Notre Dame offers three ways to secure a BSN:
All qualified applicants are admitted to the University as nursing majors from day one.
Enter the University in your sophomore year as a nursing major to complete general education requirements, courses in the liberal arts, and all support courses prior to taking junior-level nursing courses.
To enter the University in your junior year, you must apply for acceptance.
TRADITIONAL BSN PROGRAM CURRICULUM PLAN
|FIRST YEAR – FIRST SEMESTER||FIRST YEAR – SECOND SEMESTER|
|General Education||CHM 108||Survey of General, Organic & Biochemistry||4|
|NDMU100||Perspectives on Education and Culture||4||General Education|
|MAT 100||Algebraic Applications OR||4||PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology||4|
|MAT 103||Applied Algebra (unless waived)||3||ENG||English Literature Requirement||3|
|ENG 101||College Writing||3||BIO 111||Fundamentals of Biology||4|
|HIS||History requirement||3||PHL 201||Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|13/14 Credits||18 Credits|
|SECOND YEAR – FIRST SEMESTER||SECOND YEAR – SECOND SEMESTER|
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology||3||BIO-253||General Microbiology||4|
|BIO 201||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4||BIO 202||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|NUR 250||Nutrition for Wellness||3||PSY 233||Human Growth & Development||3|
|General Education||General Education|
|RST 105||Religion and the Big Question||3||MAT-215||Basic Statistics||3|
|PHL 339||Ethics||3||COM 106||Oral Communication||3|
|16 Credits||17 Credits|
|THIRD YEAR – FIRST SEMESTER||THIRD YEAR – SECOND SEMESTER|
|NUR 301||Holistic Health Assessment||4||NUR 304||Health Aging||3|
|NUR 303||Nursing Informatics||2||NUR 311||Professional Nursing Care of the Adult I||4|
|NUR 305||Foundations of a Caring Profession||5|
|NUR 310||Pathopharmacology||4||NUR 307||Research in Nursing Practice||3|
|15 credits||NUR 308||Professional Nursing Care: Psychiatric/Mental Health||4|
|LSP 150||Beginning Spanish for Health Professions||3|
|FOURTH YEAR – FIRST SEMESTER||FOURTH YEAR – SECOND SEMESTER|
|NUR 408||Professional Nursing Care: Maternal and Newborn||4||NUR 431||Community Health Nursing||5|
|NUR 409||Professional Nursing Care of the Adult II||4||NUR 441||Caring Approaches in Nursing Leadership and Practice||4|
|NUR 417||Professional Nursing Care: Children and Families||4||NUR 461||Clinical Practicum||6|
|General Education||15 Credits|
|Fine Arts||Fine Arts Gen Ed||3|
|Total General Education Credits||45/46|
|Total Nursing Major Pre-requisites||25|
|Total Nursing Credits||56|
Additional Curriculum Information:
Students who take both MAT-100/103 and BIO-110, will need to fit a general education requirement into a winterim or summer semester (these students will meet with their advisor to make a plan for completing the requirement).
If nursing students place into MAT-100 Algebraic Applications on the math placement test, then they are required to take MAT-100. If nursing students place into MAT-103 Applied Algebra, then they are required to take MAT-103, however if they place into MAT 107 or higher, then MAT-103 may be waived.
BIO-111 General Biology requires permission of instructor to take without BIO-110 Exploring Concepts of Biology as a pre-requisite course.
LSP-150 Beginning Spanish for Health Professionals is required for all nursing majors. However, based on a student’s Foreign Language Placement Exam results, a student may be eligible to take an equivalency exam. If the student passes the exam, she is exempt from taking the course.
Please note that all general education courses must meet the learning outcome and course requirements under the General Education Curriculum.
Updated September 2021
Small class sizes, faculty mentoring, and hands-on experiences offer an environment of individualized learning while clinicals, service-learning, and study abroad provide opportunities to transform the world.
As a nursing student, you will have research opportunities both in the classroom and in clinical practice.
In Nursing, we teach the value of advocacy; advocacy for patients and their families. Research assignments are often built on this outcome and the School of Nursing’s mission overall.
You will have an opportunity to gain experience in a clinical setting at the start of your junior year and you will take courses with a clinical component every semester from that point forward.
In clinicals, you will have a chance to apply concepts learned in the classroom by working with patients and their families under the supervision of a clinical instructor.
In addition to clinical sites, you will also spend time in our state of the art simulation labs which allow you to practice your response to realistic medical situations in a safe environment.
You may choose to participate in a mission trip to Haiti as part of the Community Health Clinical Experience.