Nursing (Entry-Level BSN)
The Entry-Level Bachelor of Science in Nursing program provides non-nurses a strong foundation in caring science to become reflective caring clinicians in the profession of nursing. Our curriculum emphasizes the mission of the university—striving for intellectual and professional excellence, building inclusive communities, engaging in service to others, and promoting social responsibility.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at NDMU
Notre Dame offers three ways to secure a BSN:
- Traditional four-year BSN program through the Women’s College
- Accelerated Second Degree BSN program (on-campus and online-based) for those who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field, but wish to become a registered nurse (ideal for adult career changers, men and women)
- RN to BSN program for registered professional nurses pursuing a bachelor’s degree (men and women)
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.
Students must select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor. The program of study requires a total of 120 to 131 credits.
|*MAT-100 Algebraic Applications OR||4||CHM-108 Survey of General, Organic & Biochemistry||4|
|*MAT-103 Applied Algebra (unless waived)||3||BIO-253 Microbiology||4|
|NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education||4||ENG English Literature||3|
|ENG-101 College Writing||3||PHL-201 Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|BIO-111 Fundamentals of Biology||4||PSY-101 Introductory Psychology||4|
|HIS History Requirement||3|
|[14/18 credits]||[18 credits]|
|COM-106 Introduction to Oral Communications||3||BIO-202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|NUR-250 Nutrition for Wellness (Online)||3||SOC-101 Introductory Sociology||3|
|PHL-339 Medical Ethics||3||PSY-233 Human Growth & Development||3|
|BIO-201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I||4||MAT-215 Basic Statistics||3|
|RST-105 Religion & The Big Questions||3||RST-300/400 Upper Level RST Course Requirement||3|
|[16 credits]||[16 credits]|
|NUR-301 Holistic Health Assessment||4||NUR-304 Healthy 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-307 Research in Nursing Practice||3|
|NUR-310 Pathopharmacology||4||NUR-308 Professional Nursing Care: Psychiatric/Mental Health||
|LSP-150 Beginning Spanish for the Healthcare Professional||3|
|[15 credits]||[17 credits]|
|NUR-417 Professional Nursing Care: Children and Families||4||NUR-431 Community Health Nursing||5|
|NUR-408 Professional Nursing Care: Maternal and Newborn||4||NUR-441 Caring Approaches in Nursing Leadership & Practice||4|
|NUR-409 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult II||4||NUR-461 Clinical Practicum||6|
|[12 credits]||[15 credits]|
|Total General Education/Nursing Major Prerequisite Credits: 64/75|
|Total Nursing Credits: 56|
|[120/131 total credits]|
Additional Curriculum Information
Gender and Cross-Cultural Studies General Education Requirements
In addition to the general education requirements listed in the curriculum, all NDMU students must satisfy a Gender Studies requirement and a Cross-Cultural Studies Requirement.
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 pre-nursing students place into MAT-100 Algebraic Applications on the math placement test, then they are required to take MAT-100. If pre-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.
General Biology Requirement
BIO-111 General Biology requires permission of instructor to take without BIO-110 Exploring Concepts of Biology as a pre-requisite course.
Foreign Language Requirement for Nursing Majors Only
LSP-150 Beginning Spanish for Health Professions is a requirement of the nursing major. Students will take a Spanish placement test that determines whether or not they are eligible to take an equivalency exam in place of the course.
Updated July 2020
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Research & Internship Opportunities
As a nursing student, you will have research opportunities both in the classroom and in clinical practice.
- Nursing Research, a required course for all students, includes a service-learning component.
- During your Clinical Practicum, you will have an opportunity to create a Transformational Practice Project which can be presented at our annual BSN symposium and at Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day.
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.
Clinical Sites Include
- University of Maryland Medical Center
- The Johns Hopkins Hospital
- University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Medical Center
- Mercy Medical Center
- Greater Baltimore Medical Center
- Good Samaritan Hospital
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.