Nursing (B.S.N.) Four-Year Program Track

The B.S.N. program prepares students to practice as professional nurses in a demanding and rapidly changing health care system. The program is ideal for entering first-year students and students with general education transfer credits in non-nursing fields.

Admission Requirements for First-Year Students: First-year students are admitted to the nursing program through the admissions process described in the admissions section. Prerequisite courses and Liberal Arts Core courses are taken during the first and second years of the nursing program; they provide the foundation for nursing major courses that are taken during the third and fourth years. The prerequisite sciences require a strong foundation in basic sciences, and, therefore, completion of high school biology and chemistry is strongly recommended. High school sciences grades and overall high school grade point average are critical factors in the admissions process for the nursing major. SAT scores, when available, are also considered in the nursing admissions process. 

Progression to the nursing major courses is contingent on meeting specific academic requirements that prepare students to succeed in the rigorous nursing courses. Upon completion of the second year of the B.S.N. program, students are eligible to progress into the junior year nursing major courses provided they have met the academic criteria listed below. Note: The program does not limit the number of academically qualified students who are allowed to progress into nursing major courses.

Students are required to earn a minimum grade of C in BIO 161, BIO 161L, CHM 125, CHM 125L, HPR 345, PSY 110, and SOC 131 and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Students who meet these criteria but who have a cumulative science GPA below 3.0 are required to take an assessment examination and attain a competitive score in order to progress to nursing major courses. Note: The cumulative science GPA calculation includes all grades earned in the prerequisite science courses at Marymount University and/or at other regionally accredited institutions. If a science course is repeated, both grades are included in the calculation.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students: Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Criteria for admission include a competitive score on the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI-TEAS) and a satisfactory GPA in classes being transferred to Marymount, particularly science courses. The submission of a personal statement is required.

Most transfer students require at least five semesters to complete the program and must follow the progression of nursing courses in the semesters as indicated in the degree plan. Nursing courses are not offered in the summer for four-year B.S.N. students.

Current Marymount University students who transferred into the university as undeclared students or in a major other than nursing may request admission to the B.S.N. program after the completion of at least one semester at Marymount. Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Students requesting a change of major to nursing must provide the following to the assistant dean of the Malek School of Health Professions: a completed change of academic program form, a personal statement, and ATI-TEAS scores.

Degree Requirements — Nursing (Four-Year B.S.N. Program Track)

This degree requires a total of 124 credits.

Liberal Arts Core and University Requirements

See University Requirements and the Liberal Arts Core for details. Nursing majors will satisfy the three-course university Writing Intensive (WI) requirements in the following way: Two WI courses (NU 230 and NU 234) will be completed in the nursing major. Majors must take an additional WI course from the Liberal Arts Core or as a university elective.

Major Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the major, all students in this program will take the following coursework in a sequence determined in collaboration with a faculty advisor. Some courses also satisfy Liberal Arts Core and/or University Requirements.

BIO 161Anatomy and Physiology I *

3

BIO 161LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab

1

BIO 162Anatomy and Physiology II *

3

BIO 162LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab

1

BIO 260Microbiology

3

BIO 260LMicrobiology Lab

1

CHM 125Life Chemistry *

3

CHM 125LLife Chemistry Lab

1

HPR 345Clinical Nutrition

3

MA 132Statistical Analysis *

3

NU 230Introduction to Professional Nursing & Scholarship *

3

NU 231Principles and Applications of Nursing Technologies

4

NU 234Promoting Health Across the Life-Span *

3

NU 302Health Assessment *

3

NU 306Basic Concepts in Pathophysiology & Pharmacology

3

NU 307Nursing Care of Adults with Chronic Health Problems

4

NU 308Nursing Care of Adults with Acute Complex Health Problems

6

NU 333Health Promotion and Illness Management in the Childbearing Family

4

NU 334Mental Health Promotion and Illness Management

4

NU 335Illness Management in Children and Adolescents

4

NU 400Health Promotion and Risk Reduction in Communities *

5

NU 403Research and Evidence-Based Practice *

3

NU 406Nursing Care of Adults with Multi-System/Complex Health Problems

6

NU 407Applied Clinical Reasoning

3

NU 430Leadership in Nursing Practice

3

NU 489Nursing Internship: Transition to Practice *

4

PSY 110Human Growth and Development *

3

SOC 131Principles of Sociology in Global Perspective *

3

Sample Degree Plan — Nursing (Four-Year B.S.N. Program Track)

Please note that this is a sample plan; all students must consult with an advisor in making course selections.

Year One — Fall

CHM 125Life Chemistry *

3

CHM 125LLife Chemistry Lab

1

EN 101Composition I *

3

PSY 110Human Growth and Development *

3

SOC 131Principles of Sociology in Global Perspective *

3

DSC 201New Student Seminar *

1

CHM 125: NS core course

CHM 125: NS Lab core course

EN 101: WR core course

PSY 110: SS-1 core course

SOC 131: SS-1, GP core course

 

 

Year One — Spring

BIO 161Anatomy and Physiology I *

3

BIO 161LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab

1

EN 102Composition II *

3

TRS 100Theological Inquiry *

3

PH 100Introduction to Philosophy *

3

Advanced Social Science (SS-2) core course (psychology or sociology recommended) *

3

BIO 161: NS core course

EN 102: WR core course

TRS 100: TRS-1 core course

Year Two — Fall

BIO 162Anatomy and Physiology II *

3

BIO 162LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab

1

HI Introductory History (HI-1) core course *

3

EN Introductory Literature (LT-1) core course *

3

PH Advanced Philosophy (PH-2) or Philosophical Ethics (PH-E) core course *

3

Advanced Theology/Religious Studies (TRS-2) or Theological Ethics (TRS-E) core course *

3

Year Two — Spring

BIO 260Microbiology

3

BIO 260LMicrobiology Lab

1

HPR 345Clinical Nutrition

3

MA 132Statistical Analysis *

3

Fine Arts (FNA), Advanced Literature (LT-2), or Advanced History (HI-2) core course *

3

Fine Arts (FNA), Advanced Literature (LT-2), or Advanced History (HI-2) core course *

3

MA 132: MT core course

Year Three — Fall

NU 230Introduction to Professional Nursing & Scholarship *

3

NU 231Principles and Applications of Nursing Technologies

4

NU 302Health Assessment *

3

NU 306Basic Concepts in Pathophysiology & Pharmacology

3

NU 307Nursing Care of Adults with Chronic Health Problems

4

NU 230: DSINQ and WI course

Year Three — Spring

NU 234Promoting Health Across the Life-Span *

3

NU 308Nursing Care of Adults with Acute Complex Health Problems

6

 

NU 333Health Promotion and Illness Management in the Childbearing Family

4

OR

NU 335Illness Management in Children and Adolescents

4

NU 234: DSINQ and WI course

Year Four — Fall

NU 334Mental Health Promotion and Illness Management

4

 

NU 333Health Promotion and Illness Management in the Childbearing Family

4

OR

NU 335Illness Management in Children and Adolescents

4

 

NU 403Research and Evidence-Based Practice *

3

NU 406Nursing Care of Adults with Multi-System/Complex Health Problems

6

NU 403: DSINQ course

Year Four — Spring

NU 400Health Promotion and Risk Reduction in Communities *

5

NU 407Applied Clinical Reasoning

3

NU 430Leadership in Nursing Practice

3

NU 489Nursing Internship: Transition to Practice *

4

Comprehensive exam

NU 400: DSINQ course

* Fulfills Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements. See University Requirements and the Liberal Arts Core and the Course Descriptions for further information.