Traditional BSN

Traditional BSN program summary
 

• Overview

The Traditional BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Program requires completion of 120 total credits. *

• Preparation coursework

You first complete prerequisite courses — essential science and liberal arts courses — totaling 58 credits. Prerequisite courses are NOT offered by the UNMC College of Nursing. You may take them through the University of Nebraska (on campus or online/distance) or from any accredited community college, 4-year college or university.

• UNMC nursing coursework

Students are admitted once annually for August program start. Required nursing coursework consists of 62 credits over 4 semesters — 2 years, with no summer classes. See Traditional BSN plan of study below.

• Completion timeline

The Traditional BSN can be completed in 4 years — 2 years for prerequisite coursework and 2 years for nursing coursework.

Depending on your available time and circumstances, prerequisite courses may be completed over a longer or shorter period. 

• Admission steps / requirements

• Application due date

BSN learning approach

See BSN learning structure and objectives progression.

 
 
  BSN GRADUATE PROFILE  
 
Recent BSN graduate Jenna Witt
 
  BSN graduate Jenna Witt, a native of Butte, Neb., attended the Scottsbluff campus, was active in the Nebraska Student Nurses Association and served as a committee chair for the National Student Nurses Association. She holds "Medical-Surgical Nursing," a widely used textbook at U.S. nursing schools. Its lead editor, Joyce Black, PhD, is a longtime College faculty member and a leading authority on wound care.  
 
 
  "It was just my size, so open, so friendly, so right at home. The faculty aren't just teachers — they're mentors."  
 

Traditional BSN plan of study


  Full Time   4 Semesters       CREDITS
  SEMESTER 1   COURSE   LECTURE CLINICAL TOTAL
  NRSG 311   Pathophysiologic Alterations in Health I   2 0 2
  NRSG 312   Health Assessment Across the Life Course   2.5 1.5 4
  NRSG 313   Patient Centered Care I   4 0 4
  NRSG 314   Patient Centered Care Clinical I   0 3 3
  NRSG 316   Evidence-Based Nursing Practice & Leadership in Nursing   3 0 3
              16

  SEMESTER 2   COURSE   LECTURE CLINICAL TOTAL
  NRSG 331   Pathophysiologic Alterations in Health II   2 0 2
  NRSG 332   Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals   4 0 4
  NRSG 333   Patient Centered Care II   5 0 5
  NRSG 334   Patient Centered Care Clinical II   0 5 5
              16

  SEMESTER 3   COURSE   LECTURE CLINICAL TOTAL
  NRSG 411   Patient Centered Care III   4 0 4
  NRSG 412   Patient Centered Care Clinical III   0 4 4
  NRSG 413   Population-Centered Care   2 3 5
  NRSG 415   Policy and Issues in Healthcare Delivery   3 0 3
              16

  SEMESTER 4   COURSE   LECTURE CLINICAL TOTAL
  NRSG 419   Transition to Professional Nursing   0 4 4
  NRSG 421   Patient Centered Care IV   3 0 3
  NRSG 422   Patient Centered Care Clinical IV   0 3 3
  NRSG 424   Leadership in Professional Practice   2 2 4
              14
  Graduation   TOTAL REQUIRED COURSE CREDITS       62

Please note: The BSN curriculum will continuously evolve to offer superior preparation for the changing demands of modern nursing. Course numbers, titles and other details are subject to change.

 

Clinical education affiliations

In addition to its own clinical simulation/skills labs, UNMC has relationships with over 100 health care institutions across Nebraska to provide students a convenient, diverse range of clinical learning.

Diverse enrollment

Our 5 Nebraska nursing campuses attract BSN students from across the U.S. and globe. Men and women from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. International students are welcome.

Outside work

Many students pursue a nursing degree and successfully balance a variety of non-academic responsibilities. To be a successful student your primary focus is to devote adequate time to your nursing program. For every hour of academic course work, you can plan to spend approximtely 3 hours a week outside the classroom to study and be prepared for class. So a 3 credit hour class would require 9 hours a week outside the classroom to accomplish homework, work on group projects, study for tests, and keep up with assigned reading. Once you begin the program, we suggest that if you must work that you work no more than a minimal amount of hours (e.g., up to 12 hours per week). You can always increase your hours during semester breaks and during the summer between your first and second year in the program.

Your first step

Contact a student services representative for answers to your questions and for guidance on requirements, application and admission.

   

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