Four Year Plan

The College offers a four-year curriculum leading to the bachelor of science in nursing. In accordance with the philosophy of Valparaiso University, the faculty of the College believe their responsibility is to foster intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth of the student as an educated person and as a competent professional nurse. The curriculum, therefore, includes a wide variety of foundation courses in the natural and social sciences and the liberal arts as well as courses related to the principles and practice of nursing.

Degree Requirements

To meet the objectives of the BSN program, the student must complete the following curriculum.

FIRST SEMESTERCredits
Biology 151Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
Chemistry 111, 121, or 131General Chemistry4
Core 110The Human Experience4
Kinesiology 100/101Healthy Lifestyles/Wellness and Stress1
Elective3
Total Credits16

SECOND SEMESTERCredits
Biology 152Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
Core 115The Human Experience4
Psychology 110General Psychology3
Elective3
Elective2
Total Credits16

THIRD SEMESTERCredits
Nursing 201Professional Role in Nursing3
Nursing 203Health Assessment3
Biology 210Microbiology4
Humanities Elective3
Theology 200The Christian Tradition3
Total Credits16

FOURTH SEMESTERCredits
Nursing 210Therapeutic Interventions for the Professional Nurse4
Interprofessional Education 213Social Determinants of Health3
Biology 260Human Nutrition3
English 205Writing in the Health Sciences3
Psychology 215Lifespan Development3
Total Credits16

FIRST SEMESTERCredits
Nursing 341Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing5
Nursing 354Nursing Care of Adults I5
Psychology 201Statistical Methods3
Elective3
Total Credits16

SIXTH SEMESTERCredits
Nursing 325Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family5
Nursing 351Gerontological Nursing3
Nursing 356Nursing Care of Adults II5
Upper Level Theology3
Total Credits16

SEVENTH SEMESTERCredits
Nursing 425Nursing Care of the Childrearing Family5
Nursing 458Complex Health Care Needs of Adults4
Nursing 470Management and Leadership Strategies for the Professional Nurse3
Interprofessional Education 318Global Health Issues3
Total Credits15

EIGTH SEMESTERCredits
Nursing 415Introduction to Nursing Research for Evidence-based Practice3
Nursing 460Public Health Nursing5
Nursing 480Professional Role Practicum5
Total Credits

13