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Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional Track

On This Page: BSN Program Outcomes | Admission Requirements | Degree Requirements | Nursing Departmental Honors | Registered Nurse Licensure | More Information

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree

The baccalaureate program provides a comprehensive academic foundation in the sciences and humanities essential in preparing students for a general nursing role. This program appeals to students wishing to combine general education with professional course work, and serves as the foundation for graduate study. It is recommended that those individuals who desire a career in a specific nursing specialty enter their nursing education at the BSN level.

The goal of the BSN major is to prepare entry level professional nurses who are able to function in many diverse roles. The BSN major takes three years of full-time study to complete. Students typically apply for admission to the major after the completion of a year of pre-nursing general education course work. Admission to the major is competitive. For students who already hold a baccalaureate degree in another discipline, the School of Nursing offers a Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Option at the Indianapolis campus.

BSN Traditional Track Admission Requirements

The School of Nursing remains highly committed to providing an exceptional undergraduate education experience. In keeping with the best research evidence regarding factors that predict of student success in schools of nursing, the IUSON has revised our admission policy for traditional students. Beginning with students applying for admission to the traditional BSN track (Admission Criteria) for Fall Semester 2014, the admission policy and procedure will reflect the following areas:

  • Performance in the areas of science and math in prerequisite courses as well as in other General Education required prerequisite courses.
  • Performance on the TEAS V (Test of Essential Academic Skills), which is a standardized test of academic achievement in four areas that are related to student performance in nursing school.

BSN Traditional Track Degree Requirements and Curriculum

Course work in the BSN curriculum is divided into three separate areas (for a total of 120 credit hours). The baccalaureate curriculum includes one year of pre-nursing general education course work followed by three years of upper division nursing course work.  Click here for a Sample BSN Degree Completion Plan. Students are eligible to apply for admission to the major during the spring semester of their freshman year, provided they will complete a minimum of 29-31 hours of pre-nursing course work by the end of the spring semester.  Admission to the major is competitive, based on academic achievement in pre-nursing courses and a pre-admission TEAS V test.

  1. General Education courses help lay the foundation for the nursing courses and also serve to provide the student with a well-rounded education. The General Education portion of the BSN curriculum consists of courses divided into five distinct "Clusters." The five clusters are: Critical/Analytical/Science, Communication, Social & Historical Studies, World Language & World Culture and Arts & Humanities.  Students applying to the IU School of Nursing will complete 29-31 credit hours of pre-requisite General Education courses as part of the requirements for the Nursing application.
  2. BSN Nursing Core Courses (75 credit hours)
    The heart of the BSN degree are the nursing courses. These courses include lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences throughout the last three years of a student's education. The nursing core consists of 19 course topics and a total of 75 credit hours.
  3. General Electives (1 credit hour)
    One additional credit hour, chosen from any university courses (exception: courses taken for Pass/Fail credit may not be used), are needed to complete the 120 credit hours required for the degree.

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Nursing Departmental Honors

Once a student is admitted into the School of Nursing, they may pursue School of Nursing honors. To graduate with honors, a student must work with a faculty sponsor and successfully complete the following:

  1. Maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA or 3.3 Nursing GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA in Nursing honors courses. The courses are: 
  2. H399 Honors Proposal Development (3 credit hours)
    In this course, students seeking to achieve departmental honors will work with a faculty member in the literature review and development of a research proposal. The proposal will be the basis for the honors study completed in H499 the subsequent semester. This is an individually negotiated course requiring faculty approval prior to enrollment.
  3. H499 Honors Research (3 credit hours)
    After completion of H399, students pursuing departmental honors will work with a faculty member to implement the research study designed in H399. After data collection and analysis, the student will prepare a manuscript of the study suitable for publication. This is an individually negotiated course requiring faculty approval prior to enrollment.
  4. Honors thesis or article for publication, approved by the faculty sponsor.


BSN Program Outcomes

All graduates of the Bachelor's Degree Program are expected to demonstrate the following qualities as:

  • A critical thinker who demonstrates intellectual curiosity, rational inquiry, problem-solving.
  • A culturally competent person who provides holistic nursing care to a variety of individuals, families and communities.
  • A knowledgeable care coordinator who facilitates access to resources necessary to meet health care needs of individuals, families and communities.
  • An individual who understands the political dynamics in various settings and participates in the change process to shape health care policy.
  • An individual who practices within an ethical and legal framework for the nursing profession.
  • An effective communicator who is able to share accurate information.
  • A competent provider of nursing care who functions in various professional nursing roles in structured or semi-structured health care settings.
  • A professional role model who promotes a positive public image of nursing.
  • A responsible manager who balances human, fiscal and material resources to achieve quality health care outcomes.


Registered Nurse Licensure

To become a Registered Nurse, students must complete the degree requirements of an accredited BSN program, apply for licensure by examination and satisfactorily complete the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX).

For more information about the Pre-Licensure BSN degree offered at IUB

Prospective High School Students, click here
Transfer Students, click here
Students new to IUB (beginning summer 2011), click here
Returning IUB Students (prior to summer 2011) interested in nursing, click here

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