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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.

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 credits in the major, along with 24 credits of required courses that support the major and 58+ credits fulfilling Carthage’s degree requirements (for a minimum total of 138 credits). A total of 1,032 practice hours, including direct patient care, simulation, and laboratory time, is also required.

These courses are requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree:

Required Courese (56 credits):

  • NSG 2010  Pathophysiologic Concepts for Nursing Practice
  • NSG 2015  Fundamental Core Concepts for Nursing Practice (includes practicum)
  • NSG 2016  Advanced Core Concepts for Nursing Practice (includes practicum)
  • NSG 3010  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 Settings
  • 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 (24 credits):

  • 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 1850  Lifespan Developmental Psychology for the Health Professional
  • Sociology elective (SOC 1000  Introduction to Sociology, SOC 2010  Social Problems, or SOC 2020 Cultural Anthropology)

OTHER Courses necessary to meet Carthage degree requirements (58+ credits):

  • COR 1100  Intellectual Foundations
  • REL 1000  Understandings of Religion
  • Modern languages requirement*
  • Humanities elective
  • Fine Arts elective
  • Mathematics (EXS 2330  Applied Statistics for Health and Human Services or equivalent)
  • Global Heritage elective
  • Global Heritage elective
  • EXS 0010  Concepts of Physical Fitness
  • Lifetime/Fitness elective
  • Electives (16-24 hours, depending on need)
  • Two J-Term courses
  • Two additional Writing Intensive courses (can be combined with other requirements)

* 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.

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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