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 Semester Credits
Biology 151 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
Chemistry 111, 121, or 131 General Chemistry 4
Core 110 The Human Experience 5
Elective 3
Second Semester Credits
Biology 152 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
Core 115 The Human Experience 5
Psychology 110 General Psychology 3
Kinesiology 100 or 101 Healthy Lifestyles/Wellness and Stress 1
Elective 3
Third Semester Credits
Biology 210 Microbiology 4
Humanities Elective 3
Theology 200 The Christian Tradition 3
Nursing 201 Professional Role in Nursing 3
Nursing 203 Health Assessment 3
Fourth Semester Credits
Biology 260 Human Nutrition 3
Nursing 210 Therapeutic Interventions for the Professional Nurse 4
Nursing 212 Intro to Community-based Nursing and Health Promotion 3
Psychology 215 Lifespan Development 3
English 205                                    Writing in the Health Sciences 3
Fifth Semester Credits
Psychology 201 Statistical Methods 3
Nursing 341 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 5
Nursing 354 Nursing Care of Adults I 5
Elective 3
Sixth Semester Credits
Upper Level Theology 3
Nursing 325 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 5
Nursing 351 Gerontological Nursing 3
Nursing 356 Nursing Care of Adults II 5
Seventh Semester Credits
Nursing 418 Global Health Issues 3
Nursing 458 Complex Health Care Needs of Adults 4
Nursing 425 Nursing Care of the Childrearing Family 5
Nursing 470 Management and Leadership Strategies for the Professional Nurse 3
Eighth Semester Credits
Nursing 415 Introduction to Nursing Research for Evidence-based Practice 3
Nursing 460 Public Health Nursing 5
Nursing 480 Professional Role Practicum 5
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