Traditional Program Sequence / Curriculum:

The Traditional BSN program is a three-year program (after completion of prerequisite courses) designed for students with no previous preparation in nursing. Under the direct supervision of its faculty members, the School of Nursing uses the facilities of large hospitals, health agencies and long-term care facilities in the community to provide optimal clinical learning experiences for students.

Graduates are awarded the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as registered nurses in Washington state. They are prepared for first-level staff nursing positions in hospitals, clinics, the military, long-term care facilities and community health agencies, with potential for rapid advancement and assumption of leadership roles. They also have the basis to pursue graduate study in nursing.

Freshman / First Year (for PLU students)-- Transfer students must complete Intro to Organic/biochem, Intro Psych, and A&P I & II before starting the program

First Semester

  • Psychology 101* – Introduction to Psychology (4 semester credits) (Social Science Line 2)
  • Biology 205* – Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 semester credits) (Natural Science)
  • Writing 101 – Inquiry Seminary: Writing (4 semester credits) (First-Year Program)
  • GEN ED/Core PE 100: Personalized Fitness Program (1 semester credit)
  • GEN ED/Core Physical Education (1 semester credit) (may also complete in January Term)

January Term

  • GEN ED/Core First Year Experience (Art/Music/Theatre) (4 semester credits) (First-Year Program)

Second semester

  • Biology 206* – Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 semester credits) (Scientific Method)
  • Chemistry 105* – Chemistry of Life: Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry (4 semester credits)
  • GEN ED/Core History/Anthropology/Political Science (4 semester credits) (Science Line 1, Cross Cultural)
  • GEN ED/Core Inquiry Seminar: Gen Ed or other Core Requirement (4 semester credits) (First-Year Program)

Sophomore Year (Beginning of Nursing Program)

First Semester

  • Biology 201** – Introduction to Microbiology (4 semester credits)
  • Psychology 320**- Development Across the Lifespan (4 semester credits)
  • Statistics 231*** – Introductory Statistics (4 semester credits) (Math Reasoning)
  • GEN ED/Core – Physical Education (1 semester credit)
  • Nurs 220 – Nursing Competencies I (4 semester credits)

Second Semester

  • Nurs 260 – Professional Foundations I (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 270 – Health Assessment and Promotion (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 280 – Pathological Human Processes (4 semester credits)
  • GEN ED/Core Religion (4 semester credits)
  • GEN ED/Core Physical Education (1 semester credit)

* Must be completed with a minimum grade of “B-” (2.5) or better PRIOR to entering nursing program
** Must be completed with a minimum grade of “B-” (2.5) or better PRIOR to beginning 2nd semester in nursing
*** Must be completed with a minimum grade of “B-” (2.5) or better PRIOR to enrollment in Nurs 360

Junior Year

First Semester

  • Nurs 320 – Nursing Competencies II (2 semester credits)
  • Nurs 330 – Pharmacology & Therapeutic Modalities (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 340 – Nursing Situations with Individuals/Adult Health I (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 350 – Nursing Situations with Individuals/Mental Health (4 semester credits)

January Term

  • GEN ED/Core Philosophy (4 semester credits) (and/or International Experience)

Second Semester

  • Nurs 360 – Nursing Research and Informatics (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 365 – Culturally Congruent Healthcare (alternative Perspectives) (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 370 – Nursing Situations with Families/Childbearing (OB) (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 380 – Nursing Situations with Families/Childrearing (PEDS) (4 semester credits)

Senior Year

First Semester

  • Nurs 420 – Introduction to Leadership and Resource Management (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 430 – Nursing Situations with Communities (5 semester credits)
  • Nurs 440 – Nursing Situations with Individuals/Adult Health II (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 441 – Nursing Situations Seminar (1 semester credit)

January Term

  • GEN ED/Core Literature (4 semester credits) (and/or International Experience)

Second Semester

  • Nurs 460 – Health Care Systems and Policy (2 semester credits)
  • Nurs 480 – Professional Foundations II (2 semester credits) (Senior Seminar/Project)
  • Nurs 499 – Nursing Synthesis (6 semester credits) (Senior Seminar/Project)
  • GEN ED/Core – Religion (4 semester credits)

Please Note:

– All Nursing courses are sequential; successful completion of courses in each semester is prerequisite to enrollment in courses in the next.

– General Education and core requirements must be successfully completed before the BSN degree will be granted; first-year program requirements must be completed within the first year at PLU (applicable to those who matriculate to PLU with less than 20 transferable semester credits.)

– All nursing courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) to be considered successfully completed.