BSN Program Outcomes

The PLU Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education in Nursing (2008). The BSN curriculum builds on the PLU core liberal education in the arts, humanities, and sciences as the cornerstone for the practice of nursing. Achievement of the following program outcomes enables graduates to practice as generalist nurses within complex healthcare systems:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to incorporate the dimensions of person, nursing, and environment to promote health in a variety of nursing situations.
  2. Provide evidence-based clinically competent care of individuals, families, and communities in a variety of settings across diverse populations.
  3. Enact the role of service as a professionally educated member of society.
  4. Employ principles of ethical leadership, quality improvement, and cost effectiveness to foster the development and initiation of safety and quality initiatives within a microsystem or entire system.
  5. Collaborate in the interprofessional design, management, and coordination of safe, quality care.
  6. Pursue practice excellence, lifelong learning, and professional engagement.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of how healthcare policy, including financial and regulatory, affect the improvement of healthcare delivery and/or health outcomes.
  8. Demonstrate the use of information systems, patient care technologies, and interprofessional communication strategies in support of safe nursing practice.

BSN Programs of Study

Year 1
FallBIOL 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
WRIT 101 Writing Seminar
PHED 100 Personalized Fitness
4 Credits
4 Credits
4 Credits
1 Credit
January TermGeneral Education Program Element (GenEd) First-Year Residency Requirement
PHED Physical Activity
4 Credits
1 Credit
SpringBIOL 206 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CHEM 105 Chemistry of Life
General Education Program Element (GenEd)
Inquiry Seminar 190 GenEd
4 Credits
4 Credits
4 Credits
4 Credits
Year 2
Sophomore 1BIOL 201 Introduction to Microbiology
PSYC 320 Development Across the Lifespan
STAT 231 Introductory Statistics
NURS 220 Nursing Competencies I
PHED Physical Activity
4 Credits
4 Credits
4 Credits
4 Credits
1 Credit
January TermSTAT 231 Introductory Statistics
(If not taken in previous semester)
4 Credits
Sophomore 2NURS 260 Professional Foundations I
NURS 270 Health Assessment / Promotion
NURS 280 Pathological Processes
General Education Program Element (GenEd)
4 Credits
4 Credits
4 Credits
4 Credits
Year 3
Junior 1NURS 320 Nursing Competencies II
NURS 330 Pharmacology & Therapeutic Modalities
NURS 340 Nursing Situations in Adult Health I
NURS 350 Nursing Situations in Mental Health
2 Credits
4 Credits
4 Credits
4 Credits
January TermGeneral Education Program Element (GenEd) or
required nursing course with clinical rotation
4 Credits
Junior 2NURS 360 Nursing Research & Informatics
NURS 365 Culturally Congruent Healthcare
NURS 370 Nursing Situations in OB
NURS 380 Nursing Situations in Pediatrics
4 Credits
4 Credits
4 Credits
4 Credits
Year 4
Senior 1NURS 420 Leadership & Resource Management
NURS 430 Nursing Situations in Communities
NURS 440 Nursing Situations in Adult Health II
NURS 441 Nursing Situations Seminar
4 Credits
5 Credits
4 Credits
1 Credit
January TermGeneral Education Program Element (GenEd) or
required nursing course with clinical rotation
4 Credits
Senior 2
NURS 460 Healthcare Systems & Policy
NURS 480 Professional Foundations II
NURS 499 Nursing Synthesis
General Education Program Element (GenEd)
2 Credits
2 Credits
6 Credits
4 Credits
Total Credits128