Nursing, BSN

The goal of the School of Nursing is to prepare students to think critically and to practice nursing competently and compassionately in rapidly changing practice environments. All efforts are designed to build nursing knowledge; enhance nursing practice and patient safety; foster professional integrity; and ultimately improve the health outcomes of patients, families, and communities across the continuum of care. This approach requires knowledge, skills, and attitudes that demonstrate leadership, quality care, critical thinking and clinical reasoning, cultural and linguistic competence, interprofessional collaboration, evidence-based practice, and integration of informatics and technology.

The clinical program takes place in the community where people live as well as in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and long-term-care facilities. The curriculum is capped by courses that enable students to put leadership and management skills into action and to synthesize the complete role of the professional nurse in a clinical practicum.

In addition to completing academic course work, students must meet the cooperative education requirement, which gives them the opportunity to integrate the theory and practice of nursing in selected settings. Numerous community and institutional healthcare agencies in Greater Boston and across the country offer students an opportunity to gain experience in providing nursing care to a variety of patients and families and to understand that nurses have major roles in wellness and health promotion, acute care, and long-term care. Students in the program are strongly encouraged to participate in research activity and in global educational opportunities that can all be a part of the program.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Board of Registration in Nursing of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (BORN). Accreditation and approval indicate that the program meets educational standards for faculty, curriculum design, student quality, and overall university support. The School of Nursing has also been designated as a National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence for its contributions in the area of geriatric nursing and research. The school subscribes to the standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), of which it is a member.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Nursing Major Requirements 

NRSG 1000College: An Introduction1
NRSG 2210Influences on Health and Illness: A Nursing Perspective3
NRSG 2220
and NRSG 2221
Nursing Interventions, Assessment, and Community Care
and Lab for NRSG 2220
NRSG 2312Pathophysiology4
PHSC 4340Pharmacology for the Health Professions4
NRSG 2000Professional Development for Co-op1
NRSG 3323
and NRSG 3324
Intermediate Interventions and Assessment
and Lab for NRSG 3323
NRSG 3320
and NRSG 3321
Nursing Care of Adults 1
and Clinical for NRSG 3320
NRSG 3302
and NRSG 3303
Nursing with Women and Families
and Clinical for NRSG 3302
NRSG 3420
and NRSG 3421
Nursing Care of Adults 2
and Clinical for NRSG 3420
NRSG 3400
and NRSG 3401
Nursing and the Promotion of Mental Health
and Clinical for NRSG 3400
NRSG 5120Statistics for Health Science3
NRSG 4502
and NRSG 4503
Nursing Care of the Child
and Clinical for NRSG 4502
NRSG 4604
and NRSG 4605
Public Health Community Nursing
and Clinical for NRSG 4604
NRSG 4610Managing and Leading in Healthcare4
NRSG 4995Comprehensive Nursing Practicum5
HLTH 5450Healthcare Research4

Supporting Courses 

BIOL 1117
and BIOL 1118
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1117
CHEM 1101
and CHEM 1102
General Chemistry for Health Sciences
and Lab for CHEM 1101
HSCI 1105Human Nutrition4
Complete one of the following:4
Mathematical Thinking
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 1
Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 2
Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering
BIOL 1121
and BIOL 1122
Basic Microbiology
and Lab for BIOL 1121
BIOL 1119
and BIOL 1120
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Lab for BIOL 1119
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
SOCL 1101Introduction to Sociology4
PSYC 3404Developmental Psychology4
ENGW 3306Advanced Writing in the Health Professions4
HLTH 2100Interprofessional Ethics for Individual and Population Health4
or PHIL 1165 Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare


Complete three courses outside nursing or nursing courses not used in requirements above.12

Program Requirements

128 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
NRSG 10001BIOL 11214Vacation0Vacation0
HSCI 11054BIOL 11221  
MATH 12154ENGW 11114  
BIOL 11174BIOL 11194  
BIOL 11181BIOL 11201  
CHEM 11014PSYC 11014  
CHEM 11021   
CHEM 11030   
 19 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
NRSG 22204NRSG 33231PSYC 34044Co-op0
NRSG 22211NRSG 33241NRSG 34003 
PHSC 43404NRSG 33204NRSG 34012 
NRSG 22103NRSG 33212  
NRSG 23124NRSG 33023  
 NRSG 33032  
 SOCL 11014  
 NRSG 20001  
 16 18 9 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0NRSG 46043Vacation0Co-op0
 NRSG 46052  
 NRSG 34204  
 NRSG 34212  
 NRSG 51203  
 0 14 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0NRSG 45024ENGW 33064Co-op0
 NRSG 45032Elective4 
 HLTH 54504  
 0 14 8 0
Year 5
Co-opNRSG 49955  
 NRSG 46104  
 HLTH 2100 or PHIL 11654  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 133

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 11174BIOL 11214Vacation0Vacation0
BIOL 11181BIOL 11221  
MATH 12154ENGW 11114  
HSCI 11054BIOL 11194  
CHEM 11014BIOL 11201  
CHEM 11021PSYC 11014  
CHEM 11030   
NRSG 10001   
 19 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
NRSG 22204Co-op0Co-op0PSYC 34044
NRSG 22211  NRSG 33023
PHSC 43404  NRSG 33032
NRSG 22103   
NRSG 23124   
NRSG 20001   
 17 0 0 9
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
SOCL 11014Co-op0Co-op0NRSG 46043
NRSG 33204  NRSG 46052
NRSG 33212  Elective4
NRSG 34003   
NRSG 34012   
NRSG 33231   
NRSG 33241   
 17 0 0 9
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
NRSG 34204Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
NRSG 34212   
NRSG 51203   
ENGW 33064   
 13 0 0 0
Year 5
NRSG 45024NRSG 46104  
NRSG 45032NRSG 49955  
HLTH 54504HLTH 2100 or PHIL 11654  
 14 17  
Total Hours: 133