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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

The B.S.N. degree is granted to candidates recommended by the School of Nursing as having successfully fulfilled all prescribed requirements, including the the courses listed below. A total of 124 credit hours is required for the degree with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0. Only courses in which a grade of C or higher is earned count toward graduation. The last 30 hours completed for the degree must have been taken in residence at KU. No more than ¼ of the total hours applied toward graduation may be earned through credit by examination.

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Nursing Major: B.S.N. Option

The professional portion of the B.S.N. program can be completed in 2 academic years of full-time study.

Nursing (62 credit hours)

NURS 327 Communicating and Managing Healthcare Information 3
NURS 328 Professional Development I: Introduction to Professional Nursing 2
NURS 329 Alterations in Physiological Functioning I 2
NURS 330 Pharmacology I
2
NURS 331 Basic Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions 3
NURS 332 Health and Illness: Foundations of Nursing 3
NURS 333 Health and Illness: Foundations of Nursing Practicum 1
NURS 334 Professional Development II: Roles and Ethics 3
NURS 335 Quality Improvement 2
NURS 336 Alterations in Physiological Functioning II 3
NURS 337 Pharmacology II 2
NURS 338 Health and Illness: Nursing Across the Lifespan 3
NURS 339 Health and Illness: Nursing Across the Lifespan Practicum 3
NURS 471 Development of a Microsystem Leader 4
NURS 481 Evidence Based Practice: Translating Research into Practice 2
NURS 473 Professional Development III: Navigating the Profession 2
NURS 474 Health and Illness: Nursing with Diverse Populations 4
NURS 475 Health and Illness: Nursing with Diverse Populations Practicum 3
NURS 476 Nursing in an Evolving Healthcare System 4
NURS 477 Capstone 3
NURS 478 Integration Seminar 1
NURS 479 Population-Based Health Care 3
NURS 480 Population-Based Health Care Practicum
2
NURS 382 Honors Seminar 1
NURS 482 Honors Practicum 2
NURS 483 Honors Practicum 2
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Nursing Major: RN–B.S.N. Option

The B.S.N. degree for associate degree- or diploma-prepared nurses is granted to candidates recommended by the School of Nursing as having successfully fulfilled all prescribed requirements, including the courses listed below. A total of 120 credit hours is required for the degree with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0. Only courses in which a grade of C or higher is earned count toward graduation. The last 30 hours completed for the degree must have been taken in residence at KU. No more than ¼ of the total hours applied toward graduation may be earned through credit by examination.

Students in the RN-B.S.N. program complete the same prerequisites as the basic B.S.N. program above with the following exceptions:

  • General biology is not required; and
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours of prequisite coursework is required.

Nursing Course Credit by Portfolio (25 credit hours)

Introduction to Professional Nursing
2.0
Assessment/Therapeutic Interventions
3.0
Foundations of Nursing
4.0
Image, Roles & Ethics
3.0
Nursing Across the Lifespan
6.0
Nursing Diverse Populations
7.0
Total by Porfolio:
25

Nursing Courses for RN–B.S.N. Students (35 credit hours)

NURS 433 Introduction to the Professional Nurse Role 4
NURS 434 Technology to Enhance Client Safety 2
NURS 320 Pathophysiology for the Professional Nurse 3

NURS 352 Client Assessment for the Professional Nurse

3
NURS 435 Leading and Managing in Healthcare Micro-environments 6
NURS 437 Population Based Health Care for the Professional Nurse 3
NURS 326 Pharmacology for the Professional Nurse 3
NURS 439 Leading and Managing in the Macro-environment of Healthcare 6.0
NURS 441 Nursing Research in an Evidence Based Practice Setting 3.0
NURS 492 Professional Project 2.0
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Nursing Major: RN–M.S. Option

The RN-to-M.S. program integrates requirements from the RN-B.S.N. program and the M.S. degree. Students take 2 courses at the graduate level that would normally be required at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students earn 25 credit hours of course credit by examination, as listed above. The remaining nursing courses are web-based courses offered online through the School of Nursing. Please note that the student must maintain a 3.0 overall grade-point average or higher both to apply for admission to the RN-M.S. program and to apply to the M.S. program upon completion of the B.S.N. portion of the program. Students earn a B.S.N. in this option and apply for full admission to the graduate program in the last semester of the B.S.N. program.

Nursing Course Credit by Portfolio for RN–M.S. (25 credit hours)

Introduction to Professional Nursing
2.0
Assessment/Therapeutic Interventions
3.0
Foundations of Nursing
4.0
Image, Roles & Ethics
3.0
Nursing Across the Lifespan
6.0
Nursing Diverse Populations
7.0
Total by Porfolio:
25

Nursing Courses for RN–M.S. Students (37 credit hours)

NURS 433 Introduction to the Professional Nurse Role 4
NURS 434 Technology to Enhance Client Safety 2
NURS 320 Pathophysiology for the Professional Nurse 3

NURS 352 Client Assessment for the Professional Nurse

3
NURS 435 Leading and Managing in Healthcare Micro-environments 6
NURS 437 Population Based Health Care for the Professional Nurse 3
NURS 326 Pharmacology for the Professional Nurse 3
NURS 439 Leading and Managing in the Macro-environment of Healthcare 6
NRSG 754 Health Care Research (counts as undergraduate credit hours)
3
NURS 492 Professional Project 2
Statistics (graduate) (counts as undergraduate credit hours) 3.0

All nursing courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher to meet requirements for graduation.

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