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Nursing - B.S.N. Program Requirements

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity and writing-intensive requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II.   MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (78-79 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  BSCI 20021 Basic Microbiology* 3
    30030 Human Physiology* 4
    30050 Human Genetics* 3
  NUTR 33512 Nutrition 3
  Choose from the following: 3-4
  MATH 10041 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)  
  PSYC 21621 Quantitative Methods in Psychology I (3)  
  SOC 32220
Data Analysis (3)
Data Analysis Laboratory (1)
  XXXX 3/4xxxx NURS, PSYC or SOC elective (upper division)* 3
Additional Major Requirements
Students declaring the BSN for Registered Nurses concentration should instead take the requirements listed under that concentration. Accelerated/second degree students take NURS 25010 instead of NURS 10050and NURS 20010.
  NURS 10050 Introduction to Professional Nursing* (1)
    20010 Interpersonal and communication Skills for Health Care Professionals* 2
    20020 Foundations of Assessment and Communication in Nursing* 3
    20030 Foundations of Nursing Intervention* 5
    20950 Human growth and Development for Health Professionals* 3
    30010 Parents and Newborn Nursing* 4
    30020 Health Care of Children* 4
    30030 Nursing of Adults* 5
    30040 Nursing of Adults with Rehabilitation Needs and/or Gerontologist Changes* 4
    30050 Basic Nursing Informatics* 2
    30060 Basic Pharmacology for Nursing Practice* 2
WIC   40005 Professional Nursing Development** 3
    40010 Nursing of the Critically Ill* 4
    40020 Community Health Nursing* 4
    40030 Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health Nursing Care* 4
    40045 Integration of Leadership and Management in Nursing* 6
    40872 Introduction to Nursing Research* 3
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 20020 Biological Structure and Function* 5
KAD CHEM 10050 Fundamentals of Chemistry* 3
KBS   10052 Introduction to Organic Chemistry* 2
KSS PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
KSS SOC 12050 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Kent Core Additional (must be from two categories) 3
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  General Electives (lower or upper division)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 122 credit hours.

* Minimum C (2.0) grade is required in all NURS, BSCI and CHEM course.
**A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned with to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Students may substitute CHEM 10054 General and Elementary Organic Chemistry for the required CHEM 10050 and 10052. All three courses fulfill the Kent Core.

Special Note:

  • Completion of BSCI 20020 and CHEM 10050 with a combined minimum 2.75 GPA.
  • Completion of BSCI 20021 and CHEM 10052 with a combined minimum 2.75 GPA.


BSN for Registered Nurses concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2011-2012 Roadmap.

Registered nurse students take the same 36 credits of Kent Core and 19 credits of foundational courses that are required of all BSN  students. Once RN/BSN students enter the BSN for Registered Nurses concentration, they take 27 credits of nursing courses specially designed for the RN and a 3 credit upper-division health care or nursing elective. After successful completion of Nursing 41000, Concepts and Issues for Professional Nursing Practice, the BSN for Registered Nurses student receives up to 33 University credits in nursing following the Ohio Nursing Articulation Model. Students must have 122 credits to graduate.

I.   CONCENTRATION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (63 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  NURS 40075 Information and Patient Care Technology 3
WIC   40085 Inquiry and Research for Professional Nursing Practice
    41000 Concepts and Issues for Professional Nursing Practice
    42000 Leadership and Management for Professional Nursing Practice
    43000 Health Promotion for Professional Nursing Practice (clinical)
    44000 Population-based Nursing for Professional Nursing Practice (clinical) 3
    45000 Health Maintenance and Restoration for Professional Nursing Practice 3
    46000 Health Care Policy 3
    47000 Capstone Clinical Course for Professional Nursing Practice 3
    Upper-division nursing or health care elective*
  Escrow credits** 33

*Permission of director required.
**BSN for Registered Nurse students will receive credit for up to 33 University semester hours of nursing courses upon completion of NURS 41000 Concepts and Issues in Professional Nursing Practice.

The student must complete all nursing course with a 2.0 grade point average or higher. The student may not repeat any clinical course more than one time and no more than two clinical courses may be repeated. Students attaining two failures in clinical nursing courses are automatically dismissed from the nursing program. A grade of C (2.00) must be obtained on repeat to avoid dismissal from the nursing program.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is granted to registered nurses who complete the planned program of study with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 (C) and a minimum of 2.00 in each nursing course. Students also need to meet all other university requirements for graduation and complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at Kent State University.