Nursing B.S.N.

The Nebraska Wesleyan University Traditional BSN program offers a traditional 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree combining clinical and foundational knowledge including liberal arts courses to receive a more comprehensive education.

Students will gain hands on experience with over 900 clinical hours completed upon graduation from the program. Students will further develop critical thinking, decision-making and communication skills through clinical and preceptorship experiences. Students will also train in a fully equipped skills lab. Access to a simulation lab will be included in the clinical coursework.

This program has small class sizes with experienced faculty in all specialty areas of nursing. A prep course is built into the curriculum to help students succeed on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Students will first complete prerequisite coursework totaling 34-36 credits before admission to the program. Most nursing courses are in 8 week formats to better focus on content material.

Standard Admission

Admission to the NWU's Traditional BSN program is a competitive process and is based upon pre-requisite GPA, overall college GPA, entrance exam, interview, essay, and professional references. It is a selective process that admits a limited number of students per year. Students must meet these requirements to be admitted:

  • Completion of pre-requisite courses with grade of “C” or better
  • Cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or above
  • CPR certification for Healthcare Providers
  • Successful completion of a Certified Nurse Aid course and listed on the state registry.
  • Submission of 2 professional references
  • Successful completion of background check, drug screen, immunization tracker, and essential functions form.

After the online application for the nursing program is complete, qualified applicants will interview with nursing faculty, write an essay on site, and take the Kaplan admission exam. Admission process is subject to change and/or revision by nursing faculty.

Direct Entry Admission

Direct Entry Admission is available to applicants of the Traditional BSN program whose GPA is 3.50 or above and whose ACT score is 22 or above (or the equivalent SAT score). Up to 75% of each cohort can be admitted via Direct Entry Admission.

Nursing (B.S.N.)

Prerequisite Courses
(Required to be taken before admission to program)
34 hours
IDS 1010 Archway Seminar 4 hours
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 4 hours
BIO 1080 Microbiology 4 hours
BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I and
BIO 1090L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
4 hours
BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II and
BIO 1100L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4 hours
CHEM 1110 Chemical Principles I and
CHEM 1110L Chemical Principles I Laboratory
4 hours
ENG 1010FYW Writing and Language or other approved first-year writing course 2, 3, or 4 hours
One college-level mathematics course 2-5 hours
NURS 1910 Medical Terminology 1 hour
PSYCH 1010FYW Introduction to Psychological Science 4 hours
Required Nursing Courses** 63 hours
NURS 2000 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice 3 hours
NURS 2100 Pharmacology I 2 hours
NURS 2110 Pharmacology II 2 hours
NURS 2180 Health Assessment for Traditional BSN Students 3 hours
NURS 2200 Medical-Surgical I 4 hours
NURS 2350 Medical Surgical II 4 hours
NURS 2600 Medical-Surgical III 4 hours
NURS 2700 Mental Health 3 hours
NURS 2710 Pathophysiology for Traditional BSN Students 3 hours
NURS 3040 Global Health 3 hours
NURS 3050 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice 3 hours
NURS 3310 Nursing Theories and Contemporary Nursing Practice 3 hours
NURS 3340 Health Care Ethics 3 hours
NURS 3360 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice 4 hours
NURS 3400 Nursing of Women and Childbearing Family 3 hours
NURS 3500 Nursing of Children 3 hours
NURS 4300 Medical/sur Nurs Iv-crit Care & Ldrshp 6 hours
NURS 4450 Community Health Nursing for Traditional BSN Students 5 hours
NURS 4800 National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) Preparation 2 hours
Capstone** 3 hours
NURS 4970 Internship 3 hours
Supporting Courses 9 hours
PSYCH 2350 Lifespan Development 4 hours
MATH 1300 Statistics 3 hours
HHP 2500 Basic Human Nutrition 2 hours


 **Grade of "C" or better required for all Nursing courses.

BIO 1080 Microbiology (4 hours)

An introductory study of the structure, physiology, and pathogenicity of microorganisms, with an emphasis on bacteria and viruses that cause infectious diseases in humans.
Three lectures per week.
One 3-hour lab per week.
Does not count toward a biology major or general education.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hours)

An introductory study of cellular physiology and tissues along with a comprehensive study of the integumentary skeletal, muscular, nervous systems, and special senses.
Three lectures per week.
Does not count toward a biology major or general education.
Pre or Corequisite(s): BIO 1090L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

BIO 1090L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1 hour)

Laboratory experiments and investigative exercises supporting BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I.
Pre or Corequisite(s): BIO 1090.

BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hours)

An introductory study of the blood, cardiovascular lymphatic, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems in addition to metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance and acid-base balance of the body.
Three Lectures per week.
Does not count toward a biology major or general education.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I or permission of the instructor.
Pre or Corequisite(s): BIO 1100L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab.

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

BIO 1100L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 hour)

Laboratory experiments and investigative exercises supporting BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II.
Pre or Corequisite(s): BIO 1100.

CHEM 1110 Chemical Principles I (3 hours)

A study of fundamental principles of chemistry including structures of atoms and molecules, periodicity, stoichiometry, reactions, solutions, gases, and thermochemistry.
Three classes per week.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Natural Science Laboratory
CHEM 1110L Chemical Principles I Laboratory (1 hour)

Laboratory supporting CHEM 1110 Chemical Principles I .
One three-hour lab per week.
Pre or corequisite(s): CHEM 1110 Chemical Principles I .
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Natural Science Laboratory
ENG 1010FYW Writing and Language (2, 3, or 4 hours)

Students in this composition course will develop their skills in academic writing as they learn about topics drawn from the study of language, such as the history of language, language and gender, linguistic diversity and language policies in government and education.
(Normally offered every fall and spring semester.)

Archway Curriculum: First-Year Curriculum: First-Year Writing
HHP 2500 Basic Human Nutrition (2 hours)

This is a course designed to provide students with the basic scientific principles of nutrition focusing on their personal choices and experiences. The student will develop a definition of nutrition, and learn how nutrition has evolved. The student will be introduced to the concepts of: essential nutrient classifications, defining and developing a healthy diet, recommendations for specific nutrients, eating disorders, energy balance and obesity, body composition, lifetime nutrition (infancy to older adults), and food/beverage choices and the influence on chronic disease and optimal wellbeing.
(Normally offered each semester)

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Human Health and Disease Thread
IDS 1010 Archway Seminar (4 hours)

The Archway Seminar is a course designed to introduce first year students to the intellectual practices that must be cultivated and routinely exercised to make the most of a liberal education. Through a topic of intrinsic interest, students will practice and develop their capacity for critical and analytical thought, their ability to conduct and report research on a given topic, and their ability to collaborate in solving problems. In addition, students will exercise their ability to express themselves orally and in writing. The instructor/advisor will help students become independent learners who understand the intent of Nebraska Wesleyan's general education program.
No Pass/Fail.

Archway Curriculum: First-Year Curriculum: Archway Seminar
MATH 1300 Statistics (3 hours)

An introduction to statistics concepts with an emphasis on applications. Topics include descriptive statistics, discrete and continuous probability distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and linear regression.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Mathematical Problem Solving
NURS 1910 Medical Terminology (1 hour)

This course focuses on the systematic approach to word building and term comprehension of medical terms. Includes definitions, spellings, pronunciations and common abbreviations of medical terms.

NURS 2000 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (3 hours)

This course is designed as an introduction to the profession of nursing. Learning activities will include discussion of the history of nursing and relevance to the evolution of nursing as a profession. Professional communication, professional practices, technology, professional nursing concepts, and the nursing process will be explored. The American Nurses Association Code of Ethics and Scope and Standards will be reviewed in depth. Basic nursing skills will be introduced and students will demonstrate competency of basic nursing skills through practice and demonstration. The course is offered during an 8-week period, which includes two hours theory and one hour laboratory.
Corequisite(s): NURS 2710 Pathophysiology for Traditional BSN Students.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Traditional BSN program.

NURS 2100 Pharmacology I (2 hours)

Evidence based pharmacotherapeutic aspects of nursing care are introduced. Emphasis is on principles of safe administration of medications and common uses for major drug classifications. The relationships among technology, economic, and regulatory forces as well as collaboration with the health care team are discussed. Ethical and cultural considerations are explored across the lifespan.
Course is over 8-week period. 1 hour theory; 1 hour lab.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Traditional BSN program or permission from program director.

NURS 2110 Pharmacology II (2 hours)

A continuation of evidence based pharmacotherapeutic aspects of nursing care. Emphasis is on principles of safe administration of medications and common uses for major medication classifications. Ethical and cultural considerations across the life span are considered for each medication classification. Includes content and in-class learning activities with intravenous fluids, blood administration and parental nutrition.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 2000 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice, NURS 2100 Pharmacology I, and NURS 2180 Health Assessment for Traditional BSN Students with grades of "C" or better.

NURS 2180 Health Assessment for Traditional BSN Students (3 hours)

This course is designed for first level students who have completed basic anatomy and physiology courses successfully. It contains the theories and skills necessary to collect a comprehensive health history as a holistic approach. Health History includes the interview with clients, psychosocial assessment, nutritional assessment, and assessment of sleep-wakefulness patterns. This course will introduce the student to assessment techniques such as inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation.  Following the completion of this course the student will be able to perform a complete physical assessment starting from general assessment, to “head to toe” assessment.
The course is offered during an 8-week period, which includes two hours theory and 1 hour laboratory.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Traditional BSN program and completion of NURS 2000 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice with a grade of "C" or better.

NURS 2200 Medical-Surgical I (4 hours)

In this course, students will gain knowledge related to basic nursing skills to care for patients with stable disease processes in a variety of settings including hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics and nursing homes. Student will be introduced to delegation and priority setting for the baccalaureate prepared nurse. The learner will incorporate the nursing process and NANDA nursing diagnoses into the clinical setting in working with their assigned clients. Body systems covered include eyes, ears nose and throat; respiratory; cardiovascular; gastrointestinal; integumentary; genitourinary; and perioperative nursing.
The course is offered during an 8-week period, which includes two hours theory and two hours clinical experiences.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 2000 Foundations of Professional Nursing PracticeNURS 2100 Pharmacology I, NURS 2710 Pathophysiology for Traditional BSN Students, and NURS 2180 Health Assessment for Traditional BSN Students with grades of "C" or better; or permission from the program director.
Corequisite(s): NURS 2110 Pharmacology II.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Intensive
NURS 2350 Medical Surgical II (4 hours)

This course focuses on the provision of nursing care of the individual in post-acute phase of illness with an emphasis on optimization of health status, personal adaption, and health care beliefs with individual factors within the environment. Clinical includes care of the individual in various care settings including skilled care settings, rehabilitation, and long-term-care. Body systems and disorders covered include chronicity, cardiovascular and peripheral vascular function; hematology and oncology disorders; respiratory; immunologic disorders; endocrine; gastric; kidney; neurologic. This course includes two hours theory and two hours clinical experiences.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 2110 Pharmacology II and NURS 2200 Medical-Surgical I with grades of "C" or better.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Intensive
NURS 2600 Medical-Surgical III (4 hours)

This course is focused on the provision of general nursing care of the individual with an emphasis on unique needs of the geriatric and rural populations. Clinical experiences will include care for the client across the lifespan in rural settings and care of the geriatric populations in various settings. The course is offered during an 8-week period, which includes two hours theory and two hours clinical experiences.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 2350 Medical Surgical II with grade of "C" or better.

NURS 2700 Mental Health (3 hours)

This course focuses on the provision of nursing care of individuals with acute and chronic mental health disturbances including family dynamics and societal implications. Includes clinical experiences in various behavioral health settings. Two hours theory; one hour clinical.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 2180 Health Assessment for Traditional BSN Students, NURS 2110 Pharmacology II, and NURS 2350 Medical Surgical II with grades of "C" or better.

NURS 2710 Pathophysiology for Traditional BSN Students (3 hours)

This course offers an exploration of selected pathophysiological processes in the human body that occur when a homeostatic imbalance related to internal or external factors across the lifespan is experienced. Internal or external factors may be genetics, culture, lifestyle, environment, and/or psychosocial in nature. The course will explore knowledge of the etiology and clinical manifestations of specific impaired health states. Course participants discover evidence in relation to pathophysiological processes and treatments. This course will introduce health policy in connection to select pathophysiological states for the health care provider and health care consumer. These principles will enable the learner to frame problems through the critical thinking process.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and NURS 1910 Medical Terminology with grades of "C" or better.

NURS 3040 Global Health (3 hours)

This course explores health with an emphasis on global issues. Health will be examined using the influence of social, political, economic, cultural, and geographical factors. Students will examine the basic health needs of all people and compare the availability of and types of services in different parts of the world.
Prerequisite(s): IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar and sophomore standing.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Discourse Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: Global
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Human Health and Disease Thread
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
NURS 3050 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice (3 hours)

This course introduces professional nursing concepts, competencies, and issues in the context of the history of nursing’s scope of practice within the collaborative environment of the U.S. Health Care System.
Course is over 8-week period.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to BSN program and IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar.

NURS 3310 Nursing Theories and Contemporary Nursing Practice (3 hours)

This course introduces the student to nursing theories as the foundation for nursing practice. Coursework includes examination of the theoretical and conceptual basis of nursing to encourage the student to critique, evaluate and utilize appropriate theory within their own practice. The relationship of theory to nursing practice is examined. Historical, legal, cultural, and social factors that influence nursing are discussed. Course is over 8-week period.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to BSN program, IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar, and junior standing.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
NURS 3340 Health Care Ethics (3 hours)

This introduction to the study of ethics uses primary sources for the analysis of present day ethical dilemmas in health care.  The course examines some of the prominent moral principles and systems of the western tradition from Aristotle to the present and how those principles are applied to issues in health care ethics.
Course is over 8-week period.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to BSN program, IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar, and junior standing.

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Human Health and Disease Thread
NURS 3360 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (4 hours)

This course provides an introduction to the research process and prepares students to be beginning consumers of nursing research. Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating nursing research studies and understanding the process of utilizing research for evidence-based practice. Various types of research and research methods as well as basic statistical methods will be discussed.
Pre-requisite(s): Admission to BSN program, IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway SeminarMATH 1300 Statistics or other approved Statistics course, and junior standing.

NURS 3400 Nursing of Women and Childbearing Family (3 hours)

This course focuses on the provision of nursing care of the family unit during the ante, intra, and postpartum experience of birth, including high-risk situations. Assessment and nursing care of the newborn is included. Clinical experiences will include the care of obstetric patient and her family in the acute and community settings.  Course is over an 8-week period, and includes two hours theory and one clinical hour.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 2350 Medical Surgical II with grade of "C" or better.

NURS 3500 Nursing of Children (3 hours)

This course focuses on nursing care of the child from infancy through adolescence including dynamics of the family unit. Content includes care of the well child, the child with special needs, and the child with acute and chronic health care needs. The course emphasizes health promotion and maintenance including age appropriate safety measures for the pediatric patient. Clinical experiences will include the care of the pediatric patient in the acute and community settings. Course is over 8-week period, and includes two hours theory and one clinical hour.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 2350 Medical Surgical II with grade of "C" or better.

NURS 4300 Medical/sur Nurs Iv-crit Care & Ldrshp (6 hours)

This course is designed to provide nursing students with the skills and knowledge to care competently and safely for critically ill patients as well as provide leadership on basic nursing units. The course focuses on the application of quality nursing care according to priorities. Advanced information about the nursing process of patients in the critical care setting is used as an approach to providing holistic patient care. The course will emphasize nursing leadership concepts and theories used in variety of clinical settings. Prerequisites: NURS 2600 Medical-Surgical III and NURS 2110 Pharmacology II.

NURS 4450 Community Health Nursing for Traditional BSN Students (5 hours)

This speaking-instructive nursing course focuses on the application of community health nursing concepts and exposure to a variety of population aggregates. Emphasis is placed on application of the nursing process and communication with a variety of clients across the lifespan within the community setting. Researching and synthesizing data sources on health needs for a specific population and culminating in a professional poster presentation.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 2180 Health Assessment for Traditional BSN Students, NURS 3050 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice, NURS 3310 Nursing Theories and Contemporary Nursing Practice, NURS 3340 Health Care Ethics, NURS 3360 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice, NURS 4400 Management and Leadership in Health Care, and PSYCH 2350 Lifespan Development, with grades of "C" or better.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Intensive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Human Health and Disease Thread
NURS 4800 National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) Preparation (2 hours)

This course will review all major nursing topics required for licensure examination and entry into the practice of professional nursing. The NCLEX-RN test plan, assessment of knowledge deficits, and development of individual study plans based on results of Kaplan will be utilized. The application of NCLEX principles will be utilized preparing the student for success on NCLEX. Students assess their own strengths and weaknesses of nursing knowledge through diagnostic tools and formulate a plan for areas of needed growth.
Prerequisite(s): All other required nursing courses, with grades of "C" or higher.
Corequisite(s): NURS 4970 Internship.

NURS 4970 Internship (1-8 hours)

This course provides experiences in a clinical setting with a focus of continuity of care involving collaboration with multidisciplinary providers. Clinical includes weekly seminars for synthesis and sharing of experiences. Course is over 8-week period. P/F Only.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all nursing program courses (except NURS-4800 NCLEX Prep course) with grades of "C" or better.

PSYCH 1010FYW Introduction to Psychological Science (4 hours)

The Introduction to Psychological Science course will engage students in a learner-centered approach to the science of behavior and mental processes by synthesizing these areas of psychology: Scientific Inquiry, Biopsychology, Development, and Learning, Sociocultural Context, Individual Variations, and Applications of Psychological Science.
(Normally offered every fall and spring semester.)

Archway Curriculum: First-Year Curriculum: First-Year Writing
Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Social Science
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
PSYCH 2350 Lifespan Development (4 hours)

This class will provide a perspective on the changes that take place during an individual's life from infancy to old age/death. Participants will study and describe the developing person at different periods in the lifespan. The processes of growth and change taking place in early, middle, and late adulthood will be considered as well as the more traditional concern with development in childhood.
Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 1010/PSYCH 1010FYW Introduction to Psychological Science.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Identity Thread
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology (4 hours)

This course is an introduction to using the sociological perspective as a method of social inquiry. Students explore such basic concepts as culture, socialization, social structure, social interaction, and social change. They study and apply the theories and research methodologies used to investigate human social interaction. These concepts are applied to social topics such as race, class, gender, family, crime, population, environment, and others.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Social Science
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread