing Care of Adults Across the Life Span (Nursing Care of Adults Across the Lifespan)7
NURS 331Nursing Care of Childbearing Women and Families (Nursing Care of Childbearing Women and Families)4
NURS 341Nursing Care of Children and Families (Nursing Care of Children and Families)4
NURS 351Nursing Care in Mental and Behavioral Health (Nursing Care in Mental & Behavioral Health)4
NURS 354Professional Nursing 4 (Professional Nursing Care IV)4
NURS 361Nursing Care of Populations (Nursing Care of Populations (BSN))4
NURS 371Acute Care Nursing & Care Mgmt (Acute Care Nursing and Care Management)4
NURS 377Integrative Practice Experience (Integrative Practice Experience)2
NURS 387Senior Seminar (Senior Nursing Seminar)3
Total Hours63

BSN Sample Curricula

Plan of Study Grid
Junior Year
Fall SemesterHours
NURS 204 Professional Nursing 1 4
NURS 212 Health Assessment and Communication 3
NURS 221 Foundations of Nursing Practice 6
NURS 223 Concepts in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 4
 Hours17
Spring Semester
NURS 233 Concepts in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 3
NURS 254 Professional Nursing 2 3
NURS 321 Nursing Care of Adults Across the Life Span 7
NURS 351 Nursing Care in Mental and Behavioral Health 4
 Hours17
Senior Year
Fall Semester
NURS 341
Nursing Care of Children and Families
or Nursing Care of Childbearing Women and Families
4
NURS 361
Nursing Care of Populations
or Acute Care Nursing Care Mgmt
4
NURS 304 Professional Nursing 3 4
NURS 377 Integrative Practice Experience 2
Upper division LAS course (if needed) 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
NURS 341
Nursing Care of Children and Families
or Nursing Care of Childbearing Women and Families
4
NURS 361
Nursing Care of Populations
or Acute Care Nursing Care Mgmt
4
NURS 354 Professional Nursing 4 4
NURS 387 Senior Seminar 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours63