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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

The B.S.N. degree is granted to candidates recommended by the School of Nursing as having successfully fulfilled all prescribed requirements, including the following: A total of 124 credit hours is required for the degree with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0. Only courses in which a grade of C or higher is earned count toward graduation. The last 30 hours completed for the degree must have been taken in residence at KU. No more than ¼ of the total hours applied toward graduation may be earned through credit by examination.

Nursing Major

B.S.N. Option

The professional portion of the B.S.N. program can be completed in 2 academic years and 1 summer session of full-time study.

Nursing (62 credit hours)

NURS 301 Techniques for Therapeutic Interventions I 1.0
NURS 302 Techniques for Therapeutic Interventions II 1.0
NURS 310 Information Technology for Health Care Professionals 1.0
NURS 321 Alterations in Physiological Functioning I 3.0
NURS 322 Alterations in Physiological Functioning II 2.0
NURS 325 Pharmacology 3.0
NURS 340 Foundations of Nursing and Health Promotion 5.0
NURS 341 Foundations of Nursing Health Promotion: Clinical Laboratory 3.0
NURS 350 Client Assessment 3.0
NURS 360 Mental Health Nursing 3.0
NURS 361 Mental Health Nursing: Clinical Laboratory 2.0
NURS 365 Nursing of Adults 3.0
NURS 366 Nursing of Adults: Clinical Laboratory 2.0
NURS 375 Nursing of Children 3.0
NURS 376 Nursing of Children: Clinical Laboratory 2.0
NURS 420 Nursing of the Client with Complex Acute Needs 3.0
NURS 421 Nursing of the Client with Complex Acute Needs: Clinical Laboratory 1.5
NURS 430 Population-Based Health Care 2.0
NURS 431 Population-Based Health Care: Clinical Laboratory 1.5
NURS 440 Leadership and Management in Nursing 3.0
NURS 450 Health Care Issues and Professional Nursing Practice 2.0
NURS 455 Legal/Ethical Foundation for Professional Nursing Practice 3.0
NURS 460 Nursing Research 2.0
NURS 490 Professional Practicum 5.0
Electives in nursing 2.0

RN–B.S.N. Option

Registered nurses may earn credit by examination for up to 25 credit hours in the nursing major. This credit is based on previous nursing education, work experience, and professional licensure. The remaining nursing courses are web-based courses.

Nursing Course Credit by Examination (25 credit hours)

NURS 301 Techniques for Therapeutic Interventions I 1.0
NURS 302 Techniques for Therapeutic Interventions II 1.0
NURS 340 Foundations of Nursing and Health Promotion 5.0
NURS 341 Foundations of Nursing Health Promotion: Clinical Laboratory 3.0
NURS 360 Mental Health Nursing 3.0
NURS 361 Mental Health Nursing: Clinical Laboratory 2.0
NURS 365 Nursing of Adults 3.0
NURS 366 Nursing of Adults: Clinical Laboratory 2.0
NURS 375 Nursing of Children 3.0
NURS 376 Nursing of Children: Clinical Laboratory 2.0

Nursing Courses for RN–B.S.N. Students (37 credit hours)

NURS 320 Pathophysiology for the Professional Nurse 3.0
NURS 326 Pharmacology for the Professional Nurse 3.0
NURS 352 Client Assessment for the Professional Nurse 3.0
NURS 433 Introduction to the Professional Nurse Role 4.0
NURS 434 Technology to Enhance Client Safety 2.0
NURS 435 Leading and Managing in Health Care Micro-Environments 6.0
NURS 437 Population-Based Health Care for the Professional Nurse 3.0
NURS 438 Population-Based Health Care for the Professional Nurse: Clinical Laboratory 1.0
NURS 439 Leading and Managing in the Macro-Environment of Health Care 6.0
NURS 441 Nursing Research in an Evidence-Based Practice Setting 3.0
NURS 491 Practicum for The Professional Nurse 1.0
Electives 2.0

RN–M.S. Option

The RN-to-M.S. program integrates requirements from the RN-B.S.N. program and the M.S. degree. Students take 3 courses at the graduate level that would normally be required at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students earn 25 credit hours of course credit by examination, as listed above. The remaining nursing courses are web-based courses offered online through the School of Nursing. Please note that the student must maintain a 3.0 overall grade-point average or higher both to apply for admission to the RN-M.S. program and to apply to the M.S. program upon completion of the B.S.N. portion of the program. Students earn a B.S.N. in this option and apply for full admission to the graduate program in the last semester of the B.S.N. program.

Nursing Course Credit by Examination for RN–M.S. (25 credit hours)

NURS 301 Techniques for Therapeutic Interventions I 1.0
NURS 302 Techniques for Therapeutic Interventions II 1.0
NURS 340 Foundations of Nursing and Health Promotion 5.0
NURS 341 Foundations of Nursing Health Promotion: Clinical Laboratory 3.0
NURS 360 Mental Health Nursing 3.0
NURS 361 Mental Health Nursing: Clinical Laboratory 2.0
NURS 365 Nursing of Adults 3.0
NURS 366 Nursing of Adults: Clinical Laboratory 2.0
NURS 375 Nursing of Children 3.0
NURS 376 Nursing of Children: Clinical Laboratory 2.0

Nursing Courses for RN–M.S. Students (37 credit hours)

NURS 320 Pathophysiology for the Professional Nurse 3.0
NURS 326 Pharmacology for the Professional Nurse 3.0
NURS 352 Client Assessment for the Professional Nurse 3.0
NURS 433 Introduction to the Professional Nurse Role 4.0
NURS 434 Technology to Enhance Client Safety 2.0
NURS 435 Leading and Managing in Health Care Micro-Environments 6.0
NURS 437 Population-Based Health Care for the Professional Nurse 3.0
NURS 438 Population-Based Health Care for the Professional Nurse: Clinical Laboratory 1.0
NURS 439 Leading and Managing in the Macro-Environment of Health Care 6.0
NURS 491 Practicum for the Professional Nurse 1.0
NRSG 754 Health Care Research 3.0
Graduate-level statistics course 3.0

All nursing courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher to meet requirements for graduation.