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Major Requirements

The Carthage BSN Program has been carefully crafted to synthesize the program’s philosophy, current nursing education standards, and best practices in nursing education. The curriculum graduates generalist nurses who are prepared in three broad role components: scholar, leader, and clinician.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Carthage’s liberal arts foundation means BSN students will study and draw upon a wide range of theories, ideas, values, and considerations, and learn how to best apply this broad knowledge to their nursing practice. Upon graduation from the BSN Program at Carthage, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge from the liberal arts, humanities, and sciences as a foundation for professional nursing practice.
  • Employ safe and effective clinical reasoning to design, implement, deliver, and evaluate nursing care and to improve health outcomes across the lifespan and care continuum.
  • Develop effective, compassionate, culturally appropriate, and family-centered therapeutic relationships to promote quality health care across the lifespan and care continuum.
  • Demonstrate self-efficacy in applying transformative and collaborative leadership behaviors across diverse constituencies that improve nursing and health care outcomes.
  • Utilize a scholarly approach to evaluate and apply best evidence to design and evaluate nursing and health care practices.
  • Apply informatics and other technologies to plan, improve, and evaluate nursing and health care outcomes.
  • Integrate ethical and professional standards to guide professional nursing practice.
  • Analyze the influence of socio-political-economic factors that influence the provision of nursing and healthcare.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree:

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must complete 56 hours within the major, along with 28 hours of required courses that support the major, and 54+ hours fulfilling Carthage College’s degree requirements.  Total hours for the degree are a minimum of 138 hours. The total number of clinical hours, including direct patient care, simulation, and laboratory time, is 1,032 hours. The following courses are requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree:

Courses Required for the Nursing Major (56 hours)

  • NSG 1050 Contemporary Professional Nursing (Writing Intensive)
  • NSG 2010 Pathophysiologic Concepts for Nursing Practice
  • NSG 2012 Core Concepts for Nursing Practice (includes practicum)
  • NSG 3010 Clinical Scholarship: Principles of Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing Practice 
  • NSG 3012 Nursing Practice I: Improving Adult Health Outcomes (includes practicum)
  • NSG 3014 Nursing Practice II: Improving Children’s Health Outcomes (includes practicum)
  • NSG 3015 Assuring Quality and Safety in Health Care Environments
  • NSG 3020 Nursing Practice III: Improving Mental Health Outcomes (with practicum)
  • NSG 3022 Nursing Practice IV: Improving Maternal and Newborn Outcomes (with practicum)
  • NSG 3024 Clinical Scholarship: Applying Evidence to Improve Health Outcomes (Writing Intensive)
  • NSG 4020 Nursing Practice V: Improving Health Outcomes of Populations (with practicum)
  • NSG 4022 Nursing Practice VI: Improving Health Outcomes in Complex Situations (with practicum)
  • NSG 4024 Leading Systems of Care to Improve Health Outcomes
  • NSG 4026 Advanced Clinical Synthesis and Capstone (practicum and senior thesis)

Required Support Courses for the major (28 hours):

  • BIO 1110 Molecules, Cells, & Organisms
  • BIO 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional I
  • BIO 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional II
  • CHEM 1010 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1020 General Chemistry II
  • PYC 2850 Child and Adolescent Development
  • PYC 3850 Adult Development and Aging

Courses outside the major (necessary to meet Carthage College degree requirements; 54+ hours):

  • COR 1100 Western Heritage I
  • COR 1110 Western Heritage II
  • REL 1000 Understandings of Religion
  • Religion elective
  • Foreign language requirement*
  • Carthage Symposium (4 hours minimum)
  • Humanities
  • Fine Arts
  • MTH 1050 Elementary Statistics (or equivalent)
  • Global Heritage (4 hours minimum)
  • EXS 0010 Concepts of Physical Fitness
  • Lifetime/Fitness elective
  • International Experience**
  • Social Science (highly recommend Sociology of Health and Illness)
  • Elective (4 hours)

* Students who do not test out of a foreign language are required to take two terms of a modern foreign language. Students should consult with their advisors as to courses that would most appropriately fulfill this requirement.

** International experiences may fulfill both the Global Heritage requirement and a Carthage Symposium requirement (e.g., the Nicaragua J-Term experience). In this instance, a student would need to complete an additional elective (in any area) to fulfill the hour requirements for the degree. Students should consult their advisors for courses that would most appropriately fulfill this requirement.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met. 

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