Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) Curriculum

The Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program consists of 59 units of General Education/Prerequisite Requirements and 61 semester units of nursing coursework that must be completed full-time throughout the course of either 4 years or 5 years.

Once admitted into the nursing program, you will complete prerequisite and general education coursework during your first year (4 year plan) or first two years (5 year plan). You will have reserved seating in all science prerequisite courses.

Nursing courses are offered either at the main CSUF campus, or at the Irvine CSUF campus.

PLEASE NOTE: You must maintain the following standards to continue through the nursing program:

  • Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of a 3.0 or higher
  • Maintain a prerequisite Grade Point Average of a 3.0 or higher
  • Earn a B- or higher in the science prerequisite coursework
  • Earn a C or higher in the non-science prerequisite coursework

STUDY PLAN

Below is the 4 year study plan. In the 5 year study plan, Year 1 (nursing prerequisites) is split into two years, with nursing coursework beginning in Fall Year 3.

  • AP Credit can replace some GE courses.
  • Nursing majors do not take D.2 or D.5 of General Education.
  • A minimum of 120 units is needed to graduate.
  • You must maintain a minimum 3.0 in nursing prerequisite courses and nursing major courses.
  • To be considered a 'full time student' you must have a minimum of 12 units each semester.
  • GE courses may be completed during any semester (including winter and summer sessions).
  • You must complete 3 courses (9 units) of upper division GE coursework.

REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES:

  • B.5 - Implications and Exploration of Mathematics & Natural Sciences (UD GE)
  • C.1 - Introduction to Arts
  • C.2 - Introduction to Humanities
  • C.3 - Explorations of Arts & Humanities (UD GE)
  • C.4 - World Civilizations
  • D.3 - American History, Institutions, and Values
  • D.4 - American Government
  • E. - Lifelong Learning and Self Development (UD GE)
  • Z. - Cultural Diversity (identified with an asterisk(*) on TDA) (within C.3 or E.)

1.STUDY PLAN

Term Courses Total Units
Fall - Year 1 A.1. Oral Communication
B.1. CHEM 200 – Chemistry for Nursing
B.2. & B.3. KNES 191A - Integrated Anatomy and Physiology I
B.4. MATH 120 - Statistics
15
Spring - Year 1 A.3. Critical Thinking
A.2. ENGL 101 - Beginning College Writing
BIOL 202 – Microbiology
BIOL 191B - Integrated Anatomy and Physiology II
14
Fall - Year 2 D.1. PSYC 101 - Introductory Psychology
NURS 321 Health Assessment
NURS 321L Health Assessment Lab
NURS 322 Concepts of Professional Nursing
NURS 323 Integrated Pathophysiology/Pharmacology
15
Spring - Year 2 D.1. SOCI 101 - Introduction to Sociology OR ANTH 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
NURS 310 Evidence Based Practice Nursing
NURS 324 Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness
NURS 403 Foundations of Nursing Practice
NURS 403L Foundations of Nursing Practice Lab
13
Fall - Year 3 NURS 404 Mental Health Nursing
NURS 404L Mental Health Nursing Lab
NURS 405 Management of Medical-Surgical Adult & Older Adult Clients
NURS 405L Management of the Medical-Surgical Adult & Older Adult Clients Lab
11
Spring - Year 3 NURS 406 Reproductive Health Nursing
NURS 406L Reproductive Health Nursing Lab
NURS 407 Child Health Nursing
NURS 407L Child Health Nursing Lab
8
Fall - Year 4 NURS 410 Leadership/Management in Professional Nursing
NURS 410L Leadership/Management in Professional Nursing Lab
NURS 411 Management of the Adult with Complex Health Alterations
NURS 411L Management of the Adult with Complex Health Alterations Lab
11
Spring - Year 4 NURS 402 Community Health Nursing
NURS 402L Community Health Nursing Lab
NURS 412L Nursing Capstone Clinical
9

2. SAMPLE SEMESTER SCHEDULE

Below is what a typical semester may look like during the program. All lecture courses are in the morning or afternoon, and will either take place at the main campus or Irvine campus. Clinical courses can be any day of the week, day shift or evening shift. Clinical sites are within a 50 mile radius of the main CSUF campus.

NURS 407 - Child Health Nursing Monday 7:30 AM - 10:20 AM
NURS 407L - Child Health Nursing Lab Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:00 AM
NURS 406 - Reproductive Health Nursing Monday 11:00 AM - 2:20 PM
NURS 406L - Reproductive Nursing Lab Thursday 6:30 AM - 4:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: This sample schedule is based on the Spring 2016 schedule. Course day/times vary each semester.

3. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NURS 310 Nursing Research (3)
Prerequisite: Statistics
Emphasis is placed on the development of nursing knowledge and the improvement of nursing practice through current relevant evidence. Research methods are examined and current issues are analyzed in relation to the implementation of evidence-based practice in selected settings.

NURS 321 Health Assessment for Professional Practice (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway; Corequisite: NURS 321L
Health Assessment focuses on health assessment for professional practice. Basic knowledge and skills necessary to perform assessments including interviewing, history taking, and foundational physical assessment skills are acquired. The course emphasizes developmental and culturally competent assessment skills and ability to recognize deviations from normal. Concepts learned in the lecture will be practiced in the laboratory. Students will practice these techniques on their peers and designated volunteers during supervised campus laboratory sessions. Students will apply lecture concepts to hone their skills and the techniques necessary to intervene and reduce patients’ risks and promote patients’ health.

NURS 321L Health Assessment for Professional Practice Laboratory (1)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway; Corequisite: NURS 321
Practice history taking, physical examination techniques and risk identification on peers during supervised campus laboratory sessions. Application of skills and techniques acquired to intervene and reduce risks and/or promote health with individual clients during clinical laboratory.

NURS 322 Concepts of Professional Nursing (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway
Provides an overview of professional nursing role within the health care environment, including nursing theory and interpersonal communication. Emphasizes theory and evidence-based nursing practice. Highlights the influence of culture and professional values on the role of the professional nurse.

NURS 323 Integrated Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (5)
Prerequisites: PSYC 101, admission to Prelicensure pathway
Reviews normal anatomy and physiology, altered physiologic states, and nursing management of selected pathophysiologic disorders and diseases. Presents core drug knowledge, pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. The course emphasizes drug classifications by categories affecting various body systems and disease states.

NURS 324 Cultural Concepts Across the Lifespan (1)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway; Into to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
Provides a developmental approach to providing culturally appropriate nursing care. Focuses on growth and development and sociocultural factors that influence the health and illness of various cultural groups and explores factors that impact the use of health care resources.

NURS 402 Community Health Nursing (3)
Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, NURS 321/L, NURS 403/L, NURS 404/L, NURS 405/L, NURS 406/L, NURS 407L
Corequisite: NURS 402L
Content stresses community health nursing roles in prevention and health promotion with culturally diverse families and populations in a variety of community settings. Emphasis is given to identifying risk and to using the nursing process with populations at risk.

NURS 402L Community Health Nursing: Clinical (3)
Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, NURS 321/L, NURS 403/L, NURS 404/L, NURS 405/L, NURS 406/L, NURS 407L
Corequisite: NURS 402
Students will apply community health theory in supervised clinical experience with individuals, families and communities. Clinical experience will be in public health settings, including official agencies and other community agencies. Completion of this course satisfies the California Board of Registered Nursing’s requirements for Public Health Nurse Certification (application must be submitted to the BRN upon completion of nursing program). Additional documents and background checks may be required depending on placement.

NURS 403 Foundations of Nursing Practice (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway; Corequisite: NURS 403L
Concepts of physiological integrity, psychosocial integrity, safe, effective care environments, and health promotion/maintenance are examined. Focuses on beginning competencies required for care of adult and older adult clients with acute and chronic health problems across a variety of practice settings.

NURS 403L Foundations of Nursing Practice Laboratory (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway; Corequisite: NURS 403
Clinical experiences provide opportunities to acquire basic nursing skills in simulated and actual clinical settings. Emphasis is on interpersonal communication, safety, documentation, and selected basic nursing interventions required for clients with acute and chronic health problems.

NURS 404 Mental Health Nursing (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, PSYC 101, NURS 321/L, NURS 322, NURS 323, 403/L
Integrates theory from nursing, related fields, communication, and critical thinking in providing nursing care for multicultural individuals, families, groups, and specific populations with mental illness, focuses on providing professional nursing care that promotes mental health and adaptation to mental illness.

NURS 404L Mental Health Nursing Laboratory (2)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, PSYC 101, NURS 321/L, NURS 322, NURS 323, NURS 403; Corequisite: NURS 404
Experiences provide opportunities to develop interpersonal communication skills and therapeutic use of self. Emphasis on development of the role of the nurse as provider, designer, and coordinator of care for individuals, families, and community groups with mental health care needs.

NURS 405 Management of Medical Surgical Adult and Older Adult Clients (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, NURS 321/L, NURS 403/L; Corequisite: NURS 405L
Provides nursing theory for care of adult and older adult clients with medical-surgical health alterations. The course includes diagnostic and therapeutic nursing interventions relevant to medical-surgical health alterations. The course emphasizes the nursing process and critical thinking to manage acute and chronic medical-surgical problems.

NURS 405L Management of Medical-Surgical Adult and Older Adult Clients Laboratory (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, NURS 321/L, NURS 403/L; Corequisite: NURS 405
Clinical experiences provide opportunities to practice advanced nursing skills in simulated and actual clinical settings. This course emphasizes further development of the nursing role in providing and coordinating care for adult and older adult clients with acute and chronic medical-surgical health alterations.

NURS 406 Reproductive Health Nursing (2)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, NURS 321/L, NURS 403/L, NURS 404/L, NURS 405/L; Corequisite: NURS 406L
Provides nursing theory for the care of diverse and multicultural women, newborns, and families. Emphasis on integration and application of theory from nursing and related fields, standards of clinical practice, evidence-based practice, communication, and critical thinking with the nursing process.

NURS 406L Reproductive Health Nursing Laboratory (2)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, NURS 321/L, NURS 403/L, NURS 404/L, NURS 405/L; Corequisite: NURS 406
Focuses on integration and application of the nursing process in providing care for multicultural women, neonates, and their families. Emphasis on development of the role of the nurse as provider, designer, and coordinator of care for women across the lifespan.

NURS 407 Child Health Nursing (2)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, NURS 321/L, NURS 403/L, NURS 404/L, NURS 405/L; Corequisite: NURS 407L
Integrating and applying nursing process in providing age-appropriate care and advocating for infants, children and adolescents. Collaboration with the child, family and other members of the health care team to promote and adapt to illness.

NURS 407L Child Health Nursing Laboratory (2)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, NURS 321/L, NURS 403/L, NURS 404/L, NURS 405/L; Corequisite: NURS 407
Applies the dimensions of health, health care, and nursing in addressing the health care needs of infants, children and adolescents with a focus on health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention. Clinical experiences occur in pediatric and community health settings.

NURS 410 Leadership/Management in Professional Nursing (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, NURS 321/L, NURS 403/L, NURS 404/L, NURS 405/L, NURS 406/L, NURS 407L; Corequisite: NURS 410L
Focuses on the integration of the leadership role within professional nursing. Analyzes theories of leadership, management, and organizations and their application to health care agencies. Emphasizes the importance of collaboration, accountability, and advocacy in the leadership role.

NURS 410L Leadership/Management in Professional Nursing Laboratory (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, NURS 321/L, NURS 403/L, NURS 404/L, NURS 405/L, NURS 406/L, NURS 407L; Corequisite: NURS 410
Theories and principles of leadership and management are synthesized in a selected clinical area within the health care system. Emphasizes decision-making, critical thinking, client advocacy, collaboration, leadership, and functioning as a team member within the health care setting.

NURS 411 Management of the Adult With Complex Health Alterations (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, NURS 321/L, NURS 403/L, NURS 404/L, NURS 405/L, NURS 406/L, NURS 407L; Corequisite: NURS 411L
Provides nursing theory for the care of adult and older adult clients with complex health alterations; includes diagnostic and therapeutic nursing interventions relevant to advanced medical-surgical health alterations. Emphasizes the nursing process and critical thinking to manage and coordinate care.

NURS411L Management of the Adult with Complex Health Alterations Laboratory (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Prelicensure pathway, NURS 321/L, NURS 403/L, NURS 404/L, NURS 405/L, NURS 406/L, NURS 407L; Corequisite: NURS 411
Experiences provide opportunities to design and coordinate advanced medical-surgical nursing care for adult and older adult clients with complex health alterations; applies concepts of advanced medical-surgical and critical care nursing. Critical thinking, organization, leadership, and time management skills are emphasized.

NURS 412L  Nursing Capstone Clinical (3)
Prerequisite: NURS 321/L, NURS 322, NURS 323, NURS 403/L, NURS 404/L, NURS 405/L, NURS 406/L, NURS 407L; NURS 411/L; Corequisites: NURS 402/L
Supervised practicum experience with focus on application of theory and nursing process for purpose of planning, implementing, and evaluating care delivery for patients, both as individuals and cohorts.